Naia Kete

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Naia Kete
Born (1989-12-22) December 22, 1989 (age 29)
Northampton, Massachusetts, United States
OriginHadley, Massachusetts, United States
GenresPop, reggae, neo soul
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active2010–present
Associated actsKim Yarbrough

Naia Jacqueline Kete (born December 22, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter and musician whose music spans numerous influences ranging from pop, reggae and soul.[1] Born in Northampton, Massachusetts to an African-American father and a White American mother, Naia lives in Southern California where she has built a street following singing at the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica.[2] In 2010, she recorded an EP called Life is Calling with Barefoot Truth, an independent roots rock band from New England.

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