On the unlikely chance you’ve not stumbled across her stellar contributions to the groove, we introduce Nao - the East London girl who croons with 100 years of soul in her voice over the funky beats and tweaks of 21st century electronica.
Like so many of our creative favourites, Neo Jessica Joshua grew up in a home always full of excellent and eclectic music, giving her an appreciation for a wide variety of genres which eventually led her to study vocal jazz at the guildhall School of Music & Drama. She came out of her studies with the rare ability to truly use her voice to its potential, as an instrument in itself, and performed as a back up singer to the likes of Jarvis Cocker, whilst also performing in an all-female a capella group called ‘The Boxettes’.
It was only two years ago that Nao released her first piece of original music into the airwaves, and very quickly the world began to listen. BBC Radio has been a huge supporter of her work, with both Zane Lowe and Annie Mac pushing her releases since the beginning and BBC awarding her third place in their Sound of 2016 hit list. Her reach grows by the minute, with a 2015 Disclosure collaboration, ‘Superego’, thrusting her further into the public ear.
It’s hard to believe the world only discovered Nao two years ago with the debut release, ‘So Good’, as the growing fan base waits impatiently for a debut album, reportedly almost finished brewing. In the meantime, all your Nao needs can be satisfied by catching her on stage, where her energy, rhythm and silky vocal tones combine to create a unique interpretation of contemporary RnB. And just watch that hair bounce…
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Catch her in London at Field Day, 11th June.