The first time we saw Nadi Taradji perform, we were absolutely blown away. The 22 year old singer/songwriter had a gig at the Outland in downtown Springfield, Mo, and even though the headliner had hours before he’d take the stage, it was Nadi who stole the show.
With a voice like Rihanna and lyrical style like Lana Del Rey, how could we not instantly fall in love?
Her voice is so silky it’s easy to get carried away by the music and her particular brand of self-described “indie-soul” but like with all great songwriters, when Nadi is performing, pay attention. This girl takes her writing seriously and each song carries a deeply personal message that speaks to the truth behind heartbreak, love, pain, dreams, and angst.
The inspiration for her music comes from her personal relationships and her unique ability to take something hard, or broken, and turn it into a vibrant and rosy beat. One of the songs on her most recently released EP, Love Delirium, is titled “Red Water” and was inspired by the movie Before I Disappear, and touches on a painful subject matter you’ve really got to hear.
“Sometimes I question if people are actually listening. Are you hearing what I’m saying or are you enchanted by my voice? Being able to say what I want to say in my music helps me say what I want to say to people in general.”
The variation in Nadi’s music is amazing. Some of her songs take on a heavy rock vibe while others take on a sticky-sweet electro hip-hop sensibility, showing an emotional wisdom beyond her years.
What we love most at Gritty Luxe is combining an artist’s personal style with pieces we feel highlight their best features. We were super stoked to take a peek at a few of Nadi’s favorites for this shoot and showcase some of the different characters shining through in her music.
“Everyone wanted me to be a normal girl so bad and I was like NEVER. I really want to come across as glam-grunge. I remember I started wearing Doc Martens because I saw Rihanna wearing them and everyone made fun of me and said my boots were so big and clunky and now everyone is wearing them. I’ve always been like that.”
We love that Nadi knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to ask for it, sing about it, and say it out loud.
So what’s new for our fave babe in the indie-soul scene? Right now she has three different projects in the works, one of which has the potential to be a follow-up to Love Delirium that will match the previous EPs angst and sadness with the blissful, happy aspects of being in love. Falling in love with Nadi? Take a listen to a recent song release that is currently up on her Soundcloud page called “Prayer”. We’re head over heels and we don’t care who knows.