Nitanee is originally from Pennsylvania where one of her earliest musical memories was of an urban neighborhood where at night the songs of an old African American church would echo against the hymns from a Puerto Rican church just across the street. While she loved the music, society dictated that she could only participate vicariously. “There was so much racism. It impacted the way I feel about the importance of diversity and tolerance and acceptance,” she recalls.
Early punk music, political messages, Woody Guthrie and Rage Against the Machine: Nitanee has absorbed a wide influence of diverse sounds and images. Her name recalls a Native American maiden in a favorite Pennsylvania folktale, whose doomed lover still can be heard calling her name from the depths of Penn's Cave. And while her hometown was surrounded by the beautiful countryside that she loved, she was drawn to the artistic energy and exciting pace of Los Angeles. So Nitanee came west to California.
It was a roundabout route to songwriting, but Nitanee, who always loved to write, discovered an inner voice and a consciousness; a craft formulated by a need to communicate and a gift for doing so in song. At UCLA Extension she was awarded the Hal Gaba Scholarship for Excellence in Songwriting and was honored to study with hit songwriter Marty Panzer (Barry Manilow, Disney, Kenny Rogers). She also studied the craft of songwriting with show creators Mark Winkler and Phil Swann, and with Jason Blume, Pat Pattison, Steve Seskin and Mary Gauthier.
Songwriter Nitanee Paris contributes her energies to an expansive musical community. As a networking mentor, her talents are in making introductions, fostering relationships, organizing events and promoting causes. A Malibu, California resident, Nitanee envisions and hosts workshops and a full slate of networking and charitable endeavors and songwriting events. She brings her varied talents to her role as Partner, Artist & Repertoire at ArtistMax, a Los Angeles based artist development and education enterprise founded by Grammy Award-Winning producer Ken Caillat (Fleetwood Mac; Colbie Caillat).
Nitanee is the founder of the Malibu Chapter of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), where she oversees a busy calendar of monthly opportunities. She is also on the advisory council of the Hawaii Songwriting Festival and on the staff of the Durango Songwriters Expo. She produces "Nitanee's Nashville Nights" in Los Angeles, a showcase for hit songwriters and local talent and she recently co-hosted a songwriting retreat at a castle in Macon, France, where she led songwriting workshops and exercises.
Nitanee has had more than twenty artist cuts in the past year and her song “Timebomb” was released in July by record labels Panda Funk and Interscope. She is signed to Alcon Sleeping Giant, creating music for various film and TV projects; and she also has music represented by Secret Road Publishing in Los Angeles and Washington Street Publishing in Nashville. Her award-winning song “Big Big Life”, was released by the band Streetlight Cadence, and the album reached #17 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart.
As a collaborator, Nitanee works with several notable writers including Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Steve Dorff, Gary Nicholson (BB King, Ringo Starr, Garth Brooks, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Nicks, George Strait, Fleetwood Mac, Willie Nelson, Vince Gill & many more); Big Al Anderson (NRBQ, Vince Gill, Trisha Yearwood, Tim McGraw, Bonnie Rait, Delbert McClinton, Jimmy Buffett, Jeffrey Steele, LeAnn Rimes & many more); Andre Merritt (Rihanna, Chris Brown); Alan Roy Scott (Celine Dion, Luther Vandross, Cyndi Lauper, Gloria Estefan, Sheena Easton, Pat Benatar, Patti LaBelle, Johnny Mathis); Dave Merenda (Grammy Award winning songwriter “I Will Remember You”); Charles Michael Brotman (Grammy Award winning producer/composer who reached #1 on the Billboard World Chart & #1 on the Billboard New Age Chart); Richard Harris (#1 Billboard single writer/producer), Andrew Rollins (CMT’s Nashville), Adam Zelkind (Eight time award winning songwriter/composer/producer; Glen Phillips, Walt Aldridge, Gary Burr, Ashley Gorley, & Tim McGraw) and Ron Harris (Christina Aguilera), and she has just begun a project with a Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee. Nitanee also works with a diverse and extensive roster of talented artists around the world, and with regular trips to Nashville, she collaborates with a solid slate of Music City song crafters as well.
Nitanee’s music has earned many awards and honors. In March 2018, she won the Grand Prize in the Children's Category of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest for her song "No Place Like Home"; and she has earned recognition from the International Songwriting Competition, the Dallas Songwriters Association, the UK Songwriting Contest, the Songwriters Association of Washington, the NSAI Spring Training/Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival, and many other accolades. She earned five “Outstanding Achievement in Songwriting” awards from the Great American Song Contest, and she won Song of the Year from West Coast Songwriters for her song “Angels Like You”, and multiple awards for her Americana song “Coal Dust”. Her first film and TV placements were in the romantic comedy Muffin Top: A Love Story, a feature film with an all female-created soundtrack and score.
For Nitanee Paris, it is all about forward motion, assisting and encouraging others, and being a powerful and positive force in promoting her community. “Camaraderie and partnership ” she says. “It is so important that we all help each other”.