20,000 hit Nadia hoping to get back in the studio

Nadia Smith

This week Ryan Smith caught up with Nadia Smith who has racked up 20, 000 listens online…

IN THE last 12 months, Cape Town-born Nadia Smith has picked up thousands of listens for her music on music-sharing website Soundcloud.

This week, the 18-year-old hopes to get back to recording, and capitalising on her increasing reputation locally.

“I have been singing for years – at maybe the age of 10 I started singing in choirs, when I was in school at Scotland, St Paul’s in Irvinestown, Integrated Primary School and then St Fanchea’s,” explained Nadia, who moved to Fermanagh in 2000.

“Last year I was at my friend’s house and we put up a video on YouTube of me singing – and a lot of people saw it.”

One of those people was local music producer Joel Johnston, who told her that he’d be interested in getting her voice on tape.

“It was a great thing to happen, he did so much for me,” said Nadia.

“So we started doing recordings – we got in touch with rappers in America too and that’s how it all got started.

“The first one was one that I’d always wanted to sing, Beyonce’s 1+1 – and we did a rap of Little Kim’s, and I did my own cover of Nicki Minaj’s Super Bass.

“Joel actually wrote a song called ‘Growing Apart’, and we both had our own little part in it that we had to write.”

Collectively, the six songs have amassed close to 20, 000 views – which has delighted Nadia.

“We put them out gradually – the Beyonce one was the biggest. It gets me really excited – and makes me very happy,” she added.

And, Nadia hopes to get back to recording soon.

“I’m hoping to get some recording done this week – and when Joel comes back at Christmas we’re going to get more recordings done.

“I think Soundcloud is great – people get a chance to share their music, share their songs – and I think it’s great for getting your music out there.

“So I’m looking forward to the next few months.”

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