Nadine Shamir, a singer/songwriter who was best known for the 1996 crossover hit “Set U Free,” died on Dec. 2 following the birth of her first child. She was 32.
The New York-born/Miami-raised performer was always creative — she painted, sculpted, acted and wrote screenplays — but her true passion was music. She wrote her first song at 12 and formed her first band two years later. At 16, Shamir independently released her debut album, “Say You’ll Stay,” and adopted the stage name Nadine Renee.
After high school, Shamir wrote and co-produced her second independent album, “Let’s Make Love.” She traveled around the world before moving to New York City to work as a receptionist at MCA Studios. In 1996, Shamir co-wrote the song “Set U Free.” She joined forced with Miami disc jockey George Acosta, and together they released “Set U Free” under the name Planet Soul. The song peaked at #26 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and crossed over to the R&B charts.
In recent years, Shamir performed in Europe and wrote songs for Warner/Chappell USA, a music publishing house. She recorded an album for MCA in the late-’90s, but it was later shelved. The Orchard released a reworked version as “Oasis of Love” in 2000.
Shamir is survived by her husband Jon and her newborn daughter, Liat Nadine Shamir.