Nailah Blackman

Young Nailah Blackman was born into a legendary musical family. Growing up, she had a penchant for dancing, singing, and artistic talents. At age 11, she sang background vocals for her aunt’s all-women gospel band, Nehilet Blackman and D All Girls Band. Being in the band inspired her even more musically, and a year later her mother taught her a few chords on the guitar.

My music is in its own space and it’s actually trying to find itself right now, but some unique aspects that I bring to my art form would have to be the heavy East Indian and Arabic influence. I was part of the Shiv Shakti Dance Company in my early high school years and it has subconsciously drenched my hearing for rifts and runs when singing in that type of musical notation.