Nedra Russ and Julio "Inglasses" Guerra make up nJr - a duo performing Americana blues - true roots music Both seasoned, award-winning musicians, they are true soul mates united by a bond of performance and composition.
An accomplished and award winning multimedia artist and musician, Nedra Russ is a vessel of creative energy steeped in tradition. With subjects ranging from Italian vineyards to Janis Joplin and other contemporary musicians, to 3D paintings capturing the spiritual essence of nature's warriors, dragonflies, wolves, and bumblebees, her work details the visual and auditory legacy of the human experience. Nedra's paintings and songs can be seen and heard across the United States and as far as Europe, Asia, and Australia.
Nedra Russ's The Harmonica Lady™ line of jewelery features miniature, fully-playable harmonicas. Her designs earned her the distinction of being the very first HOHNER USA Juke Joint Representative accepted on the basis of artistic representation of the instrument. Since its founding in Germany in 1857, HOHNER has been crafting high quality harmonicas and other musical instruments, including accordions, guitars, and mandolins, to name a few.
Following an intensive course of study, Nedra is now certified by the renowned Berklee School of Music as a Modern Musician Specialist with emphasis on Songwriting, Musicianship and Music Production.
In 2009, Nedra studied speech-level singing with Daniel Hayes in Roseville (DEH™) and with Brett Manning's Singing Success™ program. This foundation led to giving speech-level singing lessons to local youth in her hometown of West Point, CA. Her volunteer work earned her the community's gratitude and the Teamagic award from the Blue Mountain Coalition for Youth and Families in 2010.
Nedra's grandfather inspired her to first pick up the harmonica at age 12 and she never put it down. She refined the skill by participating in master classes in San Jose in 1999, 2009, and 2010, working with such greats as David Barrett, Dennis Gruenling, Howard Levy and Joe Filisko at the classes and in subsequent online course offerings.
Nedra, an active member of SPAH (Society for the Preservation and Advancement of Harmonica), has been to their annual conventions in Sacramento, CA and Virginia Beach, VI. And, at the upcoming 2015 national SPAH convention in Denver, CO, in addition to having a vendor booth for her art, jewelry, and music, will offer a seminar on songwriting with her husband, Julio Guerra.
On Nedra and Julio's 2012 album of original music, "Everybody's Been Somewhere," Nedra produced the album from start to finish. This album was selected as the World Of Harmonica (UK) Peoples Choice 2nd place winner that year.
Nedra won the gold spike award at Jamestown 1897 rail town harmonica train competition 2013
Also, in 2012, Nedra was ranked 94 on the list of All Time Top 100 Harmonica Players by the World of Harmonica.
2009 MOVIN' ON
2012 EVERYBODY'S BEEN SOMEWHERE
2015 Dusty Roads