RAISING MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS THROUGH HER MUSIC ….
‘IT’S OK TO NOT BE OK’
Dorchester based singer songwriter Nina Garcia is releasing a new song on 29th January 2021 to raise awareness about mental health and the importance of talking about how you feel when you’re struggling. Arranged by Roger Ryan, Nashville based Grammy and Dove nominated, Juno award winning producer (Whitney Houston, Wynonna Judd, CeCe Winans) Nina’s song ‘It’s Ok To Not Be Ok’ is truly a song of our time as people around the world struggle to navigate their lives through the pandemic.
‘I wrote ‘It’s OK To Not Be OK’ to raise awareness and understanding about mental health. Having lost friends to suicide, having a little boy on the autism spectrum and being aware of the struggles that my loved ones face daily, I wrote this song to offer love and support. It’s very close to my heart”
Singer songwriter Nina Garcia began her musical journey at the age of nine, when she performed alongside her mum, dad and brother, as fiddle player and singer in their family folk rock band, The Sydling Stompers. The group played on many bills in the course of which they supported, among others, The Dubliners and Davey Arthur from the Fureys. They recorded two albums and were favourites at well known events such as Guernsey International and Sidmouth Folk Festival. By the time Nina had turned fourteen, she had been featured on BBC Radio 2’s ‘Folk on 2’, had performed at London’s legendary music venue, TheMean Fiddler, and was a favourite at the Green Room Club in the West End.
Nina went on to form Celtic rock band ‘Jigsaw’ alongside her brother, well known Dorset based fiddle player Benny Wain. She toured the UK extensively, often performing six nights a week. She composed original material for the group, who were proud to perform at Kilburn Irish Festival supporting Shane McGowan and the Popes.
Nina embarked upon a solo career as ‘Nina Garcia’. She has performed at Hampton Court, for our Royal family and recently in Nashville, Alabama, Amarillo and Wellington, South Africa.
US production company ‘Walk on Part Productions’ have recently commissioned Nina to write songs for their new musical ‘Tolpuddle’ and have cast her as leading lady “Betsy Loveless”. ‘Tolpuddle’ was to premier in Montgomery, Alabama in 2020 but due to Covid has had to be temporarily postponed. Nina is currently co writing and recording a project with Roger Ryan which will be released later this year.
“I’m really looking forward to the release of ‘It’s Ok To Not Be Ok’. I hope that people feel some comfort and love when they listen to it. If it instigates conversation and helps even just one person to speak out about how they feel, then that will be wonderful.
‘It’s Ok To Not Be Ok’ will be available from 29th January 2021 to steam or download on every platform, worldwide.