From the age of seven, Nina Lockridge has been involved in music. She began playing piano as a foundation, and it soon became apparent that her interests varied. Her singing began in grade four, while playing clarinet joined her repertoire in grade six and flute was added in grade eight. She was a First Chair concert band member until her graduation in 1992, and also enjoyed teaching flute to younger musicians during her last two years of high school.
While living in New York, Nina performed with choirs and select madrigal groups from fourth grade through to University. Those years saw Nina perform in various venues, such as St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Ireland and Carnegie Hall in New York City, and actively participating in State-wide and Eastern US solo and choral competitions.
After moving to Ottawa and raising a family, she began singing again with both St. George’s and St. Paul’s chancel choirs, as well as Almonte’s own Valley Voices. She has added the Kanata Choral Society choir to her weekly schedule and participating in their performance of Mozart’s Requiem last May.
Nina began private voice instruction two years ago to both young students and seniors. Focusing on the physical requirements of singing, basic music theory and note reading, as well as preparing for performance, Nina looks forward to working with musicians of all ages and experience levels.
A member of the Nashville Association of Songwriters, his songwriting has been called "pure unadulterated Americana" with the lyrical imagery that flows beautifully". A seasoned journeyman, James has worked with children and adults from all walks of life .His love of blues and jazz has given him the opportunities to share the stage with blues legends Koko Taylor, BB King, Pinetop Perkins, Luther Allison,Lucky Peterson, Junior Wells, James Cotton, Big Joe Burrell, Bo Diddley, Johnny Clyde Copeland, Chris Duarte and Ronnie Earl and perform at jazz- blues clubs and festivals in the US, Canada, Spain, Germany and Russia.