Nina Clark
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Dec
17
Nina Clark @ Home Ground, Folkestone

Kent, England, United Kingdom

Kent, England, United Kingdom

Dec
01
Nina Clark @ Office Bar, Folkestone

Kent, England, United Kingdom

Kent, England, United Kingdom

Nov
24
Nina Clark @ The Vine, Tenterden, Kent

Kent, England, United Kingdom

Kent, England, United Kingdom

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With a set comprising sounds as diverse as Led Zeppelin covers, stripped-down jazz standards and sun-tinged Brazilian samba (sung in Portuguese), Nina Clark is cultivating a sound that marks her out from the crowd. The Kent-based singer has been spending time in Chicago with the multi-Grammy-nominated jazz artist, Kurt Elling, and has even performed with Elling's trio at the legendary Green Mill (former haunt of a certain Al Capone). "Kurt taught me to get out there and do it," says Clark. "If you don't promote your music, you'll never get anywhere." - The Independent on Sunday - Greg Theoharis


Indulged in the comfort of The Ballroom’s velvet furniture and partially candle-lit 18th century ballroom interior, I sat back and waited for local solo artist Nina Clark to take to the almost romantically backlighted stage. My brief meeting with Nina shortly after entering the venue gave me an insight into her welcoming, confident and friendly personality, a trait that I was eager to see expressed through her musical performance.
Embracing the acoustic guitar, one of three instruments waiting on stage, Nina left no room for disappointment, opening the night with the beautifully sung ‘Long Time Ago’, one of many tracks from the performer’s collection of original songs that would see her through the night. Those situated within The Ballroom were treated to songs born from Nina’s own talent, along with familiar covers made famous by such legends as Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, John Martyn, Billy Joel and Steve Miller Band.
As Nina’s vocal introduction placed itself as a highlight of the evening, not to mention an effective way to kick start her set, it seems only necessary to provide this element with first mention. Unleashing a unique balance of power and grace, Nina’s vocal ability pronounced itself clearly through the 1600sq ft venue, even over the sound of eventual peak numbers occupying its floor. Delivering everything from soothing tones to up-beat melodies, her confident voice remained consistent throughout, echoed simultaneously through stage presence. Showcasing her musical relationship with piano, guitar and a Nord Electro 3 synthesizer named Kara, Nina dominated the stage with proficiency as a solo artist and the mastery of her instruments.I might speculate that the setting of the venue – a tranquil white and purple colour scheme, decorated with artistic portraits and a wall of mirrors, warmly lit by candles and descending chandeliers – enhanced the experience of watching Nina’s own brand of acoustica. Through a diverse performance and musical deliverance, centred around her three primary instruments and vocal talents, I couldn’t help but feel the same diversity also within the atmosphere, shifting between what I’d describe as the cheerful, the romantic, the up-beat, and the peaceful.
Though I can admit that in the past I probably haven’t indulged in the listening of many albums that would fall into the category of the ‘chill-out’ genre, I’d like to firmly express that Nina’s overall sound would certainly be a top contender if I were to select music to relax to. I feel like this is a rather modest statement, however. Moreover, not only does Nina’s music provide one with feelings of relaxation, but solidifies itself as a sound that, quite simply put, makes you feel good about yourself and everything around you, emphasising the solo artist’s ability to create a potent sense of serenity, whether your listening to jazz-inspired ‘Too Sweet’, the mellow ‘Cry Baby’, or the dance-inducing ‘Cold Night of Day’, to name just a few. - Rock Kent - Matthew Webb


Discography

Singles;
Sup The Cup (available on iTunes)
Sugar (self-released physical copy/see also Streaming)
Too Sweet (self-released physical copy/see also Streaming)

LPs;
The Changeling (physical copy available through own website)
Home Sweet Home (as above)
New album of originals to be on iTunes by Dec 2011..

Streaming;
Sugar - Myspace/own website
Cry Baby - Myspace/Last FM
Long Time Ago - Myspace
On the Road - Myspace
Too Sweet - Myspace

Radio;
Too Sweet - BBC Radio Kent
Sing To Me - BBC Radio Kent
Long Time Ago - BBC Radio Kent
Sugar - BBC Radio Kent
Sup The Cup - ABSM Radio

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Bio

Nina Clark is an acoustic artist, performing as a vocalist, guitarist and pianist. Her sound is folk-tinged funky pop, but encompasses roots and blues and is always soulful!

The impact of artists such as Feist and Sting are evident in Nina's songwriting, and the energy of bands like Led Zeppelin and Elbow are an inspiration in her live sets, where a strong rapport with the audience is paramount. A champion of the un-coverable cover, Nina likes a challenge, and her choice of other people's material is eclectic and irreverant. Expect the unexpected..

Nina has guested with the Grammy-nominated Kurt Elling Quartet at their residency in Chicago’s famed jazz club The Green Mill, shared the bill with Madeleine Peyroux and Leanne Carrol, supported Circulus and Midge Ure and sung with Jamie Cullum.