"I'm having so much fun testing the Sledge's capabilities! Working it hard in my writing studio, and on the road with Hoollywood Records artists Bridgit Mendler."
Neara Russell was homeschooled by artist parents in rural Wisconsin. By age 10, she was working as an accompanist, nature researcher, and cookie baker to fund her musical projects. Following her appearance on the National Public Radio music show "From the Top", Neara accepted a full-ride Presidential Scholarship to Berklee College of Music, where she graduated with a degree in contemporary composition and piano/voice performance.
As a writer, Neara is an honoree of ASCAPLUS Awards and participant in the exclusive ASCAP Lester Sill Workshopfor advanced songwriters. As a keyboardist/vocalist, she has performed with American Idol finalist Haley Reinhart, Sony artist BC Jean, and violinist Lili Haydn, with appearances on X Factor, The View, and Much Music Canada.
Neara is currently touring with Hollywood Records artist Bridgit Mendler and working in Los Angeles as an independent session musician. She is a member of the Los Angeles-based music team The Backliners. Her original self-produced albums "Noise and Silence" (2011) and "Food for the Gods" (2006) can be found on iTunes, Pandora Radio, and Amazon.