Governor Dannel P. Malloy and the Connecticut Office of the Arts are pleased to announce the appointment of Nekita Waller as Connecticut’s 17th State Troubadour. Nekita will serve a 3 year term beginning Aug. 1, 2018. “It is with great honor that we announce Nekita Waller as Connecticut’s next State Troubadour,” Governor Malloy said. “Her appointment is an historic one and reflects the rich diversity of culture and talent of our state. Ms. Waller shares a deep passion for Connecticut and we are proud to have her as our state ambassador of music, culture and song. It will be a pleasure to see and hear what great things she will surely achieve during her tenure.” There was never a question that music would be a part of Nekita Waller’s life. From her stage debut as a teen at the famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, to singing the National Anthem to thousands of spectators at professional sporting events as an adult, music defines Nekita’s life. Nekita’s diverse musical journey has taken her through chorus groups, musical theater, Hartt School of Music, Gospel in church, and mentoring and performing with many independent artists. Nekita has shared the stage with artists, B.B. King, Ruben Studdard, Dianne Reeves and performed on the Steve Harvey Radio Show. Nekita is an experienced studio session artist as a recording artist, lending her vocal talent on projects with Grammy and Emmy award winning producers. Currently Nekita performs throughout the region bringing a mix of pop, Motown, soul, Jazz and classic rock favorites with original music. As a soloist, she sings the National Anthem for the NBA, WNBA, and DIV I College sports teams. In her new position as State Troubadour Nekita wants to visit children in Connecticut’s schools who don’t have the same level of opportunities afforded to them as others. With her story and music she hopes to inspire them that it is possible to do what you think is impossible. Nekita can be reached for media inquires through the contact page on this site. Nekita is available for solo work, band work, and studio session assistance and State Troubadour appearances.