Open main menu

Nadine Petra Katarina Shah[1] (born 16 January 1986)[2] is an English singer, songwriter and musician.

Nadine Shah
Nadine Shah.jpg
Background information
Birth nameNadine Petra Katarina Shah
Born (1986-01-16) 16 January 1986 (age 33)
Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England
GenresIndie rock, jazz, post-punk, folk rock
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, pianist
Years active2009–present

Shah was born in Whitburn, South Tyneside, to an English mother from South Shields of part Norwegian ancestry and a Pakistani father.[3]

An interview by John Freeman for The Quietus highlighted that "Mental health is a hugely important issue for Shah.[4] Her debut album, the Ben Hillier-produced Love Your Dum And Mad, was largely inspired by the tragic deaths of two young men. "There are two boys that this album is predominantly about," she continues. "During the period of time these songs were written two very close friends took their own lives."[4] Shah is a keen speaker on the subject of social stigmas towards those suffering from mental health illnesses.[5]

Shah and Hillier released their second record titled Fast Food in April 2015.[6] She also made a guest appearance on two tracks of Ghostpoet's album, Shedding Skin, which was released in March 2015.[7]

In February 2016 Hillier and Shah scored the music to the Northern Stage production of Get Carter. This included original pieces and the re-imagining of music by North East band The Animals.[8]

Her latest album Holiday Destination was released in August 2017. It was again produced by Hillier,[9] who also plays drums in Shah's live band. The album was nominated for a Mercury Prize in 2018.[10]



  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ Nadine Shah [@nadineshah] (16 January 2015). "@LGeeJay @BBC6Music thank you! Currently celebrating solo in Heathrow airport. Not complaining though.. !xx" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  3. ^ Gibsone, Harriet (2015-04-30). "Nadine Shah: 'I was determined for people to hear I was Pakistani'". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  4. ^ a b Freeman, John (23 July 2013). "Tales of an Unspoken Plague: Nadine Shah Interviewed". The Quietus. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  5. ^ McRuvie, Sarah (9 July 2013). "Nadine Shah – Love Your Dum and Mad". Clash. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  6. ^ David Jeffries (2015-04-07). "Fast Food – Nadine Shah | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-05-07.
  7. ^ Murray, Robin (8 January 2015). "Ghostpoet Returns With New Album 'Shedding Skin'". Clash. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Get Carter gets refreshed". Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  9. ^ "The Quietus | Features | A Quietus Interview | Immigrant Is Not A Dirty Word: An Interview With Nadine Shah". The Quietus. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  10. ^ "See the 2018 Shortlist". Retrieved 2018-07-27.

External linksEdit