It was certainly folk music that got Reid started as a musician. Around the age of 15, she got her first guitar and began taking lessons with Bob Scott (The Bats). She began to attend the Whare Flat Folk Festival, which takes place on the days around New Year’s Eve not far from her home in Port Chalmers, Dunedin. Reid recalls one performance by Mahinaarangi Tocker at the festival, which proved there were local acts who could write and perform songs as powerful as those from overseas.
Nadia Reid’s uncle is Sean O’Reilly from Flying Nun cult act, King Loser.
In 2019 Nadia Reid was a guest artist with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra for one of their NZ Mix Tape concerts at the Civic, Auckland, in a bill alongside Anna Coddington and Liam Finn.