The former Jersey College For Girls and St George’s School pupil has just returned to London after filming a video in Los Angeles for Fires track Everybody’s Gone To War with Marc Klasfeld, who has previously worked with Bon Jovi, Eminem, Destiny’s Child and Tom Jones.
Nerina – who proudly describes herself as a St Ouennais and who lived in Jersey from when she was two weeks old to when she was 18 – has signed up with 14th Floor Records, a division of Warner Records that has a history of taking emerging artists like Damien Rice and David Gray and exposing them to bigger audiences.
Nerina originally released Fires on her own label and 14th Floor stepped in after it started selling well.
And she says she might be back in Jersey for a show this autumn.
‘I’m really chuffed to have signed up with 14th Floor,’ said the highly acclaimed singer-songwriter.
‘The record was quietly selling very well while I was on tour.
It got on Radio Two and when they started to play it all the time, labels started getting interested.
‘They have added a strong orchestra to one track and remixed it, and they’ve also done new artwork.
They have given it a major label treatment so it’s something that can be taken on to a larger audience.
I would like it to get a bigger audience – I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want it to sell gazillions.’ The video for Everybody’s Gone To War will be released at the end of May and features Nerina in a downtown LA supermarket.
She says her favourite track from Fires is Idaho, which was written at a time when she did not know whether she would be able to carry on playing music.
‘I wrote it when I was really down and did not know what was going to happen, so it’s a song which is very dear to my heart.
I play every song off the record live, and it’s my favourite one to play live as well.’