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This Storey digs deep

Kimberly Nicoletti

-When: 5 p.m. Saturday, July 13

-Where: The plaza at Main Street Station,

Breckenridge

BRECKENRIDGE – Nina Storey began her songwriting career at age 5 with a tune about being happy for 15 years. Now, 20 years later, she still has plenty to keep her happy.

After showcasing her maturing musical style with her second CD, “Bootleg,” which blends blues, funk, alternative rock and jazz, she began opening for such artists as Etta James, Earth, Wind and Fire, The Allman Brothers, Los Lobos and John Lee Hooker. She sang back-up vocals with INS for VH-1, performed in major festivals such as Woodstock ’99 and Denver’s Lilth Fair and sang the National Anthem at Denver Broncos and Chicago Bulls games, as well as performed at the Super Bowl celebration.

Last month she released her latest self-titled CD, weaving soulful rock and pop sounds with poignant lyrics and mesmerizing acoustics.

“(My music) is an eclectic sound,” Storey said. “It’s rooted in soul. It hopefully comes from a place of honesty and conviction. That being said, it goes all over the map. There’s a lot of pain in my music, and I think maybe people connect with that. There’s humor. There’s whimsy. I’m sharing a lot of emotion in what I do.”

Her lyrics range from themes of overcoming inner turmoil and hardships of the spirit and mind to political and social issues, to fictional stories.

“I hope (my music) has grown in creative ways and gotten deeper but more light-hearted, trying to say more by doing less.”

The native Coloradan grew up with musical parents. Her father is a sound engineer and her mother is a songwriter and producer. She broke into the music industry when a producer at MCA needed a scratch vocalist, and Storey’s mother volunteered her.

“They kind of rolled their eyes, but when they heard her, they were blown away,” her mother, Jan Storey, said.

That wasn’t Nina Storey’s only break. When she was 10, she lived in Los Angeles, and an agent spotted her through a window as her hairdresser chopped off her long locks. That chance meeting led to spots in McDonald’s and Toyota commercials, but in the end, she chose to pursue music.

“Singing has been completely and totally second nature to me, even more than conversation,” she said. “What I do on stage in terms of putting myself out there – it’s intuitive singing and letting loose, being unabashedly me.”

“It’s real live and real emotional,” her stage manager, Geno Cherenzia, said. “She has a way of captivating people’s emotions. People just get mesmerized.”

Nina Storey will perform with piano accompaniment at 5 p.m. Saturday at the plaza at Main Street Station.

“It’s going to be a thousand times more intimate, intense, aggressive, delicate and magnified (than playing with a band),” she said.

Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998

ext. 245 or by e-mail at

knicoletti@summitdaily.com.


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