Nell Bryden (born March 8, 1977) is an American singer-songwriter. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, to parents themselves a singer (Jane Bryden) and artist (Lewis Bryden). A classically trained musician (she studied the cello for ten years), Bryden dreamed of becoming an opera singer before hearing Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin for the first time. After some time spent in Australia honing her craft, Bryden attended Wellesley College where she graduated in English Literature with honours. It was during this time that she began performing her songs live. Bryden was living in Greenwich Village in New York during 9/11, an event that had a "profound" effect on her. The following year she recorded an album in Nashville, and toured the US to support the album. Disillusioned with the music business, she travelled to New Orleans to write a new album, inspired by the jazz, roots and blues influences of the Crescent city. Bryden began recording with producer John Hill, but after the project ran out of money they returned to New York with a half-finished album. Two weeks later Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, displacing many of the musicians on the record and destroying much of the town.