YOU couldn't hear a pin drop at the Keppel Bay Sailing Club when Queensland's Nat Dunn let her rich vocal tones flow from her mouth.
The odd time you could hear background clamour - a knife and a fork, apparently, that slipped from a Yeppoon man's hand when the soul-rocker started singing.
The man told The Morning Bulletin that's how captivated he was from Nat Dunn's performance on Friday night.
"I just dropped my knife and fork when she started singing," the man said.
The Brisbane-based singer, who comes from the Western Downs Queensland town of Mitchell, was part of the line-up at this year's Village Festival at the weekend.
To a crowd of more than 300 festival-goers on Saturday, Nat said she was the only musical person in her family.
The youngest in her family, Nat said she had siblings who pursued other career paths. One sibling was involved in pharmaceuticals, she said.
In an interview with The Morning Bulletin, Nat said she had some exciting works in the pipeline.
In the past 12 months she had flown to Los Angeles, California, four times - travelling there every two and a half months to write songs, some of which she is waiting "to get the nod".
While she was there, she wrote songs and pitched them to Hollywood pop heavyweights Rihanna, Jessie J and Katy Perry.
She told The Morning Bulletin she didn't want to give away too much because nothing was set in stone.
If major record labels or Hollywood A-listers like Nat's songs, and they subsequently become part of a hit record, she will reap 50% of the mechanical royalties for each record sold.
On Friday night, Nat performed her popular EP hit Mango Tree - a four-minute-long soul smacker she co-wrote with close friend Clare Reynolds about friendship. She said people commonly believe the song was about loving a significant other.
She released her debut EP, A Fool's Fate, last year.
Soul is Nat's forte: having grown up listening to the likes of Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston.
"I grew up listening to mum and dad's records of Janis Joplin (American blues-rock singer) as well, and then there was also Shirley Bassey … I was definitely inspired by her growing up," she said.
Nat was pleased to be back in Rockhampton and Yeppoon after she attended good friend Tom Busby's wedding at the Capricorn Mercure Resort in April.
She was so pleased with the enthusiasm from the locals she vowed to come back to Rockhampton in a tour she wants to start soon.
For more information on her EP, you can visit her Facebook page Nat Dunn.
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