Israel Nash Gripka (born January 5, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Since 2011, his releases have been as Israel Nash. Originally from Missouri, Nash moved to New York City in 2006. He performed in clubs on the Lower East Side such as The Living Room and Rockwood Music Hall. In 2009, he independently released his debut solo album, New York Town, which was recorded at The Magic Shop in New York's Soho neighborhood. New York Town was eventually picked up by Dutch label Contintental Records Services in Europe and the UK.