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A soulful, blues-influenced singer, Nakia Reynoso, aka Nakia, is an Austin, Texas-based musician who first came to the public's attention as a contestant on the 2011 season of The Voice. Coached by Cee Lo Green while on the show, Nakia finished in seventh place and issued the 2013 EP Drown in the Crimson Tide, followed by 2018's full-length Blues Grifter.
Born in 1975 in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Nakia grew up in Fort Payne, Alabama, where he developed a love of blues, R&B, and soul music. After high school, he spent time in Chicago, before settling in Austin in 2002. There, he launched his performing career in earnest, joining Fastball guitarist Miles Zuniga's side project the Small Stars and appearing in several local theatrical productions. In 2007, he released an EP, followed in 2009 by his debut full-length album, Water to Wine. A year later, he also sang backing vocals on Alejandro Escovedo's album Street Songs of Love.
However, it wasn't until he was accepted onto NBC's vocal competition show The Voice in 2011 that his career took off. With Cee Lo Green as his coach, Nakia ultimately made it to the semifinals and finished in seventh place. Following his time on The Voice, he issued the 2013 EP Drown in the Crimson Tide, which featured songwriting collaborations with Chris Seefried, Barry Goldberg, Bleu, and others. In 2018 he issued Blues Grifter, which featured interpretations of songs by blues legends including Willie Dixon, Elmore James, Otis Rush, and more. ~ Matt Collar
- Virginia Beach, VA
- 20 Feb 1975