Nora Rothman is a singer-songwriter and activist making music for social good. Blending Joni Mitchell-eqsue songwriting with James Blake-inspired beats, her folk-soul sound is nostalgic yet contemporary. She seeks to raise marginalized voices in the music industry by creating “mesmerizing” art with womxn all around the world (TeenVOGUE).
After graduating from Brown with honors in poetry, Nora moved back to L.A. and played music while appearing as an actress on stage and screen. In 2016, she took a hiatus to work as a Field Organizer on the Clinton campaign. The day of Trump’s inauguration, she made a promise to continue her fight for women’s rights through music. After releasing her debut EP in July to praise from Paste and The Deli Magazine, she made a commitment to work with female-identifying artists.
Since then, Nora has made appearances on The Future is Female Spotify playlist; at Hotel Café in Los Angeles; Rockwood Music Hall in NYC; and Fremont Abbey in Seattle. Her lyric video from Pakistani artist Areeba Siddique was celebrated by Yahoo! Music and Teen VOGUE.
Nora has partnered with women’s rights organizations from EMILY’S List to Planned Parenthood, culminating in the release of her Remix EP on Electric Bird Records in 2017. Made by 100% womxn artists, half of all proceeds went to Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands.
In 2018, Nora expanded her equity work by founding Earhart, a community uplifting female, trans, and gender nonconforming music artists. Since then, Earhart has celebrated over 50 different artists through their weekly playlist and interview series.
NOTHING NEW is her second EP and first off the female-run label Unspeakable Records. It is produced by Los Angeles-based Kate Ellwanger (aka Dot), and features collaborations with poet Sarah Kay and indie musician Cape Francis. This collection of five songs takes Nora’s confessional songwriting and plates it with Dot’s imaginative sounds.