Nina Amelio will be heading to London soon. Submitted photo

Castlegar singer Nina Amelio headed to London

Nina Amelio is making a big move to pursue her singing career.

A staple in the West Kootenay music scene is making a bold move, literally.

Nina Amelio is leaving her hometown of Castlegar to move to London with hopes it will advance her music career.

“I felt it was time in my career, that I couldn’t do it from Castlegar,” explained singer/songwriter Amelio. “There are more opportunities there.”

The idea was hatched when Amelio was in Los Angeles last year for the Hollywood in Music Media awards. A chat with her cousin turned into a brainstorming and research session and before she knew it, a dream for the next stage of her life was unfolding.

The thriving music scene in London was a big draw for Amelio along with the fact that her music is already seeing radio play in the U.K.

She also has a non-exclusive publishing agreement with a London company that places artists’ music in movies, commercials, department store radio play lists, etc.

Amelio has been developing a singing career for a while now, teaching voice and singing at countless local events and venues. She was also a semi-finalist in CBC’s searchlight competition, she is the recipient of a FACTOR grant and has had the opportunity to record her music with Zedd Records in Toronto.

Amelio’s song Savage Love has recently received some great reviews.

Sebastian Cole with Gashouse Radio said, “BC pop sensation Nina Amelio leaves a memorably haunting imprint … with her stellar new single Savage Love, which is not only compositionally superior to every other radio pop song I’ve heard this year, but is one of the most exciting dance tracks I’ve listened to in the last five years.”

Amelio will be performing locally one last time at the Pass Creek Fall Fair on Sunday at noon. She will have her latest CD available for sale along with Nina Amelio merchandise.

Her newest CD features acoustic arrangements of some of her earlier songs. “I totally sang them different — they are a little more ‘me,’” said Amelio. “They are a little more blues, a little more soulful.”

The CD was made with the help of another local musician — Jason Thomas, who Amelio says has always “had her musical back.”

Amelio is extremely thankful to the community for all of the support she has received over the years as she has been developing her career.

Specifically she mentioned Derrick Kittson, her boss at Central City Shoes.

“He did a lot that probably no other boss would do,” said Amelio.

Yanive Fenner at Supercats Studio is also on her thank-you list.

“For believing in me, bringing me on as a teacher and giving me that opportunity.”

Amelio also acknowledges that she wouldn’t be where she is today without the support of her parents Lillian and Lorne Evin who have been at every gig, hauling her gear.

If you want to keep up with Amelio’s adventures you can follow her through her web page or her Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages.

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