Bio

Fascinated with music at an early age, Nidal started studying the violin with Tomio Anderson of the Kalamazoo Symphony at age 8. Two years later he began teaching himself the guitar by ear. Early influences included Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Roots, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Nidal moved to Grand Rapids, MI in 2002 and started his solo career shortly after. He has played at numerous pubs in downtown Grand Rapids and cities along Lake Michigan. His debut EP What I See was released in 2011. Nidal worked with producer Matt Gruppen and local talent on his 2012 debut LP, Sitting In The Shade.

Nidal, a first generation Palestinian-American, has found inspiration in the olive tree, a symbol of strength, endurance, patience and beauty. Much of his music is inspired by his people living under military occupation and the hardships they experience daily.

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