What do Al Jarreau, Madonna, Arrested Development, Janet Jackson & Jimmy Buffett have in common? The soulful vocal styling of Nadirah Shakoor!
At the tender age of five Nadirah told her parents she wanted to” be a singer like Diana Ross”. Her family migrated from Texas to California where she studied commercial voice and went on to become one of the premiere session singers in Los Angeles and a much sought after back up singer for major tours.
In 1992 she joined the Grammy Award winning Hip Hop group Arrested Development as the featured female vocalist. The group changed the face and sound of Hip Hop and received numerous awards including a Grammy, A Soul Train Award and an MTV Video award and was nominated for another Grammy with the success of their 2nd album “Zingalamaduni”. When Arrested Development disbanded Nadirah continued to tour with the groups leader, Speech, in support of his solo career. Speech then produced her solo CD “Soul Power” EMI, Japan.
Nadirah met her long time friend, world renowned DJ/producer, Osunlade along the way and they collaborated on a collection of R&B songs for a CD called “NadirahSongs” which she released independently. Osunlade is the founder and president of Yoruba Records a highly acclaimed label that is responsible for a new genre of “House Music” known as “Ancestral House” known for it’s African, Latin and Spiritual influences. As a team Nadirah and Osunlade have taken the world of “House Music” by storm with their ever-popular club hits “Tree of Life”, “Love Song”, “Just a Breath Away”, “Pride” and others.
In 1995 Nadirah joined Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band as a back up singer in. Her latest musical offering, “Nod to the Storyteller” is a tribute to Mr. Buffett who for the last 13 years has featured her as a part of his sold out mega concerts. Buffett fans (affectionately known as Parrotheads) have come to know and love Nadirah and claim her as their own. “Nod to the Storyteller includes Nadirah’s interpretations of popular Buffett songs like “Margaritaville”, and “Volcano”. Also notable are two duets she sings with him including “Son of a Son of a Sailor” and Eric Clapton’s “When the War is Over”.
Nod to the Storyteller was recorded using three different bands one of which is lead by acclaimed slide guitarist Sonny Landreth. The second band is Jimmy’s Coral Reefer Band, and the third is Nadirah’s own band “Outside Art”. The CD was produced by Mac McAnally, a recent inductee into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the 2008 CMA Musician of the year. Mac contributed two songs to the project and Grammy Award winning songwriter/percussionist Ralph MacDonald contributed “Creola”, a collaboration with Buffett about family life on the Louisiana Bayou.
Nadirah Shakoor has been a star behind the stars for many years. “Nod to the Storyteller” is an eclectic musical journey, with its release Nadirah’s own star shines brightly for the world to see!