Nina Moffitt is an interpreter, an oral historian, and a vocalist. Her singing prioritizes emotional honesty and a desire to expand the role and boundaries of the voice as an instrument. Her style, repertoire and songwriting are informed by a vast web of influences, from Sarah Vaughan and Joni Mitchell to Mahalia Jackson and Stevie Wonder - all evidenced by incisive lyrical interpretation, soulful phrasing, and dramatic timbral shifts.
Named after Nina Simone, and the daughter of a pianist-composer, Nina's roots in sound took hold early in life. By the age of 12, she was leading her church congregation under her father's musical direction, and singing became her key vehicle for self expression. At Oberlin College, she earned her B.A. (with honors) in cultural anthropology, but spent equal time slipping into jazz classes, performing with the Oberlin Jazz Ensemble, and studying classical technique at the Conservatory.
A native of Brooklyn, NY, Nina lives and performs there with her alternative R&B project TUTU and The Will Mason Ensemble, an avant-spectral jazz septet. She also collaborates with guitarist/composer Rafiq Bhatia and occasionally sings backup vocals with alt-pop outfit Son Lux.
Nina is currently working on new music that explores the manipulation of her voice in an experimental choir-like role.