Nianell is a Namibian multi-award winning artiste, pianist, guitarist and composer born on September 25, 1971 as Sonia Aletta Nel. She grew up in Windhoek but relocated to South Africa where she graduated with a three-year diploma in light music from Pretoria Technikon. Later she studied classical music at Trinity College in London and at the University of South Africa.
Nianell gave birth to triplets (all girls) with her husband Andrew Thompson. She also have a younger sister Riana Nel who’s also a singer.