Thirteen year old Atlanta native Nia Imani has been singing nonstop since she could talk, and taught herself how to play the keyboard. At 6 she entered herself into a school talent show, and wowed the crowd with Alicia Keys “Falling”. She became known around Atlanta as the little girl with the big voice, winning contests and captivating audiences with songs like Jill Scott’s “Golden” and Jennifer Holiday’s “And I Am Telling You’” at venues around the city. Nia Imani is a gifted vocalist, with range, power, depth, and feeling beyond her years.
Nia Imani has performed in Madison Square Garden, SESAC Atlanta’s Artist Showcase, and at Ashford and Simpson’s Sugar Bar in New York, accompanied by Grammy nominated songwriter and artist Valerie Simpson. An accomplished actress, Nia Imani starred on Broadway for nearly a year, as Young Nala in the Tony-Award winning musical “The Lion King”. She earned the role after auditioning and competing against thousands of children in Disney’s nationwide search. As a result of her successful Broadway run, she was cast to star in Disney’s The Lion King Educational video, “Being A Lion Kid”, and later honored by Ebony Magazine as one of “Black Broadways’ Best.” Nia Imani can also be seen in the upcoming movie, “Joyful Noise” with Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton and Keke Palmer.
“She really does write all those songs herself.” The youngest girl ever to be signed as a songwriter with SESAC Atlanta, she has amazed countless producers, songwriters, and industry execs with her songwriting and production skills. She’s amassed an impressive catalog of songs in just a few short years. Nia Imani wrote and composed her first single, “Your Journey Begins”, and wrote and arranged the lyrics for her latest release, “Dance With Me”.
Nia Imani’s goal is to be successful in music, movies, and television. She is intelligent, motivated, hardworking, and focused. But the essence of Nia Imani is that she truly has a wonderful spirit. Her smile brightens up the room; she cares about others, and wants to help make the world a better place. She has her own charitable organization, Every Child’s A Star Foundation, Inc, that supports arts and music education in schools, and speaks directly to children about positive peer mentoring, self-esteem, and social responsibility. “As the song goes, “I believe the children are our future,” and Ms. Nia Imani is the future of entertainment. From Broadway to the radio, Nia Imani is doing it all before she even hits high school.” IAE Magazine. Nia Imani is the Voice of a New Generation.
How would you describe your musical style? Missy Elliot’s Genius laced with MJ’s Magic…Nia Imani, The Voice of A New Generation.
When did you start recording and what inspired you to get into the musical business? I started recording around the age of nine. I’ve always wanted to be in the music business. I saw all the celebrities on TV and I said ‘I want to be right there on stage, just like them’. So, here I am, and I love it!
Who are some of your musical inspirations? Some of my musical inspirations include: Beyonce, Michael Jackson, Christina Aguilera and Lady Gaga.
What are your goals in the industry? One of my main goals in the music industry is to touch people with my music.
Where can we hear your music or see you perform? You can hear my music and see my videos at http://www.NiaImaniRocks.com
Is there anyone in any creative field you think we should be keeping an eye out for? Yes, me!
Any parting thoughts you would like to share with the readers? All I have to say is the sky is not the limit because you can reach beyond the stars.
Lastly, the social linkup, what are your URLs for Facebook, Twitter, etc?
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