Nayanna Holley is a Los Angeles based Singer/Songwriter. She recently served as a background singer for American Idol Season Season 13 on FOX. Major tours include Sheryl Crow, Robin Thicke, Queen Latifah and Robbie Williams. She also sang background on the Emmy Award winning CBS special, "Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life-An All Star Grammy Salute".
She has provided supporting vocals for the likes of Beyoncé, Stevie Wonder, Ed Sheeran, Carrie Underwood, John Legend, Pharrell Williams, Martina McBride, The Roots, Justin Timberlake, Jessie J, Shakira, Ne-Yo, The Rickey Minor Band, and quite notably, Sergio Mendes. Her performances include “You and I” and “Emorio” on Bom Tempo, Latin-Grammy Award winner for ‘Best Contemporary Brazilian Pop Album’.
Nayanna has toured internationally with acts including French Rock & Roll icon Johnny Hallyday, British pop star Robbie Williams and Italian singer-songwriter Elisa.
About Her Album
On Love & Fear, Nayanna's debut album, independently released in 2011, is a nod to her roots in jazz combined with traces of soul and folk. In collaboration with GRAMMY Award winning singer/bassist Meshell Ndegeocello, and Producer/Guitarist Chris Bruce, On Love & Fear is a personal work that draws from a wide range of musical experiences. With an album that examines two symbolic elements, there was no question On Love & Fear would be a “spiritual” record, as Meshell Ndegeocello calls it.
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Nayanna is no stranger to the music industry. From age 3 she began traveling with her father, Dorian Holley, who served as a background singer for the late Michael Jackson for many years. He is also the former lead singer of The Tonight Show Band with Jay Leno.
She went on to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Studies and Spanish from Western Michigan University. Since 2007, Nayanna has been touring internationally. Her voice has been featured on television shows such as American Idol, the American Music Awards, Dancing with the Stars, Ellen, Jimmy Fallon, David Letterman, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Later...with Jools Holland. Acting credits include Boston Legal, 90210, Dinner for Schmucks, and Shameless. Additionally, Nayanna has been granted the honor of performing at the White House for President Barak Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.