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A Conversation with Billboard-charting singer/songwriter NYA About her New Single Titled “CLOSER THAN CLOSE”


By Judy Shields

Los Angeles, CA–Following on the heels of emerging singer/ songwriter NYA’s post-breakup ballad, “The Real You,” which recently hit the Top 20 on the Adult Contemporary Mediabase chart and #26 on the Billboard AC chart, NYA releases her new track titled “Closer Than Close.”  Check it out HERE.  Her previous single, “HIGH,” reached #21 on the Mediabase chart; and her song “Won’t Pick Up the Phone,” has eclipsed more than 1.9M views on YouTube.


Produced by four-time Grammy® winning Brian Kennedy (Rihanna, Chris Brown, Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson), and co-written by NYA with Kennedy, Grammy® winning Midian Mathers, 3X Platinum Songwriter Dwayne Dialo and Grammy® Nominated Stacy Barthe, the sultry song is a hopeful, feel good expression of loving and longing based on the singer’s relationship with her Uruguay based fiancé – and her frequent commutes back and forth from their home there to Los Angeles. NYA sings in the infectious chorus: “You’re like a prayer that’s covered in gold/My heaven when I get home.”

It is a great song, which features NYA’s soulful voice.  A must download single.

The Hollywood Times had the opportunity to talk to NAY about her new single “Closer Than Close” and her recent marriage.

Grab you earbuds/headphones and enjoy our conversation. Click on “Watch on YouTube.”

“When Midian brought in the original track,” says NYA, “I wrote the bridge and we all had stylistic discussions as to what the feel of the song should be. We were aiming for a retro-soul sound, with cool elements of old and new, an uplifting vibe that makes you feel positive and hopeful in the moment – a powerful desire, but a musical flow that’s not too heavy. It’s about me and my fiancé making things work despite the times of distance and other challenges. Singing the line, ‘When you call, I’ll be on my way,’ the idea is that I’ll be there for you no matter what, in whatever way I can. As for the cool rap element, I love classic hip-hop, and I love the idea of mixing styles, cadences and rhythms.”

Adds Kennedy, “I had an amazing experience working on the production for ‘Closer Than Close,’ some tracks just hit harder than others – and this is one of them.”

“Closer Than Close” previews NYA’s full-length forthcoming album that will reflect a wide variety of sonic approaches and will lyrically reflect where she is now as a person and artist. Working with Kennedy, Cinelu, four time Grammy® winner James Fauntleroy (Bruno Mars, Chris Brown, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake) and others, NYA looks forward to releasing a full album, after her success with the singles she has released.


“As much as I’ve loved releasing singles, the upcoming full-length multi-faceted album will offer a bigger, better picture of all different sides of me as an artist,” says NYA. “While it will feature great collaborations, overall, it is allowing me to take a more comprehensive, honest look at my own feelings, share more intimate experiences, and reveal a more vulnerable side of me than ever before.  Overall, the album will reflect the fact that I love combining sounds, and I don’t believe in the concept of limiting myself to a single genre.”

For more information on NYA and her social media, please visit: www.thisisnya.com.