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    Nina Nesbitt

    • Sat Apr 28th @ 7PM
    • Drake Underground
    • 19+
    • $13.50

    “I've grown up. I feel like that's the main thing.” The Nina Nesbitt of 2017 is not like the Nina Nesbitt of 2013. The heartfelt, easily relatable lyrics remain, as evidenced on the multi-layered, story-telling pop of new single, The Moments I'm Missing. “I'm so proud of this album,” she beams. “If it does well then great, obviously, but I feel like I've made the record I've always wanted to make.” Born in a little village outside Edinburgh, Nesbitt's musical education was a long and constantly evolving one. Fully immersed in chart pop thanks to her Swedish mother – think lots of ABBA, Britney, Christina, Whitney – that was then mixed later with the more outré leanings of her father, specifically Brian Eno. Music wasn't always her only passion. Despite learning to play various instruments, Nesbitt was also a rhythmic gymnast training to go to the Olympics. “I feel like that is where a lot of my drive has come from, because I wanted to be the best,” she explains. “I was so passionate about it. I ended up being in the Scottish team and training for the Commonwealth Games. I stopped because I'd gone as far as I could. Then music was the next thing.” By this point she'd already started uploading covers to YouTube, and having already started songwriting aged 10, she'd also started accumulating a collection of her own recordings. It was a move that came in handy, when a chance meeting with Ed Sheeran in 2011 after a gig lead to an impromptu performance and an offer to support him at Shepherd's Bush Empire. Next, his arena tour. The Nesbitt tornado was now in motion: she signed to Island shortly after, taking in more playlist appearances, more live shows, more Top 40 singles, more acclaim.   This time around, Nina’s return has been kickstarted by the creation of the beautiful, fully biographical The Moments I'm Missing, a swirling combination of delicate piano lament and robust, intricately programmed beats (featuring LA singer Goody Grace). “I went home from a session for someone else and I wanted to write a song nobody else could sing but me. I wanted to write a song that's just about my life.” Elsewhere, there's the gloriously biting The Best You Had, , a low-key, R&B-tinged tale of love gone sour written and recorded with newcomers Jordan Reilly and Lost Boy. Then, there's Somebody Special, perhaps the best example of the bridge between the old and new. Written in Nashville with Daniel McClough and Bre Kennedy, it's global smash-sounding love song, all slowly percolating verses and a chorus you want to live inside.   In a music industry that often doesn't give you second chances, or time to settle into the artist you want to be, Nina Nesbitt's found a way to make it work for her. Rather than rush into making an album for the sake of it, she waited for the inspiration to strike, and let it slowly take shape organically. “With an album I feel like it's parallel to my life in a way – I was just trying to find out what I liked and what I was good at,” she says succinctly. What she's good at is being a pop star - but one that's fully in control.