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Nya Jade is a 32 year old female neo soul singer/songwriter based out of San Francisco, California. She is from Ghana. Nya Jade is the founder of NYA (Nurturing Young Africa) Foundation, whose vision is to support the welfare of African children orphaned by HIV/AIDS and other circumstances thereby restoring human dignity in the orphan generation of Africa.
Singer-songwriter and entrepreneur Nya Jade is at the helm of the new "do-it-yourself" movement in music and major critics are taking notice. Born in the West African country of Ghana and raised around the world, this Stanford educated artist created her own record label to do music her way. The duality of working as both artist and record label head has made her an exciting person to watch in the ever changing landscape of the music industry.
A pre-med student until a life changing car-accident, Nya channelled pain and suffering into a determination to follow a dream. Graduating from Stanford in 1998 with both a bachelors in Economics and a masters in Sociology, Nya did a brief stint in the big corporate world. Still passionate about music, Nya secured funding from a Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist to create her record label Katako Records.
With her label in place, Nya set her eyes on A-List manager Ron Shapiro, former President of Atlantic Records and industry innovator. Armed with great management and her own label, Nya released her debut album, My Denial. My Denial landed on Vh1.com's Top 20 Album's list last summer and continues to receive industry accolades.
Nya's Foundation will work with and support the disadvantaged generation of African youth, to attain the best education possible within their communities as well as support their basic needs (food, shelter and health) in an effort to build the future communities of Africa. Her music is influenced by rock, R&B, jazz and soul. Her debut album My Denial was released in June 2006 by San Francisco-based Katako Records. She attended Noble and Greenough School, a boarding school in Dedham, MA.
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