“... a voice that has dazzled three generations. It's husky, bluesy, and powerful, and belongs to Nadine Wells” - Jane Freeman
— The Weekend Herald, Melbourne, AU
Growing up near New York City, Nadine, with a mother and grandmother who were both entertainers, was exposed to music literally from birth. Her “baby-sitter” was a record changer loaded with stacks of jazz and Broadway albums. She recalls, “By the time I could walk and talk I was singing excerpts from The Great American songbook in the living room”
Awarded best supporting actress in the Bucks County Playhouse Student Theater Festival in high school, it was obvious performance was her chosen path.
Soon after graduating High School and seeking a change of scene, one day she closed her eyes and randomly pointed to a world map. Her finger landed on New Zealand so she bought a one-way ticket. This began a 20 yr. long professional music and theatrical career in Australasia. (A long story, see more elsewhere)
While down under, her Jazz Trio, featuring (future Grammy nominee) Barney McAll regularly headlined several prominent jazz venues such as The Jazz After Dark series at the Melbourne Concert Hall. Their rendition of Lover Man and How High the Moon were in rotation on Radio Australia throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
During these years she also had a successful stage and cabaret career and was cast in several motion pictures and television dramas.
She created and performed a one woman cabaret show “Nadine Honey Is That You?” She also created the role of “Carla” for the Australian opening of “Nine” and “Mila“ for the world premier of “Favourite Son”
Returning to America she continued her career in the Tampa Bay area with dinner theater; voiceover work; and various performing bands.
In 2020 she released a solo album, “Torch Noir” and is continuing work on her second solo album.