Salisbury singer takes to the stage in Nashville
22 March 2017

Salisbury singer takes to the stage in Nashville

Inspired by singer-songwriters Dolly Parton and Kacey Musgraves, the Level 3 Music student first took to the stage aged 11, performing at open mic nights in Salisbury.

It was three years later when she performed at Kimbros Café in Franklin, Ohio, that her dreams slowly became reality and has since performed and been offered production opportunities in Nashville and Memphis USA.

Nia, who is from Fordingbridge, said: “The past year especially feels a bit of a dream.

“My parents are really supported and have helped me push my way into the industry.

“In Nashville especially, everyone wants to help each other get to where they want to be.

“I have met some really interesting and inspiring people who have helped me get my foot in the door.”

Nia will be returning to Nashville in May to perform at Richards Café and Bluebird Café before singing at South Main Sounds Memphis on Friday 12th May, which is a song-writing platform aired on cable TV.

Back in the UK, alongside studying for her Level 3 BTEC at the Salisbury campus, Nia is continuing to gig at local venues across Salisbury and Wiltshire, including Winchester Gate and Solent Sound Festival.

She said: “I joined Wiltshire College Salisbury because they offered a full time music course which is practical and hands on.

“I play the guitar, piano and sing, so I wanted a course that would allow me to do just that.

“A great advantage of the course is the tutors having connections within the local community to make gigging regularly possible.

“They are always sharing opportunities with us and over the past few months, I have had two to three gigs per month, which is great.

“I love how I am surrounded by like-minded, creative people who are here to learn and perform music just like me.”

Students from the music department will be attending and performing at Solent Sound Festival for the fourth year running on Thursday 30th March, an event hosted by Southampton Solent University.

Nia will be performing an original piece around the subject of ‘futility of war’, supported by music students, Jess Corbett on guitar and harmonies by Hope Norman.

Wiltshire College offers Music and Music Technology courses from Level 2 through to HND.

To find out more please visit: https://webapp.wiltshire.ac.uk/coursestng/Category/SubCategory/89

Follow Nia’s journey on her Facebook and YouTube accounts: @nianicholls1

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