Singer-songwriter, writer, actress, comedian, producer, philanthropist, painter, skateboarder, and influencer, the charismatic Natalia Lugo is Puerto Rican born in the state of New Hampshire, USA. Her mother was a nuyorican and her father was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where she has lived since her first year of birth. Damarys "Tammy" Santos, her mother, was a painter, writer and florist. Lugo’s mother passed away from Leukemia when she was six and even though music would never replace her absence, music became Natalia’s shelter. Lugo developed her interest in music at a very young age. Her father, José "Albert" Lugo, is an electrical engineer, musician and songwriter. NL would watch him play guitar and sing and it wasn’t long until she began to join him. He surprised her with her first guitar for her birthday and it became her loyal companion from the age of 13. With this guitar, she wrote her first songs. Her debut as a musician was in a local band, where she had the opportunity to perform around her town.
Natalia studied music at La Escuela Libre de Música y Bellas Artes in Ponce, PR. There she took musical theory, cello, singing, and acting classes. She participated in various plays, short films, movies, and improv. When she graduated high school, she enrolled in Universidad de Puerto Rico Recinto de Rio Piedras for Communications Studies focused on Audiovisuals for Film and TV. Her experiences in life, love, and faith gave her the drive to pursue her dreams in the artistic realm. She decided to follow a career doing what she loved most, music.
At age 19, she began working on local restaurants as a waitress and bartender to be able to cost her first album. She uploaded a viral video in March 2013 that helped her get noticed in Puerto Rico. She began exploring the comedy side that led her to gain a following of over 400k in all her social media platforms. This opened doors for Lugo in traditional media, participating in local TV shows, radio, movies, theatre, concerts, and more. Lugo has written original plays, stand up comedy, and musical concerts presented in the most acclaimed venues of the island. NL has traveled overseas to participate in Hollywood's movie experiences and conquered a multi-discipline career. Since the release of her first music album, she won a Premios Paoli Award for Best Pop Album 2019, opened for artists such as Ricky Martin in El Coliseo José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum, presented her debut solo concert on Vivo Beach Club, a self-written music theatre concert on Centro de Bellas Artes Luis A. Ferré and more.
Lugo won the Best Actress Award 2021 in the Puerto Rico Film Festival, for her lead role in the international short film La Mujer de Hector. Official short film winner in Miami Film Festival & New Faces New Voices New York Summer Fest, official selection in Palms Springs International Fest.
She's been an official Luna Guitars Artist, lead singer in local hit TV show Acuestate con Francis and Godmother of Rayito de Esperanza (Rays of Hope) a Non-Profit Organization. Natalia Lugo has collaborated with artists such as Tony "El Gangster" Sanchez, Gomba Jahbari, Raymond Arrieta, Millo Torres, DJ impulse el intelectual, DJ Memo, Marileyda, José Alfredo and more.
Currently, her new name is in Jesus' spirit alias Natalie Lugo Santos. Natalie is working on a multipart self-written musical album, participates regularly in the local TV show La Bóveda de Teleonce as a comic, and is the face of Burger King's commercial. Also, won third place in the Queen of Puerto Rico skateboarding competition, currently in the process of getting certified by the Olympic Committee for her work in skateboarding.
In her spare time, Natalie Lugo Santos enjoys reading, painting, drawing, visiting the beach, learning to surf, skateboarding, family time, and sharing her faith in Jesus.
Fuera del Marco (Out of Frame) is her first album.
Available now on all music platforms.
Social Media domain: @nataliavlugo
Photo credit: Maydeline Inés Photography