Meet Singer-Songwriter, Nita Chawla

An urban girl with a Southern heart and Eastern roots, Nita Chawla is a singer-songwriter from D.C. Classically trained in piano, she discovered her love for writing songs in her late teens and never looked back.


First of all, congratulations on winning ‘Best Video’ for ‘Bite The Bullet’ at the World Wide Music Contest! How do you feel about this achievement?

I feel great about it! I was honestly a little surprised because I had submitted the video awhile back, so I forgot about it! But it was a pleasant surprise!

When and why did you start singing and performing?

I started singing and performing when I was about three with my family. My whole family is musical! My Mom and Dad both sing In Hindi, and my Dad plays Tablas (Indian hand drums) and Harmonium (like an accordion).

Where did you get your influence? What made you pursue your style of music?

I am definitely influenced by ’90’s singer-songwriters like Jewel, Sara McLachlan, and Fiona Apple. I started learning guitar when Jewel’s first album came out, so I got really into her album. I didn’t start writing until later, but these ladies definitely influenced my sound and I was naturally drawn to their style, so I think it was always within me to start as a singer-songwriter.

How do you get people to take you seriously as a musician?

Over the years, as I’ve become more confident and professional as a musician, people take me more seriously. Also as I’ve received some accolades and awards, people start realizing that this is really what I’m doing and not just a hobby!

Initially I wasn’t as confident or sure of myself, so I think people who didn’t take me seriously were honestly just responding to that. So I realize that I really set the tone.

What is the importance of the connections you make? How can you utilize them?

Connections are everything! When I started, I wasn’t as great at connecting with people, be it fans or friends or even other musicians and co-writers. I started to realize over the years, though, how important that really is.

I think I just was painfully shy and not open myself, but this career has really helped me become more outgoing, pushing me past my comfort zone in terms of connecting with people. It’s still not always easy for me because I like to stay in my shell, but really, that’s not what life is about! So I realize that now, and I push myself and always feel rewarded for doing that.


What personal advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue this career?

My advice to someone wanting to pursue this career is to go all out! Don’t hold back, because that is the result you will get. If you want to do it, then put both feet in and do it wholeheartedly!

Don’t be afraid. It’s all up to you and in your hands. And while that is scary, see it as an opportunity to create exactly what you want. Put in everything you’ve got and follow your heart and intuition in every decision you make.

No one has all the answers: We’re all just fumbling around trying to figure it out sometimes; so get in there, be confident and be yourself. You will get amazing results that way.

If you had to do it all over again, would you still choose this career? Would you do anything differently?

Yes, I would! I love this career. If I had to do it differently, i would have been more bold, broken the rules more and done more of what I wanted. I spent a lot of time trying to please people or do what I thought i was supposed to , when I could’ve just gone head first into my music.

Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions.

Yes! usually i perform at local spots like bars and pubs. Sometimes I perform at weddings or events like “Walk for Lupus”… I sang the national anthem twice for the “Walk for Lupus” in WAshington, D.C.

Do you get nervous before a performance?

Yes, I do! Not as much, but I do sometimes miss chords or lyrics and it’s usually due to nerves!


Have any of your songs been published? If so, by whom?

My song “Forgive Me” was used on the first season of The Voice. That was really cool! It’s been used a few times after that too.

Are you looking for an independent label deal or a major label deal? Why?

I am looking for either a publishing deal as a songwriter and/or an independent label deal. I love songwriting and really don’t mind writing for other artists because the beauty and fun is in the writing!

However, I do have my artist side that I want to express too. I think a smaller label would be better for me. It would feel more personal, intimate and connected. Also, I want to focus more on the music and delivering a unique product without as much pressure about sales. I get that the bigger labels need to focus on that, but I just don’t think that’s what I want.

What is next for Nita Chawla?

Next for me is to release another video and a few of my songs. I’m looking for the right producer. Also I want to release some songs I’ve written and pitch them to popular artists. I think it would be really fun to be a songwriter because I could be versatile in my writing style.

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Credits: Edited by Rochelle Dulaney | World Wide Music Contest | Photos: 1st image & featured image by T&R Photography, 2nd image by Jennifer Elisabeth, 3rd Image by T&R Photography

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