Vocalist and composer Nicky Schrire has announced the upcoming release of Nowhere Girl, a new album that reflects her desire to forge meaningful relationships and a sense of identity no matter where she goes.

Schrire was born in London and grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. She moved to New York City to attend the Manhattan School of Music and, after nearly five years in the city, returned to Cape Town via London. She relocated to Toronto in 2020 and participated in JAZZ.FM91’s Discover Women in Jazz program in 2022.

“The album is called Nowhere Girl because I have lived in so many different places,” Schrire explains. “It is something for which I’m immensely grateful, but it increases a sense of belonging anywhere… and therefore nowhere.”

That, of course, makes its way into her music. “I identify as British and South African, while my love for both jazz and the singer-songwriter genres is a huge part of my musical aesthetic,” she continues. “It’s been challenging to figure out exactly what my sound is, given my heritage is a mixed bag.”

Listen to the first single, “Love is for the Birds”: