Nina Rae is a singer/songwriter
Imagine a modern day soul singer who just happens to be classically trained pair that with a sultry sensuous vibe and ingenious lyrics and you will start to get a handle on Nina Rae.
From URB Magazine to the Chicago Tribune, Nina Rae’s music projects have been described as jazzy, sexy, defiant, and enthralling, which makes Nina’s solo debut even more impressive.
A debut solo release it may be, but Nina’s flow is timeless reinforcing the music of periods past from the genres of soul, jazz, and R&B. These genres influenced and help shape a sound that is futuristic, beautiful, and bold.
NinaRaeN’Time performs cover song “Time after Time”
Some of the singers Nina cites as influences are memorable…Nina Simone, Me’shell Ndgeocello, Ella Fitzgerald, and Billie Holliday … and were considered ahead of their time with haunting lyrics, inspiring melodies, and more.
While the work of such notable artists helped to shape Nina’s style and her approach to musicianship, her love of Hip-Hop music, helped cement her organic approach to her lyricism, the music she chooses to record with, and the topics she chooses to sing about.
The third oldest of eight children, Nina grew up listening to classic Motown and jazz artists such as Gladys Knight and Miles Davis.
Her father, a painter and writer, and her mother, a singer, who once had the opportunity to share the stage with Chaka Khan, were constantly entertaining the family with stories from their childhoods.
The dynamic of having a big family contributed greatly to her creative landscape and she was encouraged to pursue her talents seriously. Nina’s solo release is entitled, “Born To Love.”
Nina Rae – Falling in Love
The lead single, “Falling In Love,” was featured on Grammy award winning site, Soulbounce.com, Vibe.com, Giantstep.net, Tastemaker KevinNottingham.com, & listed as having a “great beat, great retro soul vibe, & great vocals make “Falling In Love” a nice treat for the ears” by Singers Room.
Nina has shared the stage with Common, Q-Tip, Mark De Clive Lowe, Sy Smith, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Leela James, 9th Wonder, Talib Kweli, Phonte of Foreign Exchange, Nappy Roots, Tony, Toni, Tone, The Chi-Lites, Poi Dog Pondering, and Grammy award nominated group Liquid Soul.
Nina’s previous compilations include work with Kenny Keys as Innosphere. Innosphere’s debut album Shine was a SoulTracks.com best new group nominee for 2010.
Released in the US in 2009 and in Japan in 2010, Shine received critical acclaim, with features in Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Tribune, The Roots Site Okayplayer.com, UK based MC site Morpheus Soul.com and many more.
To date, Nina has performed at the Chicago Soul Music Festival, The Shrine, House of Blues Chicago, Northcoast Music Festival, New York Indie Soul Fest, The Rave Wisconsin , and various other local clubs, festivals, and events.
Innosphere – Gotta Be Me
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