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Nina Nesbitt

Nina Nesbitt

Whitney Woerz

Wed · April 18, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$12.00

This event is 18 and over

Nina Nesbitt
Nina Nesbitt
“I've grown up. I feel like that's the main thing.” The Nina Nesbitt of 2018 is not like the Nina Nesbitt of
2013, the one who arrived as if from nowhere in 2012 and scored a UK top 15 album with Peroxide in
early 2014. The heartfelt, easily relatable lyrics remain, as evidenced on the multi-layered, story-telling
pop of her first single on Cooking Vinyl, The Moments I'm Missing, which was written and produced
solely by Nesbitt. That character-filled voice remains, as does the razor-sharpe eye for acute lyrical
observations and nagging, ear-worm melodies. What's new is a desire to inject her music with more
obvious pop influences, an area she dived headlong into last year on the excellent, one-off single
Chewing Gum. While the first album zipped past in a flash, things falling into place at an alarming
speed almost outside of her control, this new Nina Nesbitt, now 24, is in charge of everything. All of it.
An independent artist in all variations of that phrase, this is the sound of a singer-songwriter
comfortable in their own skin. “I'm so proud of this album,” she beams. “If it does well then great,
obviously, but I feel like I've made the record I've always wanted to make.”
Born in a little village outside Edinburgh, Nesbitt's musical education was a long and constantly
evolving one. Fully immersed in chart pop thanks to her Swedish mother – think lots of ABBA, Britney,
Christina, Whitney – that was then mixed later with the more outré leanings of her father, specifically
Brian Eno. Closeted in her little village, it took her friends to break her out of a fairly dark early
obsession. “My friend at school told me to stop listening to Basshunter and start listening to Nirvana,
so she introduced me to the rock world,” she laughs. Later, after moving to London, her musical
horizons were exploded more and more. “I really got into R&B all of a sudden, and I just love how
Lauryn Hill, Bryson Tiller and Kehlani communicate things about their life. It's like I know who they are
when I'm listening to their songs. So I wanted to represent that in my music too.”
But we're getting ahead of ourselves, because music wasn't always her only passion. Despite learning
to play various instruments, Nesbitt was also a rhythmic gymnast training to go to the Olympics. “I feel
like that is where a lot of my drive has come from, because I wanted to be the best,” she explains. “I
was so passionate about it. I ended up being in the Scottish team and training for the Commonwealth
Games. I stopped because I'd gone as far as I could. Then music was the next thing.” Rhythmic
gymnastics was also joined on the sidelines by the flute, an instrument that's hard to make look cool,
especially when there are boys around. At 15, having learned the guitar, a new inspiration arrived. “I
remember being 15 and hearing Taylor Swift's song 15 and being like 'oh my God', it's a girl with a
guitar writing her own songs,” she says. “I wanted to do that! I don't come from a musical background
or a wealthy background, so I needed to find a way of getting out there and that thing of writing your
own songs felt affordable and doable.”
By this point she'd already started uploading covers to YouTube, chiefly to work out if she could
actually sing, a baptism of fire that showed an early resolve. “I used to be like 'do I have a good
voice?' and my mum would say 'you've got a unique tone',” she cackles. “So I never knew if I was
good or not, but I loved singing so much. I basically recorded these videos because I thought
strangers would give me an honest opinion and that way I could work out if I was good or not. So I
didn't tell anyone about it.” Having already started songwriting aged 10 (her first song was called
Dreams Become Reality), she'd also started accumulating a collection of her own recordings, which
came in handy when a chance meeting with Ed Sheeran in 2011 after a gig lead to an impromptu
performance and an offer to support him at Shepherd's Bush Empire and several dates across

Europe. Still unsigned, a cover of an Example song then lead to a support slot on his arena tour,
which was then followed by an appearance on the Radio One playlist. Having signed to Island, the
Nesbitt tornado was now in motion, taking in more playlist appearances, more live shows, more Top
40 singles, more acclaim.
When the dust settled and the album was out, however, Nesbitt was ready to move on. Chewing Gum
was the sound of her breaking out of her comfort zone and indulging fully her love of pop, a move that
was embraced by her fans but one that felt a little too alien. While proud of the song, it symbolised the
breakdown of her relationship with Island and kickstarted her move away from being an artist and
embracing songwriting for others. It was a move that reignited her passion for music, lifted her
confidence back up after the label split and eventually lead to the creation of The Moments I'm
Missing. The pop album she'd been making, and that Chewing Gum was meant to be on, may have
been scrapped but the process of its creation has its positives, chiefly her learning production for
herself. As I said, always fully in control. “Production is expensive and I didn't want to have to rely on
anyone else for my own career,” she says. “I wanted to do it myself. I've got this little studio at home
and I just sit for hours and hours learning. I want to be able to do it all by myself if I have to. I want to
always be able to put music out.”
With songs cut by various artists, Nesbitt's keen to carry on with the songwriting for others. But the
passion for her own project is firmly back, kickstarted by the creation of the beautiful, fully biographical
The Moments I'm Missing, a swirling combination of delicate piano lament and robust, intricately
programmed beats that features LA singer Goody Grace. “I went home from a session for someone
else and I wanted to write a song nobody else could sing but me. I wanted to write a song that's just
about my life,” she says, referring to these new songs accurately as “suburban pop”. I loved how
rappers or R&B artists talked about their lives and I wanted to find the singer-songwriter version of
that. When my career took off it all happened so fast and I couldn't always take it all in. But now I've
had a lot of time to look back and see what was amazing and what was shit. It's not about missing as
in longing; it's about the moments I'm missing from my brain. It's about recollecting.”
Elsewhere there is the gloriously biting single The Best You Had which has been embraced by new
fans including Hollywood royalty in the shape of Chloë Grace Moretz and Taylor Swift (“it's crazy that
you're moving on so fast, but baby it's okay if I am still the best you had” runs the chorus), a low-key,
R&B-tinged tale of love gone sour written and produced with newcomer Jordan Riley (upcoming
producer LostBoy has also worked on various songs across the album). “It's a personal thing because
I've definitely felt like that but I had a conversation with a friend who was gutted her ex had moved on
but she was like 'as long as I was better then that's fine'. She really hit the nail on the head. So I made
it into a little poem. Once I started working on it in the studio the whole thing came to me in about 30
minutes.”
Then there's Somebody Special, perhaps the best example of the bridge between the old and new.
Written in Nashville with Dan Muckala and Brianna Kennedy, it's a love song but “not too mushy”, all
slowly percolating verses and a chorus you want to live inside – this song alone has had over 30
million streams on Spotify alone. And it doesn’t stop there, Nina’s now celebrating the success of her
most recent single ‘Loyal To Me’, which has broken new ground for Nina, being playlisted on Radio 1
and Radio 2 with Nina’s combined streams surpassing 100 million.
It's been non-stop for Nina since signing her new deal with Cooking Vinyl, a tour of the US with Jake
Bugg, another sold-out UK headline tour, winning the Evolution Award at the SSE Scottish Music
Awards and to top it off, she was asked to collaborate with emerging female artists, Sasha Sloan and
Charlotte Lawrence on a new track ‘Psychopath’ for the launch of Spotify ‘Louder Together’. This
program brought artists together to collaborate on an original Spotify Singles song in the spirit of
community, empowerment and inspiration – Nina being the only UK artist to take part. Nina’s reach

globally has also been illustrated by the reports of both Spotify and Apple promoting Nina’s single in
New York’s Times Square on huge billboards.
In a music industry that often doesn't give you second chances, or time to settle into the artist you
want to be, Nina Nesbitt's found a way to not only make it work, but make it work for her. Rather than
rush into making an album for the sake of it, she waited for the inspiration to strike and let it slowly
take shape organically. “With an album I feel like it's parallel to my life in a way – I was just trying to
find out what I liked and what I was good at,” she says succinctly. What she's good at is being an
artist, but one that's fully in control, i.e. the very best kind.
Whitney Woerz
Whitney Woerz
Whitney Woerz, born October 22, 2000, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She has made numerous appearances on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. In January 2015 she began recording her debut EP, set to release in November. In August 2015, Whitney also recorded an album of covers at the legendary FAME Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. There, she found connections to her musical roots that doubled as inspiration and added a sense of rawness to her music. Glenn Rosenstein (Madonna, U2), mixed and produced Whitney’s recordings for a series titled, “The Fame Sessions: LIVE from Muscle Shoals." The videos, available on YouTube and other social media outlets, earned over 1.2 million views in less than four weeks.

Through continued collaboration with Grammy Award-winning producer, Glenn Rosenstein, Whitney will release her first EP, Behind the Smile, in November 2015. Behind the Smile highlights Whitney's search for direction as she faces the challenges of being both an artist and a teenager. The album also incorporates subtle imagery of a vintage Polaroid. Like her music, the camera reflects happy faces that carry stories hidden behind a veneer. Such themes exemplify Whitney's strength as a songwriter while simultaneously reflecting an awareness of relevant teen issues.

Whitney has also helped raise awareness by participating in anti-bullying programs. Her advocacy against bullying coupled with her experience helping friends with depression has helped create a foundation for her musical wisdom. Together with the music label 600 Volt, Whitney has officially committed to sharing a portion of her music profits with the organization LETS Bring Change 2 Mind, chaired by Glenn Close. Bringchange2mind.org is "a non-profit organization working together to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness."

Whitney continues to develop a sincere and affirmative message. The journey to FAME studios led her to find her own musical roots and embrace self expression while her life experiences provide insight to advocate awareness of serious social issues. This unique combination has helped Whitney gain recognition with fans. Her impressive artistry spread quickly across social media, resonating with a wide and varied audience. The November 2015 release of Behind the Smile stands to illuminate Whitney's talent and personality as she connects with fans, affecting them with a message of hope and inspiration.
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