Diverse Creative Entrepreneur Nianell is a platinum-seller vocal gymnast, who dazzles with ease through four octaves. She includes elements of Folk, Pop, R&B, Country, Classic and Celtic music in her song-writing, and accompanies herself on piano and acoustic guitar. Vocally she creates her own musical language, where words are sometimes unnecessary, allowing every soul to interpret the message for themselves.
She is a South African and International success story, with many of her songs play listed on radio stations worldwide. She is a gifted singer, a talented musician and songwriter, as well as an author and now also sharing her message as an inspirational keynote speaker. “Awareness is the birth of new beginnings, the beginning of a life worth living, the beginning of actually being alive,” she explains.
Singer / Song writer
Nianell has been a trailblazer for female singer-songwriters in South Africa ever since the release of her widely acclaimed debut-album, Who Painted the Moon? (2001). The title track swept listeners across the country away and Nianell quickly became a household name. Nianell also achieved international success with this song when Hayley Westenra did a cover version of it and sold over 2 million copies worldwide.
Back on home soil, Nianell has delivered consistently beautiful, inspirational and hugely successful albums, including the lustrous double SAMA-winning, Angel Tongue (2004), Life’s Gift (2006), I Know I’m Lucky (2008) the sprawling Sand & Water (2010), My Heart (2012). Add to this her compilation albums with the operatic quartet, Romanz (‘n Duisend Drome – A Thousand Dreams 2011), the beloved South African artist, Dozi (It Takes Two (2009) and You’re the One that I Want – Take 2 (2012), and it soon becomes clear that Nianell is one of the busiest South African artists – managing effortlessly to remain critically relevant and commercially successful.
In 2011, seven of Nianell’s greatest hits were repackaged for American audiences on Who Painted the Moon – U.S. Compilation. This compilation was met with resounding critical success, much like Sand & Water – that also garnered critical acclaim. The publication, Billboard Discoveries sums it up best: “The collection’s beautiful melodies and inspiring instrumentation are surpassed only by the vocalist’s angelic cum saucy execution. Simply, every song is an emotional triumph: affecting, inspiring and blissful. No doubt, Nianell is a world-class performer, and Sand & Water is a consummate CD on all accounts. Connoisseurs of finely crafted pop melodies and a vocalist free of gimmicks—simply loaded with natural talent—are destined to discover their new favourite singer”
In September 2014, Nianell released her most introspective and soul-bearing album to date, Just Be – the album sees the artist coming full circle as she returns to the sound of her first two albums with a tempered wisdom and more than a decade of life experience poured into each track.
In line with the success of her books, Nianell has created an extraordinary keynote speech entitled Knowing Who I Am that combines the spirit of her wisdom with the beauty of her voice. This hour-long presentation includes an equal combination of inspirational messages with many of her well known songs such as Life’s Gift’,I Hold the Sun, Who Painted the Moon and her song Finally, which won first prize in the 16th annual USA Songwriting Competition for best inspirational song.
Apart from her hugely successful music career, Nianell is also an accomplished author. Her debut book, Knowing Who I Amis published internationally by Hay House Publishing, and continues to fly of the shelves. The Afrikaans version Om Te Weet Wie Ek Is was a South African bestseller and similarly continues to sell like hotcakes. Nianell is currently putting the finishing touches on her follow-up to this message of inspiration and learning to love oneself.
Life Coach & Healer
Throughout the years Nianell invested a huge part of her time completing courses and developing herself as a teacher, she currently holds a ThetaHealing Master qualification and certificate of science.
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