Naia Kete

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Naia Kete
Born Shutesbury, Massachusetts, United States
Origin Hadley, Massachusetts, United States
Genres Pop, reggae, neo soul
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2012–present
Associated acts Kim Yarbrough

Naia Kete is an American singer-songwriter and musician whose music spans numerous influences ranging from pop, reggae and soul.[1] Born in Shutesbury, Massachusetts to a Senegalese father and a White American mother, Naia currently lives in Southern California where she has built a street following singing at the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica.[2] In early 2012, she was a contestant on the second season of the NBC television show,[3] The Voice as a member of Team Blake making it into the Top 24. Responding to her performance on the show, Naia earned accolades from the press with Rolling Stone '​s review of her as "an earthy soulstress...[who has] a dynamic sound, and her smile is magic."[4][5][6][7][8][9]

In March 2012 Entertainment Weekly picked Naia Kete as one of their Top 10 to win The Voice.[10]

Naia has released an independent EP Third Street and her latest single "Crazy Glue" both on iTunes.[11]

In April 2012 Naia Kete attended the premier and walked the red carpet at the premiere of the film Marley.[12]


  1. ^ "Naia Kete's Journey on "The Voice"". YouTube. October 9, 2011. Retrieved 2012-10-26. 
  2. ^ "Naia Kete – Somebody That I Used To Know (Cover) – 04/06/12 – 3rd Street Promenade – 4 of 20". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-10-26. 
  3. ^ "Naia Kete's "The Lazy Song" | Video | The Voice". NBC. Retrieved 2012-10-26. 
  4. ^ Joe Berkowitz (March 27, 2012). "'The Voice' Recap: Let's Keep On Rocking | Movies News". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-10-26. 
  5. ^ "'The Voice': Season 2 Pictures – Naia Kete". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  6. ^ Barrett, Annie (February 21, 2012). "'The Voice': Carson Daly blogs episode 4 | PopWatch |". Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  7. ^ "Shutesbury native Kete continues on "The Voice"". March 3, 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-26. 
  8. ^ "Musician Naia Kete of Shutesbury takes her pick on 'The Voice' | GazetteNET". Retrieved 2012-10-26. 
  9. ^ Submitted photo. "On 'The Voice' Naia Kete finds fan in Blake Shelton as Massachusetts family cheers". Retrieved 2012-10-26. 
  10. ^ "''The Voice'': Our Top 10". Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  11. ^ "iTunes – Music – Third Street – EP by Naia Kete". June 1, 2011. Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  12. ^ "Naia Kete 'The Voice' Interview at 'Marley' Bob Marley Documentary Premiere – Video Dailymotion". April 20, 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-18.