Nesrin Asli

Nesrin Asli

 Columbus, Georgia, USA

Neo-Soul with an international, Turkish twist. Sounds like Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, or Sade with a Euro-club element.


Nesrin Asli Bio
Nesrin Asli was born in Izmir, Türkiye (Turkey) and raised in an American military community where she attended Izmir International School until coming to the United States at the age of nine. Her mother is Turkish, and her stepfather is an American contractor for the Army. This cultural duality gave her a broad and diverse perspective, not only on music but with theatre and dancing as well. As a child, she plundered through her older brother’s and sister’s CD collections and was introduced to such artists as Metallica, Seal, Madonna, and Turkish singer Sezen Aksu.
After spending two years in the United States, her family returned to Izmir where Nesrin found a niche in theatre and drama, performing in Izmir International High School productions such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Mighty Roman Pan-Galactic Arctic Players. It was during this time that Nesrin’s singing voice was noticed by friends, family, and teachers, and so she took a rightful place in the school chorus. This afforded her the opportunity to sing solo for various military functions, graduations, and school productions. Already a trained pianist from the age of thirteen, Nesrin’s musical identity was beginning to take shape. She graduated from high school, set her sights on Ann Arundel College in Baltimore, and returned to the United States on her own to pursue a life in entertainment. While working on her core subjects, she amplified her skills with additional vocal training and jazz dancing classes. It was then that she discovered the likes of Alicia Keys, Blu Cantrell, and Jill Scott and found their sultry, breathy vocal styles to be very much like her own.
In 2003, Nesrin Asli relocated to Columbus, Georgia, from Izmir Turkey to attend Columbus State University. By this time, the financial realities of student life began to change her perspective, and she opted away from entertainment and toward a more ‘grounded’ career as a business/marketing major. Nesrin got her Bachelor’s in Marketing in 2007 and had all but abandoned her dreams of being a professional singer. But destiny had other plans. Not long after graduation she befriended Cyryus, a former Hip-Hop MC from Philadelphia who had produced her own CD in 1998 and who was still doing music production for local artists. Inspired by Cyryus’ story and the courage it had taken to pursue her dreams, Nesrin’s goals to be a singer/songwriter were revitalized. She committed herself to music and hasn’t looked back. She has since performed at several nightclubs and singing contests and has been compared to the likes of Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, and Sade. She has also captured the respect of Columbus singing legend Peggy Jenkins who has invited Nesrin to sing with her on stage at The Loft on several occasions.
Nesrin Asli worked with The Loft Studio and Gr8 Trakz Studio, to release her debut album entitled “Something From Nothing” in October 2010, with producers such as Cyryus, Steve Meadows, and Kevin Lamar. The album consists of several warm, sultry Neo-Soul tracks that talk of love found and love lost, as well as two Turkish language tracks, and two tracks that feature the rapping skills of Cyryus. She’s caught the attention of Columbus music greats and Berklee graduates such as Marshall Ruffin (guitar), Sam Phillips (bass), and Kevin Lamar (drums), all of whom make cameo appearances on the album. In a musical age where new artists flash and burn out, Nesrin Asli brings a timeless sound and classic vocals that promise to endure.


Something From Nothing, released October 3rd 2010

Set List

Ten Past Midnight, Listen, Benimle Dans et, Honey, All Figured Out, Perfect Strangers. Cover songs include Killing Me Softly, King of Sorrow by Sade, and Ain't No Sunshine by Bill Withers, Fallin by Alicia Keys, Gimme One Reason by Tracey Chapman, Ribbon In The Sky by Stevie Wonder.