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.

Nianell – The Musician
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 releases 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.

Nianell – The Author
Apart from her hugely successful music career, Nianell is also an accomplished author. Her debut book, Knowing Who I Am is 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. Nianell – The Motivational Speaker 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.

Was it easy breaking into the music industry?

Breaking into the music industry easy? No, not at all. It really takes hard work and determination. You MUST believe in yourself, if you don’t how will others.

Please tell us a little more about your Book and how it came about.

Afrikaans version Om Te Weet Wie Ek Is, is an Inspirational Biography. In this book I share my life lessons and experiences throughout the years. I’ve also included a compilation album with some inspirational tracks and share the “stories” behind them in the book. The book was later published by International publisher Hay house making it available worldwide.

What inspired you to write?

I always thought that I would write a book someday, perhaps at the age of 60. But when the incredible opportunity arose I grabbed it with both hand, I have so much to share and what better opportunity with a book.

What advice would you give to aspiring Singers & Authors?

Know who you are. Accept and love yourself and be your authentic self, always.

You are busy with some very interesting initiatives. Please tell us a little more about that.

The human body and the brain have always been very fascinating to me. I was introduced to the fantastic modality ThetaHealing. Theta is a brain frequency and we teach a ThetaHealing meditation that helps you access that dream state of mind, where you can connect with the Creator of all that is and change limiting beliefs to beliefs that does serve your higher good and life. ThetaHealing teaches you how to test yourself for limiting beliefs. How to pull them and change them. What we believe, will create our reality in health, career and life. We can change our reality when we change our beliefs. In the theta state of mind you learn how to see, hear, feel and know more clearly to discover limiting beliefs by using a digging technique. We work directly with the Creator of all that is and that is why ThetaHealing is so effective. We witness miracles all the time while the Creator of all that is, heals.

What is it that you are passionate about?

I’m passionate about being alive! We are not human doings, we are human beings. I’m not here to survive, Im here to be the unconditional love that we all are. By being this love that I am, my life has become a life worth living

Who or what has been the biggest influence in your life and why?

My Mom and ThetaHealing.

What is your personal motto?

Life’s Gift to me is just to be.

What advice would you give a woman wanting to follow her dreams?

Know who you are. Accept and love yourself and be your authentic self, always.

Who or what is your inspiration and why?

Creator God of all that is….Love inspires me.

What advice would you give your younger self?

You chose this experience before coming to earth, look at a situation and ask yourself, what is it that I wanted to learn from this, why I chose to experience it.

Which book are you reading now?

The Dolphin, Story of a dreamer.

Which book can you read over and over again?

The Dolphin, Story of a dreamer & Vianna Stibel’s books.

Your favourite quote:

We are not human doings – We are human beings.

Your favourite qaily affirmation:

Am one and part of Creator God of all that is and one with all that is.

What would you say is the secret to your success?

When I believe whole heartedly, without any limiting beliefs blocking me, I can create any reality I desire. Anything is possible if I belief it is.

One piece of (general) advice that you’d like to share:

Love yourself and make a difference

Contact Information:

Twitter: @NinanellMusic
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Nianell
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/nianell