Nadine Zahr

Nadine Zahr

 New York City, New York, USA
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

An amalgam of melodic hooks, tight grooves, powerful vocals, and honest lyricism, Nadine Zahr creates a full-bodied sound that carries you from one personal experience to the next.

Biography

With over 300 performances successfully completed, tens of thousands of digital downloads and albums purchased and distributed, performances with Ani Difranco and other internationally-known artists, continuous radio play, and songs on CBS Television, MTV, and Lifetime Television, Nadine Zahr has much to smile about.

"It's been a blast," she states, "completely fulfilling on all levels."

Nadine began focusing on a professional music career when she was 19 years old. Raised in the suburbs of New York City, her passion for performing started at the age of 6. Whether it was on a summer camp stage in Maine, belting out Whitney Houston hits, or crashing her older sister's living-room dance recitals, in her footsie pajamas and invisible microphone, Nadine found performing the most exciting place to exist.

In response to Nadine's uncontrollable restlessness, her Mother reluctantly enrolled her in local performing arts programs, at the age of 8 years old. She began performing in several musical reviews and shows each year, mentored and directed by the late Bertin Rowser.

"If it wasn't for him and his consistent encouragement, year after year, I would have never really known my full potential," Nadine recalls. "Every performance I do, from the 1500 seaters to intimate living room concerts, I dedicate to him. He was instrumental in my development as a performer and as a human being."

Bertin's guidance lead Nadine to the Broadway stage at the age of 12 as well as the black-boxes of the Julliard School during her high school years, right before Bertin's unexpected death in 1998. By that moment, Nadine found herself completely in love with the performing arts.

She did not, however, expect her life to take a more permanent turn to songwriting, until after Bertin's death.

"During the time I was on Broadway, my oldest sister was given an acoustic guitar for her birthday. Whenever she wasn't home, I would go into her room and play it. When she complained that she couldn't play her guitar because it hurt her fingers too much, I borrowed it again and never gave it back."

After only a few lessons, Nadine began writing songs as a sort of therapeutic hobby.

"It became my outlet. I was the youngest of three, so being heard and acknowledged was sometimes a challenge, but the guitar became my voice while writing lyrics fed my candid nature. I broke a lot of strings and cracked a lot of notes, to say the least."

At the age of 18, Nadine was accepted to a University in Washington, D.C. for Music Theater. That lasted about one year.

"After my freshman year, I had decided that I was old enough to, legally, be on my own, and I knew that this was what I wanted to do and who I wanted to be."

Prior to her withdrawal, however, Nadine sold her car to purchase the most expensive Taylor guitar she could find at Sam Ash, as well as, buy some studio time in the basement recording studio of the University's music school.

"It was a studio designed for opera singers and orchestras, but I was just elated to be singing into an actual tube mic as opposed to my big-button tape recorder, circa 1968."

She recorded her first demo, "The First Stage," in 2 hours, using only one take, per track.

"I was a kid back then, just wanting to have something to give to people. I wanted so badly to be noticed and recognized for something that was all me, the heart-on-sleeve-me."

She did just that and sold 750 copies of her demo in just 2 months, on campus. That was when her dreams began to shift from the performing arts to making music.

Offers to move out to Los Angeles presented themselves during the summer after her freshman year. Without her Mother's consent, and at the age of 19, Nadine dropped out of College and moved across the country, on her own.

"I had never been to Los Angeles before, so I didn't know where to go or what to do. I just knew I wanted to make music for the rest of my life."

After landing in Los Angeles, Nadine found the offers that enticed her to move there were all just empty promises, and she would have to start from ground zero. While sleeping on the floor for a few years and working odd jobs in the restaurant and retail industries, Nadine began to frequent the popular open mics that Los Angeles offered. Quickly, she became noticed for her four-octave range voice, her showmanship, and her candid lyricism. Booking agents and venue owners began to approach her for full-set performances. While working full-time, Nadine also pursued her career full-time, and was quoted as, "one of the hardest working female singer/songwriters in LA" by Music Connection magazine.

Building a local fan base from the ground up, Nadine began playing bigger and more reputable venues.

"There was a time when I would lie about my age to play basement bars and only one person would be in the audience - my best friend, who drove me there - but I would still play a full set and just ask if she ha

Lyrics

A Little Better

Written By: Nadine Zahr

Say goodbye
hurry
I'm shifting

Take heed
with hindsight
I'm shifting

If I only knew how to let go
a little better
If I only knew how to let go
a little better

What we say
what we say
we say to hide
all these words
these words
make me want to cry
what can I even say
when I've lost you already?

Under the sheets
I know sometimes
you couldn't find me
Disappeared
behind my veil of fear

If I only knew how to let go
a little better
If I only knew how to let go
a little better

What we say
what we say
we say to hide
all these words
these words
make me want to cry
what can I even say
when I've lost you already?

And what times says
goes
oh, but time
has done nothing for us
No, time has done
nothing for us

What we say
what we say
we say to hide
all these words
these words
make me want to cry
what can I even say
when I've lost you already?

Beautiful Soldier

Written By: Nadine Zahr

Pillow talk might be beckoning
but what do you really hear?
Through thick glass rendering
perhaps, mirroring, well,
I'm just a girl laying here.

Get comfortable
if you want to stay a while
Cuz I'm comfortably in denial.
You might have what I need
but these old battle wounds
still bleed...

Is it me
you find enticing
or is it
just the thought of breaking
these barriers around me
beautiful Soldier

Your kisses
are like bayonets
in my own private civil war
crossing all the barb wire fence
until I raise my white flag
and surrender, surrender

Is it me
you find enticing
or is it
just the thought of breaking
these barriers around me
my beautiful Soldier
my beautiful Soldier

On the frontline
well, I see you standing there
On the frontline
facing all of my tired fears
but what will become of us
once the smoke clears

Is it me
you find enticing
or is it
just the thought of breaking
these barriers around me

I said
Is it me
you find enticing
or is it
just the thought of breaking
these barriers around me
my beautiful Soldier
my beautiful Soldier
you're my beautiful Soldier
i said, you're my beautiful Soldier

Sunset

Written By: Nadine Zahr

Sunset
could you hold off, my friend?
this isn't the kind of day
i'd like to end
where thoughts drift
and the sky knows no limits

Sunset
i got so much to tell you
stick around
hear me through
i got stories about falling in love

for one night
won't you
choose me over the ocean?

I confess
in secrets
I confess
in secrets

Sunset
could you hold off, my friend?
so many words left unsaid
i got stories about changing minds
stay with me tonight

I confess
in secrets
I confess
in secrets

oh, how i've envied you
you watch the world
and still sleep so peaceful
oh, how i've envied you
you watch the world
and still sleep so peaceful

I confess
in secrets
I confess
I always wanna feel like this

Sunset
it's getting late, i know
one more thing
before you go
i'm full of such wonder
will you one day
tell me your secrets, too?

(c) NjZ Entertainment 2005

Horses & Fish

Written By: Nadine Zahr

Thank my insecurities
for making such a mess of me
you see
no one taught me this game
beats me
still trying to find
how to win

hey

It's safe to say
that i'm afraid
never knew what to do
with happiness
and here you are
fighting with such a vengeance
please believe
i know not how to hold this

hey

If you find me
before i do
you still won't
If you find me
before i do
you still won't
If you find me
before i do
you still won't
see
won't see

cuz my love for you
is bigger than i'll ever be
my love for you
is bigger than i'll ever be
my love for you
is bigger than i'll ever be
my love for you
is bigger than i'll ever be
ever be
ever be

Less Than 24 Hours

Written By: Nadine Zahr

ran on emotion
from LA to San Fran
fell in love tenfold
fell in love tenfold

in a sunlit room
made of white satin and wood
i jumped on you
shook you from sleep
you laughed and turned
to face me

pressed yourself against me
making sure you weren't still
dreaming

where can we hide
cuz i don't want the world
to find us tonight
cuz i got less than 24 hours
before i go my way
and you go yours

40 miles outside the city
i'm surrounded by
a whole lot of longing
and on the drive home
i've got my sunglasses on
but can't keep away the clouds
beginning to form

behind my eyes now weary
i ask myself
was it real?
or was i just dreaming?

where can we hide
cuz i don't want the world
to find us tonight
cuz i got less than 24 hours
before i go my way
and you go yours

5 days
and i'm still hungry for more
memories

can we take eternity
place it carefully
where i can love you
with my everything

where can we hide
cuz i don't want the world
to find us tonight
cuz i got less than 24 hours
before i go my way
and you go yours
oh no,
i got less than 24 hours
before i go my way
and you go yours

Discography

"One Love at a Time" (Single) May 23rd, 2009

"Underneath the Everyday" March 7th, 2006.

Set List

Originals:

One Love at A Time
Yes
No Bigger Thrill
Rebound
Take Me Back Home
Sunset
The Day
Less Than 24 Hours
Beautiful Soldier
Fly So High
Best of Me
Jeffrey
Catch
Where I Never Was
Wait
The Minute I...
Around You
Horses & Fish
Even Though
Black Dog
Hansel
Into the Fog
A Little Better

Covers:
I Want You Back (Jackson5)
Angel (Sarah McLachlan)
The Ultimate Female Break-Up Medley, i.e. Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill/Roberta Flack, Alanis Morissette, and Tracy Chapman

(order subject to change, covers subject to change)