Saturday, July 7, 2012

Nina Vidal

Born Nina Simone Vidal on April 20 in Queens, New York, Nina is a talented American singer-songwriter and pianist. With a smooth fresh and sexy urban style, her voice is silky. Nina grew up in a multicultural neighborhood of Flushing New York. At age seven her musical studies began with piano lessons. The lessons continued through her high school years. Nina was not the typical teenager. While her peers were listening to Hip-Hop and R&B. Nina was listening to artist like Antonio Carlos Jobim, Miles Davis, Keith Jarrett, Anita Baker, Sade, Fiona Apple, Stevie Wonder and her namesake Nina Simone. I believe that our destiny is written for us and Nina’s destiny was to write and sing. When Nina graduated from high school, she received an academic scholarship to attend the prestigious Manhattan institution at New York University. Nina got her big break when she was a student at New York University. While attending the monthly open-mic night, she met musician, producer and composer Cate`. Nina gave him her demo, Cate` listened to it and he decided to produce her. Nina’s first songs she recorded was “End of The Rain” and “Do It Again”, songs that she wrote. Nina released her debut album on Uni-Village a Japanese label, in 2008 which was titled “Nina Vidal”. This album toppled Norah Jones “Come Away With Me”, as the number one Contemporary Jazz album in Japan. Nina held this spot for eight months straight. In September of that year it was the number one downloaded album on iTunes. I can see why every song on that album is amazing. Nina really came out smoking with her first album “Nina Vidal”. There is no slowing this young lady down. Nina’s second album “The Open-Ended Fantasy” was released on September 15, 2011 exclusively in Japan. This album became the number one Contemporary Jazz Album in that country in less than 24 hours. This album shows off how talented a writer she is. The song “Inside Outside”. I love the words “Lonely days/End before they’ve begun/Winter winds warm my skin/Like summer sun/And the inside is the outside/When you want me/And every side is the bright side/When you want me.” Wow! Nina does it all she can write and sing. It does not matter what Nina in singing Jazz, Blues, R&B, she has that soft soprano voice. She is definitely not a screamer that’s what I like about Nina Simone Vidal. Streetwise Radio is playing Nina’s song “Do It Again” and will definitely playing more songs from Nina Simone Vidal. You can also listen to Streetwise Radio on I-Tunes, live365, Athena365, MyGen365.

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