The Caledonia Collective have announced multi-award winning singer songwriter Nina Nesbitt will be joining the all Scottish line-up of The LaFontaines, Lau and Hektor Bizerk at Webster Hall in NYC on April 6 as part of Scotland Week. The annual gig showcases the most exciting Scottish musical talents to a truly international audience of New York based music lovers and is set to be a night to remember.
Nina Nesbitt, the half Scottish half Swedish songwriter picked up her first guitar at the age of 15, creating music described as pop with the DIY ethic of punk. A year later Nina was discovered by pop sensation Ed Sheeran. Little did Nina know, that meeting would be life changing, with Nina going on to self-release her debut EP “The Apple Tree” which caught the attention of Fearne Cotton, and the ears of Island Records who later signed her.
In 2013, Nina had her first 2 hits with “Stay Out” and “Way In The World”, headlined two UK tours, played her first sell-out show in the States and Asia, spent the summer on the festival circuit, and spent days in the studio with producer Jake Gosling (Paloma Faith, Ed Sheeran, One Direction) and working with Iain Archer (Jake Bugg).
The young songstress has already collected a plethora of awards including the iTunes “Singer/Songwriter of the Year” in 2012, being named Vevo’s “LIFT” Artist in 2013, crowned as the “Most Stylish Musician” at the 2013 Scottish Style Awards and picked up the “Best Emerging Artist” award at the Scottish Music Awards in November 2013.
Fast forward 4 years, Nina is now a hugely experienced songwriter, festival veteran, a regular on Radio 1 and in February this year, released her debut album Peroxide. Nina’s impressive career to date has led to a huge online following with more than 20 million video views and over 130,000 followers on Twitter.
At the age of only 19, there’s no doubt that Nina’s success has been built on relentless hard work, gigging and even making her own tour t-shirts!
Nina Nesbitt spoke of the announcement saying, “I’m so excited to be part of this line-up, playing alongside fellow Scots in NYC and representing our country as part of Scotland Week is such an honour. It’s going to be a lot of fun!”
Donald MacLeod, Chairman of Nordoff-Robbins Events Scotland’s music therapy charity commented: “We are over the moon that Nina will be joining the collective on stage at New York’s Webster Hall. The success that she has achieved at such a young age is impressive and she’s really flying the flag for Scotland at the moment. Nina’s addition completes the diverse line-up which shows off the wealth of musical talent currently coming out of Scotland.”
Also announced to join the bill are Glasgow based Hector Bizerk who play the Caledonia Collective gig as part of their 3 day tour of NYC. Formed in 2011, the duo have positioned themselves at the forefront of independent, left field music with their take on hip hop as a drum and rap combo which saw them play over 100 shows in 2013, and win a Scottish Alternative Music Award.
The Caledonia Collective is presented by Creative Scotland and Nordoff-Robbins Events Scotland, and supported by Scottish Government, a united partnership that works towards promoting Scotland’s talents abroad.