In addition to acting, I am a songwriter who performs and releases music under the name NANí 

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My latest release, under my new artist name NANí. These two songs, "something like thunder" and the titular track "sweetbitter creature" were the first time I composed for instruments other than voice and guitar. If you like gay music about yearning, check these out. Plus, all Bandcamp proceeds go towards my upcoming top surgery! Also available on all streaming services, including Spotify and Apple Music. 
purchase through bandcamp here:

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an EP written, recorded, and performed by Imani Russell. this EP was recorded in a dorm room with nothing but a snowball mic and completed using garageband. i've always written for others - and while the first three tracks were written for a class on decoloniality, these songs are the first ones I really wrote for myself (2016).
listen here:


a live recording of the song "treat me like a lady" from my EP grammatically incorrect.
recorded as a submission for the NPR Tiny Desk Contest (2018).


an original song about losing track of love, time, and yourself.
written, arranged and performed by Imani Russell, with additional arrangements, vocals, and performances by Daphne Gampel, Rain Johannes, Nick Dunston, Andres Valbuena, and Eric Poretsky (2014).