‘Really smart but clearly authentic, natural [writing] from the heart’ - Simon Greenway, Vice President ASCAP
'A Troubador on the Up' - FV Music Blog
Raised as a product of humble Scandinavian heritage and English charm, Nina Sundstrom is a songwriter with strong roots and blossoming capabilities. Growing up in the professional environment of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain while receiving an extensive home education on the folk and blues of the likes of Joni Mitchell, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Neil Young, she has developed a unique blend of musical aptitude and strong lyrical tendencies.
Honing her craft on the famously friendly York open mic scene, Nina discovered an unparalleled love for co-writing and collaborative music. This lead her to meet and work with renowned singer-songwriter Benjamin Francis Leftwich, of whom she quickly became a recurring collaborator. Together they worked on pitches for artists with international success, including a group who reached number 2 in the official UK singles charts as well as topping the US billboard charts. Their work also led to collaborating with up-and-coming vocal powerhouse Mitch Sanders at the legendary RAK studios as well as Danny O’Donahue (The Script).
Nina’s writing has also caught the attention of industry critics. She was awarded first place in Unlock Your Talent songwriting competition, with judge Joanna Forbes L’estrange describing her as ‘A rare talent’. She also received the strive award from The Songwriters’ Circle in association with The Roundhouse in Camden headed up by Jeff Cohen (ex BMI VP), recognising the most promising unsigned songwriting talent.
With sentimentality and thought at the centre of her craft, Nina’s songs sit on an intriguing and emotionally affective perch. Paired with an exceptional ability to hear out a melody and perfectly, yet not always predictably, place lyrics over it, she consistently creates memorable songs which avoid feeling overplayed and cliché but still manage to speak to humanity at its most basic level. Her smart and sensitive approach to working in the writing room as well as life beyond is the hallmark of a promising young writer with the potential to create a catalogue of evergreens in the years to come.
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