LOCAL singer/songwriter Nina Nesbitt is already at the stage where she needs little or no introduction to News readers.
The teenage former Balerno High School pupil has been gathering heaps of column inches on these pages over the past year – and we make no apologies for that. It’s been a mighty long time since our fine city produced a bona fide pop idol, but that’s what we have in Nina Nesbitt.
For the past few months, the 18-year-old has been working on her debut album with super-producer Jake Gosling, who is well known for working with the likes of One Direction and Ed Sheeran.
The fruits of their studio labour will see the light of day later this year, by which time Nesbitt, who recently signed a £1 million deal with Universal, will be well on her way to chart domination.
Already, she has YouTube views running into the millions and a huge Twitter following of “Nessies” and “Nesbians”, a fair few for whom Saturday’s sold-out gig at Liquid Room seemed to be a night of nights.
First up on the bill, 19-year-old Italian-English singer Olivia Sebastianelli warmed up the early birds in attendance with a short but impressive set that brought to mind both Chrissie Hynde and Debbie Harry.
Anyone that tunes in to Radio 1’s weekly round-up of the official Top 40 would be able to tell you that the charts increasingly feel like they belong to the young. Indentikit dance-pop club fodder, an exodus of aging DJs from the Radio 1 fold, to be replaced by voices that sound barely fresh from university, a pre-disposition toward teen-friendly acts; inviting them back as guests time and time again. It’s all so very, veryyoung.
And budding singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt plays into all that. Half Scottish, half Swedish, Nesbitt marries cutesy candyfloss-haired looks with boisterous, playful guitar pop that last year saw her self-released Apple Tree EP surge into iTunes’ Top 10 download chart. Now a major priority for Island Records, Nesbitt took to the stage tonight at Islington’s imposingly grand Assembly Hall for her latest headline show.
For the most part, Nesbitt’s tunes avoid the kind of MOR mire that seems to have since consumed the careers of the initially-promising Amy Macdonald and KT Tunstall, instead offering a more energetic, poised take on the whole bonnie Scottish songstress framework. Nesbitt may be young – with songs that feel like tales straight from the pages of Go Girl! magazine – but musically, her tracks are already strikingly full-bodied. Balancing both accessibility and depth, there’s a strength to Nesbitt’s performance tonight that already far outshines the mournful plaintiffs of her closest peer – Gabrielle Aplin.
Scottish-born singer-songwriter, Nina Nesbitt has gathered a strong following of loyal supporters from her Youtube and live success.
The half-Scottish, half-Swedish, songstress has captured the hearts of many, including Ed Sheeran and Example, and established herself as the one to watch for 2013. Signed to Island Records, Nesbitt prepares for the release of her 4-track ‘Stay Out EP’, which will be released April 8th.
Fortitude Magazine caught up with the singer, prior to her final UK tour dates, and discussed what it is like being Nina Nesbitt.
Hello Nina, how are you this morning?
Hello! I’m fine thank you how are you?
I’m a little tired, it is a Monday morning …
Yeah, I’m the same.
Do you mind explaining what encouraged you to become a singer-songwriter?
I think it’s something that I have always enjoyed doing, more as a hobby, but I think of the likes of Elle Goulding and Taylor Swift, the girls with the guitars, and taking that to a career level.
I feel that is really inspiring. So, I played a few gigs, uploaded a few Youtube videos and got some positive feedback, which just encouraged me to keep going and make it my career.
Nina Nesbitt turned down most record labels to preserve her creative freedom.
The 18-year old singer turned down offers from major record different labels before finally signing with Island and took her time because she wanted to grow and develop her own unique sound.
She told BANG Showbiz: ”I’ve met people from the industry that have been signed before when they were like 15 and they’ve had these labels turn them into something they don’t want. I never wanted that.
”I felt like I wanted to do it by myself. Not have the pressure of selling things and make it more about putting the music out there and seeing if people liked it.”
Nina was discovered by Ed Sheeran in 2011 after she played him a song at a radio gig and he invited her on tour, and she loves being on the road.
She said: ”I’m from a small village where everyone knows everyone. I think I’ve made a lot of new fans on the tour around the UK in places I’ve never visited before.
”I love travelling. I really wanted to travel anyway so it’s great to be able to do that as part of a job.”
Nina is releasing her EP ‘Stay Out’ on 8th April, she will also be playing London’s Islington Assembly Hall on March 12th and Edinburgh’s Liquid Room March 16th.