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Niia Bertino, better known simply by her stage name Niia is an Americanmarker singer, pianist, songwriter, and composer.

Biography

Niia grew up in Needham, Massachusettsmarker and attended St. Joseph's Elementary School, Newton Country Day Schoolmarker as well as The New School of Music in New York City.

Niia is a classically trained musician. She began singing and performing music at the age of seven. Her mother, born in Italy was a classically trained pianist and was Niia's first teacher. She began playing and singing jazz at age thirteen. She was a lead in her high school musical theater productions as well as in community theater. She performed at many Jazz venues around Bostonmarker. and attended summer jazz camps including Jamey Aebersold, Interplay, and Berklee College of Musicmarker. While attending New School of Music as a jazz vocal major she met International artist and producer Wyclef Jean. She recently went on tour with Wyclef Jean and is currently working on her debut album. She has been compared to heavy hitters including Diana Krall and Norah Jones. Her new album promises different styles blending classical, jazz, electronic and soul. She presently resides in New York Citymarker.

Musical career

Niia is featured on Wyclef Jean's 2007 single, "Sweetest Girl ," which also featured Lil' Wayne and Akon. The song has peaked at number twelve on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, after fifteen weeks on the chart.

Television and film

  • Starred in the four-part MTV exclusive short-film Americlef. She has also toured around the world performing with Wyclef Jean and performed live on VH1 Soul Stage, BET HONORS, The David Letterman Show, Jimmy Kimmel, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, as well as on MTV New Years Eve show in Times Square.


Awards

In 2005 Niia was selected by the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts as one of the top 100 singers in the country, and the national winner in the jazz voice category National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Arts Recognition and Talent Search.

Discography

Featured singles

Year Title Chart positions Album
U.S. Hot 100 U.S.
Pop 100
UK Singles Chart CAN Hot 100
2007 "Sweetest Girl " (Wyclef Jean featuring Akon, Lil Wayne and Niia) 12 10 66 34 Carnival Vol. II: Memoirs of an Immigrant


Music videos

Featured video appearances

Year Album Title Director
2007 Carnival Vol. II: Memoirs of an Immigrant "Sweetest Girl "
Wyclef Jean feat.

Akon, Lil Wayne and Niia
Chris Robinson


References


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