Nina 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 a few."I 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.

Recordings:

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:

Patti Austin

Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds

Ledisi

Michael McDonald

Josh Groban

Martina McBride

Joey McEntyre

Wayman Tisdale

Raven Symone

World Tour with French Recording Artist - Michel Polnareff

Michelle Williams

 

DVDs and TV Performances

Michel Polnareff Concert Tour Double DVD

Michel Polnareff Bastille Day - Live TV Broadcast

Gameshows Gone Bananas with Ben Stein

Lingo

American Dreams

24 (2005 Season)

Jeff Majors Gospel (with Ledisi)

BET Commercial "Green-eyed Monster"

 

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