Nina Nesbitt (born 11 July 1994) is a Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist from Edinburgh.
She is best known for her pop single "Stay Out", which peaked at number twenty one on the UK Singles Chart in April 2013, becoming her first top forty single. Her debut single, "Boy", from the EP of the same name, was released in 2012 and peaked at number one hundred and thirty nine in the UK Singles Chart. Her second EP, titled The Apple Tree, was released in April 2012 and peaked at number six on the iTunes download charts after receiving airplay on BBC Radio 1, and also peaked at the top of the iTunes singer/songwriter chart.
In 2013, she came to brief attention, with her single "Stay Out". The "Way in the World EP" and single were then released on 23 July 2013, as a follow-up to "Stay Out". In August 2013, she recorded a version of Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop" for a new John Lewis advertising campaign, subsequently it charted at number 61 on 1 September in the UK Singles Chart, however disappointingly to Nesbitt, did not achieve any higher. Nina Nesbitt also featured on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge singing a cover of British singer John Newman's single "Love Me Again", which received mixed reviews. Her latest single "Selfies" was released on 9 February 2014 and featured on her debut album, Peroxide, released on 17 February 2014 in the United Kingdom. Nina wrote the song "Selfies" with a member of her band after discussing how, when people are sad or lonely, they sometimes take a selfie and post it online to pretend to people that they are having a good time. Nina explained she was guilty of doing this "from time to time".
After meeting Ed Sheeran, she was invited to support him on his European tour, and was also invited to support Example after he heard her cover of "Stay Awake". She also appeared in the video for Ed Sheeran's song "Drunk".
2012-13: The Apple Tree, Boy, Stay Out and Way In The World:
Her second EP, titled The Apple Tree, was released in April 2012 and reached #6 on the iTunes download charts after receiving airplay on BBC Radio 1, and also reached #1 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart. On 9 October 2012, Nesbitt embarked on her second UK headline tour, this time to support the release of her debut single "Boy" under new label Island Records. The tour included support from singer-songwriter Josh Kumra and singer-songwriter Billy Lockett. The tour commenced 9 October 2012 at Oran Mor, Glasgow, Scotland and finished 18 October 2012 at Dingwalls, London, England. She subsequently announced the title of her next EP, Stay Out, which was released on 8 April 2013; its title track of the same name entered the charts at number 21 in April 2013; it fell to No 41 the following week. Her next EP was entitled "Way In The World" and was released on 21 July 2013. The title track was released as a single, the video for which was released on 12 June 2013. Nesbitt's next single will be a cover of the Fleetwood Mac song Don't Stop which will be used in an advert for department store John Lewis. On 6 September 2013 Nesbitt sang "Flower of Scotland" at Hampden Park before Scotland faced Belgium in a Group A World Cup Qualifier.
On 25 November 2013, Nina announced on her Twitter and Facebook pages that her debut album, Peroxide, would be released on 17 February 2014 in the United Kingdom. Nina did an album signing tour around the UK, starting in HMV on Princes Street in Edinburgh the day her album was released.'PEROXIDE' went to number one in the iTunes charts just hours after its release. The lead single from the album, "Selfies", was released on 9 February 2014. She also announced via Facebook that she will be releasing the "Nina Nesbitt" EP exclusively in the US on 1 April 2014.
Nesbitt was born on 11 July 1994 in Edinburgh; she attended the small village school in Bellsquarry, Livingston and attended Balerno Community High School. Her father is Scottish and her mother is Swedish. She started her music career by writing and recording songs in her bedroom and uploading the videos to her YouTube channel. She plays the guitar, piano and flute. As a child, she competed in local and regional gymnastic competitions with her primary school. Before meeting Ed Sheeran, Nina Nesbitt was a glamour model. She is the subject of Sheeran's song "Nina", about their brief relationship.
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