Author: 
Mariam Nihal, [email protected]
Publication Date: 
Wed, 2011-10-05 17:36

They say mixes are beautiful and bear exotic fruits. Born to Libyan and Pakistani parents, Nadia grew up in Queens, New York listening to a lot of Indian and Eastern music. She is more than a soulful voice. In this case, beauty of the exterior falls magnificently into her lap. She was the forbidden fruit bearing a background that was not so compliant with music. Breaking out of that extreme and boxed orthodox, Nadia worked her way to success. Young, brilliant and with an alluring voice, she has rocked charts all around the world finding a place in hearts worldwide.
She may be called the Queen of Clubs, but for many, she is the Queen of Hearts. With a voice like hers, you would have to let her have it. "Rapture," "At The End," "Kiss You," and the number one US Billboard Dance Chart hit "Is It Love" in 2006. Her mix of “Crash and Burn” was an enigma, casting her a chance to burn you out with her vocals.
Nadia's solo album "Embers" was released in 2009 and "Fantasy" soon followed, serving as a prologue to "Queen of Clubs Trilogy: Best of Nadia Ali Remixed." In 2010, Nadia was nominated for Best Progressive/Tech House Track for "Love Story" at the International Dance Music Awards at the Winter Music Conference. She then neatly closed out the year 2010 with a Grammy nomination for her song "Fantasy," under the "Best Re-mixed Recording" category.
Nadia loves ballads and more chilled out songs but does not compromise on her love for dance songs, as it is "just as powerful.” She has collaborated with phenomenal artists like Armin van Buuren, Schiller, BT, John Creamer & Stephane K and Avicii.
With her exploring instinct and fascinating vocals with dance music, Nadia has attributed this unmistakable style to the overarching influence of her Eastern ancestry, as well as the diverse cultural climate of her upbringing in Queens, New York.  Nadia’s release “Fine Print,” from her album “Embers,” features remixes by Serge Devant, Carl Tricks Fritzy, Alex Sayz and TyDi.
Arab News brings you closer to the beautiful sensation in an interview with the enchantress.

As a person, I believe that I am sensitive, which helped me be the artist I am. I think what makes me stand out from the rest is my melodic style combined with my voice, which has a distinct character to it. It is the combination of my Eastern background with my Western upbringing.

I love the Middle East and have been lucky enough to visit a few of the countries like Egypt, Lebanon, Jordon and the UAE. The countries I have dreamed of visiting are South Africa, Italy and Ireland to name just a few. 

I am definitely a spiritually centered person and that is usually one of my biggest guiding lights beyond music. The advice I would give to girls from Eastern backgrounds who are interested in the arts is that it is always beneficial to get your academic studies out of the way before going into the competitive world of the arts. However, when you are pursuing art, it is critical to develop something signature. There are plenty of people who are followers, but it is absolutely necessary to have something that sets you apart.

Unfortunately, “Exit 110” is an album that was put together based on recordings that are nearly 10 years old. I didn’t have anything to do with the release except that my vocals and words from a long time ago were included in the songs.
I left IIO in 2005, and have grown in so many ways since that time. I have worked with so many talented artists worldwide since then.

I think that dance music today is so massive compared to what it was just two years ago. EDM (electronic dance music) has a very international community, so it helps for people from all over to relate to one another.

I see myself recording other genres of music I will always be a songwriter more than a singer, so I plan on doing that more and more later on. I do hope to have children in maybe five years, so that is something I look forward to.
 

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