Nadia High

Nadia High

BIOGRAPHY

Nadia High is a Canadian born singer-songwriter of Trinidadian roots. She creates and performs deeply soulful original songs with a mix of urban-folk, a blend of blues, neo-soul and classic rock genres. Her unique style and material address challenging topics such social injustice, race, alienation, cultural identity, personal growth and love in the face of adversity. Her songs are filled with super hooks, jazzy chords and catchy melodies - all allowing the listener to truly experience something new.

A Ukulele was her first instrument - she was 7 and at 13 she started playing the guitar. She performed on several talent shows, studied vocal harmonies for a year and and was a National Music Festival finalist at 16.

She was a host and DJ for "Expressions" - CJSR 88.d FM (college radio at U of A, Edmonton). This lead her to study radio/tv/film production at Howard University (Washington D.C.) with a minor in music.  She went on to direct and produce two feature length film documentaries, as well as served as music-supervisor on both projects. One of the films, “Damaged Goods” ran on Showtime Networks in Demand for 1 year.

After the birth of her daughter, she returned music full-time. Part of her writing inspiration came from the music of singer-songwriter Rahi High, whom she did background vocals for 3 years. The other part came from “just living life..."

Nadia is making her mark on the local urban-art/music scene, after traveling for the last couple of years.  She trusts her own unique voice and brings something that is fresh and powerfully original to the world of music.  She is able to address many of issues facing communities today, with "pretty" melodies and an infectious groove that resonates with audiences from various walks of life.

As a member of the global artist collective HowdoyousayayminAfrican, Nadia wrote the music for the song “LAND,” lyrics written by poet Dawn Lundy Martin, from the independent film “Good Stock on The Dimension Floor” (2014), directed by visual artist Sienna Shields. The film made an impact on the New York art scene and was featured at the prestigious Whitney Museum Biennial, N.Y. (2014).

She has been featured at the Harlem Music Festival , WinterFolk and Blues Fest, and Urban Folk Salon (2017/18), Harlem Farmers Market, Free Candy (Brooklyn, N.Y.), NAMA(New Amsterdam Association of Association, N.Y. The Bitterend N.Y.,  The Fuse,  BASM (Black Speculative Arts Movement Festival) U of T, as well as several private artist salons and venues throughout Toronto.
In July 2017 she released her original song and video "Armchair Revolution." She is currently working on singles from the project "Curve Balls In The Rain" which is set to be released in the fall of 2018.