Nerina Natasha Georgina Pallot (born April 26, 1975) is a Platinum selling, BRIT Award nominated British singer and songwriter. She was born and brought up in Jersey to a half-French father and mother born in Allahabad, India.
Subsequently she was dropped from the label partly as a result of a message she wrote on the Tipsheet message board relating to the actions of her A&R man around remixes of "Photograph", a track that was intended to be on the re-issued Dear Frustrated Superstar. This incident and many others related to the industry and her experiences with her debut album are discussed in stories on her official web site.
In 2003 she sang lead vocals on the track "Truly" on Delerium's album Chimera, which was also released as a single in the UK.
Pallot wrote all of the songs on Fires on her own.
The album was produced and mixed by Howard Willing (OK Go, Stevie Nicks, Lisa Marie Presley, Melissa Auf der Maur, Liz Phair, The Smashing Pumpkins, Van Hunt), with producers Eric Rosse (Tori Amos, Lisa Marie Presley, Anna Nalick) who produced "Learning to Breathe" and "Heart Attack" (co-produced by Howard) and Wendy Melvoin (member of Prince's band The Revolution) who produced "Damascus". After the initial tracks were finished the rest of the record was apparently completed by Howard and Nerina flying files back and forth from London to Los Angeles. With the contacts and friendships that he had acquired over the years they were able to obtain the help of A-level musicians.
The album was preceded by a download-only single, "Everybody's Gone to War". A second single from the record, "Damascus" was released in June 2005, and a third, "All Good People" (a Radio 2 single of the week) was released in September 2005.
After signing with 14th Floor Records (see below), a re-issue of the album which was more 'spangly' (Pallot's words) and featured additional strings on some tracks, was released on April 24, 2006, earning Pallot a chart success by reaching #21. With over 100,000 sales it was certified gold in the UK.
The first single from the revamped album was "Everybody's Gone to War", which was playlisted on most major British radio stations. A video can be seen on most music television stations and on her MySpace profile. The single became a 'turntable hit', becoming the third most played song on British radio the week before its release, and it reached #14 in the UK Singles Chart.
The second single from the album was "Sophia", a re-recorded version, created in LA along with producer Mitchell Froom, which entered the UK singles chart at #32. In April of 2007, the song was nominated for an Ivor Novello Award.
The next single from the re-released version of Fires was "Learning to Breathe", which only reached #70 in the UK singles chart; the fact this was actually the fifth single to be taken from the album over its two releases was a major factor in its low chart position.
As of June 2008 Nerina has been deciding on a title for her next album, which suggests the album is in the finishing process.
Pallot has toured the UK many times as support act to more established singer-songwriters such as Sheryl Crow, James Blunt, Suzanne Vega, Joseph Arthur, Ray LaMontagne and Missy Higgins. She was a crowd favourite at the 2005 Guilfest music festival and headlined her own show at Bush Hall in Shepherd's Bush, London later that year.
The first full headlining tour for the Fires album took place in May 2006, details of which can be found on the 14th Floor Records website. During the year she also played headline shows in London at ICA, the Bloomsbury Theatre, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre and a triumphant gig at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Her most recent UK & Ireland tour took place in January and February 2007, taking in venues in Penzance, Bristol, Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Manchester, Newcastle, Warwick, Brighton, Belfast, Dublin, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Sheffield.
Her music was featured in the Myspace Movie/Show Beyond The Rave.
She enjoyed a great deal of media attention as a result of the success of the first single from the revamped Fires album.
Pallot was nominated for British Female Solo Artist in the 2007 BRIT Awards.
|Release Date||Album||Chart Positions|
|UK Albums Chart|
|August 20, 2001||Dear Frustrated Superstar||#82|
|April 4, 2005||Fires|| Failed to chart |
(#10 iTunes UK Chart)
|April 24, 2006||Fires (Re-issue)||#21|
|2001||"Patience"|| || || || || || ||Dear Frustrated Superstar|
|"Alien"|| || || || || || |
|2004||"Truly" (Delerium featuring Nerina Pallot)|| || || || || || ||Chimera|
|2005||"Damascus" 1|| || || || || || ||Fires|
|"All Good People"|| || || || || || |
|2006||"Everybody's Gone To War"|| || || || || || |
|"Sophia"|| || || || || || |
|2007||"Learning To Breathe"|| || || || || || |
|Notes 1 "Damascus" charted at #180 in the Physical CD Sales Chart, but it did not make the overall Singles Chart.|
When Nerina Pallot was shoved off a sofa on live TV her future looked bleak. Now she is back , in control ? and not so easily pushed around
Jul 15, 2006; Where in the league table of female singer-songwriters would you put Nerina Pallot? She's not yet a KT Tunstall, maybe not even a...