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Before he was on "The Voice," Nakia was a Blues Grifter.
Named for the age-old concept of stealing from the greats, the Blues Grifters formed in 2010. The band quickly became a hit on the club circuit in Austin performing at the legendary "Home of the Blues," Antone’s Nightclub and began recording its first album. A video of Nakia's full-throated, soulful performances found its way to television producer Mark Burnett who insisted on recruiting Nakia for a new show. Reluctant but hopeful, Nakia put the band, and the album on pause to go to Hollywood.
On the first season of "The Voice," Nakia immediately became a fan favorite before finishing as a semifinalist. More than 14 million viewers tuned in each week to witness Nakia wowing the show's celebrity coaches with his electric stage presence and using his gritty voice to make Top 40 songs his own.
After a 6 year hiatus, Nakia knew it was time to call up the Blues Grifters again when he was invited to appear on a compilation album in 2016. Together, they transformed The Allman Brothers Band's, "Whipping Post" from a prog-rocking guitar dirge into a lowdown gritty sax-infused soul jam that culminates in a double time frenzy.
His latest album, “Blues Grifter,” is an homage to the many blues greats Nakia has been inspired by, featuring songs by blues and soul greats Otis Rush, William Bell, Johnnie Taylor, Howlin' Wolf, Luther "Snake Boy" Johnson and more is out August 17th.


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