Nadine Goellner

Nadine Goellner

BandJazzSinger/Songwriter

“Nadine Goellner, a local songwriter and vocalist who artfully blends soul and jazz with her signature acoustic scatting.” - The New Yorker

Biography

November 2006 update - GREAT NEWS: Nadine's new LIVE CD is a finalist in the Independent Music Awards in the Live Album Category!!!

New York City singer-songwriter Nadine Goellner has been winning over audiences across the country with her unique acoustic-driven blend of scat, soul and jazz. Her debut album, Remember My Name, earned Nadine comparisons to such esteemed artists as Norah Jones for her jazz-infused sound, Edie Brickell for her thoughtful songwriting, and Chaka Khan and Christina Aguilera for her soulful voice and dynamic range. Her follow-up, Sing It to Me Anyway, was hailed by fans, radio listeners, and critics as “one of the strongest indie releases of 2004” (All Music Guide). Nadine just released a brand new LIVE CD in September 2006. Recorded at a sold-out concert at new NYC hotspot Mo Pitkin’s last spring, the album features Nadine with bandmates Anna Dagmar on piano, Bob Hart on bass, and Allison Miller on drums. The energy and spirit of Nadine’s live shows as caught on this new CD show why her audience is fast-growing and why her “folk-jazz-scat cross-pollinations have earned raves galore” (Time Out New York).

In addition to her sold-out shows in NYC, Nadine has been touring regionally, sharing the stage with many notable artists, including jazz great Diane Schuur; acclaimed performing songwriters Duncan Sheik, Vienna Teng, Patty Larkin, Keren Ann, John Gorka, Catie Curtis, Jeffrey Gaines, and Susan Werner; and GRAMMY winning artists Jesse Harris and Colin Hay, among others. She has been a featured performer at several showcases and festivals, most recently including the 2006 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist showcase, the 2005 Michigan Womyn's Music Festival, the 2004 Songwriters Hall of Fame New Writers Showcase, the NEMO Music Festival, GRAMMYFEST 2003, the BMI Acoustic Series, and The Atlantis Music Conference. Nadine has performed at many clubs and listening rooms across the country, including The Living Room (NYC), The Bluebird Café (Nashville), Club Passim (Boston), the Tin Angel (Philadelphia), the Iota Club (DC), and Eddie’s Attic (Atlanta), among others.

Nadine has also gained the attention of radio and television, including NPR’s All Songs Considered, which included her song, Thinking About You, on their Open Mic program; WFUV Radio in New York, where City Folk Sunday Breakfast host John Platt spotlighted Nadine as part of his ‘New Voices from New York for the New Year’ series to kick off 2005; and ABC News Now and NBC News, which recently featured Nadine and the volunteer work she does performing in healthcare facilities with NYC-based charity Musicians on Call (musiciansoncall.org).

Look for more touring for Nadine in 2007 as she continues to celebrate her new LIVE CD and brings her soulful acoustic jazz-infused sound to clubs and colleges through the US. More info and tour dates at nadineg.com.

Lyrics

Thinking About You

Written By: Nadine Goellner

Thinking About You

I’ve been thinking about you. Can’t get you off my mind. Keep trying to tell myself to give it up. You’re never going to look my way. You’ve got someone else. I’m sure you’re doing fine. Look, I don’t want to marry you. Let’s just see where it goes, spend some time. I’ve been thinking about you.

Last night I walked these streets, just trying to clear my head. But I kept hoping you’d come across my way. Well, I don’t know what I’d say if I saw you there, and it didn’t happen, anyway. But you’ve got me so wound up, don’t know what’s real, can’t keep it straight. I’ve been thinking about you.

Now how can I be anymore clear? When I tell you all night long that I’m trying to fight this strong feeling I get when you are near me. And I can’t let another day go by without doing something. I’ve got to do something, but all that I can do is say…I’ve been thinking about you. I’ve been thinking about you.

And I’ve been so afraid, but maybe the day will come when I’ll take my chance. I’ll say:
Can you feel my heart, beating faster than I could ever say, “Can I kiss your lips, just this one time?”
Can you feel my heart beating faster than I could ever say, “I think I’m falling, falling, falling. I think I’m falling, falling, falling. I think falling, falling, falling in love.”

…or maybe I’ve just been thinking about you.

Nadine Goellner-vocals & acoustic guitar (rhythm), Bob Hart-bass & acoustic guitar (lead), Allison Miller-percussion.

Three Days

Written By: Nadine Goellner

Three Days

Three days go by and the clock’s still ticking. Got nothing to say ‘cause I’ve just been sitting here waiting for someone to tell me why, waiting for the world to pass me by. Three days go by and the clock’s still ticking. Can barely move ‘cause I’ve just been sitting here waiting for someone.

It’s Monday morning in my neighborhood. Girl is crying; she don’t look so good. In the scars on her face you can read the words her man spoke the night before. Well, outside my window he was calling her name. And outside my window, she said, “No, baby, please don’t.” And that day I just kept walking like I’d never heard her before.

Three blocks over, two more down, drugs are changing hands ‘round and ‘round and they’re starting out younger with each passing day. Well, down on the corner the sales are high. Down on the corner, now the babies are trying it. It’s been a week since I’ve seen a clear pair of eyes.

Three days go by and the clock’s still ticking. Got nothing to say ‘cause I’ve just been sitting here waiting for someone to tell me why, waiting for the world to pass me by. Three days go by and the clock’s still ticking. Can barely move ‘cause I’ve just been sitting here waiting for someone.

Now it’s Friday night and the music’s calling. The bombs are falling and I can barely breathe. Your cigarette left me choking on my sleeve. Trying to hide away from the world’s great destiny.

Three days go by and the clock’s still ticking. Got nothing to say ‘cause I’ve just been sitting here waiting for someone to tell me why, waiting for the world to pass me by. Three days go by and the clock’s still ticking. Can barely move ‘cause I’ve just been sitting here waiting for someone.

Nadine Goellner-lead & background vocals & electric guitar, Bob Hart-electric bass, Allison Miller-drums, Steve Welsh-tenor saxophone, Arne Wendt-Rhodes.

Close to Me

Written By: Nadine Goellner

Close to Me

Do you know you send me right to the moon? And I just keep pretending that I’m ready for all of this with you? I can feel it coming our way. The winds of change are going take you all over the place.

Now, I could love you less and stand in your way and only let you be half of who you aught to be. I could love you less and stand in your way, but I won’t. I would never hold you that close to me.

Morning comes around and another day with you slips on by. Where have all the years gone to? Oh, can you tell me? Sometimes it’s hard to let you take your own chance, ‘cause I remember, darling, when you first held my hand.

Now, I could love you less and stand in your way and only let you be half of who you aught to be. I could love you less and stand in your way, but I won’t. I would never hold you that close to me.

When you came into my life, I knew that I would never be the same. I love you more then you could ever know. And I’ve watched you change and grown and turn the world around all on your own, but I’ll still be there every step of the way.

Now, I could love you less and stand in your way and only let you be half of who you aught to be. I could love you less and stand in your way, but I won’t. I would never hold you that close to me.

I would never hold you that close to me, but I’ll still be there every step of the way.

Nadine Goellner-vocals & acoustic guitar (rhythm), Bob Hart-electric bass & electric guitar, Lance Carter-drums, Natalia Zukerman-acoustic guitar (lead) & background vocals.

Discography

LIVE (2006)
Sing It to Me Anyway (2004)
Remember My Name (2002)
It Must Be Christmas Time (2002)

To listen to additional soundclips than those available on Sonicbids, please visit nadineg.com.

Set List

Nadine primarily performs her own original music, while occasionally incorporating new arrangments of jazz standards into her shows. A typical one set show is anywhere from 45 to 75 mins, depending on venue's request. Solo or with a band, Nadine can perform up to three 45 minute sets per night.