Nina Karle

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Since her return to Jamaica, Nina Karle has performed at several venues including, On the Roof, Teensplash, the International Reggae and World Music Awards, Village Cafe and Village Blues Bar and now one of the main acts to catch at Christopher’s at the Quad where she performs on regular basis.

Taking another step to further fulfill her dream, she was asked to perform at the Gleaners’ presentation of a “Taste of Jazz”, a precursor to the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival. Not only was she one of the acts for the 2011 Jamaica Jazz and blues small stage but also one of the faces featured in the Heineken Star Stage advertisement that ran throughout the period. In February 2011, she made her first appearance on the highly acclaimed production of “Jazz in the Gardens” held at the Pegasus New Kingston. So captivating was her performance that she was once again asked to return for the June 2011 installment. Acquiring a few shows, she was not surprised when she was asked to perform at the Montreal Reggae Festival.

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Karlene “Nina Karle” Levy is by no means a stranger to the music world. She has been singing since childhood, honing her skills through her mother’s direction in the Crofts Hill Anglican Church Choir, the Holmwood technical High School Choir and the Dawson College Choir in Montreal Canada. However, Nina really discovered her unique style, performing with the all Japanese blues/rock/jazz band Blue Mountain while teaching English in Nagoya Japan. She comes across with a seductive tone that captivates her audiences.Working regularly with the band, she grew as a singer/performer, discovering and developing her own style. It was inevitable, the rich Japanese culture and the thriving music scene would hold Nina in Japan indefinitely.Eventually she sought a bigger challenge and made the bold move to the heart beat of Japan, the city of Tokyo. The city proved to be very competitive, having an abundance of foreign performers with the African Americans dominating the city entertainment scene. The situation didn’t deter Nina and she painstakingly kept knocking on doors until finally they started opening up.Her gigs call for her to perform reggae, blues, jazz, gos
pel and R&B. Being able to successfully handle these genres eventually led her to perform at the famous Don Cornelius Soul Train Cafe in Tokyo, doing Motown covers and acapella gospel music.

She has also done backing vocals on television shows wVillageCafeA20070117CHaith popular Japanese singers, performed at weddings and gigged with some of the local reggae bands. Her most distinguished gig however; was singing Jamaica National Anthem for the Prime Minister, the Right Hon. PJ Patterson, during his visit to Japan in 1998.

Getting back on track with her vision of her entertainment career, Nina relocated to Jamaica in 2001 and feels that five years on the Japanese entertainment scene has given her the requisite experience to broaden her stage to an international level. Since her return to Jamaica, she has performed at several venues including, On the Roof, Teensplash, the International Reggae and World Music Awards, Village Cafe and Village Blues Bar and now one of the main acts to catch at Christopher’s at the Quad where she performs on regular basis.

Taking another step to fulfill her dream, she was asked to perform at the Gleaners’ presentation of a “Taste of Jazz”, a precursor to the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival. Not only was she one of the acts for the 2011 Jamaica Jazz and blues small stage but also one of the faces featured in the Heineken Star Stage advertisement. In February 2011, she made her first appearance on the highly acclaimed production of “Jazz in the Gardens” held at the Pegasus New Kingston.

She is also a member of LMJ, a female group renowned for their signature style of Harmonies. They were the opening act for Junior Kelly on his 2009 European tour and was later asked to return to Europe that year to further promote their album “Inna Mi Roots”

Nina Karle is currently working on her debut album, with tracks being produced by some of Jamaica’s prominent producers including Sly and Robbie, Sequence, Voicestream among others. Her Singles, “Stop Me” produced by the European “Not easy at all” production, enjoys regular rotation on European reggae radio while Byron Lee’s re-make of “From a Distance” enjoys regular rotation on local radio.

An accomplished backing vocalist, Nina works with various artists in studio and on stage. She has been on tour with many reggae artists including Joseph Hill of Culture, Richie Spice, Chuck Fender Sly & Robbie and Sinead O’Connor.

 

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Nina Karle and the Capstone Band ‘Moon River’

 

JAMAICAN SONGBIRDS – Nina Karle and Carolyn

Nina Karle Brown Skin

Nina Karle Backing Vocalist with Sinead O`Connor-Untold

Nina Karle Backing Vocalist with Junior Kelly live 2009

 

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