Nia Andrews's name is perhaps the least well known of the star-studded list of collaborators on Solange's new album A Seat At The Table, due on September 30. The soul singer is listed next to Lil Wayne, Q-Tip, Sampha, Kelela, and more. Her song on the album is titled "Interlude: I Got So Much Magic" and also features Kelly Rowland.
In August, L.A.-native Andrews released her second solo EP. From Here, a collection of quietly powerful neo-soul tracks created with producer Mocky. The EP can be streamed in full on Bandcamp right now alongside her 2013 debut EP Colours. In addition to making music by herself, Andrews also regularly collaborates with her husband Mark de Clive-Lowe. Their jazzy re-make of Aaliyah's "More Than A Woman" transforms the original into a hypnotizing late-night tale.
Andrews cut her teeth singing backup and ghostwriting for other artists. She's been on stage with Janelle Monáe, Mary J. Blige, and Common. It was Lauryn Hill that helped her realize her dream of being an artist though. "The Lauryn Hill one was really big because that was the experience where I kind of learned what I was working with," Andrews told Saint Heron in August. "My audition with her was the first time I tried certain things with my voice because at the time I just wasn’t sure if I could be a 'singer.'"
Check out Nia Andrews's From Here EP below.
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