Nita was born in Pelican Rapids, MN. At the age of 5, her Dad taught her to play guitar with a butter knife and open tuning. Music has been her passion ever since. Since her teens, she’s consistently performed as a solo artist, or as a member of Christian and secular groups in every venue imaginable, from singing in small rural churches to performing on stage with Garrison Keiller. Nita has written and performed jingles for large companies, and since her arrival in Nashville in 2007, has worked as a demo vocalist on occasion. Songwriting has always been the main focus, however. Early national recognition of her budding talent allowed her to meet and learn from respected songwriters like Karla Bonhoff and Peter Himmelman, among others. She has co-written with dozens of Nashville songwriters, most notably Lisa Aschmann. A prolific songwriter, Nita writes Christian, Country, Blues, and pop. She has active publishing contracts for “Wild Ride” with Sweet Rosie/Motherlode music in L.A., and with Nashvilles’ Joseph DeSiro for “Cool Breeze”.
“He Keeps On Giving” (Christian) –Billboard song contest: Honorable Mention
Hollywood Song Jubilee: Honorable Mention
“One Spirit” (Christian) -Campus Crusade For Christ (Jerusalem Gathering): Chosen Song
-“Celebration of Woman and Their Music” Theme Selection
“Shadow of A Child” (Secular) - We are Listening lyric writing contest: First Place
-Tunesmith Song Contest: Second Place.
“No One (Should Ever Feel This Way)” (Secular) - Unisong Contest: Honorable Mention
“Wild Ride” (Secular) –Song of the Year Contest: Semi-Finalist
McKnight Foundation Fellowship to Song School in Lyons, CO.
Lake Region Arts Council Grant for Production of Full length CD “The Harvest”
Now living in Nashville, Nita continues her writing with many of the area’s best songwriters (including Lisa Aschmann), and a performance schedule stretching from “rounds” in Tennessee to the “Celebration of Women & Their Music” in Fargo, ND.
Nita’s debut CD “The Harvest” was released in 1995, followed by “Imagine That” in 1998, and “Halleluiah”(with Sarah Morrow and Connie Hill) in 2002. Her musical growth and incredibly diverse stylistic range is prominently displayed on 2008’s “The Woodshed Album”; an acoustically driven CD with a decidedly bluegrass feel.
Nita’s music has truly been Americana at its finest; always empowering, soul-driven and from the heart. Her music can be found on Itunes.com, Amazon.com, CDBaby.com, and myspace.com. Women of Substance Radio recently picked up Nita’s “Bartender Song” (The Woodshed Album) for its current rotation online.