Nina Nesbitt sounds like: Dancing around your bedroom and burning photos of your ex in a makeshift waste bin bonfire.
Similar artists: Gabrielle Aplin, Lewis Watson, Rae Morris, Lauren Aquilina
Her story: Born in a small village outside Edinburgh, Nina’s musical education was based on a mixture of her Swedish mother’s penchant for chart pop and her father’s more left-field tastes, specifically Brian Eno.
Despite training in rhythmic gymnastics with sights on Olympic glory, Nina soon discovered a love of singing, uploading covers to Youtube.
After a chance meeting with Ed Sheeran after a gig in 2011 led to an impromptu performance, she was quickly booked to support him at his Shepherd’s Bush Empire show.
Still unsigned, a cover of Example’s Stay Awake led to her being snapped up to support Sheeran on his arena tour, leading to her inclusion on the BBC Radio 1 playlist and an appearance in his music video for Drunk.
With the playlists, live appearances, and Top 40 singles rolling in off the back of her debut EP The Apple Tree in 2012, Nina signed to Island Records and completed a headline UK tour.
In 2014, she brought out her debut album ‘Peroxide’, which shot to the top of the iTunes charts within hours of its release.
In 2016, new single Chewing Gum signalled not only a move into the pop world and a move to independent label Cooking Vinyl.
Nina’s now released new single The Best You Had to critical acclaim, cementing her status as one of the most exciting pop artists to release music this year.
What’s so great about her? Nina Nesbitt represents the kind of tenacity and ability to overcome that is not often seen in the pop world, navigating tensions with labels with an enviable amount of poise and grace.
The Best You Ever Had is arguably her best song yet, showcasing her unique storytelling ability as she describes the pang of an moving on from an ex.
Her instantly recognisable vocal style and cool electronic production now sounds like Nina has found her calling in the world of RnB influenced, autobiographical pop, and we couldn’t be happier for her.
Most-streamed track on Spotify: The Moments We Had with over 2 millions streams.
What will she be doing for the rest of 2017? Having just played a London show for Give A Home To Human Rights in conjunction with Amnesty International and Sofar Sounds, Nina is set to be very busy for the rest of the year promoting her new music and embarking on a small UK tour coming up in November.
Signed to: Cooking Vinyl
Upcoming live dates: [Tickets for all dates are available by clicking here]
- 20th November: London, The Garage
- 21st November: Manchester, Sound Control
- 22nd November: Glasgow, The Art School