Nakia

Nakia

 Austin, Texas, USA
BandBluesSoul

Alabama-raised singer/songwriter Nakia has become a fixture in the Austin music scene since arriving in 2002. He was a Top 8 Semifinalist on CeeLo's team during the first season of 'The Voice' on NBC.He has written, recorded, and performed with everyone from Lamont Dozier and Sharon Jones to Alejandro Escovedo and Gary Clark, Jr. Nakia is currently performing with his Blues band, Nakia and the Blues Grifters.

Biography

Austin-based, Alabama-raised singer/songwriter Nakia has a heart that beats to the rhythms of Muscle Shoals soul, pumping blood infused with Stax funk to cells lined with Chicago blues grooves. His vocal talent is the kind that instantly turns listeners into fans — among them CeeLo Green, who invited Nakia to sing on his Muppets Christmas special. Nakia was a Top 8 Semifinalist on CeeLo's team during the first season of 'The Voice' on NBC.

Nakia moved from Chicago to Austin in 2002. After a brief stint in the Small Stars, a tongue-in-cheek lounge act fronted by Fastball’s Miles Zuniga, he formed Nakia & His Southern Cousins, got booked to perform at the 2008 Austin City Limits Festival, and wound up singing with Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings. Alejandro Escovedo heard him at a Rolling Stones tribute, which led to him singing backing vocals on Escovedo’s Street Songs of Love album, and to a second recommendation — this time by producer Tony Visconti — for Nakia to front his own Blues band. So he formed the Blues Grifters. A YouTube video of the band led to The Voice producer Mark Burnett recruiting him for the pilot, which resulted in his relationship with CeeLo.

Nakia is a active member of the Austin music community. He is an outspoken advocate for organizations such as Black Fret, HAAM, and The SIMS Foundation. He has served as the Chair of the Austin Music Commission and as a member of the Board of Governors for the Texas Chapter of the Recording Academy. Nakia is a two-time Black Fret nominee. Nakia is set to appear on the upcoming ALL ATX album, "Low Down Violet Crown: Austin Rocks the Blues.” Nakia will also perform at the 2016 Austin City Limits Music Festival with the Barton Hills Choir. 

Lyrics

Ain't That Lovin' You Baby

Written By: Jimmy Reed

Know I love ya babe?
Know I love ya babe?
Know I love ya babe?
But you don't even know my name

Let me tell ya baby
I'll tell ya what I would do
I would rob, steal, kill somebody
Just ta get back home ta you

Ain't that lovin' ya, baby?
Ain't that lovin' ya, babe?
Ain't that lovin' ya, babe?
But you don't even know my name

Let me tell ya baby
Don't sound like it's true
They could drop me in the ocean
I'd swim to the bank
An' crawl home ta you

Ain't that lovin' ya baby?
Ain't that lovin' ya babe?
Ain't that lovin' ya baby?
But you don't even know my name

They may kill me baby, bury me like they do
My body might lie but my spirit gonna rise
And come home to you

Ain't that lovin' ya baby?
Ain't that lovin' ya babe?
Ain't that lovin' ya baby?
But you don't even know my name

Ain't That Loving You (For More Reasons Than One)

Written By: Homer Banks, Allen Jones

You think I love you for just one thing.
To you my love this may, be the way it seems
But I love the way you carry yourself I even dig the way you wear your hair

Ain't that loving you? Ain't that loving you for more reasons than one?

Somehow my love you've been mislead
By the things that other men have said
But I love you for what you are I even love you for what you may become

Ain't that loving you? Ain't that loving you for more reasons than one?

Did it ever occur to you why I do all any man can do?
To keep a smile on your face
It's because I love you I love you I love you in so many ways.

Somehow my love you've been mislead
By the things that other men have said
But I love you for what you are I even love you for what you may become

Ain't that loving you? Ain't that loving you for more reasons than one?

I love you because you hold me
I love you because you soothe me
I love you because you kiss me
I love you
I love you

Double Trouble

Written By: Otis Rush

Lay awake at night,
Toss and turn just so troubled.
Can't keep a job,
Laid off and having double trouble.

Hey hey, they say you can make it if you try.
Some of this generation is millionaires
But it's hard for me to keep decent clothes to wear.

Laughed as I walked away
And I have no place to go.
Bad luck and trouble has taken me;
I have no money to show.

Somebody's Sleeping In My Bed

Written By: Johnnie Taylor

Somebody is sleeping in my bed
Somebody is sleeping in my bed
I know i should’ve been there
But I was some place else instead

I had myself a real good woman - to hear my every call
I acted a fool and i left her - for little or no reason at all
And now I can’t get over losing her - and i know it was all my fault
She begged and she pleaded with me
To sit down and have a good talk

Even when i was gone she said that she cried all alone
And that’s why somebody’s sleeping in my bed

Oh! don’t you know it hurt me so bad
Oh! i can’t hardly stand it

Just when i was thinking of coming home
She called me on, she called me, she called me on the telephone
Baby i’m soon to be wed
Somebody will soon be sleeping in your bed

Raise Your Hand

Written By: Eddie Floyd, Steve Cropper; Alvertis Isbell

If there's something you need
That you never had
Then don't just sit there
Feeling bad

You better get up
For I'll understand
Just raise your hand

Oh yeah baby here I am
You know I'm standing in line
I wanna give you my love
Please let me try

I wanna be good
Can't you understand
Just raise your hand

Raise your hand
Just raise your hand
Just raise your hand

Baby here I am
You know I'm standing by
I wanna give you my love
Please let me try

You better get up
For I'll understand
Just raise your hand

Raise your hand
Just raise your hand

Discography

Nakia - The Voice Season One (Forget You, Closer, Sex On Fire, Whattaya Want From Me?)
Nakia - Water To Wine - April 2009
Nakia - Playing The Cards - 2007

The Small Stars - Self Titled * - 2005
The Small Stars - Tijuana Dreams* - 2006

*Recorded as "Vic Odin" Fictional Manager Of The Small Stars

Set List

Set list always varies.