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“A fabulous performer with a knockout voice!”
Nina Ferro is a London-based singer/songwriter who is fast making her mark as one of the hottest young stars of the international music scene. A multi award-winning vocalist, songwriter, session and recording artist, Nina’s powerful, evocative voice, stunning vocal range and captivating stage presence have earned her an enviable international reputation.
Nina’s musical upbringing started with the family record player. Out of the speakers came a mix of classical music, especially opera (her paternal grand mother was a mezzo-soprano), Soul, Motown, Rock & Roll, Rhythm & Blues, Jazz and Pop could be heard. Her favourite singers as a young girl were Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Elvis Presley. Nina began piano lessons at the age of 8, trained classically as an opera singer from the age of 14, but her passion for singing Soul, Jazz, Country and Pop took over and she began singing professionally by the age of 15. By the age of 20 Nina was recording albums and touring the world performing at festivals, clubs, concerts, TV, radio and guest appearances throughout the USA, Europe, Australia, Asia and The Middle East.
Through Nina’s travels she has shared a stage with music greats such as Tony Bennett, Hugh Jackman, Jose Feliciano, Billy Ocean, Ricky Martin, Chris Botti, Frank McComb, Gilbert O’Sullivan, Chick Corea, Rick Price, Tina Arena, Jessica Mauboy, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, The Blues Brothers Band, The Commitments and many, many more….. Nina is a dynamic and enchanting performer with a rapidly growing international fan base who is highly sought after for bookings at Clubs and Festivals across the globe.
Nina’s latest album, Into The Light, showcases not only an unforgettable vocalist, but also an accomplished and insightful songwriter. Written and recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, Into the Light features 13 beautifully crafted original compositions with foundations in old school Rhythm and Blues and Jazz, infused with Soul and awash with the signature Nashville sound.
“Ferro’s voice is a pleasure to hear… natural, sexy and effortless.”
Cadence Magazine, New York.
Nina has been in the industry both performing and recording for many years already and whilst she started out as a jazz singer (singing that other kind of “Americana”, the American song book of Jazz!!), Over the past few years her music has become influenced more and more by her own passions and musical loves, those being jazz, soul, old school rhythm & blues, blue grass and country which she brings into her songwriting.
In June this year (2013) Nina took a trip to Nashville on the invitation of Music Producer, Songwriter and Guitarist Sam Hawksley. Sam and Nina began writing the album together as well as collaborating with some of Nashville’s finest songwriters such as Gary Nicholson (Grammy award winning songs for Bonnie Raitt & Trisha Yearwood), Michael Heeney (Brooks & Dunn, Reba McEntire), Jerry Salley (Reba McEntire, 2003 “Country Music Songwiriter of the Year”), Sam Hawksley (Adam Brand, Keith Urban, Kim Richey), Jedd Hughes (Kasey Musgraves), Johnny Duke (Little Big Town) and over the course of 16 days 16 songs were written and on day 17 they started recording!!
“I don’t think it’s overstating the case here – unsurpassable perfection!!”
Sebastian Scotney, London Jazz News
The resulting record features 13 songs that exude a Jazzy, Bluesy, Funky, Soulful feeling – its essentially a classic singer songwriter record – No studio trickery just a great band, great songs and outstanding vocals! – If you like the idea of Norah Jones and Bonnie Raitt making a record together it might sound a bit like this!
The musicians on the album are some of Nashville’s finest and most sort after session players, they include Sam Hawksley on Guitars and vocals, Rob McNelley on Guitars (Kasey Musgraves, Bob Seeger) Steve Mackey on Bass (Dolly Parton, Winona Judd), Jano Rix on Drums (Liz Wright, Adam Brand), Michael Rojas on Keys (Dave Stewart, Bonnie Tyler, Joss Stone), James Farrell on Keys (Matt Nathanson).
Ms Ferro’s mellifluous voice reflected her warm personality and as Bob Hope said of Dinah Shore: “Naturally the voice is good. Just look where it’s been.”
Jack Massarik, Evening Standard, London