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Nadia Marisa Gets Us in the Mood for “Summer”


London-based ‘blue-eyed soul’ singer Nadia Marisa just released her single, “Summer,” and it’s, well…hot.


I clicked the play button and did an audial double take. I could’ve sworn I heard James Bay. But instead, a feminine voice greeted me on the rest of the track. Packed full of imagery and the laced with the strength of voice we’re used to hearing from UK artists like Adele, Nadia Marisa’s “Summer” makes you want to sit on the patio in a shorts and sip a lemonade.

The intro starts with a piano solo, which is the simplest way to start a song so lyrically heavy. It’s not that the words are a bummer – they’re just so much for your senses to take in, and even more for your mind to unfold. Listeners will wonder if Nadia is talking about summer as a season, or if summer is a metaphor for a person she is pondering.

“If I could only lock you in, hold you close and break your wings/we could dance together until Spring” are the lyrics that really make you believe the song is about a person, someone Nadia Marisa can’t wait to see and never wants to leave. But the visuals like “A fly on my leg/A hat on my head” suggest that like many, she’s tired of the cold and can’t wait for summer to roll around and bring sunnier days (or is that metaphorical, as well?)

In the fashion of one of her musical influences, Emeli Sandé, Nadia Marisa’s voice goes in and out as if to hit peaks and valleys, almost as if unintentionally, further adding to the complex simplicity of “Summer.” Her voice is calming enough to deliver the calmness of a summer’s day, but its intensity pulls the listener in and makes them want to hear more. If you were going to click the “next” button, you stopped in your tracks (pun intended) because her voice just did something new and interesting. Her dynamic vocals make the track one that you can’t move on from and if you manage to, you’ll definitely be back for more.

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You can check out Nadia Marisa’s music, including the single “Summer” on ReverbNation, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Hope Carter
Hailing from "Screwston," Texas, Hope has been immersed in music since birth, first being exposed to Motown by her parents, then discovering her love for all genres as she trained as a dancer. Her unique set of life experiences growing up in Houston's Historic Third Ward as a lower middle class child, attending schools in more affluent neighborhoods, all the while attending an international church in which she was very involved, created her open-minded approach to music and art. Hope is very socially conscious, and prefers to take songs as a whole - both lyrically and sonically - before making her final judgment on their quality. As a dancer, she is inclined to be interested to anything she can move to, but her Dirty South roots give her room to appreciate a more laidback, chill (screwed) vibe. Her taste in music continues to change as she discovers new artists and as genres evolve.