Nishla is a singer and writer driven by a desire to tell stories. Her unique musical sensibility, along with this preoccupation with narrative is recurrent throughout a diverse array of musical projects. She's recently made work for Opera North, Lancaster Jazz Festival and Manchester Collective.
Nishla is a City Music Foundation artist, and is currently part of Jazz North's Northern Line artist roster. She is one third of cross disciplinary arts collective Ulita, and leads an original jazz band, the Nishla Smith Quintet.
"Nishla Smith's original ballads sound like standards...maudlin moments shoulder ecstatic reveries." London Jazz News
"Classic songwriting worthy of the Great American Songbook, suffused with a skewed, haunted quality." Opera North
"The silenced room said it all."
Bebop Spoken Here.