Nadia Ali
American singer-songwriter
Nadia Ali
Nadia Ali is a Pakistani-American singer-songwriter, born in Libya and raised in Queens, New York. She gained attention as the frontwoman and songwriter of the band iiO, after their 2001 hit "Rapture" reached No. 2 on the UK Singles Chart. The song also charted across several countries in Europe. Their 2006 single, "Is It Love?", reached the top of the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Chart.
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Veet walks the extra mile with award show
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 3 years
It seems like Veet has finally taken note of what other platforms have been doing, by recognising the attributes of renowned professionals from the Pakistani television and fashion industry. The brand’s acclaimed fashion event, Veet Celebration of Beauty, will be held Saturday night in Karachi. Apart from musical performances and a fashion show, featuring talented local designers like Khadija Shah of Elan, Sadaf Malaterre, Ali Xeeshan and Sana Safinaz, the show will also introduce a beauty awards segment, for the first time. Veet is known for taking initiatives to promote young Pakistani females and their talent through their popular show, Veet Miss Super Model. However, with a benchmark already set by the Lux Style Awards and considering that there are hardly any awards shows in the country apart from those, it will interesting to see what the event has to offer. A total of eight awards will be handed over tonight and the list of nominees in ...
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Skrillex tops bill for ‘I Love This City’
LGBT Weekly- San Diego - almost 5 years
I Love This City, the new electronic music festival event produced by Live Nation Entertainment and LED makes its San Diego debut this coming Memorial Day, Weekend, Sunday May 27. Skrillex will top the bill at the San Diego show; also set to appear are A-Trak, The Crystal Method (DJ set), Dirtyloud, 12th Planet, The Twelves, Cookie Monsta, Brodinski, Nadia Ali, Lucky Date, MiMOSA, JDevil (Jonathan Davis of Korn), SOFI, Jaguar Skills, AC Slater, TJR, Flinch, The M Machine, No Body and Deth Hertz on multiple stages. I Love This City, San Diego will take place at Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre. Ticket prices start at $25 for a general admission ticket and $75 for a VIP general admission pit pass (plus applicable fees). The VIP Pit Pass includes separate entrance, private restrooms and private bar. To purchase tickets visit
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Morgan Page's <i>In The Air</i> Aims 'Square At Dance Floor'
MTV News - almost 5 years
Fifth album, released Tuesday, features Tegan and Sara on 'Body Work.' By Akshay Bhansali Morgan Page Photo: With two Grammy nominations under his belt and having sold out 35 of the 45 shows on his last tour, American DJ/producer Morgan Page went into the recent Miami Music Week on a high. The title track of his fifth album, "In the Air" featuring Angela McCluskey (a co-production with BT, Sultan and Ned Shepard), went to #1 on Billboard's Hot Dance Airplay Chart and spent 25 weeks in the top 10 last year. "Body Work," featuring MTV family indie darlings Tegan and Sara, followed as the album's second single, with an '80s-inspired video set in an auto shop that premiered on MTV's Buzzworthy in February. This year, Miami proved fruitful. While he didn't come away with any International Dance Music Awards (he was nominated for "Best American DJ" and "Best Progressive Track"), MMW provided a fan-galvanizing series of gigs, underscored by his own "Morgan Page P ...
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Soundcheck: Come September -
Google News - over 5 years
And while releases such as Shehzad Roy&#39;s new song Kya Darta Hai, and Nadia Ali&#39;s When it Rains are already making waves with listeners, for those interested in live alternative to albums and single releases there are other options
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Nadia Ali - When it Rains -
Google News - over 5 years
Americká zpěvačka Nadia Ali, které v krvi koluje z poloviny i pákistánská krev, se do povědomí veřejnosti dostala především jako vokalista amerického klubového projektu iiO (hit &quot;Rapture&quot;). Poslední léta to však zkouší nejen jako hostující zpěvačka u
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Sander van Doorn Set to Release 'Eleve11′ - News Junky Journal
Google News - over 5 years
“Rolling the Dice,” is a monster collaboration with Sidney Samson and Nadia Ali. It retains all the visceral club energy of both Sander and Sidney with the sultry storytelling that only Nadia could provide. Bright driving melodies with just the right
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DJ Lil Cee's Battle Of the Beats: Wynter Gordon vs Steve Forte Rio - 92.3 NOW
Google News - over 5 years
Listen NOW to both tracks, check out the videos, and let us know who YOU think should move on to the next round! Last week we put Sultan &amp; Ned Shepard feat. Nadia Ali&#39;s “Call My Name (Spencer &amp; Hill Remix)” up against Wynter Gordon&#39;s “Til Death” – and
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Nadia Ali : Interview EXCLU -
Google News - over 5 years
La ravissante Nadia Ali fait son retour musical et a eu la gentillesse d&#39;accorder une interview exclusive à la rédaction de Voici ce qu&#39;elle nous a révélé. Née en Lybie, la chanteuse et auteur-compositrice Nadia Ali, 31 ans, revient sur le
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Made Records “Vault” Series Announces the 2nd of 4 Singles By Today's Top DJ's ... - (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
The Made Records “Vault Series” announces the release the 2nd of 4 titles with the sensational and amazing sounding remix of “At the End” by Michael Woods; featuring Nadia Ali. Previously only available in the UK, #1 DJ/Producer Michael Woods&#39; epic
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<B>BS People:</B> Devraj Sanyal - Business Standard
Google News - over 5 years
The festival, devised along the lines of the Glastonbury festival, has had popular international artists like Paul van Dyk, BT, Albin Myers, Nadia Ali, Ferry Corsten, and BREED perform. Sanyal says he has been interested in music for as long as he can
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Diagnosis eye-opening for the sleep-deprived -
Google News - over 5 years
Even “shift work,” such as working overnight, as Nadia Ali discovered while working odd hours as a technologist at the sleep center. “It was worse because I was going to school,” she said. One of the most common sleep problems is sleep apnea,
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Google News - over 5 years
Armin Van Buuren&#39;s re-mastered remix version of iiO&#39;s Platinum Hit &quot;Rapture&quot;, featuring Nadia Ali has already shot up to #4 on the BeatPort Trance charts after just a few days of release. Fans have been asking for this track since &quot;Rapture Platinum&quot;
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Armin van Buuren Drops 'Feels So Good' with Nadia Ali - Desi Hits!
Google News - over 5 years
Armin van Buuren&#39;s hot new single, “Feels So Good,” now has a sizzling music video that really unleashes the Pakistani New Yorker, Nadia Ali, and her potential to rise to the top of music stardom. The video highlights a rich crowd&#39;s high life as they
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Dada Life Remix Lady Gaga, Kid Cudi During Roof-Rattling Set - (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
It&#39;s also worth mentioning the night&#39;s big sing-along, which came when New York native Nadia Ali&#39;s &quot;Pressure&quot; vocals began bouncing off the walls. As Dada Life dropped into Alesso&#39;s remix of the Alex Kenji, Nadia Ali and Starkiller&#39;s
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Nadia Ali
  • 2014
    Age 33
    In January 2014, Ali released an acoustic cover of The Police song "Roxanne" as a free download.
    More Details Hide Details The song was her first release as a lead artist since 2011. Ali is perhaps best known for her characteristic voice and vocal abilities. Reema Kumari Jadeja from MOBO described her work as "masterfully encapsulating euphoric and melancholic, Ali’s signature music style sees Eastern mystique caressed with intelligent electronica and fortified with soul". The songs on Embers were likened to Madonna's work in her prime and a "modern re-interpretation" of Stevie Nicks. Billboard praised her voice for having "too much life on its own". Ali has been influenced by an eclectic mix of artists, which she credits to her Eastern background and upbringing in Queens. She listed alternative, folk, Indian and Pakistani music as her biggest influences. Some of her vocal and songwriting influences, she said, were Stevie Nicks, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Madonna, Sade and Bono. Her debut album was noted for a blend of electronica, acoustic and Middle Eastern melodies. Speaking about Embers, Ali said she did not want a typical dance record and chose to experiment, particularly with the number of ballads on the album. Meanwhile, her second album Phoenix, she said would be a more "high-energy" dance album, where while she maintained her characteristic vocal style, she also experimented with the musical style. She said while working on the album she was inspired and influenced by indie pop and the styles of Avicii, R3hab and Skrillex.
  • 2013
    Age 32
    However, she added that she was still working on the album and in 2013 had written 25 new songs, which include collaborations with Stargate, Steve Aoki, R3hab and Fedde Le Grand.
    More Details Hide Details She also wrote songs for Krewella for their debut album Get Wet.
    When asked about an update on her album in a Google Hangout in December 2013, she said the release would take a while citing commitments in her personal life as the reason for the delay.
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  • 2012
    Age 31
    However, beginning in February 2012 she took 40 days off to work on the album, which she said would be titled Phoenix.
    More Details Hide Details She chose the name as an allusion to what she felt was a relaunch of her career. Explaining the creative process behind the album, she said she chose to work with a mix of international producers in an effort to combine the North American understanding of good songwriting with the European expertise in production to create a high energy dance album catered for her dance music fans. Elaborating further, she said she had collaborated with producers from both within and out of the electronic dance music genre to bring a different flavour to the album. She also tried to bring together the DJs with whom she had released songs within the last few years to make one cohesive compilation. The theme of the album, she explained, was to help the listener understand the artist personality and the singer-songwriter behind the music.
    Ali mentioned in September 2012 that the single would be remixed by Tommy Trash but was noncommittal about a release date.
    More Details Hide Details She attributed the delay in the release of the album once again on her busy touring schedule citing the demand to perform live particularly in the United States.
    In December 2012, Ali announced her engagement to her fiancé, who she married in October 2013.
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    Her first release in 2012 was "This Is Your Life", the fourth single from Swiss DJ EDX's album On the Edge.
    More Details Hide Details That was followed by "Carry Me", a collaboration with Morgan Page, the fourth single from his third studio album, In the Air. Her next release was "Must Be the Love", the lead single from BT's ninth studio album A Song Across Wires, which was a collaboration between him, Arty and Ali. Ali said she had to bring out the best in her while working with BT as not only was she a long-time fan but also because he is a pioneer in electronic dance music. She also mentioned that despite having worked with him on the song for nearly two and a half years, they have never met. The single was nominated for Best Trance Track at the 28th International Dance Music (her fourth nomination for the award).
    In May 2012, Ali announced her move to Los Angeles citing the need for a change after spending 26 years in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details Ali said the move had also provided her with new inspiration to work on Phoenix and helped her become more proactive about finishing the album. As of December 2013 the album has still not been released.
  • 2011
    Age 30
    A music video for the lead single from the album, "When It Rains", was released on her YouTube channel in August 2011.
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    Ali released the single "Pressure" with Starkillers and Alex Kenji in 2011, which became a club and festival anthem and received an International Dance Music Award.
    More Details Hide Details In 2012, she collaborated with BT and Arty on the single "Must Be The Love", which was nominated for an International Dance Music Award. She has also collaborated with several notable producers and DJs, such as Armin van Buuren, Schiller, Avicii and John Creamer & Stephane K. Ali is currently working on her second studio album, titled Phoenix. Nadia Ali was born in Libya to Pakistani parents in 1980. The family relocated when she was five years old and she was subsequently raised in Queens, New York. An eight-year-old Ali used any opportunity she could get to sing after a friend heard her humming a Madonna song at school and complimented her. While continuing singing as a hobby and for the thrill of performing and receiving no formal vocal training, she had also started writing poems and songs for her friends by the time she was 15. As a teenager her interest in dance music developed after visiting nightclubs in Manhattan and inspired her to dream that she would one day be featured on one of the records playing in the club.
  • 2010
    Age 29
    As of February 2010, Ali had begun working on her second studio album.
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    Throughout 2010, Ali's collaborations with DJs and producers were released.
    More Details Hide Details These included remixes of her upcoming collaboration "That Day" with Dresden and Johnston, which were released on compilation albums. The next, "The Notice" with Swiss duo Chris Reece was released on 13 July. Ali was featured on the track "Feels So Good" on Armin van Buuren's fourth album Mirage. Released as the fifth single from the album, the song was voted as the Best Trance Track at the 27th International Dance Music Awards. She was also a featured guest on his Armin Only tour. During 2011, Ali announced the release of collaborations with several DJs and producers. The first of these was "Call My Name" with the duo Sultan & Ned Shepard, released by Harem Records on 9 February. "Call My Name" was a club success, charting at No. 5 on Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Chart. The second track "Pressure", a collaboration with Starkillers and Alex Kenji was released on 15 February by Spinnin' Records. The Alesso remix of "Pressure" became a club and festival anthem and received support from notable DJs such as Armin van Buuren, Tiesto, Swedish House Mafia and Calvin Harris and was voted the Best Progressive House Track at the 27th International Dance Music Awards.
    In December 2010, she received her first Grammy nomination when the Morgan Page remix of "Fantasy" was nominated in the Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical category.
    More Details Hide Details Her first track with iiO, "Rapture" was re-released as a single from Queen of Clubs Trilogy with remixes by Tristan Garner, Gareth Emery and Avicii. A new music video for the track was shot based on the "Queen of Clubs" theme and released on 24 January 2011. The song peaked at No. 3 on the Romanian Top 100 chart, while charting in other European countries.
    In April 2010, Ali released "Fantasy", the fourth single from Embers.
    More Details Hide Details The track was chosen as a single by her fans after a poll conducted by Ali on her Facebook page. The music video for "Fantasy" was set to the Morgan Page remix, which served as a prologue to Ali's next project; Queen of Clubs Trilogy: The Best of Nadia Ali Remixed. Speaking about the project, Ali mentioned that she wanted a remix compilation, which spanned the 10 years of her career from her one-half as iiO, to her solo album and collaborations. Explaining the name of the concept, she said she wanted to incorporate her upbringing in Queens and the fact that her music is predominantly played in nightclubs. Using that inspiration, she decided to use the playing card "Queen of Clubs" as the title, portraying herself as the Queen, a move she described as "audacious" but something she felt she could prove because she had the substance. The package was broken into three releases: Ruby Edition (August 2010), Onyx Edition (October 2010) and Diamond Edition (December 2010). It featured collaborations with, and remixes by, Armin van Buuren, Gareth Emery and Avicii amongst several other prominent DJs and producers.
    Ali's first release in 2010 was the track "Try", a collaboration with German producer Schiller, chosen as the lead single from his album Atemlos, the music video premiered on YouTube in February 2010.
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  • 2009
    Age 28
    Ali released two collaborations in 2009, the first "Better Run" with Tocadisco was released on his album TOCA 128. FM and "12 Wives In Tehran" with Serge Devant was released on his album Wanderer.
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    Ali was featured on MTV Iggy in March 2009, where she recorded three live acoustic videos, performing "Rapture", "Crash and Burn" and "Love Story".
    More Details Hide Details The third single "Fine Print" was released in July 2009. Ali announced that the single preceded the release of her debut solo album Embers. The single peaked at No. 4 on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play Chart. Embers was released in September 2009. Co-produced by Sultan & Ned Shepard, Alex Sayz and Scott Fritz, Ali self-released the album on her own label, Smile in Bed Records. Embers generally received positive reviews, Chase Gran from called it a "well rounded, gourmet album with impressive songs". Gail Navarro from Racket magazine complimented Ali on her songwriting saying, "It wasn’t just her sultry sound mixed in together with that enchanting singing voice; her songwriting got me hook, line and sinker". Speaking about the self-release of the album, she has cited her creative independence and the pressure of deadlines as the main reasons why she created her own record label. She chose to release her singles and albums digitally citing the nature of the electronic music audience with the listener choosing to click a button and getting music instantly and the traditional method of distribution deals in the United States.
    She released the second single, "Love Story" from the as-yet untitled album in February 2009.
    More Details Hide Details It topped Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Chart in April 2009 and was nominated for the Best Progressive/House Track at the 2010 International Dance Music Awards at the Winter Music Conference.
    She released her debut album Embers in 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Critics praised her unique songwriting, which combined electronica with ballads, Eastern and acoustic music. Three singles from the album reached the top-ten of the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Chart, including the No. 1 hit, "Love Story". The song was also nominated at the 25th International Dance Music Awards at the Winter Music Conference, while "Fantasy" was nominated for a Grammy award. In 2010, she released a remix compilation titled Queen of Clubs Trilogy to mark her decade-long career as a singer-songwriter. "Rapture" was re-released as the only single from the compilation and the song was once again a chart success in Europe.
  • 2008
    Age 27
    In June 2008, she released "Crash and Burn", the first single from her solo album.
    More Details Hide Details The single became a club success peaking at No. 6 on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play Chart.
  • 2006
    Age 25
    Her first solo release was the 2006 single, "Who is Watching?", a collaboration with Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren, which appeared on his album Shivers.
    More Details Hide Details She has described "Who is Watching?" as one of her most meaningful songs, the song described one's struggle to reach the top, only to realise once one is there how lonely it is and how one has forgotten their priorities and the important people in their life. This was followed by "Something to Lose" in 2006, a duet with singer-songwriter Rosko, produced by John Creamer & Stephane K and released by Ultra Records. The track was licensed to Roger Sanchez's Release Yourself, Vol. 5, as well as Sharam Tayebi of Deep Dish for his Global Underground debut Dubai.
  • 2005
    Age 24
    Ali left the group in 2005 to pursue a solo career, while Moser continued to release iiO material featuring her on vocals.
    More Details Hide Details Most notably, these releases include the 2006 single "Is It Love? ", which reached No. 1 in America on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Chart, the 2007 remix album Reconstruction Time: The Best Of iiO Remixed and the 2011 studio album Exit 110. When asked about her decision to pursue a solo career, she said her time with iiO was a great learning experience but she decided to leave because she didn't want to restrict herself to one style of music but explore her creativity and also to have the freedom to collaborate with others artists. Her decision to pursue a career as a singer was not initially encouraged by her Pakistani parents who were academically inclined and wanted her to pursue a more stable career. She has said since then they have evolved and are one of her biggest supporters. Speaking of her identity as a Pakistani woman, she has said it is very important to her to set an example that they are able to contribute positively and capable of taking their career into their own hands. Explaining further, she said that she feels it as her responsibility to any women who are sometimes stereotyped to show that they can contribute to arts or any professional field. Her ethnicity, she has stated, has been an advantage and helped her stand out in the entertainment industry. She has said that over the years, she has met South Asian women who have told her that her story has inspired them to pursue something they loved.
    After embarking on a solo career in 2005, Ali became successful as an oft-requested vocalist in electronic dance music.
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  • 2001
    Age 20
    Ali gained prominence in 2001 as the frontwoman and songwriter of the band iiO after their debut single "Rapture" reached No. 2 on the UK Singles Chart.
    More Details Hide Details The song also charted across several countries in Europe. Their 2006 single, "Is It Love? ", reached the top of the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Chart.
  • 1980
    Born on August 3, 1980.
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