Me to Paradise
Me to Paradise, her second effort, is Nina at her best. This
Bay Area phenomenon, who gained her reputation as a sultry sensation
by turning in sparkling performances as a vocalist/pianist, raises
the bar a bit by flirting with a variety of concepts that commence
with the title track.
she caresses the piano with the expertise of a remote control surfing
couch potato, and she does it her way...Nina Causey has not only
showcased her immense talent, but she has indeed trail blazed her
way to that state of felicity called 'Paradise'."
- N.Ali Early, Rolling Out Magazine, Atlanta GA
delivered the familiar tunes with special attention to the lyrics...
the English teacher transforms into a sultry songstress by night..."
- David Pacheco, The Vallejo Times Herald
"...played by Richmond pianist-singer-actress-model Nina Causey,
has the same amorous characteristics as her namesake...Chicago-born
Causey was reluctant to take the Carmen role when it was offered
by Black Repertory Group producer-director Mona Vaughn Scott. 'I
told her, "I'm a jazz singer. I have never sung opera"...but
she insisted and now I'm glad I took the part. We are having a ball'.
has the persona and training for the new dimension of her talents.
Her resume includes a bachelor of music at Roosevelt University,
Chicago, and a master's in music from the University of Illinois,
Chicago. She has opened for Ray Charles, The Temptations, and the
Drifters. Nina has performed in venues from Kimball's East in Emeryville
to the Playboy Club in Tokyo."
- Jack Tucker, West County Times
More Blues Than Jazz
" She goes to the stage with the movements of a panther
in love...She moves slowly as the rhythm of the piano, the bass
and drums outline her singing...little by little, the panther in
love put them under the spell of her voice and made them hers.
And when she was singing I'm Beginning to See the Light by
Billie Holiday, the audience could see for a moment that shining
light coming from her lips. What legs were carrying that woman of
6 feet. More than one didn't ever see her sing because they were
watching her legs and her hips moving to the blues or the jazz.
singer proved that she had talent in her hands too when she sat
at the piano and performed a song from the deepest part of her inspiration,
and more than blues in Black and Blue, she attacked with
the strength of a panther in love again. The piano and the keyboard
were happy to feel her. And one hour later, she went as she came,
sharing kisses and moving her hips, but now with more blues than
- David Dorantes, journalist, Guadalajara, Mexico
her style obviously is deeply rooted in gospel, blues and jazz music,
she invests it with a high level of musicianship that allows her
to transcend all labels... it is her wonderful way with lyrics that
makes her an exceptional artist... Ms. Causey has a pleasant,
flexible voice and delivers the words with clarity and honest conviction...
she appears to have the resources for a long and successful career
given the public attention she deserves..."
- Gordon Raddue, Jazz Lines