With her nomination for Best Female at this week's Brits Awards, we take a look at rising star 'Nao' who will perform on the Main Stage at this years festival.
For an artist that has received glowing reviews from almost every critic in the country, Nao is finally enjoying the commercial success to match. Nominated for ‘Best Female’ at this year’s BRITs Awards alongside Lianne La Havas, Anohni and previous winners Ellie Goulding and Emeli Sandé, she’s in good company for a reason. She's a unique talent, with a voice that boasts a beautiful airy fragility in its highest register, as well as a husky lower range that makes you question if you are still listening to the same artist perform.
Classically trained as a jazz singer at The Guildhall School of Music, her music also takes influence from soul, funk and R&B. The title of her debut album, 'For All We Know', is named after the 1934 jazz song, which was later made popular by The Carpenters. You shouldn't spend too long trying to place the record into one genre or another though - it's best just to enjoy it. Tracks Bad Blood and Girlfriend stand out on an album that has been recently re-released to feature new remixes by friends Kaytranada and Mura Masa, as well as a feature from Stormzy.
Since becoming a finalist in The BBC Sound of 2016 poll, Nao has lived up to the accolade and had what could be a career-defining year for the East Londoner. Following a standout performance at Eurosonic last year, a showcase event for emerging artists, and a hugely well-received debut album, she gained key performance slots at major festivals such as Primavera, Pitchfork and Glastonbury. In November she returned home to London and sold out Shepherd's Bush Empire, twice, Her track Bad Blood even recently featured in a T-Mobile advert at this year's Super Bowl. With an up and coming tour of the US scheduled in April, she could be making even bigger waves across the pond very soon.
If she is successful at tomorrow's Brtis Awards, it would top off what has been a dream year for the 28 year-old. We wish her all the best and can't wait to have her perform on the Main Stage on July 1st.
Tickets are available here.