INTO THE LIGHT - ALBUM
Who likes a story with a genuinely happy ending? The sequence of events which led to Nina Ferro’s latest album and to a joyous launch, is exactly that…Ferro and her extremely classy band are at St James Studio in the basement of the St James Theatre close by Victoria Station, just a few corgi-steps from Buckingham Palace in London.
Back to the story, are you sitting comfortably? Australian-born Music Producer, Songwriter and Guitarist, Sam Hawksley says he had admired Nina Ferro ever since he heard her hitting the high notes so perfectly as a regular breakfast singer on the TV show Good Morning Australia.
Eventually their paths were again to cross – he based in Nashville, she in London – and he made Ferro a simple if completely improbable invitation/suggestion: ”Why don’t you come here to Nashville and do an album?” She found more reasons – and presumably the cash too – to say yes rather than no, and in the month she spent there, she says, “you just get into the artistic flow and you make it happen”.
Although Nina began her career as a Jazz singer (singing that other kind of “Americana”, the American song book of Jazz!!), her music has become influenced more and more by her own passions and musical loves, those being soul, old school rhythm & blues, blue grass and country which she clearly brings into her songwriting.
The resulting record Into The Light showcases not only an unforgettable vocalist, but also an accomplished and insightful songwriter. 13 songs that exude a Jazzy, Bluesy, Funky, Soulful feeling – its essentially a classic singer-songwriter record – No studio trickery just a great band, great songs and outstanding vocals! – If you like the idea of Norah Jones and Bonnie Raitt making a record together it might sound a bit like this!
”Into the Light is simply a magisterial album….her singing and the accompanying musicianship would be difficult to better”
–Pete Feenstra, Get Ready to Rock UK
“There is no doubting the honest sincerity and vocal intensity that Nina Ferro gives in her latest album Into the Light”.
–Ian D Hall, Liverpool Vision and Sound UK
HOME OF THE JAZZ-SOUL-COUNTRY SINGER-SONGWRITER
Singer-Songwriter Nina Ferro is fast making her mark as one of the brightest stars of the international music scene. A multi award-winning vocalist, songwriter, session and recording artist, Nina’s powerful, evocative voice, stunning vocal range and captivating stage presence have earned her an enviable international reputation. Nina’s musical upbringing started in Australia with the family record player. Soul, Motown, Rock & Roll, Rhythm & Blues, Country, Jazz, Pop and Classical music (her paternal grandmother was a mezzo-soprano) could all be heard rolling up the staircase in her family home. Out of the speakers came a mix of Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley and Luciano Pavarotti. At the age of 8 Nina took up the piano and at 14 began training as classical singer, but her passion for singing Soul, Jazz, Country and Pop took over and by the age of 16, with a dress hanging up in the back of the car, Nina’s mother would collect her at the end of her after-school job on the weekends and drive her into town where Nina would perform. Ever since those weekends of homework, part-time jobs and gigs around her beloved Australia, Nina has produced albums, toured the world performing at festivals, clubs, concerts, on TV and radio and has made guest appearances throughout the USA, Europe, Australia, Asia and the Middle East alongside such artists as Tony Bennett, Hugh Jackman, Charles Aznavour, Neil Sedaka, Gregory Porter, Jose Feliciano, Billy Ocean, Ricky Martin, Chris Botti, Dave Sanborn, Frank McComb, Gilbert O’Sullivan, Chick Corea, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings and many more….. “