"Opera needs you!"
- Renee Fleming
"When I first heard (Nia) sing, my heart stopped because I thought I heard Sarah Vaughan, then I thought I heard Billie Holiday, and then I thought I heard Leontyne Price."
- Bill T. Jones
"Pretty soon you [Nia] are going to play Billie Holiday in an movie."
- Tony Bennett
"How can I ever forget a voice like Nia Drummond's."
- Josh Groban
"DAMN, your voice is amazing."
- Russell Simmons
WELCOME TO MY GIG MASTERS!
I am a professional singer who at the age of 20 performs opera, jazz, gospel, R&B, Pop... You name it, I do it. As a college student, I have already been blessed to work with great artist of today such as: Sir Elton John, Billy Joel, Renee Fleming, Kim Burrell, Richard Smallwood and much more. I have performed at venues such as: Madison Sqaure Garden, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The Apollo Theater in Harlem, MoMa, The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and The New World Center in Miami, FL. Some of my mentors include : Bill T. Jones, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Renee Fleming, Josh Groban, Judith Hill and others.
If you are looking for a singer that sounds like Ella Fitzgerald, Jill Scott, Leontyne Price, or Sarah Vaughan, look no further!! Surprise and excite your guest to an unbelievable performance you will never forget. When booking Nia, you will also gain amplification system as well as a band (on special request).
If you have a special song request, NO HASSLE! Nia will be happy to learn this song to make this event as fitting as possible.
With all that being said, I am excited to use these experiences with these great artist for YOUR next event. CAN'T HEAR TO HEAR FROM YOU!
Nia Drummond, 19, a native of Brooklyn, NY is currently studying Voice Performance at SUNY Fredonia with Ms. Shinobu Takagi & Dr. Gerald Gray. She has appeared as a solo performer at the Apollo Theater and as a contestant on American Idol singing in the styles of gospel, jazz and opera. Nia has also appeared in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal being described as a “moving and electrifying performer”. Besides her solo career, Nia has sang with acclaimed ensembles such as the GRAMMY© award-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus and the award-winning Young People's Chorus of NYC. She has been a part of master classes with American opera singers: Renee Fleming, Ruth Falcon, Victoria Vargas, gospel singer Kim Burrell and dancers: Mikhail Baryshnikov and Bill T. Jones. Nia has sang background for Sir Elton John, Bette Midler, Fantasia, John Legend, and Billy Joel to name a few. She has also appeared in choruses under the batons of Michael Tilson Thomas, Lorin Maazel, David Robertson, James Levine, Marin Alsop, and Renee Clausen. Nia has additional appeared in competitions and concert series in Washington D.C., Atlanta, New York City, Chicago, Pittsburgh, the Dominican Republic, Switzerland and Austria. A proud alumnus of the National YoungArts Foundation, Nia was named one of three winners in Jazz Voice out of 10,000 applicants in 2012. She has also been named the recipient of the 2012 Gordon Parks Centennial Scholarship Award presented by the Gordon Parks Foundation.