In South-Africa, the world-class singer-songwriter Nianell is known as the vivacious, fiery-haired and angel-tongued majestic mistress of music. With her immaculate voice, she dazzles with ease among four octaves. She is a vocal gymnast, her music original and exciting. Elements of Folk, Pop, R&B, Country, Classic and even Celtic music are all fused into her own unique style.
Nianell was born in Omaruru, a tiny Namibian town, between Windhoek and Swakopmund. She matriculated in Windhoek and majored in light music at Pretoria Technikon, earning a 3 year diploma. She has also studied classical music through London’s Trinity College and Unisa.
Her prodigious talent has already been appreciated and celebrated in the international arena of entertainment. Her composition “Who painted the moon?” was covered by the international star, Hayley Westernra on her album, “Pure”. This album sold in excess of 2 million copies and Nianell’s song featured as a single on this album. Nianell has also performed on the same bill with artist such as Christina Aguilera, Westlife and Diana Ross at the Unite the Stars event held in South Africa.
In 2010 Nianell performed with the legendary Italian tenor, Andrea Bocelli at the Celebrate Africa event held during the FIFA World Cup hosted in South Africa. Nianell also performed at the finals of the FIFA World Cup, which was televised worldwide, sharing the stage with artist like Shakira and Freshly Ground.
Nianell aims to achieve worldwide distribution of her albums and took the first step in 2008 by releasing a compilation album in Singapore and Indonesia. Several of her songs are play-listed on radio stations beyond our shores and locally.
Nianell’s albums: “Who painted the moon”, “Angel Tongue” and “Life’s gift” received platinum status, while her fourth “I know I’m lucky” has achieved Gold status and is climbing to Platinum fast.
The album “Angel Tongue” won two SAMA awards:
- Best English Contemporary album
- Best Female songwriter for “We’ll find a way”.
Impressive achievements includes the release of Nianell`s first DVD, recorded live at the Emperor’s Palace in Johannesburg. This top production shows off her talent with the support of a full band and small orchestra and achieved Gold status.
In 2007 Nianell was blessed with triplets, three beautiful bouncy little girls who are already the inspiration for new and more songs.
Nianell is richly endowed with the perfect set of attributes, required for soaring success. She captivates and fascinates her audiences as her voice becomes a mighty instrument during every performance. Her repertoire is amazing, backed by the ability to accompany herself on piano and acoustic guitar. She has a great sense of humour which contributes to enjoyable entertainment.
Nianell`s incredible musical talent, combined with inner wisdom and passion, ensures her audiences of a journey beyond imagination. She sees life as a gift. Her positive energy motivates people to explore themselves and reach for their utmost and sometimes hidden abilities. Nianell understands diversity.
When you listen to “Angel Tongue”, her own musical language, you understand why words are sometimes unnecessary and how every soul can interpret the melody according to its own needs.
In 2009 Nianell and the artist Dozi, joined their talents and released an album (platinum status) and DVD called “It takes two”. They excel with 14 well known duets. Their dancing and acting abilities are remarkable and people and the media sing the praises of this fun production.
In 2010 Nianell was a finalist with two of her songs in the International Songwriters Competition and received and honourable mention. 15 000 songwriters from all over the world entered this competition.
Nianell has just released her 6th album, “Sand & Water” and fans can look forward to the release of her Sand & Water DVD around August 2010.
Nianell has faith in the title song of her first DVD, “As one” and trusts that we can make the world a better place to live in. She motivates others and touches their souls as director of Proud Partners, a charity organisation which enables people, to reach for their purpose in life and share their gifts with others. Her positive outlook on life, gives people hope, her music provides them with “wings” to soar.
With her light, she enfolds everyone she meets, singing and writing.