Rebel with a Cause
'Nina, Nina, Nina! - Lord Have Mercy, did you HEAR that girls pipes?! I'm AFRAID of that lady!' ...Patti Labelle (to her backup singers after calling Nina onstage at Caesar's, Atlantic City ...Nina sang 'At Last' a'ccapella- and tore the house down!) 'It's a hard life, baby girl', Patti continued, 'but YOU Miss Nina? - YOU don't let Anyone or Anything get on your way!'... (Nina promised Patti; she never would...) 'I've produced many Broadway and Network TV musical productions and have been a League member & Tony-voter for 15 years. I see a great talent every day and I can state with complete conviction that Nina is such a talent.' ... Jeff Rowland, Two Hands Entertainment "Quite talented, blessed with a beautiful vocal range, extremely focused and dedicated to her craft. Audiences love her and she has already gained the support of some seriously seasoned, professional musicians in NYC singing with my bands as well as her own. ...Harry Whitaker (music director Roberta Flack, Roy Ayers, Stephanie Mills) Before NINA's new album, REBEL WITH A CAUSE was even released it won the support of the judges of Billboard's 16th Annual World Song Contest. The track, "Nobody's Gonna Own Me" was chosen as a winner in their R & B category, and each and every one of the 10 tracks were critically acclaimed by the judges: Into A Box Good hook/has pop appeal. Good chorus distinction/good lyric to rhythm match, song may have potential for cross market appeal Liar Liar Has potential for market appeal, distinct hook Where Is Your Heart Great song - heart-felt lyrics,heart-felt chorus. Look Don't Touch Strong appealing chorus, has potential for cross market appeal Gabriel Good chorus distinction, good lyric to rhythm match. Intro has good appeal - gets straight to the point. Nice build to the theme - keeps listener's attention. No No Strong hook/melodic theme in verses Nobody's Gonna Own Me * R&B category winner * Great song... could linger both ways R&B/Blues, strong appeal. Nice groove. Song may have potential for cross market appeal. Make It Right Song has good appeal/definite pop appeal. The chorus is distinct/hook is good. Delirious Great rhythmic bounce. Good chorus distinction. Song may have potential for cross market appeal. Good chorus/hook, song has good appeal You Do It For Me Song has potential for cross market appeal, nice melodic changes throughout. Biography NINA (R) (US Registered Trademark of Nina Tolins)' 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, and songwriting beyond the original, Rocketeria Records recording artist, MY Space Top 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. She and her song 'Gabriel' were chosen for inclusion in the Time/Warner off Broadway play Sex Is More Than A Three Letter Word which ran at The Producer's Club in NYC. Her Lion's Den, NYC gig was also featured by Time/Warner in an interview broadcast on their show What's the T. The release of NINA's first album, NEW SCHOOL ROCK, RHYTHM & GROOVES, was met with wide acclaim for it's 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: 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. Her upcoming 2nd album - REBEL WITH A CAUSE - is set for release January, 2009 and features radio-friendly songs written by Nina and Elisa Hale which continue her journey of combining Rock, R&B, Pop and Jazz into an eclectic mix of stunning vocal performances. The R&B Ballad, Nobody's Gonna Own Me, from the album was picked as a winner of the 16th Annual Billboard Songwriting Contest - written and performed by Nina. As a matter of fact, the entire album was lauded by Billboard judges. Nina 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 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, & the great Ella Fitzgerald. NINA's 'UNPLUGGED' ep was released (May '06), and features Nina solo with only acoustic guitar accompaniment - a showcase of her amazing vocal range. Visit Nina her websites or google "Nina Tolins" for the latest news, for free samples & downloads of both her CD and ep, & to read more about this diverse, eclectic & powerhouse entertainer!