We are proud to present our latest Grub Sessions installment featuring the talented and captivating crooner, Niia. Those already familiar with her name and voice from Wyclef Jean's single, "The Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill)," also featuring Akon and Lil Wayne, might be surprised to learn that Niia is an accomplished pianist and vocalist with roots in jazz and classical music. She was selected by the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts as one of the top 100 singers in the country and was the national winner in the Jazz voice category National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Recognition and Talent Search. Niia's debut album promises to combine her jazz and classical strengths with crisp pop production. Niia was kind enough to play us three songs which may appear on her upcoming release: "Learn My Body," "The Land Beyond," and "Neck-Tie Social." Afterward she sat down with us to discuss her album, the music industry, technology, and more - while we ate some delicious Chilean Sea Bass with Corn-Avocado Salsa and Zucchini Fritters.
- Jed I. Rosenberg
Directed/Edited by Jed I. Rosenberg
Produced by Megan Conway; Jed I. Rosenberg
Shot by Ethan Blum; George Robert Morse
Production Sound/Stills Photography by Nick Koenig
Cooking by Megan Conway
Interview by Jed I. Rosenberg
"Learn My Body" features Niia on vocals, Brandee Younger on harp, and Travis Rosenberg on guitar.