His music teacher Mr. Keenan suggested that he play the bass cello. That is when Nathaniel decided to learn to how to play the keyboard.
He worked numerous jobs saving up money to buy both music and stereo equipment.
He taught himself by learning the keys and reading books The band was signed to Radio Corporation of America Records with Nathaniel fronting as lead vocalist.
Nathaniel and Terrance would later write for artist such as Kurtis Blow, Run-Doctorate.M.C., and other rap acts from some contacts that Thomas knew in New New York After less than three years with Radio Corporation of America, the band was dropped by Radio Corporation of America for failing to reach 500,000 units in sales and contract disputes.
Nathaniel was able to maintain all rights to his music since he was the only one that did not spend any money, when he was able to give back the advance that the record company had fronted him.
In 1981, Nathaniel was introduced to Tony Thompson (who was at the time the drummer for the band Chic) at a party when he suggested he would introduce him to both Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards. Nathaniel was then invited to join a number of Chic session recordings with Deborah Harry, Carly Simon, and on Madonna"s Like a Virgin album, which was considered a re-united Chic, featuring band members Bernard Edwards, Nile Rodgers, Tony Thompson, and Robert Sabino. Also while in the United States. Navy he continued to write music with Bobby Brown, Teddy Riley, The Basement Boys, and Crystal Waters.
In late 2008, Nathaniel started using the name The Nathaniel Hardy Project.