photo by Roman Sobus 

photo by Roman Sobus 

The Makings of Girl Named Nino  


Nino Arobelidze aka Girl Named Nino is a Georgian born songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer based in Chicago. Nino received her formal music education from DePaul University but maintains the core of her knowledge to be largely DIY. Dubbed "Ever-evolving"(Richard Milne, 93XRT Local Anesthetic), "Rising Star of Indie, Soul, World Music and Jazz"(Daily Herald), Nino's become an artist to watch in her adapted city of Chicago- "Remember that name...It may be a safe bet that Nino Arobelidze is a name that you’ll hear a lot more going forward"(Robert Chiarito, The Chicago Ambassador).

Commanding several languages for writing and performing original music (English, her native Georgian and French and Russian, among others), Nino's sound most distinctly embodies Soul, Alternative Pop, Indie Rock and WorldJazz. Nino has toured the U.S. as Girl Named Nino, drawing comparisons to St. Vincent, Jeff Buckley, Lana del Rey, Erika Badu and Prince, but musicophiles and concert-goers readily recognize that Nino has a sound uniquely her own with subtle hints of Billie Holiday.

Girl Named Nino has earned press and media features nationally on NPR (WBEZ Chicago)93XRT Chicago's Finest RockVoice of America (Washington D.C.), KSKQ (Portland, OR) and Russian Chicago Magazine; on College Radio Stations -WHPK (University of Chicago Radio), WRSE (Elmhurst College Radio) and WLUW (Radio One Chicago); as well as internationally-Business Media GeorgiaRadio Tavisupleba (Prague), TV Pirveli (Tbilisi), Rustavi 2 and CITY Magazine Georgia. Rusudan Tsereteli of Radio Hereti dubbed Nino "Georgian Queen of Pop, Jazz, Soul and Blues in America" following an exclusive interview and feature from Nino's Lost at the Bazaar Tour stop in NYC in 2017.

Nino has released two solo albums (Nomad 2014Girl Named Nino 2016); a collaborative release with Forbidden Knowledge (Urbanismz 2012) a self released EP (Strange Brew 2011) and most recently composed original songs for the documentary film, Our Blood is Wine (Music Box Films, Official selection at Berlinale 2018). Moonlight Daughter, a multi-lingual, genre-fluid album, co-produced with her long-time collaborator Pablo Gordy was released on Feb, 14th, 2018 on Arobelidze's imprint, Moonlight Daughter Records.