Nana Genesis

Nana Genesis
Nana Genesis

Artist description

Having started singing and performing at the age of six for family and friends, writing her first song at the age of thirteen and leading harmonies in school productions, Nana always loved to perform using her voice.

Nana successfully joined the London Allstars Steel Band and played at the famous Notting Hill Carnival and began to take up guitar lessons. Whilst still at school, Nana auditioned to be part of the band, Ezeke and Aqua Vita. She got the job, but was not able to tour with them until she finished school. Having completed her education, Nana went on to tour the world tour with Aqua Vita at sixteen, meeting and sharing the stage with Natalie Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Cher and Ben Vereen. Whilst playing at the Monte Carlo Sporting Club, Nana was able to secure a solo slot, performing for Princess Grace of Monaco ­Grace Kelly ­ where Ms Kelly took to the floor on her own, dancing as Nana sang.

Looking for a new challenge, Nana decided to tap into her love of Reggae, having grown up listening to it as her father was Jamaican. Nana travelled to Jamaica where she worked with the legendary Gregory Isaacs . She also went onto back the formidable Freddie McGregor. It was a dream come true and Nana finally secured her reputation as a strong vocal artist and excellent backing singer.

With Reggae finding its way back into her life full­time, Nana went on to work with Earl Sixteen, Culture, Junior Delgado, Johnny Osbourne and the Mad Professor at Ariwa Sounds.

Having been writing her own songs for years, Nana recorded some tracks with PWA Records and went on to perform them across the UK, with her most successful single, Holding On.

Nana has continued to work as a backing vocalist. Recording in the studio, on stage, covering Pop, Soul, Jazz and Reggae. She also writes for other artists and performs her own material.

Whilst continuing to work on her own music and perform with high­ profile artists, Nana completed a Performing Arts Access course gaining a Distinction. She currently works with various performing arts companies and schools as a vocal coach, training singers and performing for nationwide events and private and charity functions.

Whilst doing all this, Nana also uses her talent to work with people who have Dementia, as a singing coach. Her work with clients has proven to boosts their brain activity, manages stress and stimulates positive interaction with others.

Whilst teaching and writing, Nana continues to tour as a busy artist, performing at many festivals and venues with the likes of Little Roy (on the Jools Holland Show BBC2) Max Romeo, John Holt, Michael Prophet, Wayne Wonder, Ken Booth, Chucka Demus & Pliers, Queen Ifrica, Levi Roots, Little Roy and Gappy Ranks, Derrick Harriott, Mr Vegas, One Love Orchestra and Mary Wilson from the Supremes.

Nana’s musical influences spread far and wide, but the key artists include: Judy Mowatt, Barbra Streisand, Nina Simone, Whitney Houston, Bob Marley and Marcia Griffiths.

Nana has written and produced her own album, The Story So Far, and has promoted and performed material throughout the United kingdom.