Nadine Shah
Shah in 2017.
Shah in 2017.
Background information
Birth nameNadine Petra Katarina Shah
Born (1986-01-16) 16 January 1986 (age 34)
Whitburn, Tyne and Wear, England
GenresIndie rock, jazz, post-punk, folk rock
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, pianist
Years active2009–present
LabelsInfectious Music, BMG, Warner, Apollo, 1965 Records

Nadine Petra Katarina Shah[1] (born 16 January 1986)[2] is an English singer, songwriter and musician.


Shah was born in Whitburn, South Tyneside, to an English mother from South Shields of part Norwegian ancestry and a Pakistani father.[3]


Shah in 2016

Her debut album, the Ben Hillier-produced Love Your Dum And Mad, was largely inspired by the tragic deaths of two young men. "There are two boys that this album is predominantly about," she continues. "During the period of time these songs were written two very close friends took their own lives."[4] Shah is a keen speaker on the subject of social stigmas towards those suffering from mental health illnesses.[5]

Shah and Hillier released their second record titled Fast Food in April 2015.[6] She also made a guest appearance on two tracks of Ghostpoet's album, Shedding Skin, which was released in March 2015.[7]

In February 2016, Hillier and Shah scored the music to the Northern Stage production of Get Carter. This included original pieces and the re-imagining of music by North East band The Animals.[8]

Her album Holiday Destination was released in August 2017. It was again produced by Hillier,[9] who also plays drums in Shah's live band. The album was nominated for a Mercury Prize in 2018.[10]

The fourth studio album Kitchen Sink came out on 26 June 2020[11] and found much acclaim of critics. In some of the lyrics she considers what it means to be a thirtysomething woman today.[12]

Personal life

An interview by John Freeman for The Quietus highlighted that "Mental health is a hugely important issue for Shah."[4]

Political views

In November 2019, along with 34 other musicians, Shah signed a letter endorsing the Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in the 2019 UK general election with a call to end austerity.[13][14]



  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ Nadine Shah [@nadineshah] (16 January 2015). "@LGeeJay @BBC6Music thank you! Currently celebrating solo in Heathrow airport. Not complaining though.. !xx" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  3. ^ Gibsone, Harriet (30 April 2015). "Nadine Shah: 'I was determined for people to hear I was Pakistani'". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  4. ^ a b Freeman, John (23 July 2013). "Tales of an Unspoken Plague: Nadine Shah Interviewed". The Quietus. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  5. ^ McRuvie, Sarah (9 July 2013). "Nadine Shah – Love Your Dum and Mad". Clash. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  6. ^ Jeffries, David (7 April 2015). "Fast Food – Nadine Shah | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 May 2015.
  7. ^ Murray, Robin (8 January 2015). "Ghostpoet Returns With New Album 'Shedding Skin'". Clash. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Get Carter gets refreshed". Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  9. ^ "The Quietus | Features | A Quietus Interview | Immigrant Is Not A Dirty Word: An Interview With Nadine Shah". The Quietus. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  10. ^ "See the 2018 Shortlist". Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  11. ^ Jamieson, Sarah (25 June 2020). "Nadine Shah - Kitchen Sink". DIY. Retrieved 4 July 2020.
  12. ^ "Nadine Shah: Kitchen Sink review – razor-sharp observations". 28 June 2020. Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  13. ^ "Musicians backing Jeremy Corbyn's Labour". The Guardian. 25 November 2019. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  14. ^ Gayle, Damien (25 November 2019). "Stormzy backs Labour in election with call to end austerity". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 December 2019.

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