Audra Nemir is a Portland-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. As a musician venturing into a solo project after years of performing in bands, Audra knows what she wants, but she will not step on anyone to get there. She collaborates humbly with fellow artists and lifts other voices while she works on amplifying her own message.
Whether effortlessly charming an audience with her unmistakable wit and authentic repartee or contributing a zinger of a lyric to a friend’s song, Audra is more than a musician--she is a true storyteller. To experience Audra’s live show is to feel hopeful and energized like you just made a new and special friend. In fact, she is so relatable that it may be tempting to underestimate her. But when she opens her mouth to sing, out comes a rich, textured tone reminiscent of Dinah Shore and other great jazz vocalists. And just when you think you’ve assigned her to a musical genre, she launches into some raspy blues notes or stirring folk stylings.
Along her winding road, Audra Nemir has been a contractor, a waitress, a Berkeley grad student, an environmental engineer, and a touring musician. She experiences life with openness, notices the interstitial places where the human experience is most potent, and illuminates them with universally relatable songs.
Audra is handy and resourceful, both in work and life. She supports herself by building things in her community, having taught herself the art of construction. Nothing is out of reach, and she brings this spirit of hard-working curiosity to her music. When she uses her trademark humor to ask the audience a question, the listeners—already won over by her charm—respond joyfully, enjoying the banter, a moment that dissolves any remaining barrier between artist and audience. That’s the kind of performer Audra is--she is a singer-songwriter of the best and rarest kind: one who captures your busy mind and shows you how to slow down, feel, heal, and know that it’s all going to be ok.
In addition to her work as a solo artist, bandleader, and storyteller, Audra plays with the folk trio Five Letter Word, and the duo Nemir & Nash. Her debut album, Pieces, comes out September 9, 2022.