Nina Diaz, lead singer for the San Antonio band Girl in a Coma, has been hailed by NPR as “one of the two or three most exciting, scary-good vocalists in rock today.” At age 13 Nina’s vocal and songwriting skills impressed her older sister (eight years her senior) so much that she asked Nina to join her band on lead vocals and guitar. The band was Girl in Coma. The band so impressed Joan Jett at a performance at New York’s Knitting Factory. that Jett signed GIAC to her label, Blackheart Records, on the spot. The band’s 2007 debut album, Both Before I’m Gone, was a critical hit and reached No. 23 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart. Girl in a Coma went on to three more albums and toured the world opening for bands such as Morrissey, Tegan and Sara, Amanda Palmer, Sia, Smashing Pumpkins and many more.
Nina's distinctive voice and powerful live performances attracted the attention of fans, producers and fellow artists. In 2009, Nina collaborated with Tiësto to write the dance track, "In Your Mind." At the request of the director Robert Rodriguez, she also wrote an original song for Machete.
Being a public performer at such an early age took a toll and in early 2013 Nina began finding an outlet as she began writing new material that was all her own. She continued touring with the band, but took time to perform some of these new songs at a sold out show at Los Angeles' Hotel Cafe.
At the start of 2014, Nina Diaz, decided to take a break from Girl in a Coma to head into the studio to record this new solo material. After spending time arranging over a dozen new songs, she headed to Sonic Ranch Studios in West Texas to work with producer Manuel Calderon and was joined by the amazing musicians, David Garza and Patricio Davila (drummer for Ximena Sariñana). A release date for the album will be announced later this year but in June, Nina returns to the stage for a three-week residency to perform these newly arranged songs for the first time with a five-piece band.
Photo by Howard Shiau Photography