Biography | Nano Whitman


I love to sing.

When I was 12 years old, I sang in the Philadelphia Boys’ choir and every Saturday, I joined 100 boys, singing in four-part harmony. During my time in the choir, we sang in the Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall. We sang with Pavarotti and the Philadelphia Orchestra. I remember knowing that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

I took lessons from the choir pianist, Fitz. The Boys’ Choir sang with the Pennsylvania Ballet and I fell in love with the girl playing Clara. Naturally, I was obsessed with Elton John’s Tiny Dancer. I asked Fitz to teach me to play and sing. Then I started writing my own songs…

Writing really sealed the deal for me. I love writing as much as I love singing. I always wonder what people do who don’t write or have a creative outlet. What do you do with all that… stuff? I write it down and then sing it out. In fact, I generally write by singing. The two are everything to me.

I went to Harvard and majored in music composition. For my thesis, I wrote a rock opera called Shine Like You. Harvard didn’t quite know what to do with me and I had to find a Berkley professor to sponsor the project. I didn’t quite know what to do with Harvard, either.

After college, I struggled through some lost loves, some family turmoil, and the death of my best friend. I forgot how to write songs. My head was full of facts and rules. I knew I needed a different landscape, with a different set of values, so in 2004, I moved to Austin.

In Austin, people don’t ask, “what do you do?” but “what do you like to do?”

I will always call Philly home, but Austin is where I choose to live. I am proud to have been a part of growing this music town into the ‘creative city’ it is today. It is a far cry from the Philadelphia and Harvard I grew up with.

I play with the best musicians Austin has to offer. We play our town, we tour, we sit around the fire and pass whiskey and guitars.

I’m about to release my second full-length record, Heart Songs, Wilde Music, and I can’t wait to bring it to the world.

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