Nina Whitney is a singer-songwriter who considers herself an Oregonian despite being 14 years new to the state. She wrote her first song “Sun Kitten” in 1994 but didn't write another song, besides silly improvisational stuff, until 2000. There were a few super prolific songwriting years from 2000 through 2004. During this time Nina was playing new material at open mics at Cafe Paridiso with like-minded musician friends, and eventually was asked to play opening sets for some of these friends that were in the Americana band Grasshopper, at Cozmic Pizza. Performing and hanging out with other songwriters proved to inspire a barrage of new material. She recorded a CD in 2002, thanks to the time and expertise of Tony Gilchriest of Grasshopper. Recording her songs made them suddenly more tangible and gave reality to her sense-of-self as a songwriter. She also played at the Summit Festival in Summit, Oregon in the summer of 2004.
The boy next door, captured her heart and when he wanted to move to Maui she followed him, knowing all relationships have one “freebee”. While in Maui, a career change and graduate school took time and energy away from song writing and playing music. She also missed Oregon, her paradise and muse, during those three years. After the untimely and tragic loss of her sweetheart, Shernnon, Nina immediately moved back home to Eugene. A friend from the “music days”, and from Grasshopper had also just returned home and soon they were hitting Wednesday night open mics at Cozmic rekindling their mutual appreciation for singing.
Nina is currently letting the juices of life and the beauty of Oregon whet her creative palate and expects to be writing new songs soon. While the songs brew she will be continuing to develop skills in singing harmonies, with dear friend Paige Hamm, solo vocalist and vocalist of the former local Eugene band, Grasshopper.
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