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“Our Hear Here community storytelling team has been asking San Francisco and Oakland residents the question: what’s a place in your neighborhood that means something to you – and why? Local musician Nina Jo Smith responded that a significant place to her is the Hotel Utah Saloon in San Francisco’s SOMA district. The Hotel Utah is important to Smith for lots of reasons, one of which has to do with her brother. The last song featured in this story is from Nina Jo Smith's forthcoming album, People, Places, and Sings. It was recorded live at the Hotel Utah. To learn more about Smith's music and upcoming performances, visit her website.”

“Nina Jo brings the focus and passion of a martial artist to her gentle music. “Make Love Not War “ was recorded in Ojai, California as part of her forthcoming album, People, Places and Sings. The single is available at http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/make-love-not-war-single/id549590021 ... Musik and Film’s Radio promotions division has released the song to over 13,000 radio stations in 60 countries and is adding radio stations daily for airplay.”

“Nina Jo Smith's song, “Make Love Not War,” was released Aug. 10. The song is a ukelele reggae inspired by the events of 9/11 and described as “a swinging 'Little Boxes' for the 21st century.” Smith, who did the vocals and played the ukelele, is an indie song- writer who grew up in Ojai and now lives in San Francisco.... the song, with a message that is timeless, has a really fun feel and is a sing- along.... Gentle, but with some sharp wit.”

“Nina Jo brings back everything I loved about the 1960s, the dream of peace,the power of love and a disdain for the war machine. This is a perfect time for that emotion to resurface, and her song "Make Love Not War" really hits the nail on the head... but with a flower instead of a hammer. Another thing I love about it is that I keep hearing Bob Marley in my head! I believe Bob would have loved this one as well.”

“...the song, with a message that is timeless, has a really fun feel and is a singalong. “I feel really lucky and blessed to be working with Alan [Thornhill] and Martin [Young],” [Smith] said. “Martin is taking great care with my songs and Alan brings his great skills and soul to every song he's on. It's so great having his vocals on this song - balances my vocals out with just the right amount of spirited guy energy. And that's the spirit Scott and I wrote it in. Gentle, but with some sharp wit,”.... “I'm really happy wit this ukelele reggae arrangement and the way the single turned out.” “Make Love Not War” is now available for download on iTunes and Amazon.com.”

“Nina Jo's been a staple of the Utah scene for a long time, and it's great to have her back for a full set of her songs. She'll be debuting her new duo project, One Fret Away, with fellow singer-songwriter David Tyler. What you know about her if you've been around the scene is that she has as amazing, unaffected, and pure a singing voice as there is, a voice that is both timeless and an object of nostalgia, recalling the best of impassioned melodic 60's folk. Definitely not to be missed. You can check out her music at: http://theutah.org/artist/ninajo”

“A long-standing member of the Bay Area songwriter community, Nina Jo Smith is a troubadour in the truest sense of the word: writing, playing and living music no matter what life may be presenting.”