Nabi

Nabi

 Guelph, Ontario, CAN
BandFolkJazz

Nabi is a story teller, a singer, a writer, a musician, a poet, a sister, a daughter, a lover, a friend, a woman, a child, an actress, a performer. She'll sing to you from her heart with a compassionate soul, an artistic mind and a soothing melody.

Come by for tea, she'd love to meet you.

Biography

Nabi was practically born singing. Writing, however, came a little later. She started by penning multiple tunes about weather patterns, wildlife, and angels. She's since adopted a few grown-up topics, including love, heartbreak, and desperation. Her songs embrace vulnerability, bridging the gaps between those listening. Her lyrics paint an emotion-driven view of humanity, our successes, our downfalls, and our mutual experience. Nabi was born in Guelph, Ontario, and raised with an emphasis on freedom and truth-seeking. She's always had a passion to perform, and at the age of eight, with a stomach full of butterflies, she first shared an original piece in a fancy hotel lobby in South Africa. At thirteen, she was drawn to a weekly local open stage, and continued to build confidence on public ground. In her high school years, Nabi took part in a musical, written and directed by folk legend James Gordon, a number of school plays, and a rock band with some pals (Ekho). Her first album (Tall Grass, 2006) was recorded in the upstairs room of her home, within a three-day period by a good friend and mentor, Ken Brown. Nabi graduated high school at seventeen and traveled to Australia on a spiritual quest. After much growth, she came home to Ontario and delved straight back into music. At a folk conference in London, Ontario, Nabi met Danny Michel and they became friends. Her latest album, ‘Hibernation’ (2010) was recorded with Danny in his farmhouse studio. When Nabi isn't playing shows or writing songs, she creates feather jewelry, knits, and drinks tea with her friends and family. She's also involved with a fresh new band called Medicine Hat (www.myspace.com/musicbymedicinehat).

Lyrics

Heartbreak

Written By: Nabi

It's been awhile since you last came to see me, I won't say I've missed you, though once we were close. Heard you'v been around town, bumping shoulders with my friends, now you're here at my back door, haunting me like a ghost. I don't really want to, but I let you inside, and you slyly ask me to stay the night. I'd love to say "no," but you've already claimed the rights. Oh heartbreak, you're back in my life. We talked in the kitchen of previous years, of previous lovers and previous tears. You offered yourself as a comfort to me, I should have denied you, I should have chosen to flee. But we know you've already claimed the right. Love to say "no" but you've already claimed the rights. Oh heartbreak, you're back in my life.

Da da da da da da da da da...

When the morning time came, you had gone again, but you left me your anger, your fear and your pain. You offered these gifts as a comfort to me, I chose to deny them, I've chosen to flee. Now I've said "no," 'cause you never had the right. Yeah we both know that you never had the right. Now I've said "no," 'cause you never had the right. Oh heartbreak, get out of my life.

Da da da da da da da da da...

Shallow Water

Written By: Nabi

He walks the shallow water of simplicity and pain. Thinks he can keep himself dry by denying the rain.

Will you shatter my universe? Will you shatter my heart? Will you confront my excuses? Will you break me apart?

She hosts a ragged savior of kind words and pleasantries. Thinks she can make herself fly by claiming she is free.

Will you shatter my universe? Will you shatter my heart? Will you confront my excuses? Will you tear me apart?

We cry, we crawl, we lose it all.
We sigh, we stall and down we fall.

Oh Time

Written By: Nabi

Oh time, I was sittin' here it was after dancing late September. Oh time, I was talking with you we were both she an scared, on the woolen ground, with our candle-lit words.

In harmony we sang a tune of old hymnal dusty pages. I wrote you a song, and it's sung rather often. Someday, in the harmony we will sing.

Oh time, I was chasing the sun with no shoes until I could run no more. Oh time, I was listening underneath the stars to the symphny of the summer.

In harmony we sang a tune of old hymnal dusty pages. I wote you a song and it's sung rather often. Someday, in harmony we will sing.

Oh time, you move so quickly, so quickly passed me, so quickly passed me.

Someday, in harmony we will sing. Someday in harmony we will sing.

Discography

Tall Grass (2006)
Recorded in her attic with her pal Ken Brown

Hibernation (2010)
Recorded in a farmhouse studio with her friend Danny Michel

Set List

Met By Rain
Heartbreak
Help From Hollywood
If I Wasn't Here
Tall Grass
Willing Would I Be
Snailshells
Shallow Water
Hibernation
Oh Time
Consequence/Compromise
Mighty Respirator