30 June, 2021

'Aether' song-cycle to be developed as part of East Neuk Festival

Thoroughly Good

"The latest ENF Retreat Residency to be undertaken by young jazz composer, vocalist and storyteller Nishla Smith. She partners with scientists from St Andrews University’s School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, to develop a song cycle called ‘Aether’ for voice and improvising ensemble..."

3 May, 2021

'Blue Dream' Wins Second Prize– International Songwriting Competition Jazz Category

International Songwriting Competition

2020 winners announced

15 April, 2021

Nishla Smith (Live at Barts Great Hall, 19 May 2021 + Announcing New Album on Whirlwind Recordings)

London Jazz News

"Nishla will be joined by pianist Tom Harris, who will be performing with her throughout May on various livestreams."

15 April, 2021

Nishla joins Whirlwind Recordings for debut album 'Friends with Monsters'

Whirlwind Recordings

"We’re very pleased to announce our next signing – Nishla Smith joins the Whirlwind family with her debut album 'Friends with Monsters', out this Autumn."

16 March, 2021

News: Nishla Smith + Emma Johnson new project 'Night Porter' awarded mjf originals commission

Manchester Jazz Festival

"Led by Leeds saxophonist/composer Emma Johnson and singer/composer Nishla Smith, Night Porter will create four melodic, evocative and experiential songs tethered to specific types of space: trees, water, garden and buildings."

9 March, 2021

News: 'Blue Dream' a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition

International Songwriting Competition

"The songwriting competition to take note of…” - New York Times

27 February, 2021

Review: Ulita's 'The Secret Elevator', a micro-commission for Lancaster Jazz Festival

Lancaster Jazz Festival

"‘The Secret Elevator’ encourages the playful side in all of us, revelling in the creativity and wonder in the world and inviting us to do the same."

27 February, 2021

News: 'Sister' newest show from Ulita part of Britten Pears Arts Digital Festival of New

Britten Pears Arts

"Ulita is a new Northern voice in music-driven theatre, focused on creating immersive, visceral work from unexpected points of view."

19 November, 2020

News: Nishla joins City Music Foundation as 2020 artist

The Strad

"City Music Foundation announces its new artists..."

05 June, 2020

News: New single from Emma Johnson's Gravy Boat feat. Nishla Smith

Emma Johnson Music

Listen here.

05 June, 2020

Review: Emma Johnson's Gravy Boat 'Where Were You Hiding' feat. Nishla Smith

Hot Lunch Music

"If you’re in the mood for something whimsical, organic and yet vivid you’ll definitely fall in love with 'Where Were You Hiding? (feat. Nishla Smith) by Emma Johnson’s Gravy Boat."

05 June, 2020

Review: Emma Johnson's Gravy Boat 'Where Were You Hiding' feat. Nishla Smith

York Calling

"It feels as if Nishla’s soft vocals are used as an instrument in their own right, sharing the limelight with Emma’s saxophone and interludes of electric guitar."

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