Nadia Reid

Nadia Reid (born 26 August 1991) is a singer-songwriter and guitarist from Port Chalmers, New Zealand. She has been acclaimed for her intimate musical soundscape and unique voice, and has been described by The Guardian as "an understated, wise guide through uncertain territory"[1] and by Revue as "allegorical and often brutally honest".[2] Her three albums, Listen to Formation, Look for the Signs (2015), Preservation (2017), and Out of My Province (2020), have received acclaim in New Zealand and internationally.

Nadia Reid
Birth nameNadia Reid-O’Reilly
Born23 August 1991 (age 29)
Dunedin, New Zealand
OriginPort Chalmers, New Zealand
GenresFolk, new folk
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active2015–present
LabelsSpacebomb, Spunk!, Basin Rock
Associated actsAldous Harding, Marlon Williams

Reid performs live with a regular band of musicians consisting of Sam Taylor (guitar), Richie Pickard (bass), and Joe McCallum (drums).


Early life

Born in Devonport, New Zealand, Reid is the daughter of Karin Reid and Craig O’Reilly. She was educated at Logan Park High School and Queen's High School. Reid began playing the guitar at 14, and went on to win best female musician in the Smokefreerockquest. She was a member of the Queen's madrigal choir, winners of the New Zealand Choral Federation (Otago) Millennium Trophy for secondary school choirs in 2009.[3]


At the age of 18, Reid moved to Christchurch and began performing her original songs. Several short EPs followed, and as opportunities to perform nationally arose she moved to Auckland, and then Wellington.[4]

2014–2016: Crowdfunding and release of debut album

Reid was encouraged to work toward her first full-length album, and was already connected to Lyttelton-based producer Ben Edwards. Without startup capital, Reid set up a PledgeMe campaign, which was given a significant boost after she opened for Tiny Ruins.

This gave her a footing to record and self-release Listen to Formation, Look for the Signs at Edwards' Sitting Rooms Studios.[3] In early 2015, Reid was signed to Australian indie label Spunk Records and the album was released officially in Australia and New Zealand. Listen to Formation, Look for the Signs was warmly received by critics,[5] and in 2016 was nominated for a Tui award for best folk album and for the Taite Music Prize.[3]

After a period living and playing shows in Australia, Reid returned home to Port Chalmers and began an English Degree at the University of Otago.[4]

Listen to Formation, Look for the Signs was quickly licensed for UK, US and European release, which opened the door to Reid’s first tour of the UK and Europe in 2016.

2017–present: World tours and second album

Before leaving the country for the tour, Reid returned to the Lyttleton studio with Ben Edwards and her backing band where they recorded her sophomore album Preservation.[4]

The tour was a success, and while in London, Reid was approached with a co-management offer with Melodic Records. This was followed by a publishing deal with Basin Rock Records and an endorsement from Crafter Guitars.[6] Since its release on 3 March 2017, Preservation has been met with a positive reception.

Reid opened for Ryan Adams at his sold-out Auckland show on 20 May 2017.[7]


Reid’s first single from ‘’Preservation’’, Richard, saw her nominated for the APRA Silver Scroll award in 2017, regarded as New Zealand’s most important songwriting award.[8] Judges described the song as "a stand-out folk-rock gem with its wonderfully direct delivery, charting heartbreak and dissolution, through striking imagery".

Also in 2017, producer Ben Edwards won a New Zealand Music Award for his work on Preservation, and Reid herself was nominated for Best Solo Artist, Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Best Alternative Artist.[6]

Film and television appearances

On 26 September 2017, Reid made her UK television debut with her band, appearing on Later... with Jools Holland on BBC Two.[9]


Studio albums

List of studio albums with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions
Listen to Formation, Look for the Signs
  • Released: 27 March 2015
  • Label: Spunk Records
  • Format: CD, LP, download
  • Released: 3 March 2017
  • Label: Basin Rock/Spunk!
  • Format: CD, LP, download
Out of My Province
  • Released: 6 March 2020
  • Label: Spacebomb/Slow Time
  • Format: CD, LP, download
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Extended plays

Title Details
Letters I Wrote and Never Sent
  • Released: 27 October 2011
  • Label: Self-published
  • Formats: digital download


List of singles, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album

"Call the Days"[13] 2015 Listen to Formation, Look for the Signs
"The Arrow and the Aim"[14] 2016 Preservation
"Richard"[15] 2017
"Best Thing"[16] 2019 Out of My Province
"Get the Devil Out"[17] 2020 13
"Oh Canada"[18] 16
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Other charted songs

List of songs, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart


"Preservation" 2017 1 Preservation
"Right on Time" 3
"Heart to Ride" 2020 9 Out of My Province
"All of My Love" 10
"High & Lonely" 15
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.


  1. ^ Listen to Formation, Look for the Signs did not enter the NZ Top 40 Albums Chart, but peaked at number 12 on the NZ Artists Albums Chart.[11]


  1. ^ "Nadia Reid review – soft but tensile songs from the south" . The Guardian. 27 August 2017. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Nadia Reid – 'Preservation' (album review)" . The Revue. 6 March 2017. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Entirely composed" . Otago Daily Times. 13 February 2017. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "Nadia Reid Is One of New Zealand's Most Evocative and Profound Young Songwriters" . Vice. 3 April 2017. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  5. ^ Listen to Formation Look for the Signs by Nadia Reid , retrieved 7 April 2020
  6. ^ a b "From the local bowling club to live on the BBC: Nadia Reid has arrived" . Stuff. 10 February 2018. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Nadia Reid Announces 'High & Lonely' NZ Tour" . Scoop. 15 May 2018. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Reid Silver Scroll finalist" . Otago Daily Times. 24 August 2017. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Series 51, Episode 1" . BBC. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  10. ^ " – Nadia Reid albums" . Retrieved 16 May 2014.
  11. ^ "NZ Artists Albums Chart" . Recorded Music NZ. 22 December 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  12. ^ a b Peak positions for Benee's singles on the NZ Artist hot singles chart:
    • For "Get the Devil Out": "NZ Singles Chart" . Recorded Music NZ. 27 January 2020. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
    • For "Heart to Ride", "All of My Love", "High & Lonely", "Oh Canada": "NZ Singles Chart" . Recorded Music NZ. 14 March 2020. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  13. ^ "Spunk Sign New Zealand Singer-Songwriter Nadia Reid" . The Music. 17 February 2015. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  14. ^ "Listen: Nadia Reid - The Arrow And The Aim" . Under the Radar. 28 November 2016. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  15. ^ "Nadia Reid Announces Album Release Tour + Shares New Single 'Richard'" . Under the Radar. 16 January 2017. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  16. ^ "Nadia Reid Announces New Album + Shares Single 'Best Thing'" . Under the Radar. 4 December 2019. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  17. ^ "Nadia Reid shares new single and video 'Get The Devil Out'" . RNZ. 15 January 2020. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  18. ^ "WATCH: NADIA REID SHARES NEW VIDEO FOR "OH CANADA"" . RNZ. 6 March 2020. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  19. ^ Peak positions for Nadia Reid's singles on the NZ Artist Heatseekers singles chart:

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