Ken Leighton 6 p.m., Oct. 18
If you ask someone who was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, what their primary language was growing up, you might expect for them to say English, or even French. However, if you ask native Canadian Nova Page what her first language was, she will undoubtedly smile and tell you that her first language was music.
Nova was born to sing. At the tender age of 2 she was already singing solos at her church. By the time that she turned 13, Nova was writing and recording jingles for local and national marketing campaigns. After touring Canada and parts of the U.S. with a variety show in her late teenage years, Nova soon landed in Southern California, where she began a career in music.
After signing with an independent record label, Nova began gaining experience working with an array of established producers from K-Lou (produced rapper E-40) to Femi Ojetunde (produced projects with Quincy Jones) just to name a few. However, after years of being told by industry types where, how, and what she should sing, she was so discouraged by the process that, at her lowest point, she vowed that she would never sing again. Shortly after she left for Las Vegas, Nevada, and buried her talents in the desert sand.
However, Nova soon left Vegas and moved to San Diego, where she reacquainted herself with the music industry and quickly became known locally as a powerful stage performer, highly demanded studio session singer, and dynamic songwriter. Working on projects ranging from writing and singing demos alongside renowned bass player and producer Josquin Des Pres, to authoring music construction kits for sample loop giant Big Fish Audio, Nova continued to develop her soulful vocal style.
Nova’s time came shortly after when she was introduced to an up-and-coming young producer named Brandon Steppe by another artist, King David of T.H.U.G. Gospel Records. The two clicked creatively and began work on Nova’s first solo release.
That album, On the Couch, was released in 2009.