Making hit records is a walk in park for Sheffield singer

Singer Nat Johnson whose latest single was inspired by dog walkers in Rivelin Valley Park
Singer Nat Johnson whose latest single was inspired by dog walkers in Rivelin Valley Park
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Sheffield’s ‘magical’ parks are the inspiration behind the new track from a city singer - which is fast becoming a global sensation.

More than 50,000 people have watched the animated video for DOG by folk and country musician Nat Johnson, who credits her lyrics to walks in the Rivelin Valley and Endcliffe Park.

Dog owners taking their canine companions through the green spaces were the motivation behind the song.

The 33-year-old, who lives in Walkley, said: “To get that many views in its first week is fantastic – I am really pleased.

“Walking, along with songwriting, is one of the ways I like to relax and think about things. It’s really hard to worry when everything around you is beautiful. Rivelin Valley is one of my favourite places to walk but you don’t have to go very far to find somewhere magical and forget about everything day-to-day.

“The song came about when I was walking there and looked at the dog owners rather than the dogs.

“They appeared to be happy to have a dog to run about with, and it gives them a reason to have fun. It’s all about the simple pleasures in life.”

Radio stations as far away as America have been in touch with Nat - formerly of the band Monkey Swallows The Universe – after the track was unleashed.

It will also feature on a new album to be released later this year.

Nat added: “It seems to be really striking a chord with people all over the world.

“In America there are a lot of radio stations picking it up and dog owners enjoying it too.”

DOG can be downloaded from iTunes.

Nat is also performing as part of The University of Sheffield’s popular Lyric festival today, Friday.

She will be at Firth Court from 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £6 on the door or £3 concessions.

Watch the DOG video at