Nadïne Lafond

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Biography

Nadïne LaFond, is a powerhouse vocalist with a wide sonic range, imaginative songwriter and skilled recording artist. After over 15 years of live performance (first at local coffeehouses and clubs then later on the road at festivals and theaters) and collaboration with a variety of musical traditions, she is moving into the next evolution of her music, starting with her debut solo album, Wisdom Child.

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” I write in my head, always have, hearing all instruments at once so I can see and listen to the scenes unfold like a film then sing the song into existence for months; in the car, in the kitchen, in the shower until it drives me so crazy that I have to write it down long-hand to make it tangible. What feels most like manifesting, though, is that moment when I sing it aloud with fellow musicians chiming in because, by then, it’s a shared experience “.

Born in Brooklyn, NY to a proud Haitian family and coming from a long line of artists, Nadïne grew up surrounded by a rich mix of multicultural music, which would spark both parents and kids to instant dancing in the house. During childhood, her Dad would bring home a new record for the kids to hear every week from Mexico, Cuba, Jamaica and their native Haiti as well as classical music, folk, rock and Motown. Home life was definitely and naturally a school of the arts. Her parents kept a steady flow of tunes going at all times as a form of inspiration; especially their American favorites, Aretha Franklin and Johnny Cash. Her brother, who went on to follow opera as his artform, would pass out sheet music to his sisters and teach them classical harmonies. Humming Renaissance songs and obscure arias while doing the dishes or homework was a typical sound in the house. At age 13, immersed in rock, funk and hip hop, she discovered Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday and fell madly in love with Jazz, deepening her appreciation for and inspiring a return to the Blues. This brought everything together, encouraging experimentation and her first song ideas.

Performing and composing music that embraces a variety of styles, cultures and eras came naturally and influences every aspect of her current work toward a unifying original sound. Whether with her bandmates on festival stages, singing to crowds of up to 10,000, or (even better) up close and in person, Nadïne is able to connect with audiences through her stage presence and fearless voice, which she honed over the years as a jazz vocalist early on at open jams in New York then later as backing vocalist for several rock/jam bands, as vocalist / percussionist member of Pan African ensemble, Wogbledoe, and as lead vocalist and co-songwriter with Swampadelica. As a session vocalist, she has contributed on projects like “The Green Sparrow” by Phish bassist, Mike Gordon and “Sticks & Stones” by moe.

Currently writing and bringing to life “all those crazy ideas” she’d been working to articulate for years, Nadïne is developing several projects that best express the many classic roots to abstract sounds now coming through.

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