Nailah Blackman

Nailah Blackman is a Trinidadian singer and composer connected with Soca music, who was born on December 2, 1997. Garfield Blackman, also known as Lord Shorty or Ras Shorty, was her grandfather. Abbi Blackman, her mother, is a calypso singer. She is the niece of Avion and Nehilet Blackman, members of the Los Angeles-based Christian reggae band Christafari. Blackman began singing regularly at the age of five; her professional career started at the age of eleven. She has classical training in vocal and instrumental performance, including the guitar, keyboard, and steelpan. We cannot overlook this talented young star’s achievements.

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Full Name:

Nailah Blackman

Birth date:

December 2, 1997



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5' 11"

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Nailah Blackman is a Trinidadian singer-songwriter, born on December 2, 1997, who is famous for her Soca music. She was born into a musical family in San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago, and grew up influenced by the sound and art of the musical traditions of juice and calypso. Garfield Blackman, also known as Lord Shorty or Ras Shorty I, her grandfather, established the Jamoo musical style and is credited with establishing the Soca as a means of rejuvenating calypso music. Abbi Blackman, her mother, is a prominent calypso performer. Blackman is the niece of Avion Blackman, a Christian Reggae artist residing in Los Angeles, and Nehilet Blackman. At four years old, Blackman began singing frequently; two years later, she joined her first calypso competition.

Her professional career began when she was 11 years old. Her sound is shaped not only by the vocal but also by diverse instruments like the guitar and keyboard. Blackman played ‘Runaway Train’ for the Pixel Play exhibition of the film “Towne” in 2016. Her national profile improved because of that performance, which helped build anticipation for the album’s release in 2017. On the song ‘Workout,’ Blackman partnered with internationally successful Coca actor Kes Dieffenthaller; it was a hit during the carnival. As of 2017, Trinidad continued to be a popular destination. Blackman reached the final of the 2017 Soca Monarch International Competition thanks to her song ‘Workout.’ With the official release of ‘Workout’ and collaboration with Dieffenthaller, she carved a reputation for herself during the Trinidad Carnival season in February 2017. Blackman released ‘Bailah Mami,’ produced by Anson Pro Soverall, in 2017.

‘O’Lawd Oye’ and ‘Badishh,’ the latter featuring Jamaican dancehall singer Shensee, were among Blackman’s most popular songs released in 2018. She released her first E.P., “The Reel,” in August 2019, which featured the hit ‘Sweet & Loco.’ She has never been married or had children.

Career timeline

Her Career Turns Around

Blackman performs her song ‘Runaway Train’ for Movie Towne's Pixel Play showcase, which puts her name out there more.

She Trends at the Trinidad Carnival

Her collaboration with international star Kes becomes a hit during the Trinidad Carnival.

She Releases Another Hit

She releases ‘Bailah Mami’ produced by Anson Pro Soverall.

Her Biggest Songs are Released

She features the Jamaican star Shenseea on the song ‘Baddish,’ and releases ‘O’ Lawd Oye.’

She is Nominated For an Award

She receives a nomination for ‘Best New International Act’ at the B.E.T. Viewers’ Choice Awards.

She Releases Her E.P.

Her song ‘Sweet & Loco’ is featured on her E.P. titled “The Reel.”

Why We Love Nailah Blackman

  1. She is making an impact

    Blackman is a force to reckon with. She is bringing light to the Trinidad music scene and unifying Caribbean music to leave a dent in the world music scene.

  2. She carries herself with pride

    She carries herself with so much pride and self-assurance. She knows her root and wears it on her sleeves, radiating the energy of self-awareness.

  3. She is versatile

    Blackman wants to do more. She has done more outside what she grew up to know, creating a name for herself not just in Soca but in the world of music for all listeners.

5 Surprising Facts

  1. She seeks to unify Soca music

    Featuring Shenseea was more than music; it was about the unification of the Caribbean music rivalries.

  2. She makes her clothes

    She is keen on fashion and frequently styles herself; she launched a clothing line called Sokah.

  3. She did more for the E.P.

    About 50 songs were written for the E.P.; however, Blackman had to leave out some.

  4. She is on the African music scene

    A renowned African artist, Adekunle Gold, a Nigerian Afropop performer, included her on his album “AG Baby.”

  5. She dislikes the Soca culture

    She believes Soca music can be more than the culture of carnival it represents; it’s her mission to make it so.

Nailah Blackman FAQs

Is Nailah Blackman related to Isaac Blackman?

Yes, he is her uncle.

Who is Nailah Blackman’s manager?

Anson Soverall is Blackman’s manager.

Has Nailah Blackman acted in a movie?

No, Blackman is not in any movies.

Nailah Blackman’s birthday dates

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