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Nakia / Press

“Nakia is the real deal y’all, he’s got some serious soul… And that’s what Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings are all about… Soul.”

“…Nakia’s full- throated, gritty howl that lights this fire. Someday, Nakia’s vocal chops are going to be front and center as part of the next great supergroup to come out of Austin. But until then, this one-name solo artist is doing just fine with a little help from his friends.”

“I absolutely love Nakia’s Water To Wine, I love the singing, the songwriting and most importantly, the soul. His talent shines.”

“Nakia’s rich voice and lyrics that lay bare the record’s themes of discrimination, love, loss and spirituality. Nakia’s assembled a talented band and might be Austin’s most soulful singer this side of Malford Milligan...”

“Soul music... you know it when you hear it… On the first half of this assured debut, Nakia echoes various definitions of soul from over the years, some irrefutable and some fringe… I heard it. I know it.”

“The debut full-length from Nakia proves the Appalachian-born belter one of Austin’s most talented singers.”

“…it is truly hard to top the beauty and fortitude of Nakia’s Southern soul music.”

“His live performances are akin to a religious experience. With his first full-length release, Water To Wine, Nakia captures his trademark soulful, spiritual sound. It’s a big, theatrical voice, and an execution that’s Southern gospel with more than a hint of Joe Cocker.”

"I receive dozens of demo recordings from aspiring Austin musicians; Nakia's submissions have always stood out from the pack. I am excited that his debut album is coming out so that all can hear his magic. He's got a lot of tricks up his sleeve."

"Austin-based Nakia projects a bold, brassy presence his first time out with a striking set of Texas-bred rhythm 'n' blues."

"With his soulful vocals and rich instrumentation, Nakia stood out among the hundreds of demos we receive each week at XM SATELLiTE RADiO. We featured his music in "The Futures" section--a set of emerging artists who we think has what it takes. Nakia certainly does."

“Unrestrained vocals delivered with soulful conviction...Austin's best kept secret."”

““You can’t fake soul, and, on his debut release, Playing The Cards, Nakia proves that he’s the real deal.””

"...at this year’s SXSW I found a big voice. Nakia took possession of the room that night, his rich and brawny voice shifting effortlessly from a soulful ballad to a R&B rave-up. Ably backed by his top-notch band the Southern Cousins, it was a highlight of the conference."

"It only took one listen for me to rank Nakia in the upper echelons of Austin vocalists! And he's got a solid group of veteran musicians to back him up. When I played "Down in a Pinch," I got an immediate response from listeners. One spin generated requests for days! So I had to play it some more."

““Seeing Nakia perform was the one true unexpected gem for me this year at South By Southwest. Soulful, passionate energy mixed with great songs make Nakia a name everyone needs to know.””

"Nakia will hook you from the first listen. With upbeat, bold sounds to energizing lyrics; Nakia may not be a name you have heard of before, but after a few minutes, it makes you wonder why you haven't."

“Big and Bold, Upbeat and Fun, Nakia's debut is one of the best I've heard in long time!"”

““Nakia will be a tough act to follow.””

““Knocked everyone out. Heard lots of positive feedback. No one saw him coming - but they can't forget Nakia now.””