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What do Al Jarreau, Madonna, Arrested Development, Janet Jackson & Jimmy Buffett have in common? The soulful vocal styling of Nadirah Shakoor!

At the tender age of five, Nadirah told her parents she wanted to "be a singer like Diana Ross." Her family migrated from Texas to California where she studied commercial voice and went on to become one of the premier singers in Los Angeles and a much sought after back up singer for major tours.

In 1992, she joined the Grammy Award winning Hip Hop group, Arrested Development as the featured vocalist and was nominated for a Grammy with the success of their 2nd album. Nadirah joined Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band as a back up singer in 1995.

"Nod To The Storyteller" is Nadirah's tribute to Jimmy Buffett, who for the last 13 years has featured her as part of his show. Buffett fans (affectionately know as Parrottheads) have come to know and love Nadirah and claim her as their own. The CD includes Nadirah's interpretations of popular Buffet songs like "Margaritaville" and "Volcano." Also notable are two duets she sings with him including "Son of a Son of a Sailor" and Eric Clapton's "When the War is Over."

"Nod To The Storyteller" was recorded using three different bands, one of which is led by acclaimed slide guitarist, Sonny Landreth. The producer, Mac McAnally, a recent inductee into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, contributed two songs to the project and a Grammy Award winning songwriter/percussionist, Ralph MacDonald, contributed "Creola," a collaboration with Buffett about family life on the Louisiana Bayou.

Nadirah Shakoor has been a star behind the stars for many years. "Nod To The Storyteller" is an eclectic musical journey. With its release, Nadirah's own star shines brightly for the world to see.

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