with Charlotte Sometimes
Monday, Jun 04, 2012 8:00 PM EDT
TT the Bear's, Cambridge, MA
18 years and over
Naia’s music is a personal/political soul-trip, as grounded and articulate as it is emotive, ever powered by the guitar and voice of this blossoming young visionary. “Crazy Glue” a jazzy soullful pop track shows off her unique vocal tone and her feel for flowing rhythms. Her songs would fit right alongside a radio playlist of Adele’s "Chasing Pavements," Jason Mraz’s "I’m Yours” and John Legend’s "Ordinary People." She inspires with her words and brings the listener on an emotional journey. Listening to Naia or seeing her live you experience how her voice flows with a lyrical maturity and precision that conjures images of the great Lauryn Hill, Norah Jones, John Legend, Adele, or even soul diva Erykah Badu leaving the observer wide-eyed and ready for action. Naia is confident and centered, as grounded as the musical tradition she grew up with. She is direct, kind, quick to laugh, and talks about music as a conciliatory tool that she has seen unite her family and plans to put to use inspiring and bringing together the peoples of the world. “Community is so important to me,” says Naia “A lot of what I try to convey in my music is that I feel like it's truly time for the people of the world to unite in order to create peace and joy. It has to start in the home, and next in your extended family and community. I wouldn't be singing and writing in the way that I do if it wasn't for the people who have touched my life and heart so dearly.” Now living in Los Angeles, Naia has been writing with some of today’s top songwriters including Olivier Leiber, Shelly Fairchild, John Forte, Peter Amato, and Stephony Smith all who had Billboard Chart hits. Wherever Naia’s gifts come from, her message is moving, refreshing, and an undeniably eloquent and conscious one to be coming from anyone, let alone a 21 year-old from the hills of Western Massachusetts.