Harris never planned on becoming a singer. "I
wanted to be a classical pianist, until I was about 12 years old and realized
that I was about 7 years late!" Luckily, fate had a different plan
in store. Always musical, she played viola from 4th grade on, but never got
those piano lessons, and at some point discovered by chance that singing
was something she could do well instinctively. It was a performance at 6th
grade camp that changed her life. "The energy coming back from the crowd
was the highest high I'd ever felt." Years have passed, but that sentiment
still rings true. "There is
nothing better than performing for a live audience."
After moving to Washington, DC, Nina won a highly competitive pageant for
Howard University School of Liberal Arts, where she majored in French. She studied
voice with reknowned jazz artist Ronnie Wells at the Elliston Studio for
Jazz Studies. During her time in Washington, Nina has sung at a great many
venues. Especially notable are Baltimore's Camden Yard and the Vice Presidential
Residence, where she sang for then Vice President Al Gore's going away gala.
Nina also worked at a jazz television network, where her love of jazz was
accelerated. Melding the influences of R&B and jazz, Nina's style influences
are a broad range from Natalie Cole to Anita Baker, Sarah Vaughn, Al Jarreau,
Rickie Lee Jones, Edie Brickell, Randy Crawford and Michael Franks, to name
listen to just about everything that's not too extreme and genre specific.
If it's musical, it has value. The best music always defies easy genre classification.
Look at Sting, Cassandra Wilson, Prince, Annie Lennox - they never stick
to genre lines. Similary, classifying Nina's music is just as difficult. "Is it jazz, is it R&B, it is adult-
contemporary? I don't know, nor do I really care. I just hope it's good."
Since relocating to Los Angeles, Nina studied at Hollywood's
Musicians Institute and Los Angeles Valley College. She has gone on to perform with stellar musicians, and some of the biggest names in the business in the United States and abroad, as listed below.
In 2008, she toured France for the 34 year comeback of one of France's most beloved megastars, Michel Polnareff. With Polnareff, she completed a 9 month tour stadium/arena concert tour across France, Monaco, Belgium and Switzerland. The highlight of the tour was the honor of performing for literally a million people, including the french president Sarkozy, who'd personally requested Polnareff as a performer, in front of the Eiffel Tower on a live, nationally broadcast event, after Nelly Furtado and two other opening acts. See footage of our Bastille Day performances on my France travel blog.
Living With War - Neil Young (Reprise)
Michel Polnareff - Ze Tour 2007 Concert CD/DVD
This is Me - Emo Dagher
Dumb and Dumberer Original Picture Soundtrack
Around the Groove in a Day - Angelique
Don't Touch Me (Universal India)
Live Performances with:
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds
World Tour with French Recording Artist - Michel Polnareff
DVDs and TV Performances
Michel Polnareff Concert Tour Double DVD
Michel Polnareff Bastille Day - Live TV Broadcast
Gameshows Gone Bananas with Ben Stein
24 (2005 Season)
Jeff Majors Gospel (with Ledisi)
BET Commercial "Green-eyed Monster"
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