Joni NehRita is a genre-bending vocalist, songwriter, arranger and educator equally comfortable in many musical settings including jazz, R&B/funk, pop, reggae and professional musical theatre. Her live show brings together well-crafted tunes supported by a deep pocket and infectious band chemistry. A staple performer on the Tri-Cities scene playing at such events and venues as The Jazz Room, The Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival, The Registry Theatre, Guelph Nuit Blanche, Hillside Inside, Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival and The River Run Centre, NehRita has independently released two solo albums and an EP. Her song “Are You Ready” from The Bare Truth peaked at #6 on the UK Soul Chart in April 2011 and was played by soul and smooth jazz stations across North America. In 2014 she had the opportunity of a lifetime singing The Music of Ray Charles with the KW Symphony and The Hamilton Philharmonic orchestras under guest conductor/pianist, Matt Catingub. In spring 2015, NehRita signed with Guelph label Chanter Records and under which she will release her new album, Bloom this summer.
“I can attest that in live performance, her voice and stage presence are stellar and come off as endearingly natural…” Raji Sohal, CBC 3 Montreal