|Birth name||Sonia Aletta Nel|
|Occupation(s)||Singer-songwriter, motivational speaker and author|
|Instruments||Vocals, piano, guitar|
|Associated acts||Romanz, Riana Nel|
Nianell (born 1971 as Sonia Aletta Nel in Omaruru, Namibia) is a singer, pianist, guitarist and composer.
After growing up in Windhoek, Nianell graduated with a three-year diploma in light music from Pretoria Technikon in South Africa. She studied classical music at Trinity College in London and at the University of South Africa.
She has a four-octave vocal range and her songs have been described as including "elements of Folk, Pop, R&B, Country, Classic and even Celtic music". Four of her albums (Who Painted The Moon?, Angel Tongue, Life's Gift, and I Know I'm Lucky) reached platinum status in South Africa. Nianell got her International First Platinum Hit with her song "Who Painted The Moon?" The composition was covered by another international superstar Hayley Westernra on the album Pure. The album sold more than 2 million copies and Nianell’s version was featured as a single on this album. In April 2011 she released her first album in the United States. She won SAMA Awards: Angel Tongue won "Best English Contemporary album", and "We'll Find A Way" won her "Best Female songwriter".
She and her husband, Andrew Thompson, have triplets, all girls. In 1998 she played netball in the Namibian national team. Nianell's younger sister, Riana Nel, is also an acclaimed singer and songwriter. Both sisters have performed together on several occasions.
- 2002 - Who Painted The Moon
- 2006 - Life's Gift
- 2007 - Angel Tongue
- 2007 - As One (Live DVD, concert at Emperor's Palace)
- 2008 - I Know I'm Lucky
- 2009 - It Takes Two, with Dozi (DVD)
- 2010 - Sand & Water
- 2011 - Who Painted The Moon (U.S. Compilation Album)
- 2011 - 'N Duisend Drome
- 2012 - You're The One That I Want - Take 2
- 2012 - My Heart
- 2014 - Just Be
- Born to Sing, by Nianell.
- "Nianell's Articles" at Heal Your Life.
- Fresh Music - Nianell Biography
- Famous Faces - Nianell
- "South African Superstar Nianell Releases Her Debut U.S. Album!", CelineDion.com.
- "Magical moments for Nianell", You, 16 July 2010.
- Who's Who SA - Nianell Nel-Thompson
- "Life's Gift", nianell.co.za.
- "Angel Tongue", nianell.co.za.
- "I Know I'm Lucky", nianell.co.za.
- "It Takes Two", nianell.co.za.
- "Sand & Water", nianell.co.za.
- Mog.com - South African Superstar Nianell Releases Her Debut U.S. Album
- "Who Painted The Moon", nianell.co.za.
- "'N Duisend Drome", nianell.co.za.
- "You're The One That I Want - Take 2", nianell.co.za.
- "My Heart", nianell.co.za.
- "Just Be", nianell.co.za.