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I emailed Nadia asking if she would be able to do some fun bio questions that would give us a little more fun information about our amazing iio singer. She was nice enough to reply with answers that I am sure all of us fans will find interesting!! Thank you very much Nadia!!!

Full name: Nadia Ali (No middle name)
Date of Birth: Aug 3, 1980
Height: 5'2
Weight: 100 lbs
Eye color: Brown
Hair color: Black

Nadia Ali

#1 - What is your favorite food/drink?

Food: Sushi
Drink: Mint Tea

#2 - What are some of your favorite songs of all time?

"Enjoy The Silence" - Depeche Mode
"Dreams" - Fleetwood Mac
"With or Without You" - U2
"Stairway to Heaven" - Led Zeppellin

#3 - What is your nationality?

Born in Libya, Parents from Pakistan

#4 - What are some of your likes and dis-likes?

Likes: Children
Dislikes: Ignorance, especially racism

#5 - What is your favorite sport - if you have one?

To watch Soccer and Baseball

#6 - What is your favorite breakfast cereal?

Captain Crunch :) but it changes

#7 - Do you have any pets? - if so what kind and what are the names?

None, I'm afraid of most animals :)

#8 - What did you want to be when you grew up?

Teacher or Crime Investigator

#9 - What are some of your favorite movies of all time?

"Gone with the Wind"
"Wizard of Oz"

#10 - What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

"Health is Wealth"

# 11 - Who would you most like to meet?

"President Musharaf of Pakistan"
"Angelina Jolie"

# 12 - Who is your role model?

My Parents
Recently, Angelina Jolie

# 13 - Do you have any tattoo's or piercings?

Pierced ears since I was 6 months old and Nose pierced but I don't wear anymore, also can't commit myself to a tattoo :)

# 14 - If you were stuck on a desert island with only 5 things - what 5 things would you take?

1. ramen noodles
2. piano
3. guitar
4. the book "48 Laws of Power"
5. a good man

# 15 - If you could relive any moment - what moment would that be?

Being 4 years old in Libya again

#16 - Maybe there is something that you can tell us that we would otherwise not know - a previously unknown secret?... ;0)

I have really bad vision and wear glasses

I have been in touch with Nadia Ali and she has given me permission to use a copy of her bio from her new personal website - www.nadiaali.com - Thank You very much Nadia! - I know all the fans can't wait to have a little more info on the beautiful and talented Nadia Ali!


As with any great era of music, there are always a handful of tracks that can be considered genre defining. For dance music -from the late 90's to the new millennium - there were only a select few tracks that caught fire around the world. Most of these tracks came from the godfather's of the recent dance music explosion: We're talking about tracks like Underworld's "Born Slippy," and The Chemical Brother's "Block Rockin' Beats." However, there was one track in particular that emerged from the underground and caught everyone off guard. At first, people knew Iio's "Rapture" by the catchy "la, la, la" chorus as sung by a beautiful voice. As the track emerged from the underground and blew up in the mainstream, "Rapture" became a true tour de force. Remixes from Creamer & K, Deep Dish and Armin van Buuren would follow and the track sold into the millions. Still, at the heart of what made "Rapture" so beautiful was that voice. That voice - and voice of a new generation in house music - belongs to Nadia Ali.

Nadia Ali was born in the Mediterranean and grew up in Queens, New York City. In her teens, Nadia listened to a huge variety of music - anything from Reggae, Hip Hop, Latin house and from Motown to alternative rock. However, Nadia considers classic rock and Indian music to be her biggest genre influences. Artistically, the three performers having the most influence on her are Stevie Nicks, "because of her haunting vocals and songwriting;" Sade, "because she has such a distinctive sound;" and Madonna, "For being such an intense performer." She has also been heavily influenced by artists ranging from U2, Led Zeppelin, Jim Morrison, Carole King, Depeche Mode and eastern icon, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, among others.

Nadia's voice is astonishingly pure and rich despite the fact that she never once had vocal training. Earlier in her life she looked at singing as a hobby (she wrote her first song at 16) and instead went to college for academic purposes rather than pursue a career in music. But life sometimes has other ideas for us. While working in the NYC Versace office - trying to balance full time employment with college - a colleague (who had heard her singing in the office) introduced Nadia to a producer named Markus Moser. The first song Nadia sang for Markus was Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams" and it blew him away - He knew Nadia had something special. At Markus' suggestion Nadia soon quit college to focus exclusively on singing and songwriting, a period that soon yielded dozens of songs.

One such track was the mighty "Rapture," a song in which the lyrics were written by Nadia in a mere 30 minutes. Together, Markus and Nadia would formally release "Rapture," a second single "At The End" and the album Poetica under the stage name Iio.

"At the time I had no idea how big the song was gonna become. I don't think anybody knew how massive it was gonna become. I started hearing all these strange names like oh "Sander, Pete Tong, Seb Fontaine, are all playing Rapture" I remembered how crazy it was when I first heard it on the radio. I freaked. I mean growing up in NY, since I was 14 I had gone to clubs like the Tunnel, the Palladium, Roxy and Limelight and really only knew a handful of names the likes of Tenaglia, Deep Dish, Sasha & Digweed. I had no idea that all these names would eventually go on to playing my record, I mean I remember my first 2 dance (Cassette Tapes!) being Danny Tenaglia's "Tourism" and a Junior Vasquez mix compilation. It was all surreal," Nadia says

What does the future hold in store for Nadia Ali? Well, the future is now! Nadia recently collaborated with Armin Van Buuren on a track called "Who is Watching." Much different that the high energy trance Van Buuren is known for, the track is very minimal, complete with an acoustic guitar. Remixes of "Who is Watching" is being played out at clubs now and the original version is available on Van Buuren's new CD "Shivers." Nadia also collaborated with producers John Creamer & Stephane K and male vocalist/singer/songwriter Rosko on the duet "Something To Lose."

"I chose working with Armin Van Buuren (well known for his melodic trance productions) and John Creamer & Stephane K (known for their sexy deep progressive house) because I wanted to do two records very different from each other. The Van Buuren record is very emotional and melodic and the record with Creamer and K has a lot of energy and attitude. It's also really interesting to work with them because both Armin Van Buuren and Creamer and K remixed "Rapture" and I always wanted to work with them," says Nadia.

Nadia has performed in all parts of the world, from Texas to Taipei, Bucharest to Melbourne, and Moscow to Istanbul. She brings a unique passion and intensity to each of her performances, the result of a true connection to each track she sings. Nadia continues to 100% exclusively write and sing her own lyrics in order to bring across that true emotion to her fans. She is at the heart of what makes dance music young, fresh, exciting and new. "