Natalie Bermudez isn't sitting around waiting for her big music break.  The 20-year old singer/songwriter from Vineland is about to release her debut album, Arise,  thanks to a crowd-funding website.

Bermudez smartly used Kickstarter to help fund her first album, which comes out tomorrow. Through the help of almost 50 supporters Natalie received $6,700 in donations, which were used for manufacturing and production fees.

Natalie is holding a special performance Sunday night at Hard Rock Cafe in Philadelphia in celebration of her debut effort,  which features 9 original songs and one cover, and took almost a year and a half to record.

Bermudez tells DailyJournal.com, "Being an independent artist, I realize how hard it is to get through this process. Pop stars, people who are mainstream, they have people doing this for them; I have a very small team helping me out. I'm my own record label, I'm my management company, my own publicist," she said.

She goes on to say, "One my favorite things in the world is when I finish a gig and someone comes up to me and says, 'Natalie, I really understood the message of that song. That's my goal as a songwriter."

The Natalie Bermudez Arise album release concert is Sunday at the Hard Rock Cafe Philadephia, 1131 Market St., Philadelphia. Doors open at 8 p.m. and show begins at 8:30 p.m. Tickets $6 in advance and $10 at the door. All ages welcome.