Princess Nyah / About This Artist

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Hometown: london, UK

Label: unsigned

Management: charmaine hayden

Website: www.twitter.com

Genre: Other

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Talented. Ambitious. Driven. These are just some of the words that spring to
mind when seeking to describe UK musicʼs brightest new star, Princess Nyah.
Whether sheʼs laying down the vocals on a club anthem, rapping over a Hip
Hop beat, being the boss of her own clothing label or cutting deals with
industry execs, Princess Nyah is an artist and a businesswoman who is
destined for big things. After the phenomenal success of her smash hit,
Frontline Nyah is ready to take on the world with her new single ʻCrazyʼ, her
new EP Destroy & Rebuild, and an even greater determination to make her
music dreams a reality.
Nyahʼs desire to perform manifested itself at an early age. After winning a
local dance competition when she was just six years old, Nyahʼs mother
recognised her daughterʼs natural talent and encouraged her to develop it. ʻI
think thatʼs the first time my Mum noticed that I was really into music. After I
won the dance competition, I started going to classes at Sylvia Young Theatre
School on the weekend. At school, I starred in every cabaret there was.ʼ
As Nyah grew older, her passion for music developed alongside her other
great love in life: fashion. ʻIn school, I did art and textiles, because I wanted to
be a fashion designer.ʼ But, eager to pursue a career path that would enable
her to provide financial support her single mother, Nyah put aside her creative
ambitions at college and chose to study media. ʻI wanted to do performing
arts, but my mum didnʼt think Iʼd be able to get a job. So I half-heartedly
started a media course.ʼ But Princess Nyah is not a woman who does ʻhalfhearted
ʼ very well. With characteristic boldness, she soon made the decision
to drop out of college and started working full-time.
Ironically, it was at this point that her creative streak re-emerged and she
began to embrace music once again. With the help of UK producer Def1,
Nyah ventured down the path of songwriting for the first time. ʻDef1 was
rapping and making Hip Hop music and he helped me to get started.ʼ At the
same time, Nyah also rediscovered her natural gift for performing and became
Def1ʼs on-stage hype girl.
Like any true music-lover, Nyahʼs passion was never limited to just one genre.
A life-long fan of Hip Hop, Nyah soon developed a real love for dance and
house music and began taking regular summer holidays to the Mediterranean
party islands. ʻI went to Ayia Napa one year with one of my best friends and I
heard ʻTell Me What It Isʼ by DJ NG ft. Baby Katy (now known to the world as
Katy B). As soon as we got off the plane, we just threw our stuff down and
went to straight to a club and we could just hear this bassline. It was the first
time I heard the song and I fell in love.ʼ
Nyah returned to the UK determined to start making the kind of hypnotic club
music that she had danced to in Ayia Napa. ʻWhen I came back, I knew I
wanted to try something different. I was driving home from work one day and I
just started singing this hook in my car. So I called Def1 straight away and
said ʻIʼve got any idea.ʼ
That idea was Frontline, a track that would become one of the biggest club
hits of 2009. A relative novice to the ins and outs of the music industry, Nyah
drew upon her innate business intuition to ensure that the track was played by
the right DJs, in the right clubs, and on the right radio stations. ʻInitially, I burnt
just five CDs. There was a big rave coming up where I knew Marcus Nasty
from Rinse FM would be playing, so I went down there with my CDs and gave
him one. It just had ʻPrincessʼ written on there with my telephone number. The
next day he rang and told me he loved it. Thanks to Marcus, a lot of people
started calling me for the track. He basically pioneered the record through
hammering it in the clubs and on Rinse FM. I ended up recording over 100
specials for DJs on stations across the UK, and it went on the 1Xtra playlist.ʼ
Buoyant from the success of Frontline, Princess Nyah wasted no time in
throwing herself into her music, and released her self funded debut E.P. Diary
Of A Princess, which included the follow up club smash Hooligans, with
Ghettz and Griminal on the remix, and Butterflies.
Besides working with notable MCs such as Wretch 32 and Wiley, Nyah
worked with one of the UKʼs most prolific producers, Donaeo to help incite the
clubs once again with the remix of Party Hard, another UK club anthem.
Fast forward just a year and Nyah has not only recorded an explosive official
remix of Major Lazerʼs party anthem Pon De Floor but is also adding the final
touches to her first album, the aptly titled Patience and Persistence. Diverse,
vibrant and bursting with energy, the album showcases the best of Princess
Nyahʼs music, as well as herself. ʻI grew up on Hip Hop so thatʼs been a really
strong influence, due to my Jamaican heritage there are lots of dancehall
influences on there, too.ʼ
As well as working with long-time collaborators Ill Blu, Princess Nyah has
teamed up with legendary UK producer DJ Wonder, True Tiger & Terror
Danjah to create an album that ultimately ʻ…reflects my love of house and
dance. I wouldnʼt describe it as dance music per se, itʼs a more a reflection of
my influences, the English club experience, which varies depending on where
you come from.ʼ
At the same time, Nyah has continued to develop her clothing store Binghiʼs
Boutique, as well as launching her label RoyleTease Records, , and
mentoring young women interested in entering the music industry. Itʼs a
lifestyle that many would find exhausting, but Princess Nyah sees it all as part
of the bigger picture. ʻI think that itʼs really important, not just as a female but
as an artist, to understand what it is youʼre doing and your main objective.
You need to be in control of your own direction and destiny, it is very easy to
get lost. I know where Iʼm going, I know where Iʼm headed. Patience and
Persistence are the keys to success.ʼ


“Can’t believe you’re still at school with a voice like that!”
nardene scott - RWD magazine