Watch List: Nadia Washington - Come Back to Me
We were happily swept away when we came across Nadia Washington's smooth, jazzy sound as she sings with her beautiful, emotionally expressive voice of the capriciousness of love, yearning for more than love has ventured to give, her voice moving between a sweet vulnerability and forceful exclamation. A Texas native, Washington's primary influence was her mom, 'first and foremost, my influence would be my mom, who was a singer and songwriter...I would tag along to some of her studio sessions, some of her live performances..and that's where I began to get my education, I started watching her intently', saying 'as I went to middle school and high school, I kind of found my way to jazz music', with her influences then expanding to include Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Louis Armstrong and Betty Carter.
She attended the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, winning two DownBeat student music awards and one from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, and moved on to Berklee College of Music when she won a Presidential Scholarship to the school, saying her time there was 'a very enriching experience for me. I met people from all over the world, learned all genres of music, and learned a lot of music theory'. She has performed with artists such as Terri Lynn Carrington, Greg Osby and Ralph Peterson, and recently shared the stage at Carnegie Hall with Grammy winners Dianne Reeves, Esperanza Spalding and Lalah Hathaway, and her advice to prospective artists 'would be to listen to as much music as you can, all types of styles, all types of artists, and that will expand your vocabulary and eventually you will come into your own...be true to yourself'.