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Nina Lee Nominated for Independent Music Awards

April 10, 2019

Nina Lee Is Among the Year’s Most Exceptional Music Projects Nominated in 
The 17th Annual Independent Music Awards

April 10, 2019  Singer-songwriter Nina Lee of New York City was named by Music Resource Group (MRG) as a Nominee in The 17th annual Independent Music Awards (The IMAs), the influential awards program for independent artists and releases. Innovative self-released and indie label projects - in all styles and mediums were nominated by fans and industry panelists in 103 Album, Song, EP, Music Producer, Music Video and Design categories that were culled from thousands of submissions worldwide.  Nina’s moving and uniquely personal song, Golden Years, is one of five nominees in the Story Song category.

The winning projects will be selected by judging panels of top recording artists including: Tom Waits, Lee Ann Womack, Robert Smith, Boyce Avenue, Martha Wash, Ben Lovett and Todd Rundgren, among many others; and influential press and talent buyers from the Americas, Europe and Pacific Rim.

 Artistry. Diversity. Excellence.
Now in its 18th year, The Independent Music Awards - produced by Music Resource Group - honor the year’s most exceptional and artistically daring music projects from self-released and indie label talent from around the globe. 

Program winners and nominees are extraordinary artists at every stage of their careers. Previous honorees include Amy Lee, Killer Mike, Valerie June, Meghan Trainor, Passenger, RuPaul, Jackson Browne, Team Me, Radio Radio, ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Girl in a Coma, Masta Ace, Pokey LaFarge, Nik West, The Mud Howlers, The Apples in stereo, fun., and JD McPherson among many others.

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Marjory Stoneman Douglas Students Releasing 'Raise Your Voice' Album Before Midterm Elections

August 20, 2018

After a group of students from Parkland, Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School crisscrossed the nation this summer on their "Road to Change" tour, they will now lift their voices with students across the nation before the November midterm elections on an inspiring collection of songs titled Raise Your Voice: The Sound of Student Protest.

The 11-track album, due Oct. 5 through the nonprofit Little Village Foundation, features new songs and spoken-word pieces composed and performed by the students of the high school that was the site of a deadly mass shooting in February that left 17 students and teachers dead.

Proceeds from the album recorded in response to that shooting and other deadly assaults at schools across the nation will be donated to the nonprofit Everytown for Gun Safety organization. On the day of the album's release, the students will perform live at San Francisco's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival on Oct. 5. Among the songs included in the collection is "Shine," the soaring, inspirational track written and performed by students Sawyer Garrity and Andrea Peña and others at a CNN town hall in February, just weeks after the shooting.

"The courage of these students is amazing. Everyone participating on the album is incredibly talented and their hearts are filled with love for their fellow students," said Little Village Foundation founder Jim Pugh in s statement announcing the release. "Raise Your Voice is a cross-section of America. It includes young artists standing up from Morro Bay in California to a music class in New York City, but it's very focused in its sense of purpose. Raise Your Voice features a wide range of students who want to share their music at such a critical moment in our country. Raise Your Voice gives them an opportunity to have their voices out there, and to encourage other students to rise up. These students just want to keep our schools safe, and we feel this music will have the potential to strike at what's going on in America."

You can find some provided descriptions of select tracks below.

Raise Your Voice track list:

"Shine" (Sawyer Garrity and Andrea Peña)
"Raise Your Voice" (Madison Yearsley)
"Save Me" (Tyler Jenkins)
"A Poem for the Fallen" (Saida Dahir)
"Renegades" (Amalia Fleming)
"The Truth: We Need Change" (John W. Lavelle Preparatory Charter School, AP Music Class)
"17" (Ben Soto)
"The Separation" (Ashlyn Flamer and Christopher Doleman)
"Little Princess" (Tyler Suarez)
"Freedom" (Nina Lee)
"We Can" (St. Paul High School for Recording Arts)

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Nina Lee; A Music "Artist To Watch"

June 6, 2018

Nina Lee is a real voice with a unique story that never goes out of style. At just 18 years old, the New York singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, presents her jaw-dropping vocals and enchanting tone, along with powerhouse delivery to the world stage. Big Fuss Records has recognized her talent and is promoting her recent single "Willing" and Nina Lee as "Artist To Watch in 2018.

Nina Lee has the ability to tell an enthralling tale that instantly captivates. Nina Lee states; "If I can change one person's life for the better that would be amazing." She goes on to say, "I just want to bring joy to people through my music."

For as long as Nina Lee can remember, she's been entertaining her family with impromptu performances around the house. She went from crooning Frankie Valli and Billy Joel to immersing herself in the records of Ed Sheeran and Adele. All by the time she was in middle school.

Nina Lee composes lyrics that tell stories. She delivers a depth in writing which is apparent in her songs. Her debut EP, Snapshots is nearing launch. The poignant and powerful piano-driven "Safe Place" confronts experiences with bullying in high school.

Nina Lee does not conform to what's popular or trendy in order to fit in. That is why Big Fuss Records selected the artist for the 2018 "Artist To Watch" promotion. The digital only release is a compilation of the best new Artists To Watch. The selection is marketed and distributed by Big Fuss Records and includes song submissions in multiple genres including Folk, Americana, Rock, Pop, Hip/Hop, Christian, Punk, New Age, R & B, Soul, Jazz, and Alternative selections.

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A Very Special Song of Remembrance for Memorial Day — “Airborne” by Nina Lee

May 28, 2018

It’s been almost exactly four months to the day since this picture was taken on the set of Alive with Clive on January 26, 2018, with Nina Lee, her dad, Andy Lee, and her maternal grandfather, Stephen Schnabel. In a whirlwind of performances since then, Nina has been seen enchanting adoring fans in shows with her dad and her band at Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 1; The Bitter End; Arlene’s Grocery; opening for Jessie Chris at the RWJBarnabas Health Arena in Toms River, New Jersey; Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 3; at the Montauk Music Festival; and at the iHeart Radio Dunkin’ Donuts Iced Coffee Lounge. In the midst of all her performances, she also found time to write her newest song, “Freedom,” prompted by the Parkland, Florida, school shooting.

In “Airborne,” one of the songs on her debut EP, Snapshots, Nina pays tribute to her deceased great grandfather, Andrew, who fought as a paratrooper on D-Day in World War II, and to her great grandmother, Mary, seen (inset) in the picture above taken (without a flash, unfortunately) with Andy’s mom at Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 3, after Nina’s recent show there, and in the picture on her wedding day in the CD cover for Snapshots.

On this Memorial Day, to express your gratitude to Nina’s late great grandfather, her great grandmother, and to all who’ve fought and made sacrifices so that we can live the lives we enjoy today, listen to “Airborne” by Nina Lee on Spotify or iTunes, in a moving video with lyrics on YouTube, or in person on Alive with Clive.

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Music LadyLand

May 26, 2018

#MLL Musicladyland loves Nina Lee! In her song, "Airborne" Nina has a soft smoky voice that reminds me a bit of a young Fiona Apple with a little touch of Adele.

Her lyrics spin musical notes into relatable tales of life. "Golden Years" is a great example of her powerful lyrics that whisper there is an old soul in this young talent. -- Music Ladyland.

#singersongwriter #indie #pop

"I just want my voice to get heard," she exclaims. "That's the most important thing. This is who I am. It's not edited. It's not auto-tuned. It's just me. I don't want to just conform to what's popular or trendy in order to fit in. I don't want to compromise who I am to meet someone else's idea of who I should be. I just want be portrayed as myself and no one else."

https://www.reverbnation.com/ninalee

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#WomanCrushWednesday | Nina Lee

April 25, 2018


"If you really want to make something of yourself, you have to be willing to do whatever it takes to make that happen."

Women are killing it in the music industry, and song lovers couldn't be happier! In our column, #WomenCrushWednesday, each week we'll feature an awesome lady whose tunes are blowing up our playlists and ask them about their musical journey.

Most of us at eighteen are just trying to get out of high school, but Nina Lee is already well on her way with a successful music career. The soulful singer is pursuing her dreams and many have taken notice. Find out what it's like to be young and in love with music, what Nina Lee loves most about performing live, and how her great-grandparents' love story inspired one of her most recent songs.

How did you become interested in music?

Music has always been my passion. For as long as I can remember, that is the one thing that I always wanted to do. My dad, who is a guitarist, never pushed me into music but encouraged me to pursue my dreams, which happened to be music. He always tells me that he created me to be his very own lead singer for his band. Music is a universal language that can touch every person differently, and that is the beauty of it. I have seen the true power of music, and it has empowered me throughout my life to make a career of it. There has never been anything in the world that I am more passionate about or connect with more than music. It provides me with every emotion I need, and allows me to create emotion in my own music.

You're only eighteen! What's it like being that young and getting attention for your music?

It's amazing. I have never been scared of putting myself in the spotlight, because I actually prefer it there. I thrive under the spotlight, and being able to get attention and feedback from performing is my biggest dream. It is surreal that what I have always wanted in life is coming true. I am humbled and honored to hear what people think of my music. It really is an indescribable feeling to perform and be on stage, so when people are able to understand that, there is no feeling other than utter happiness.

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NINA LEE RELEASES “FREEDOM” – A SONG FOR CHANGE

April 13, 2018

New York City-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Nina Lee has released “Freedom,” a song asking for change, inspired by school shootings in Maryland and Florida, the March For Our Lives protests and the solidarity being shown between students – PRESS HERE to listen.

“The recent school shootings have broken my heart, but also awakened it” she posted on her YouTube channel. “I wrote this song, “Freedom,” to speak up about unnecessary and avoidable gun violence, in hopes that it will help others to speak up as well. We have no room to adapt and suffer in silence. We are the generation that will vote for years to come. Today is the time to stand up, make noise, and be heard.”

Lee is no stranger to speaking up against violence. A high school student herself, she recently join a large number of students who walked out of schools nationwide in an effort to bring acceptance to safety in schools. It isn’t the first time Lee has called attention to violence in schools. Her poignant and powerful piano-driven “Safe Place” recounts Nina’s experiences with teenage bullying, and serves as a shining reminder of the inextinguishable light at the end of the high school tunnel.

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Nina Lee Releases "Freedom" to Honor 'March For Our Lives' Solidarity

March 26, 2018

New York City-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Nina Lee has released "Freedom," a song asking for change, inspired by school shootings in Maryland and Florida, the March For Our Lives protests and the solidarity being shown between students.

"The recent school shootings have broken my heart, but also awakened it" she posted on her YouTube channel. "I wrote this song, "Freedom," to speak up about unnecessary and avoidable gun violence, in hopes that it will help others to speak up as well.  We have no room to adapt and suffer in silence. We are the generation that will vote for years to come.  Today is the time to stand up, make noise, and be heard."
 
Lee is no stranger to speaking up against violence. A high school student herself, she recently join a large number of students who walked out of schools nationwide in an effort to bring acceptance to safety in schools. It isn't the first time Lee has called attention to violence in schools. Her poignant and powerful piano-driven "Safe Place" recounts Nina's experiences with teenage bullying, and serves as a shining reminder of the inextinguishable light at the end of the high school tunnel.

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NINA LEE Releases “Freedom” to Honor ‘March For Our Lives’ Solidarity

March 26, 2018

New York City-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Nina Lee has released “Freedom,” a song asking for change, inspired by school shootings in Maryland and Florida, the March For Our Lives protests and the solidarity being shown between students – CLICK HERE to listen.

“The recent school shootings have broken my heart, but also awakened it” she posted on her YouTube channel. “I wrote this song, “Freedom,” to speak up about unnecessary and avoidable gun violence, in hopes that it will help others to speak up as well.  We have no room to adapt and suffer in silence. We are the generation that will vote for years to come.  Today is the time to stand up, make noise, and be heard.”

Lee is no stranger to speaking up against violence. A high school student herself, she recently join a large number of students who walked out of schools nationwide in an effort to bring acceptance to safety in schools. It isn’t the first time Lee has called attention to violence in schools. Her poignant and powerful piano-driven “Safe Place” recounts Nina‘s experiences with teenage bullying, and serves as a shining reminder of the inextinguishable light at the end of the high school tunnel.

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On Alive with Clive: With Her Extraordinary Voice, Singing and Songs, and Her Dad by Her Side, Magnificent Singer-Songwriter, Nina Lee, Invigorates with Love, Light and Inspiration!

March 6, 2018

After you’ve seen Nina Lee perform and after you absorb the lyrics to her songs, if you allow your mind to wander, it’s quite possible that you too might think of the Statue of Liberty and George Bernard Shaw’s famous quote about the splendid torch:

“This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.

“I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.

“I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no “brief candle” for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”

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Nina Lee Selected as Semi-Finalist in 2017 International Songwriting Competition

February 14, 2018

With more than 16,000 entries overall, semi-finalists in the prestigious International Songwriting Competition represent the top approximately 10% of all entrants.  

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Center Stage - Nina Lee

February 9, 2018

We're pleased to introduce our newest Center Stage artist, Nina Lee - A young and talented singer-songwriter with great talent and infinite potential.

Find out what inspires Nina, what she's been up to, and what we can look forward to in 2018 in our latest artist feature:

A real voice and a real story never go out of style. At just [then] 17-years-old, New York singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Nina Lee possesses both. With a jaw-dropping voice, enchanting tone, powerhouse delivery, and the ability to tell an enthralling tale, she immediately captivates.

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Top 30 - The Most Popular Artists of 2017

December 31, 2017

Featuring Nina Lee at #26 among the most popular artists of 2017 according to music blog Sounds So Beautiful, on a list also featuring Chance the Rapper, Kendrick Lamar, Alicia Keys, and others.

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Travel Profile: Nina Lee

December 22, 2017

SunCity Paradise: Kicking it off with New York City, what really stands out and makes it special to you? Where would you send a first-time visitor to get a real sense of the surrounding area?

Nina Lee: New York has many great things to see and do. It’s my home and the place I have always felt comfortable. I’m very lucky to have grown up with such a diverse culture around me, because New York really has so many different types of people and places. When someone from out of town comes, they usually will hit many tourist attractions which is good, but for me whenever I go somewhere I’ve never been before I prefer to go to more unknown places. I like to fit in with the locals instead of just being like every other tourist.

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Concert Review: Nina Lee Shows A Promising, Permanent Music Future At Mercury Lounge

December 21, 2017

I was INCREDIBLY impressed by Nina Lee’s performance at Mercury Lounge. Byinterviewing her, alone, I could see she was an old soul. Thus, her performance helped to balance both the maturity and youngness of this rising songstress. That balance radiated to me a premonition: Nina Lee is in this business for the LONG HAUL! She glowed with a music permanence and promise.

From her posture to her vocal prowess, Nina Lee carries herself with a regality you earn through experience. Thus, how does a high-schooler have more confidence for grace then most of us? Maybe, it is because it is not about the experiences you have as much as the experiences you absorb. As she played from her EP Snapshots, Nina Lee brought a new layer to her usual themes of love, nostalgia, and building self-esteem. Instead, her songs focused on how you receive life. In perspective, from remembrance to self-worth, how we take in the ones that love us and the ones that do not affects how much we gain from life. As she sang her song “Airborne” to an ensuing standing ovation, which I have NEVER seen at Mercury Lounge, the final song, in particular, emanated the star- power of Ms. Lee. She sings as if life and love is something to take, while most us believe it is something given. The “flipped script” pours into tracks like “Willing”, “Safe Place”, and “Golden Years” like her voice was a honey-maple syrup meant to prove that every situation/ pancake has two sides, but they all come from the same batter.

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Nina lee talks snapshots, holiday family time, and humuhumunukunukuapua’a

December 20, 2017

Nina Lee is clearly not just your average 17 year old. The New Yorker is a talented singer/songwriter who belts out lyrics with so much soul that she belongs along the ranks of Amy Winehouse, Adele, et al. If you don’t trust us, take a listen to her latest, a five track EP titled Snapshots. Curiously enigmatic – though she does a really amazing job at explaining the intent and direction of the work -, the EP does nothing if not floor you with her incredible talent.

As someone who seems to have been born with music coming out of her, Nina Lee is an impressive, well-spoken, vibrant human being. And we know all of this because we got a moment to ask her a few questions leading up to the holidays. So here she is, unfiltered and incredible as ever.

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Nina Lee – The Powerful Family Tribute Of A Strong 17 Year Old Singer

December 17, 2017

Nina Lee, 17 year-old singer songwriter based in New York, has released her debut EP, titled Snapshots.

Along this 5 track collection, Lee testifies her love to her family, and how much she admires the relationships between her great grandparents and her grandparents.

This short album also shows how much her family environment has influenced her mind and music, has given her strength and ideal in life.

As an illustration, her opening track and main single is Airborne, a piece dedicated to her great-grandfather, World War II “Screaming Eagle” veteran and great-grandmother.

Her lyric video is as powerful as can be. These old pictures of the paratroopers set him as a man to be remembered as a true hero, while Nina Lee’s expressive yet calm and soothing voice gives the tale of his story.

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Feature on Broadtube Music Channel

December 01, 2017

Broadtube Music Channel interviews Nina Lee and features her "Airborne" lyric video.

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The Prelude Press Interviews Nina Lee

November 27, 2017

Soulful songstress Nina Lee strives to tell a story that touches others with her music. At only 17 years old, Lee herself was influenced and inspired by music at a very young age, something that quickly determined her career path, and now that she has a platform, it's no surprise that she wants to become that catalyst for others. Her journey begins with her recently released debut EP, Snapshots. As the title suggests, the EP is a collection of "snapshots" - moments and memories from Lee's family and upbringing, weaving vivid stories about everything from the power of family, to the effects of bullying, to the importance of inner strength. 

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Rock Your Lyrics Interviews Nina Lee

November 21, 2017

Interview of Nina Lee about her EP Snapshots and her songwriting process.  "With a little melody everything sounds nicer, even the things that are hard to say."

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Diandra Interviews Nina Lee: A Singer For Inner Strength

November 16, 2017

When your purpose is to help others then others want to listen, and her EP, Snapshots, is sonic therapy for those looking for inner strength by looking through their past to see into their future.

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The Prelude Press on Airborne Lyric Video

November 16, 2017

The song's intimate lyrics chronicle the couple's first encounters, the love letters the couple exchanged during their time apart during the war, and their marriage, family and bond, as Mary, "the woman with the piercing blue eyes" stood by her "young boy who returns as a shell shocked man" through his "purple hearts and bad dreams."

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Vents Magazine covers Nina Lee's "Airborne" Lyric Video

November 16, 2017

“Airborne” concentrates on the everlasting love story of Nina’s great-grandmother and her soldier husband, who served as a member of the 101st Airborne “Screaming Eagles” during World War II. The song’s intimate lyrics chronicle the couple’s first encounters, the love letters the couple exchanged during their time apart during the war, and their marriage, family and bond, as Mary, “the woman with the piercing blue eyes” stood by her “young boy who returns as a shell shocked man” through his “purple hearts and bad dreams.”

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The Women's International Music Network Announces Snapshots

November 14, 2017

Huffington Post calls Snapshots, “a stunning five-track EP that is sure to pull on your heartstrings,” and Variance Magazine praises Nina with, “her voice absolutely soars, with the warmth and purity of Adele and the grit and smokiness of Amy Winehouse…impossible to ignore.” 

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