Dutch singing sensation Nina June has chosen Cheshire as the location for her first ever tour of the UK.
She said: “I am thrilled that I have this opportunity to share the songs on my second album The World Awaits live with my English fans for the first time on the back of my successful tour of Holland.
“I chose many years ago to write and sing in English because I really love the language, but also to widen the appeal of my work to a broader audience than just my loyal fans in my home country.
“It has been an ambition of mine for a few years now to come to England and the fact that it happening is so wonderful.”
The album is named after one of the songs on the album. “The title of this album refers back to the time I made my first CD - I was in a hurry to achieve my dreams and could not really enjoy what I was doing.
“When I started this album, I realised that there was actually no one waiting for me. And oddly enough this gave me space and freedom.
“I have taken the time to do what I wanted and I have especially had a lot of fun. Where I used to think, ‘You have to hurry because the world is waiting for you’ my motto now is, ‘take your time, the world can wait’.
“This short tour of England is the recommencement of that journey and I am better prepared with both feet on the ground as we say in Holland and both eyes wide open.”
Nina is a 28-year-old Dutch singer/songwriter. In 2012 she was part of 3FM Serious Talent – a national Dutch radio show that highlights and promotes 'serious' talent.
Her appearance in Serious Talent and on national TV shows coincided with the launch of her second album The World Awaits which forms the basis of her set.
At the end of April she completed a successful 35 gig tour of Holland. The short tour in the UK incorporates her talented pianist Annelie de Vries and guitarist, pedal steel, horn, loopstation and banjo player Rutger Martens in an acoustic version of her songs.
Between them they work as a trio sharing the vocals and generating the beat through an inventive use of drums.
During her set she describes the story behind the songs – and her short time at a retreat in Brabant, Holland – during which she refocused and gathered herself after a tough period in her life.
Her UK appearances have been initiated by Bill Pearson, an engineer from Helsby who is currently working in Holland.
“I first saw Nina one year ago at a street festival in my city. I liked what I heard and saw, looked her up, downloaded the album and was hooked.”
At one of her gigs, he had the chance to ask her why she sang in English and when she told him about her aspirations to go to England the pair agreed that this summer it should happen.
“We shook hands on it and have both made it happen. Her dream is coming true and I am proud to have been able to help,” said Bill.
On Friday, May 30, Nina will be playing at Amore Bar and Restaurant in Frodsham (www.amorebar.webs.com).
The gig on Saturday, May 31, is for members only at Alvanley Cricket Club. It is a special place in Bill's heart as he has been a member for nearly 20 years.
“Bringing her to sing for a group of people I have known, played with and coached over many years is special and I know the atmosphere will bring out the best in Nina. It will add to the many happy memories I have of this special place.”
On Sunday, June 1 at 7pm Nina will play an free entry gig at the The Compass (www.thecompasschester.com) one of the venues that form the Chester Live Rooms.
Nina is looking forward to the challenge of performing to an audience filled with people whose native tongue is English.
“I really want feedback from this adventure, it is an important point in my development as an artist.
“The songs are all in English but so far I have only told my story in Dutch, doing this in English for the first time is a little daunting but it is just another of those little things I have to achieve to fulfil my dreams.”
After the gigs she will be selling personalised signed CDs as she mixes with and talks to her new fans to get their feedback.