It’s been a fantastic start to the year for Nina Nesbitt, the half Scottish, half Swedish singer-songwriter, who has just turned 19. Released in April, her 4-track EP ‘Stay Out’ drew combined YouTube and VEVO views of more than four million (taking her total views to date to close to ten million), while its infectious title track was playlisted by Radio 1 and reached No.21 in the charts.
VEVO made Nina their latest LIFT artist in July (previous artists to feature are Rita Ora, Bastille, Labrinth, Conor Maynard and Iggy Azalea) by premiering the video to follow up single ‘Way In The World’, which was also playlisted by Radio 1 and went straight into the Top 40. Her Twitter followers now number over 110,000 and her Facebook fans over 95,000.
Nina is thrilled to have been asked to soundtrack the latest John Lewis advert. Nina explains, “I have always loved Fleetwood Mac and am really glad that John Lewis liked my version of Don’t Stop.”
Her rise has been remarkable. Nina was just 16 years old when she began performing intimate shows across Edinburgh and Manchester and, with a budding interest in filmmaking, posted a selection of her own songs and some beautifully conceived cover versions on YouTube. The response she received was overwhelming. It kick started a roller coaster year that culminated with her self-released EP ‘The Apple Tree’ going straight to #6 on the iTunes download chart and #1 on the singer-songwriter chart last April.
By the end of 2012, Nina had sold out several dates on her first headline tour, signed to major label Island, soft-released her first single Boy (for which Vevo views have surpassed 2 million) and been crowned ‘Singer/Songwriter New Artist of the Year’ by iTunes.
Nina is currently co-producing her debut album with Jake Gosling (Paloma Faith, Ed Sheeran, One Direction) at his studio in Surrey. She is also working very closely with Iain Archer (Jake Bugg).
Nina is coming to the end of a summer packed full of intimate dates and festival appearances and is looking forward to an 11-date headline tour in October, by which time her fanatical following will have mushroomed by several more million.