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"Nina Francis has a searchlight in her head, a poem in her pocket and a dagger in her boot. She will go far." -David Poe, critically acclaimed singer-songwriter, composer, and USC Songwriting Professor
Nina Francis is a "promising young singer-songwriter" (San Diego Union Tribune, December 2011), a versatile singer and an accomplished guitarist. Laced with undertones of jazz, blues, and folk, Nina’s music blends timeless songwriting craft with modern pop sensibilities to create a voice all her own.
In May 2014, Nina received her degree in Popular Music Performance (singer/songwriter emphasis) from the University of Southern California. She was one of just under thirty students out of an audition pool of hundreds to be accepted into the elite Thornton School of Music's educationally groundbreaking "Pop Program", the first of its kind at the conservatory level.
At Thornton, Nina worked with Lamont Dozier (writer of multiple Motown hits by artists such as the Supremes and Marvin Gaye), Randy Newman, Glen Ballard (multiple Grammy award-winning songwriter and producer, notable credits including Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette and "Man in the Mirror" by Michael Jackson), Patrice Rushen, and Melissa Manchester. In the spring of 2012, she was featured in Thornton’s Songwriter Showcase at the Grammy Museum in Downtown LA. In the summer of 2012, Nina played several well-received shows on a mini-tour in London, UK with other Thornton students as part of a study abroad program. In December 2013, she sang background vocals for Glenn Frey at the USC Thornton Charles Dickens Dinner.
In San Diego, Nina's hometown, she frequently performs with world-renowned jazz guitarist Peter Sprague, who regularly tours with jazz vocalist Diane Reeves.
Nina's "arresting" (San Diego Union Tribune, July 2014) self-titled debut EP was released on April 1st, 2014. She is excited to finally let these songs out for the world to hear. Nina currently gigs and pursues her musical endeavors in San Diego and Los Angeles. She performs regularly at venues such as Lestat's and Croce's Park West. You can find her full show schedule at ninafrancismusic.com/shows.