Nadia Ali (Urdu: نادیہ علی, born 3 August 1980) is an American singer-songwriter. Ali gained prominence in 2001 as the frontwoman and songwriter of the band iiO after their debut single “Rapture” reached No. 2 on the UK Singles Chart. The song also charted across several countries in Europe. Their 2006 single, “Is It Love?”, reached the top of the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Chart.
After embarking on a solo career in 2005, Ali became a vocalist in electronic dance music. She released her debut album Embers in 2009. Three singles from the album reached the top-ten of the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Chart, including the No. 1 hit, “Love Story”.
In 2010, Ali released a remix album series titled “Queen of Clubs Trilogy” to mark her decade-long career as a singer. “Rapture” was re-released as the only single from the trilogy and the song was once again a chart success in Europe. Ali released the single “Pressure” with Starkillers and Alex Kenji in 2011, which became a club and festival anthem and received an International Dance Music Award. In 2012, she collaborated with BT and Arty on the single “Must Be the Love”. She released the song “Almost Home” with Sultan + Shepard in 2017, which reached No. 4 on the Billboard Dance/Mix Show Airplay and received a Juno Award nomination.
In 2018, she debuted a new direction and sound under the experimental project titled HYLLS, which saw her departing from electronic dance music toward the indie pop genre.
Life and career
As of February 2010, Ali had begun working on her second studio album. A music video for the lead single from the album, “When It Rains”, was released on her YouTube channel in August 2011.
In May 2012, Ali announced her move to Los Angeles citing the need for a change after spending 26 years in New York City.
Her first release in 2012 was “This Is Your Life”, the fourth single from Swiss DJ EDX’s album On the Edge. That was followed by “Carry Me”, a collaboration with Morgan Page, the fourth single from his third studio album, In the Air. Her next release was “Must Be the Love”, the lead single from BT’s ninth studio album A Song Across Wires, which was a collaboration between him, Arty and Ali. In 2012, she also pre-announced her album “Phoenix”, which, as of September 2015, had not shipped.
In December 2012, Ali announced her engagement to her fiancé, whom she married in October 2013.
In January 2014, Ali released an acoustic cover of The Police song “Roxanne” as a free download. In September 2015, Ali released the single “All In My Head”, a collaboration with PANG!. The release was her first single as a lead artist since 2011.
In July 2017, after a hiatus of two years, Ali was featured on “Almost Home”, a collaboration with Sultan & Shepard and IRO, which peaked at No.4 on Billboard Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart. The song was nominated for the Dance Recording of the Year at the 2018 Juno Awards.
Ali announced the launch of a new project titled HYLLS, with a new sound and direction, while releasing one song a month during 2018. With the project, Ali has transitioned from electronic music to an indie pop sound. Ali stated that this project was experimental and completely different from her previous, which is why she chose to release it under a different name. She has collaborated with several Grammy-nominated producers for the project, who have chosen to remain anonymous. The first single “All Over The Place” was released in January. The second single “Linger”, a cover of The Cranberries song was released on 16 February. The third single “Chance” was released on 24 March.