Lady Nade is a blues, roots, soul and folk-influenced award winning singer-songwriter from Bristol, UK. Her voice speaks of lost cellars, smoky jazz and her songs sketch moments of emotional transformation.
Her debut album,‘Hard To Forget' has been described as "Absolutely lovely” by Dermot O’Leary- BBC2 and "...a satin cure for the soul" by Sam Bonham BBC Introducing.
In 2016 Lady Nade was awarded ‘Amazing Radio’ Audition Winner, which led to her nomination as an ‘Across The Pond’ US-featured artist, bringing her music to a North American audience. Her increasing profile has earned her endorsement from Taylor Guitars and from Icon Films Bristol and meant that she has had a busy 12 months, full of hotly-tipped shows, including spectacular performances at BBC6musicFestival, Hay On Why Festival, Cambridge Folk and Bestival including vocal guest appearances on Tom Robinson BBC6Music, Jools Holland Radio London and Sam Bains BBC Radio 4 show, ‘Yours Truly, Pierre among others.
Thus, the music that would inspire the singer we hear today. Later would come influences including Joan Armatrading, Corinne Bailey Rae, and Leonard Cohen.
It was no surprise when her WOMAD Festival 2015 performance led her to being picked up by Allan Keen, of UK-based independent recording label, Kitchen Studio Records, to produce, record and release her forthcoming debut album.
A huge fan of food, Lady Nade spent 12 months locked away writing and recording in a kitchen. “It was the best experi- ence ever,” she says. “All my vocals were recorded there, and now I’m ready to serve up the dishes created.”
So, get ready ready to fill your hearts with music for the soul. The stylistic palette is broad. The title track makes good on it’s name - Hard To Forget is lilting, gospel infused country- blues, voice unfurling through the smoke of a 1950s New York basement jazz club.
When Lady Nade cites Nina Simone as an influence, it is no idle claim. The folk chorus of I Got You Daddy recalls Si- mone’s fellow Greenwich Village heroine, Odetta. Waiting For You, is Stax-echoing, horn-filled soul. On Kiss This Trou- bled Mind, we’re in country as languid as the Flying Burrito Brothers. Closing track, Get You On My Own, boasts a verse lean like Depeche Mode’s Personal Jesus, chorus floaty and seductive like Donna Summer.
Best of all, there’s that first single Mind’s Made Up. One listen, and the chorus will stay with you until bedtime. Not only is it a prime example of Lady Nade’s pop sensibility and way with a hook, but also her understated phrasing. There is reserve here. Simple sentiments, sung deep: “Your mind’s made up, no words can save us now.” Like Otis Redding before her, Lady Nade has the uncanny ability to make you believe every word she sings, and quietly break your heart in the process. Taken as a piece, a collection of ten songs to illustrate that not only is Lady Nade’s work art, it is craft.
Collaborations with with Joe Volk (signed to Portishead’s Geoff Barrow’s Invada Records) Ewan Hoozami (Pedigree Cuts- (EMI/Warner) and Higher with Dr Meaker (Ramajam Records) as well as Songs -All I Am EP, produced by Matt Butler (Paul McCartney, Ruby Turner, Phil Collins, Pink Floyd, Mick Jagger, Johnny Cash, etc) have been highlights as well as being in demand in theatre land, from Macbeth at the Bristol Old Vic, to singing to thousands of quayside onlookers from a boat, in the part of Fair Avona, in a vast production launching Bristol’s M Shed museum.
Having received mentoring and community practical support throughout her career Lady Nade has paid this forward by giving back to the local community via her music.
She regularly holds songwriting workshops for young people in Bristol, and is also extending open invites to youth music groups or individuals who seek gig opportunities whilst she is on tour. She recognises the true value of having someone to guide and nurture you in the initial stages, as Lady Nade explains:
“I feel absolutely privileged to receive such great support from my community, I love Bristol. I definitely think it’s important to stay true to yourself as an artist. I very much write from the heart and write about personal experiences. I would always encourage anyone to just be yourself. It is always going to lead to true happiness.”
“I love being able to work with different youth organisations. So I can give a platform and opportunities to young people who may not have the opportunity to perform.”
Her debut album is the culmination of many years of evolving musicianship, and self discovery, as Lady Nade has developed her intuitive songwriting and worked hard to overcome both personal struggle and the complex emotions that inevitably filter through to her lyrics and performances. You cannot help but resonate with the honest place from which her music comes from.
'Complicated is based on the loss of someone. The album is about love, loss and hope. Some of the songs are about loss, the break up of relationships, but there is always hope. Even though we lose people, life is short, so we’ve got to make the most of what we have. Life is short.” Lady Nade says. “Writing lyrics has definitely helped me express myself. I can be the voice for other people that might be going through something that they might otherwise not be able to express. Being able to give my listeners a platform to enable them to talk about different emotions that they might be feeling, is important to me.” She explains.
Lady Nade has developed her own, unique vocal style weaving blues into soul and country into folk, She is a thoughtful lyricist, and often draws on her own life to create authentic and powerful narratives, as well as providing her listeners with an anchor to their own experiences. Sometimes stages have been taken alone, sometimes shared with a fleet of sharp-skilled musicians, along the way dispensing hundreds of self-written songs.