[New York, NY – August 17, 2018] Just weeks after the release of her recent single “Another Lifetime,” Nao returns with a fiery remix from South London’s mysterious new producer Shareware. Listen HERE. The rendition amplifies the song’s energy, further proving that Nao’s unique sound is absolutely captivating in every variation.
“Another Lifetime” marked Nao’s musical return, two years after the release of her debut album For All We Know. Nao’s distinctive vocals sail smoothly amongst the waves of soulfulness mixed with her signature, indomitable energy. She explores sounds and travels between genres, further cementing herself as one of the UK’s most original talents. The song was accompanied by sensational visual directed by duo Zhang + Knight. Watch HERE.
Born Neo Jessica Joshua, as a child Nao moved with her family from Nottingham to south Woodford, which borders London and Essex. Living on the cusp of the capital meant she had all the possibilities of it at her reach.
Learning piano as a youngster gave Nao a head-start. Ditching legal studies, she enrolled at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, a prestige college known for harnessing the talents of young music prodigies (everyone from The Beatles’ producer George Martin to BAFTA winner Mica Levi are Guildhall alumnis). Nao supported her time at Guildhall as a backing singer for the likes of Kwabs and Jarvis Cocker, and was part of an experimental a-capella group The Boxettes, rubbing shoulders with world beatboxing champion and fellow Guildhall student, Isabel Ehresmann.
One show at south London’s Corsica Studios changed her life forever. She was booked to play with an electronic producer called Loxe and a music manager called her after it. “Sam (who phoned her) was like, ‘Who are you?!’ We just had the most amazing conversation about what was happening at the time, discussing people like SBTRKT and Sampha. I was like, ‘I would love to make my own music and put it out, that would be a dream’. He said, ‘Shall we just do it?’”
This led to the release of her first project So Good, which comprised four experimental and challenging pop heaters, its title track a collaboration with AK Paul — brother of genre-hopping enigma, Jai. Come 2015, Nao was playing to a packed-out crowd at Glastonbury and had landed a MOBO nomination for Best Newcomer. “I never thought I would ever get big,” reflects Nao, who was invited to sing on Disclosure’s chart-topping album, 2015’s Caracal. “I dreamt of a record deal — I assumed it would probably be independent and something quite small, though.”
Two years later, Nao released For All We Know via Little Tokyo, but now licensed to Sony subsidiary RCA, co-penning songs with the likes of JUNGLE, and reuniting with A.K. as well as her oldest partner-in-crime, Loxe. Across a sprawling 18 tracks, the album is a triumph of future-pop possibility, honoured by a Brit nomination for Best British Female Solo Artist later that year.
With the release of “Another Lifetime” as well as featuring on Mura Masa’s fiery track ‘Complicated’, Nao is making this year her own, gearing up to the release of her highly-anticipated sophomore project.
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