Singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt returns to the spotlight at New York’s Mercury Lounge

Singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt, performed at New York’s Mercury Lounge on Monday, October 30th.  After taking a break from personal music endeavors, working and collaborating with other musicians, Nina has returned with new music. Nina’s performance Monday night could be described as half a gig, half a showcase.  Although she played a lot of new songs from her upcoming album, she also played a couple of old favorites towards the end of her set.

With over two million monthly listeners on Spotify, Nina’s new music has gotten quite a bit of attention. The Moments I’m Missing is one of her newly released singles. The song explains the relevant moments in her life and introduces “2017 Nina” and her new, more evolved self and sound. “I realized that I wanted to write about my own life and my own experiences.

This song is about living in the moment… learning and growing from your past.” The song is essentially a timeline, starting with Nina’s memories from her early childhood. “I had a dream // I had a dream when I was only five // To work at a bar, I wanted to see over the other side.” Over the course of the song, Nina sings about her dreams, goals, growing up, falling in love, success, and everything in between. The song re-introduces Nina as a musician, showcasing her personality and aspects of herself that fans might not be that familiar with.

Another single off Nina’s upcoming record is song The Best You Had. She explained the song as something inspired by a conversation she had with a friend. The short introductions to the songs that explained the meaning and making of, was insightful and interesting to hear. “This track is about the most important thing, which is self-belief and knowing that you will eventually get where you want to get…” she said when introducing new song Empire. After playing a bunch of new tracks she addressed the crowd saying, “I’ve finished all my new ones and am going to play some older songs for you guys.” When singing Stay Out, she had the crowd sing along with her. The mix of hearing her new record alongside a few older acoustic tunes was a nice way to break up the set and take in Nina’s growth and overall talent.

As someone who listened to Nina’s early music, I can identify with her growth and maturity as an artist. What hit home was seeing Nina perform and describe her new songs, expressing the passion and love for them. At the beginning of the show, Nina mentioned how she had not performed in a while. She expressed how she missed writing for herself and how she wanted to get back to creating her own music. Being an artist, I can relate to the struggles that Nina was describing. Being in a creative rut is terrifying.

Having no drive or desire to create and make things for yourself is the worst feeling. Everything falls back into place when you realize why you even started in the first place, and rekindle that initial passion and love. Those are the moments that set everything in motion, the factors that drive and carry you through all the struggles and hardships. Nina’s performance was a great showcase of her amazing talent, but if I had to choose one thing that stuck out most to me, I would say Nina’s courage and confidence. Returning to the stage after several years of not performing was inspirational. Her excitement in sharing her new music is encouraging. Nina is an example that with hard work, passion, and dedication you can be successful and reach your goals and dreams.

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Singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt returns to the spotlight at New York’s Mercury Lounge

Singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt, performed at New York’s Mercury Lounge on Monday, October 30th.  After taking a break from personal music endeavors, working and collaborating with other musicians, Nina has returned with new music. Nina’s performance Monday night could be described as half a gig, half a showcase.  Although she played a lot of new songs from her upcoming album, she also played a couple of old favorites towards the end of her set.

With over two million monthly listeners on Spotify, Nina’s new music has gotten quite a bit of attention. The Moments I’m Missing is one of her newly released singles. The song explains the relevant moments in her life and introduces “2017 Nina” and her new, more evolved self and sound. “I realized that I wanted to write about my own life and my own experiences.

This song is about living in the moment… learning and growing from your past.” The song is essentially a timeline, starting with Nina’s memories from her early childhood. “I had a dream // I had a dream when I was only five // To work at a bar, I wanted to see over the other side.” Over the course of the song, Nina sings about her dreams, goals, growing up, falling in love, success, and everything in between. The song re-introduces Nina as a musician, showcasing her personality and aspects of herself that fans might not be that familiar with.

Another single off Nina’s upcoming record is song The Best You Had. She explained the song as something inspired by a conversation she had with a friend. The short introductions to the songs that explained the meaning and making of, was insightful and interesting to hear. “This track is about the most important thing, which is self-belief and knowing that you will eventually get where you want to get…” she said when introducing new song Empire. After playing a bunch of new tracks she addressed the crowd saying, “I’ve finished all my new ones and am going to play some older songs for you guys.” When singing Stay Out, she had the crowd sing along with her. The mix of hearing her new record alongside a few older acoustic tunes was a nice way to break up the set and take in Nina’s growth and overall talent.

As someone who listened to Nina’s early music, I can identify with her growth and maturity as an artist. What hit home was seeing Nina perform and describe her new songs, expressing the passion and love for them. At the beginning of the show, Nina mentioned how she had not performed in a while. She expressed how she missed writing for herself and how she wanted to get back to creating her own music. Being an artist, I can relate to the struggles that Nina was describing. Being in a creative rut is terrifying.

Having no drive or desire to create and make things for yourself is the worst feeling. Everything falls back into place when you realize why you even started in the first place, and rekindle that initial passion and love. Those are the moments that set everything in motion, the factors that drive and carry you through all the struggles and hardships. Nina’s performance was a great showcase of her amazing talent, but if I had to choose one thing that stuck out most to me, I would say Nina’s courage and confidence. Returning to the stage after several years of not performing was inspirational. Her excitement in sharing her new music is encouraging. Nina is an example that with hard work, passion, and dedication you can be successful and reach your goals and dreams.

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