Nahla Rowe (singer)

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Musical artist

Nahla Giselle Rowe (born October 1, 1988) is an American pop singer-songwriter, fashion model, fashion designer and actress. She rose to prominence as a teenager after being discovered by music executive Clive Davis in 2005. Her self titled debut album was released in October of 2006 and went on to peak at number 5 on the Billboard 200 chart, eventually selling 2 million copies worldwide. The album produced two Billboard Hot 100 entries, including the Top 20 hit "Typical Love Story". Upon release of the album, Rowe's vocal abilities were highly praised, many comparing her to fellow singers Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. She is best known for her four-octave vocal range, power, and melismatic singing style.[1] [2][3] [4]

Aside from her own singing career, she has written songs for many popular artist, including Kelly Clarkson, Beyonce, Ariana Grande, and Leona Lewis.

Early life

Nahla Rowe was born in New Orleans, Louisiana to mixed creole parents. Rowe attended private schooling, while her mother, who was a music teacher, began grooming her with daily vocal runs. At the age of eleven, Rowe began performing at local festivals and amassed a fairly large following around the southern states. Following early completion of her high school course work, she was given a chance to audition for music executive Clive Davis, whom immediately signed her to his J Records label.


2005-08: Nahla Rowe

After signing with Clive Davis's J Records, Rowe immediately began work on her debut album. Throughout 2005, Rowe worked with a various group of pop producers and writers to carefully craft her album, under the guidance of Clive Davis. Rowe chose to go against what was popular at the time and instead created an album based around her idols Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, and Celine Dion. The result was an album that contained 90s era elements of both pop and R&B. The first single from the album "Typical Love Story" was released in July of 2006, peaking at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album followed on October 16, 2006, and went on to peak at number 5 on the Billboard 200 chart. After the release, Rowe received critical acclaim for her wide vocal range and abilities, some even dubbing her the "New Mariah Carey". "Got Each Other" was released as the second single off the album and went on peak at number 38 on the Billboard Hot 11 and moderately internationally.

To promote the album, Rowe made numerous television appearances, before embarking on a mini tour that visited the United States, Canada, and the UK. Rowe planned to begin work on her sophomore album in 2008, following the release of a 2007 Christmas ep, but due Clive Davis leaving to become CEO of Sony Music Entertainment and creative difference, Rowe decided to depart from the project.

2009-14: Songwriting and fashion design

Following Rowe's departure from her second project, she remained behind the scenes of the music industry, becoming a popular songwriter for many pop artist, including Kelly Clarkson, Beyonce, Leona Lewis, Ariana Grande, and Jordin Sparks. During this time Rowe also planned on beginning work on her second album again. In 2010, following her college graduation, Rowe began publicly designing jewelry pieces for celebrities and the general public. The jewelry and designs were well received and pulled in moderate attention.

2015-present: Musical Comeback

In December of 2015, Rowe announced that she had resigned with Clive Davis, under the RCA Records label and would officially begin work on her sophomore album. On December, her first single in over eight years was released titled "My Lips". An EP is planned for a January release, with her sophomore album following in late 2016. Rowe also announced that she would be making her feature film debut.


Rowe possesses a four-octave mezzo-soprano vocal range and has received a vast amount of praise regarding her vocal prowess. Upon release of her debut album, she earned comparisons to the likes of Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, and Celine Dion. Clive Davis went on to state that she had one of the greatest voices of her generation. She is known for her distinctive low notes and her ability to rapidly transverse through registrars.

Rowe cites her main inspirations as Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, and Celine Dion.

She has also cited Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, Brandy, Monica, and Patti Labelle as vocal influences.