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About Nina Sings

New York, NY

"Nobody's Gonna Own Me" written by Billboard R&B Songwriting Award Winners, Nina Tolins & Elisa Hale. This soulful blues has unconventional lyrics resulting in an empowerment anthem rather than the usual lament. Music produced by Elisa Hale and Mike Watts, Video produced and directed by
Elisa Hale - with Daniel Lugo assistant director and Patrick Reiss, director of photography.

Video actors are Mike Watts as the producer, Tamasha Pamphile as the engineer, Scott Justynowictz as the studio manager/bouncer and, of course; Himyo Green as "the one who ain't gonna own" our Nina ....

Music from the album: Nina ® - Rebel with a Cause

A Magicsong production for Rocketeria Records
All Rights Reserved

Ⓒ 2014 Elisa Hale, Nina Tolins - MamaNani Music/ASCAP
℗ 2014 Rocketeria Records/Magicsong Productions, NY
Nina ® - is the registered US Trademark of Nina Tolins, entertainer, singer & songwriter


Nina: US Registered Trademark of Recording Artist/Entertainer Nina Tolins The new song "Nobody's Gonna Own Me" from my upcoming album Rebel With A Cause was picked as a winner in the 16th Annual Billboard World Song Contest. listen here on ourstage and let me know what you think ! Other Nina websites facebook: Nina Tolins Artist Information Instrumentation- Nina can appear solo with guitarist or pianist or with a full band of famous rock sidemen, or with a trio or orchestra of famous jazz sidemen. She also has a team of dancers available. Rock lineup: Steve Holley (Wings, Elton John, Joe Cocker) drums & percussion, Bob Stander (Pete Townsend, GE Smith) bass & guitars, Keith Lentin (Blondie Chaplin, Bob Dylan)- bass, Benny Landa (Peter Frampton) - guitar, Alan St. Jon (Billy Squier, Cher) - piano JaZZ lineup: Harry Whitaker (Roberta Flack, Roy Ayers Ubiquity) keyboards, Myron Walden (Ray Baretta, Wynton Marsalis) saxophone, Joe Magnarelli (Harry Connick, Jr, Lionel Hampton) trumpet. Alvin Attkinson (Lincoln Center Jazz) - drums........................................................................................ Biography- NINA With powerhouse vocals and a 4-octave range, a sultry r&b / jazz-tinged voice immersed in old & new school rock stylings, dynamic, emotional & electric delivery, songwriting beyond the original (& some pretty famous sidemen!), Rocketeria Records recording artist and ASCAP showcased songwriter, NINA, has created an unprecedented buzz with the NYC music scene as fans & club owners alike nickname NINA "THE VOICE". The news has spread quickly to new fans & sales from places as diverse as Europe & Nashville to Seattle & Japan !! Nina brought down the house at Caesar's, Atlantic City when Patti LaBelle called her on-stage to sing "At Last" a' cappella and had "the joint jumpin'" as a vocalist for jazz legend Marion McPartland & her trio. Singing since the age of 3, NINA has worked with some of the top names in rock, jazz & r&b : Steve Holley, Harry Whitaker, Myron Walden, Chico Hamilton, Junior Mance, John Reilly, Joe Magnarelli, Gene Paul, and Alan St. Jon; to name just a few. She has performed at some of music's top venues – from large concert halls such as the Eastman Kodak Theater, Tillis Center, and Disney World, to the more intimate, famous clubs of NYC – Sweet Rhythm, The Bitter End, Kenny's Castaways, The Cutting Room etc. At the age of 17, NINA was chosen from hundreds of singers state-wide as one of only 12 members of the prestigious NY All-State Jazz Ensemble – performing for the State Legislature and Governor. Counted among her accomplishments are headlining the 25th Anniversary Party for Ronald MacDonald House Children's Charities, the nationally televised International Festival of Music and Dance for Cablevision, Carrib-Beat for the New York Daily News, and starring roles in Funny Girl, Hair, Chicago, Cabaret, West Side Story, and Into The Woods at the Landmark Center in Long Island. The release of NINA's first album, NEW SCHOOL ROCK, RHYTHM & GROOVES, was met with wide acclaim for its synergetic merge of both old school and new school rock. Lauded as an eclectic blend of classic rock, jazz, r&b and pop, NINA worked on the album with some of the best in the business: Elisa Hale producing with Bob Stander at the board, legendary drummers Steve Holley & John O. Reilly, famed jazz artists Harry Whitaker, Joe Magnarelli & Myron Walden and mastering legend Gene Paul. Nina has just received her Bachelor's degree in Jazz & Contemporary Voice from the Mannes Conservatory Program at The New School University. She is a voice student of the famous Katie Agresta (teacher of Bon Jovi, Steven Tyler, Annie Lenox, Cyndi Lauper, etc.). Among her other famous teachers are Chico Hamilton, Junior Mance, Janet Lawson, Amy London, and Richard Harper. Her renowned mentor, Harry Whitaker (music director for Roberta Flack & Roy Ayers Umbiquity) debuted NINA's career by having her sing with his trios in some of Greenwich Village's top jazz venues while only a young teen. A consummate improviser as well as accomplished sight-reader, Nina is also well-experienced in traditional, operatic, & classical voice, performing in both traditional and woman's choirs for which she chosen as a member of both the New York All-State and Long Island All-County choirs. Here her 4-octave range served her well as she was the only member switched song to song from alto,to tenor, to second and first soprano! (..and chosen out of 100 as soloist.) NINA has studied classic and roots rock, r&b, jazz, blues, country, classical, electronic, art, gospel, fusion and world music, along with acting, dance, and tae kwon do. Her musical influences are as varied as her studies and include Etta James, Led Zepplin, Heart, Tina Turner, Ray Charles, Steven Tyler, Bessie Smith, Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, Eric Clapton, Freddie Mercury, David Bowie, AC/DC, E.L.O, Sublime, Prince, Steve Marriot (Humble Pie), Pink Floyd, Yes, Chicago, Chaka Khan, Elisa Hale & the great Ella Fitzgerald. NINA's "UNPLUGGED" ep has just been released (May '06), she will be showcasing for Columbia, Sony, Koch & Island Records on July 25th at Greenwich Village's Lion's Den in NYC, and appearing August 19th at the new and exciting "musical multiplex" The Opus Theater in Nyack, NY ( NINA has begun work on her second album with Elisa Hale producing and Steve Holley as Musical Director, laying down it's first tracks at Richie Cannata's famous Cove City Sound Studios. Visit Nina at or for the latest news, for free samples & downloads of both her cd and ep, & to read more about this diverse, eclectic & powerhouse entertainer Discography- NEW SCHOOL ROCK, RHYTHM & GROOVES - lp released 2004 Rocketeria Records UNPLUGGED - ep released 5/11/2006 Rocketeria Records CD baby, Amazon, Target, Tower, itunes,MusicMatch,AOLmusic,myspace,etc. streaming & downloads on dvd: CHRISTMAS FOR RONALD'S CHILDREN - Nina & her dancers perform for the 25th Annivarsary of Ronald MacDonald House Children's Charities.
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