A girl with dreams

Castlegar-raised artist is broadening her scope... working toward goals

Nina Amelio with Jason Thomas at Spring Fling 2014.

Nina Amelio with Jason Thomas at Spring Fling 2014.

Derek kaye

Castlegar News


Nina Amelio has been performing since she was a child. At 17 she started to pursue singing seriously. The same year she was a Miss Revelstoke Princess. Since returning to Castlegar where she was raised, she’s begun singing and performing locally, receiving vocal coaching from Cheryl Hodge from Selkirk College. Soon she was vocal coach herself, teaching at Super Cat Studios in Castlegar becoming an important mentor for a fresh batch of eager young singers. She has released an EP recorded at Super Cat studios with the help of musician/instructor and owner Yanive Feiner, and more recently released her second EP recorded at Baker Studios in Victoria and mixed and mastered by Juno nominee Joby Baker.

You can hear Nina’s emotions in the EP titled Spell and Reflections. The second single, Only Human has been played on Mountain FM, where she played live and gave an interview, as well as the Bridge and CBC’s North by Northwest. Her songs were reviewed for her by famed Canadian blues record label, (Stony Plains Records) and blues radio pioneer Holger Peterson. He gave a very favourable review and advice but has not playlisted her for his own programs, because he leans toward a more blues-specific genre.

Her songs are available to live stream and download through her website at www.ninaamelio.com and are definitely worth the surf there. The lyrics are heartfelt. The production on the single Only Human is slick and smooth but with character, dynamics and rhythmic feel that is pleasing to one’s soul.

She is hard working in her attitude towards playing and performing with others. Her next Castlegar show is at 1 p.m. June 7 at Castlegar’s Sunfest in Kinsmen Park. She is also playing at the Walk for MS in Nelson on May 28 and Relay for Life in Trail on May 31.

She told the Castlegar News her short term goals, “…are to play with more musicians and to start touring in bigger centres. My long term goals would be to get signed to a major label. A girl can dream.”