Thursday, 19 November 2015
Ones to Watch 2016 - #1 Nao
17th July 2015. A tweet from Breaking More Waves from a music festival: “If I was writing my Ones to Watch 2016 list right now Nao would be on it. She’s certainly on it at #Latitude15.”
Now here we are at the end of November and Nao is still on it. She’s a singer on fire. Funky grooves, maple syrup / helium injected vocals (yes, live her voice is just like the recorded version), dance moves, bubbly performances and the songs to go with it, Nao was never in doubt as being our number 1 One to Watch for 2016.
From a love of Prince and Nina Simone, studying vocal jazz at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, through to teaching kids to sing, then backing vocals with the likes of Pulp and touring with Little Dragon, Nao’s rise seems pretty organic – slow and steady. With a number of EPs under her belt, a starring role on Mura Masa’s incredible Firefly and vocals on Disclosure's album track Superego, Nao has already demonstrated why to our ears at least, she should be on every tip list for 2016 in existence.
OK, we’re probably getting a little over excited here, but Nao deserves the notice anyone takes of her.
Nao - Bad Blood (Video)
Nao - Zillionaire