Nina Lee Music

Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

My name is Nina Lee, I am 17 years old and I was born in Manhattan. I have grown up with my younger sister Emma, my mom Kelly, my dad Andy, and our labradoodle Sandy. I have always been very musical and have been encouraged to pursue it since a young age. Whenever things get hard, what pulls me up is my family. I have always had unconditional love and support which has nurtured me into becoming the artist I am today.

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Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience and skills.

Singing has been a part of my DNA from day one. My dad, who is a guitarist, would always be playing around the house and I would come up with melodies before I could form sentences or walk by myself. Music has always been my outlet to write about both good and bad times. I have always been very fond of performing and started at a young age. I performed a lot in musical theater as a child and many recitals. I have released music that I am very proud of, including my new EP “Snapshots,” which is available everywhere. “Snapshots” is a collection of my family stories and a look into the type of person that I am. The lead single from the EP is called “Airborne” which I wrote on the piano shortly after my great grandfather died. He was a paratrooper in WWII and his unit was the 101st Airborne. His wife, my great grandmother, is now 94 years old, and when my grandfather died, I was unsure how to explain to her how I was feeling, so that’s how “Airborne” came to be. It was to show her that although he was a war hero, she was also a hero in so many important ways.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

I’m not sure how I would identify my music. It is kind of a mix between acoustic rock/R&B/soul. Everything I write is purely me. My inspiration for my music is my support system, which is my family. The new lyric video for “Airborne” that was recently released following my EP was inspired by my great grandparents and the 70 year old love letters my great grandmother had saved from the war. The video features real pictures of them, and the real letters to give the viewers a real experience into who they were as a couple. My main goal is to impact people and to show them they are not alone. I think that music can be a very powerful healing tool, and I just want to spread that throughout.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

I think that as a young girl in today’s day and age I have to stay true to myself and not let people take advantage of me in the business. Some people make poor decisions because they believe it will further their careers. I have a very supportive, involved family who is always there to guide me through and help me choose the right way. I know that in this industry, people who want to help you might also have their own agendas, which you have to be aware of. I think that as many times as you fail in any circumstance, that one time you succeed trumps all the failures. For me that moment when I get the feeling of pure euphoria is when I am on stage. I am the happiest I have ever been, and that is why no matter what I work through the hard times to get to the victories.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

For “Snapshots”, I was fortunate to work with the producer Steve Greenwell. We hadn’t met before this project, but when we started making the music, it was magic. He talked a lot about “ebbs and flows” and how I would feel when it sounded right. I didn’t understand, I wanted to know exactly what I needed to do in that moment to make it perfect, but he told me if I wanted it to be organic and raw which was what I wanted I had to let go a little bit and let the music lead me. Once I was able to let go, I was able to create the music that was in my head all along. The songs were all recorded differently, because each song required something different from me. But, for the most part, I wanted to rely on real instruments without too much in the way of effects and processing because I prefer an honest sound that you could hear live, especially on the vocals.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

I have been involved in music my whole life at different levels. Going from being a child doing recitals and performances, to a teenager making albums, and performing at venues I never could have imagined. My goal is to become even more seasoned as an artist and perform and make music for the rest of my life.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

Different things inspire different people, and I don’t think that one thing specifically inspires me. I am very inspired by my family and the experiences that I have been through. Different settings allow me to take a breath and look differently at situations giving me multiple perspectives. Through that, I write songs that mean a lot to me, so that when I perform them, that message is shown clearly.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Every song is made with a different amount of dedication and creativity. My songs are authentically me and uncensored. When I let my guard down is when I am able to get the best songs. I just have to allow myself to get into that head space instead of creating some exterior to protect myself. Through that I embrace all of my quirks and write something that I am proud of. I look back and wonder sometimes how I wrote a specific song, because I am in a different headspace than I was when I wrote the song. Writing a song for me is very personal and therapeutic and allows me to funnel my emotions into words. Every song is unique to the writer and is unique to the person interpreting the song.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

I am so grateful for the people who have taken the time to listen to my music. I always say, “If I can just change one life, I know I’ll be fine”, which is a line in “Safe Place,” the second track on the “Snapshots” EP. My main goal is to impact people’s lives for the better and use my music to move them and make them feel. When I am moved by music I feel strong, and confident, and that’s what I want to share with the world.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

Even though I am still an upcoming artist, I would probably say to anyone who asked me to keep at it because that is what people have told me, and it feels like it’s working. If you really want to do something, and believe it is your calling, nobody can get in your way, except yourself. That is why I would say to give it your all, but there is nothing to lose.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

I have been very humbled by the kind words that media outlets have shared about me and my recent EP. “Snapshots”, is my debut into the music world with what really represents me. I have had other songs when I was younger, but this EP really depicts who I am and what type of person I am. I am very grateful to have performed at places such as The Bitter End, Rockwood Music Hall, and this month at the Mercury Lounge. I am just very excited for the experiences to come and the journey I will be going on.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

My EP only came out a couple of weeks ago, but outlets such as Prelude Press, All Access Music, Rock Your Lyrics, etc. have been recognizing and distributing it. I would like to thank Variance Magazine for exclusively releasing “Airborne” and all the support that everyone has shown me throughout this time. Some cool playlists have started including my music and I hope that continues. You can find “Snapshots” on Spotify, Soundcoud, YouTube, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Deezer, Pandora and basically everyplace that music can be streamed or downloaded.  You can also find it on my website www.NinaLeeMusic.com.  My main goal is continue to spread a positive message with my music and see where it takes me in the future.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

I write and sing from inspiration that I take from everyday life. I have a lot of support from my family and my songs that I have recorded have been refined until both the producer and I think it matches the vision we were going for. Writing and recording for me are two very different things, because recording is more glamourous; it is when you have a complete song and are ready to tweak it until it feels just right. Writing is dissecting every phrase and word until they match together the way that I feel is right. My voice coach, Kate Baker, was with me during the recording process to help me with techniques and making sure that we got the best possible sound, and my family surrounded me the whole time, which was amazing. My dad played on the recording as my guitarist, my grandparents were there when I recorded “Golden Years”, my sister was videoing the whole ordeal, and my mom was just a constant support to me. Without my family I would not have the motivation to write, compose, sing, and record in the way that I do.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

I have gotten great advice from seasoned artists who have helped me with my writing and with my songs. I have worked with Aimee Proal, Todd Wright, Ethan Metzer, and look forward to working with many artists in the future. Aaron Comess, Richard Hammond, Nadia DiGiallonardo, and Jimmy Farkas all played on the album, along with my dad, Andy Lee.  I’ve been playing live with John Carey, Tristan Marzeski, and Jeff Cubeta.  I am willing to write with people who I have looked up to in my life, who are story tellers and talented. One day I would love to write with Ed Sheeran, because his songs are such stories. He is so articulative and makes every single song so personal. Another artist I would love to work with is Billy Joel, because I know I could gain so much from picking his brain about the industry and learning from his extreme talent.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

You can find me on Facebook at

Facebook

Instagram.

@ninaleeofficial

Twitter

@Nina_LeeMusic

Website

YouTube Page

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

Anywhere music is sold or streamed you can get my EP “Snapshots”.

Spotify

 

iTunes/Apple Music

Soundcloud

Amazon Music

Deezer

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

My happiest day was when my sister was born and brought home from the hospital. I was 3 1/2 and I was so excited to have a little sister. I went with my grandparents to Toys R Us and I got her a blanket and got her so many presents. I was going to go pick her up but I couldn’t decide what to wear, so I put on a princess nightgown and waited in the lobby of our apartment building with my grandma waiting for my parents, grandpa, and sister to come home. I definitely thought she was “my baby” and my parents had only brought her home specifically for my entertainment!

For me, I had not really experienced death until my great grandfather died, who was the inspiration for “Airborne” along with my great grandmother who is now 94. I had never seen my family in such a sad state and I had never seen my dad so upset. I had never seen my dad cry, but when he did at the funeral; of course I cried because what little girl sees her dad cry and holds back tears!? It was really hard to understand what happened, but I was able to use all that pain and all that heartache I was witnessing to create “Airborne”, which I think really captures my great grandparents’ love story.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

With a million dollars, I would definitely support the military and military families, along with kids struggling with bullying, exclusion, and depression. I will try to help everybody that I can and just give back to those who are less fortunate than me. I would also use the money to donate to sign language and ASL programs throughout the states, because I don’t believe there are enough opportunities for people to learn ASL is the school system today. I was lucky enough to find a way to learn ASL, and I am determined to open up more people to learn it.  I hope to be able to use music to help accomplish all of these goals, so reinvesting in new releases and performances would definitely be part of the effort!

 

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Kolade Olamide

I am a poet , writer, beat maker, chef, songwriter, web designer, music promoter,digital marketer, blogger and director.

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