Karina Nistal Band
Singer/songwriter Karina Nistal is known to align herself with diverse and solid collaborations to showcase her extensive range. Her work consists of emotive jazz vocals on downtempo tracks, rapping in Spanish for the worldly sounds of reggaeton, or fusing soulful Latin vocals with lively dance music. Most significantly, it is a vibrant charisma that carries over her poetic musings in either English or Spanish, or her self-assured flirtatious rhymes. There’s a very fine line between poetry and rap, but it’s one that only Karina interconnects with finesse.
Music captivated the native Houstonian at an early age. Karina indulged in old school hip hop, rhythm & blues, soul and jazz. It was Karina’s mixed Latin heritage (Mexican and Cuban) that spotlighted traditional to modern styles.
After several years of featuring on numerous Dance and Hip Hop releases, Karina made her first full-length bilingual debut album, Nistyle (Starlightbeats) which introduced the term “Reggaetron” (Electro-Reggaeton). Nistyle gives a fresh face to the growing “hurban” dance scene and earned Karina various accomplishments including an Armed Forces tour in the Middle East to provide support and morale for our troops.
The following year, the video for her single “Viviendo” premiered internationally on MUN² bilingual video network. Meanwhile The Karina Nistal Band performed festivals all over the southern region including the SXSW Music Festival and made a local television appearance on the Mayor’s Tree-lighting Celebration – KHOU Houston.
Karina and her band are also Houston Press Award winners for “Best Local Hip Hop” & “Best Latin Contemporary”. Her sophomore album, Nistalgia (L.O.V.E. Records) was released independently on October 2010. Nistalgia carries her Latin Fusion sound with a mixture of Soul, Hip Hop and a few hot Dance remixes.
After relocating to Los Angeles that spring, Karina began working on a few new projects. The first album released in LA was KaRAGEous which won an “Akademia Award” for her video “Different”. Karina also became an ambassador for the fastest growing inspirational network #Besomebody. Karina turned to her fans to launch the first then second successful Kickstarter campaigns to fund both projects: first KaRAGEous and then Living Proof. Her latest album is receiving international radio play and raving reviews from listeners all over.
Karina continues performing with live musicians, recording singles, making videos, collaborating with various artists, acting and recording commercial voice-overs. This past year she performed on a tour in Japan sponsored by Soul Central Magazine. She just performed a show in Houston for Super Bowl weekend with her band. Also, Karina’s video for the third single “Human” off Living Proof is being released this month. Look out for new musical collaborations with Hip Hop artists SkyBlew, Checo & Mic Flo with performance dates at Queen Mary, Long Beach and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas throughout 2017.
With seemingly a lot on her plate, the sultry, multi-faceted vocalist admits, “I want to do so much more!”