Nishla is a singer and songwriter who defies easy categorisation. Her live sets include a breathtaking variety of material, from celebrated originals to dark jazz standards and devastating ballads. She is currently working on a staged song cycle produced by Opera North: ’What Happened to Agnes’ is an immersive, cross-disciplinary collaboration with visual artist Luca Shaw and pianist Tom Harris, and will tour the UK in the 19/20 season.
This year has also seen Nishla release her debut single, 'Blue Dream’. The track, and accompanying music video, was described by Staccatofy as ‘stunning…a sheer delight.’
Over the course of the 2017/18 season, Nishla wrote, performed, and produced a major commission for Manchester Collective — ‘Cabaret’ received a national tour, was performed live on BBC3 In Tune, and was featured at Home MCR’s PUSH festival. Nishla will rejoin the Collective this summer to perform at the Cubitt Sessions, a set of live shows produced by Kings Place in London.
Outside of her solo work, Nishla heads up the Nishla Smith Quintet, who have recently performed at the Manchester and Lancaster Jazz Festivals, NQ Jazz, The Vortex in London, and recently joined Jazz North’s Northern Line roster.
Lyrics:I live in a blue dream Blue house by a blue stream Blue girl in a blue scene Blue tears, streaming I wish for a new dream New home for my dreaming Im caught in this blue scene Blue girl, blue world, blue dream. Something in your eyes Sweetness, sadness Thought I noticed something in your eyes Moonlight madness Call it a surprise You envelop me. Something in your smile Watching, waiting Thought I noticed something in your smile -Captivating Stay a little while Youre the hope I need. I live in a blue dream Blue house by my blue stream Oh wont you come wake me? Blue girl, blue world, blue dream. Im tired of my blue dream God its been a long sleep Oh wont you come wake me Blue girl, blue world, blue dream.
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