Nayanna Holley is an L.A. based Singer and Vocal/Performance Coach. Major tours have included Selena Gomez, Sheryl Crow, Robin Thicke, Allen Stone Johnny Hallyday and Robbie Williams. Nayanna has toured internationally with acts including French Rock & Roll icon Johnny Hallyday, British pop star Robbie Williams and Italian singer-songwriter Elisa.
Nayanna is currently a member of the NBC’s The Voice House Band led by Paul Mirkovich, and has also served as an American Idol House Band Performer. 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’.
In 2017 she launched “The Practice Room”, a YouTube channel providing insider tips on singing, auditioning, music business, and health and wellness for the working musician.
Music education includes a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Studies from Western Michigan University, a short tenure at the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, and an emphasis on music at the L.A. County High School for the Arts.
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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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.