In our new series, She Got Next, CLUTCH will profile one woman who is on the verge something great. Whether she’s an underground singer, actress, visual artist, writer, or activist, we will work hard to introduce you to sisters on the rise.
In this our first installment of She Got Next, I’d like to introduce you to Nia Andrews, an up-and-coming singer and songwriter.
I first heard Nia on producer Mark de Clive-Lowe’s jazzy song, “Now or Never” last year, but she’s not new to the industry. After years of writing music video treatments for some of the biggest names in the business, Andrews rediscovered her first love—music. Since stepping from behind the scenes, the Los Angeles native has penned vocals and sung backup for heavy hitters like Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige, Common, Bruno Mars, Joi Starr, Shafiq Husayn and many more.
Nia’s voice is as eclectic as her diverse group influences. Drawing inspiration from Joni Mitchel and Prince, Nia’s voice and adept songwriting evokes a feeling of love, loss, and warning rarely heard in music today. Through her collaboration with famed DJ Mark de Clive-Lowe, Andrews not only showcases her range as a singer, but her gift as a storyteller as well. In the song “Hooligan” she warns her listener to think before they act, and in the super danceable groove, “The Why,” Andrews sings about getting your life back on track.
Blessed with a voice reminiscent of N’dea Davenport and Amel Larrieux, Nia Andrews is the real thing. With several successful collaborations under her belt, and a solo album in the works, it looks like we’ll be hearing a lot of Nia Andrews in the future.
Check out Nia Andrews performing “Now or Never” live.
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