Growing up in Denmark, young Nina Massara was surrounded by the music of legends like Delbert McClinton, Keb’ Mo, Taj Mahal and Bob Dylan in her parents’ Mexican restaurant. She went along with her parents when they catered for legendary artists including B.B. King, Jerry Lee Lewis, John Hiatt and many more. Their music had a major impact on Nina and one day she would make her own music.
At 15, she started working in the studio with the award-winning Danish producer Morten Wittrock. Whether it was making coffee, editing tracks or anything else that was needed, it was a beginning to her music career. At 18, she took a major step toward her dream when she went to work in the legendary Mojo Blues Bar in Copenhagen – DJing, bartending, waiting tables and doing whatever else was required. She learned much more that would serve her well in her future.
Nina worked with songwriter and producer Morten Wittrock in Denmark and at Austin’s famous 5th Street Studio with former members of the Band of Heathens on her debut album Watch Me. Her Danish/American heritage brings an interesting mix to her music, her distinctive vocals and her personal style – combine that with a solid collection of original songs written for this album by Morten Wittrock and Ray Weaver.
Massara knew she wanted to come to the United States to pursue her career and she decided to be very selective about the record companies she approached with her debut album. Her dream came true when she was offered a contract from Jimmy Rogers, owner of CSP Records, a premier blues record label in the states. You can hear her album Watch Me, watch her video for All That I’ll Ever Need, she is playing gigs around Nashville, has attended blues festivals, and awards shows. In August 2017, she had the opportunity to travel back to Copenhagen to perform at the legendary Mojo Blues Bar where her story began.
Her heritage is clear in her New Orleans sass and the Scandinavian strength that brings a mysterious and magical mojo to her performance on every song. Her voice gives us a listening experience and her deep passion and commitment shines through along with her musical roots and her desire to give us something new – something completely… Nina.