Forget Toronto, mates, as Montreal is the undisputed place to go if you want to see beautiful women and hear awesome music. Despite it being deep Céline Dion territory, the streets belong to Naadei, a singer who inspires awe and awesomeness from the moment she blesses up with her signature sound. Known around the way as Naadei Liones, this ethereal French-Quebecer singer-songwriter has collaborated with the likes of Wyclef Jean, 2 Chainz and Lil’ Jon to name a few.
We discovered her by digging through the Soundcloud crates and were impressed by her amazing blending of soul, jazz, floaty vocals and rap-inspired verses. Rooted in the real, while going after the fantastic, Naadei isn’t your everyday, average jill-of-all-trades. She is official, an ambitious artist able to stunt on your favorite without mincing melodies for some run-of-the-mill, cookie cutter sound. Instead, the woman who was a fan of Céline Dion’s rap song, has elevated herself into a new tax bracket of dopeness.
From her debut EP, I’m Fine, to her work with producer High Klassified — Naadei Liones is a lioness of a performer who deserves your time and attention. With that in mind, we are proud to introduce this Montreal musician to you and her special, exclusive acoustic performance of “Jimmy,” featuring Elle Ray (guitar) and shot by Perrick Dufrenoy and JP Charlebois. You can watch all of that goodness below! This week’s First Look Friday is golden in everything she does, so we talk to her about her innate passion for music, how her creative outlet can help others in need and listen intently as she expresses what the overall message in her sound means to audiophiles. Enjoy the sounds and the story below!
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