“Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought.”
– Yip Harburg – Lyricist and Song Writer
Nina Ross is a singer based on the Isle of Wight. After an early start in classical singing she moved into design careers in Theatre and Film. She is also an artist, lover of nature and the written word. Widely travelled and living abroad through work and for pleasure she is a keen observer of other cultures.
The common interest running through Nina’s art and music is her fascination with the different ways in which we express and portray emotion. The subtle mix underlying complex feelings such as love, loss, hope, sorrow and joy and how we connect with one another through them.
Nina takes inspiration from a variety of music genres enjoying alternative/art pop, electronica, jazz, folk and classical. Her influences include: Beth Gibbons (Portishead), Sophie Hunger, Agnes Obel, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Melody Gardot, along with ethereal/dream pop and trip hop such as Cocteau Twins and Massive Attack.
For Nina music has always served as a connection to self and to others, and a sense of freedom and release. These elements inform her repertoire. With storytelling at the forefront Nina sings with a purity of sound and a touch of folk. She looks to thread between the shifting lines of light and dark, hope and melancholy, joy and sorrow.
Enjoy a pared down relaxed approach as Nina delivers a set of known and less well known songs from the American Songbook such as Round Midnight, Nature Boy, Skylark, I’m a Fool to Want You, Wild is the Wind, along with a jazz approach to contemporary songs by Portishead, David Bowie, Joni Mitchell and Plastic Mermaids.
Collaborating with Nina on the tracks ‘Les Etoiles’ and ‘Wild is the Wind’ is the Pianist Matt Robinson (Snowpoet) and ‘Milk’ is Jon Thorne (https://jonthorne.bandcamp.com and Yorkston/Thorne/Khan), a personal friend, to whom she is incredibly grateful for his support and creativity. Nina’s band comprises of Jon Thorne – Bass, Chris Jones – Drums and Tom Barker – Keys.