One of the best voices in American music today!
NAKIA is one of the good ones. He just played his second ever Outlaw Roadshow set in New York City, a day that saw him collaborate with Counting Crows on stage [video here] and then triumphantly close out the three-day music extravaganza with a huge final set of his own. But at the core of it all, he's just a wonderful sweet guy - one of the nicest people we've ever met - a true friend and one of the most gifted singers in American music today. Very excited to share with you the two song performance Nakia recorded live with us in The Garden. It's full of fire and soul and has a really big heart..
Nakia moved from Chicago to Austin in 2002. After a brief stint in the Small Stars, a tongue-in-cheek lounge act fronted by Fastball’s Miles Zuniga, he formed Nakia & His Southern Cousins, got booked to perform at the 2008 Austin City Limits Festival, and wound up singing with Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings. Alejandro Escovedo heard him at a Rolling Stones tribute, which led to him singing backup on Escovedo’s Street Songs of Love album, and to a second recommendation — this time by producer Tony Visconti — for Nakia to front his own Blues band. So he formed the Blues Grifters. A YouTube video of the band led to The Voice producer Mark Burnett recruiting him for the pilot, which resulted in his stint on the show and an eventual friendship with CeeLo. Ryan and Adam heard Nakia's soulful voice and just knew he had to play The Outlaw Roadshow. He's now appeared on our stages multiple times in different cities and has become one of our very best friends.
Editor's Note: Nakia's brand new live double disc EP will be released this weekend. Produced and edited by The Good Music Club, a creative outlet that's quickly become an institution in Austin, TX the last few years. All the video and audio is re-mixed in the studio after the concert and is uploaded for free for the bands to use as promotional material. Hint: This is the best-ever gift idea for your music-loving friends.