It's not often pure talent arrives that unites phenomenal songwriting skills, an acute ear for melody and a vocal that is truly unique. Meet 21-year-old Nina Jayne.
Born in North London to a Jamaican mother and Pakistani father, Nina grew up with a diverse soundscape – country and western, gospel and soul all played a huge part in her musical education. With her mother and two sisters both singers and her father a guitarist, Nina was quite literally born into music.
With slices of soul stirred into a stew of pop, Nina Jayne's debut album blends acoustic guitar riffs, sumptuous keys and thick beats in a melting pot of musicality. It's impossible to pigeonhole her sound style or look. To quote Nina herself – “Hopefully my sound reflects me”. Whether tackling domestic violence on the beautiful ballad 'I Fall To Earth' or homelessness on the heart-stopping 'No Ordinary Pain', Nina's thoughtful wordplay, set to sublime, understated sonics, speaks directly from and to the heart.
Live dates with Amp Fiddler, Roy Ayers and an invitation to join Lionel Ritchie on his U.K. Arena tour followed, and December dates with Rashaan Patterson have further built the anticipation for her forthcoming debut. With production from Soulshock and Karlin (Brandy, Usher), Fraser T. Smith (Craig David), Mark Hill (Artful Dodger, Jennifer Lopez) and Danish outfit Maximum Risk (Jamelia) it's
becoming a must have release most exciting releases this year.
For those that like their music utterly original, beautifully written and quite unlike anything else out there, then look no further than Nina Jayne.
No Ordinary Pain – Debut E.P. – Out 29th November