Nova Rockafeller | Biography 2021

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  • Full Name Nova Rockafeller
  • Occupation Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, Music Video Director
  • Nationality Canadian
  • Birthplace Edmonton, Canada
  • Birth Date Jul 22, 1988
  • Age 35 Years, 11 Months


Creator of music albums 'Insufficient Funds,' 'Scared of Heights.'

Nova Rockafeller | Biography 2021

Rockafeller's 'Hey You' single received 250k views in just 24 hours.

Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, Music Video Director Nova Rockafeller had released her albums 'Insufficient Funds,' and 'Scared of Heights.' She is now helping, assisting, directing the music videos of her boyfriend, Rapper Tom MacDonald, since 2017. The duo has been touring across the country, getting billboards, and garnering millions of views for their creation.

Nova Rockafeller is a singer most renowned for her self-produced album 'Insufficient Funds,' released in 2011.

Who Is Nova Rockafeller?

Nova Rockafeller is an independent singer, rapper, songwriter, and music video director. She is a hip-hop veteran who has toured alongside legendary artists such as ICP, R.A. the Rugged Man, and Killah Priest across Canada, the US, and Europe. She has also toured as primary support for All Time Low's rock band and performed at RiotFest in Toronto.

In 2011, Roackafeller launched her debut album, Insufficient Funds. In 2012, during The Pirate Bay's time as 'The Promo Bay,' Rockafeller had her song 'call me (BATMAN) 347-574-7192' published on the front page. In January 2021, Rockafeller introduced her new album Scared of Heights with her new song, 'Hey You.'

She is also a director and cinematographer, best known for Good Bastards (2021) and Tom MacDonald: Church (2021).

Rockafeller is dating Canadian singer/rapper Tom MacDonald since 2017. The couple also formed the band GFBF and began creating music together.

Early Life

Nova Leigh Paholek, professionally known as Nova Rockafeller, was born on 22 July 1988 in Edmonton. But, she had spent her childhood in Jamaica

Her family had moved there, intending to start a water sports business. She also lived for a short time in Toronto and New York City. 

Rockafeller dropped out of high school and spent considerable time at the Edmonton Youth Emergency Shelter. She claimed that she got interested in rap while living in a series of shelter homes in Edmonton. Rockafeller soon began participating in online rap fight forums. Her father and brother, who are active in the Edmonton music scene, also lent her their support.


Rockafeller began rapping at the age of 15 while living in a group home. She confessed she felt envious of the boys when they did freestyle, which was something she wanted to do. She had been writing songs on the CD cover while traveling to her job location and made a point to get a microphone for her 17th birthday.

Soon, Rockafeller began publishing all her music in the internet forums and YouTube, after which she learned to embrace criticism. But, according to her, she never encouraged bad remarks that didn't help her grow as an artist and a performer.

As an upcoming rapper, Paholek was given the pseudonym Nova Rockafeller, at a gathering of rappers when there was a need for her to have a new name. 

In 2011, Roackafeller launched her debut album, Insufficient Funds. In 2012, The Pirate Bay's The Promo Bay published Rockafeller's song 'call me (BATMAN) 347-574-7192' on the front page.

In 2013, she landed a major record deal with Island Records, based on an album she created in her initial days. Rockafeller's music video for the track 'Problem,' released in the same year featuring Jay and Silent Bob as guests at a house party complete with a bounce house and a poolside fighting bout.

Rockafeller's dream came true at 23 or 24 when she signed a decent record deal with Mercury Records and came to New York. The label went on to become Island Records and then Def Jam Records. Her three-and-a-half-year engagement with Def Jam ended when the label abruptly dumped her. She discovered the truth when her landlord informed her that the corporation would no longer pay her rent.

Her anti-pop song, 'Made in Gold,' slammed the music industry but went to #17 on Sirius Hits in just one week. She also appeared in the video game series The Sims, the movie The Duff, and the Rogers Canada commercial. Her singles had also been featured on Dancing With the StarsMTV Siesta KeysBad Girls Club, and many more.

In January 2021, Rockafeller introduced her new album Scared of Heights with the release of the single, 'Hey You,' her first solo single in the last two years. The video received over 250k views in just 24 hours. 

Other works

Apart from her musical career, Rockafeller is also known as a director and cinematographer. She is credited with over fifty projects under her name. It includes all her boyfriend Tom MacDonald's music videos like Tom MacDonald: Best Rapper Ever (2020)Tom MacDonald & Madchild Feat. Nova Rockafeller: Sober (2020), Tom MacDonald: Church (2021), and Tom MacDonald: No Good Bastards (2021). 

Who Is Nova Rockafeller Dating?

Rockafeller has been dating Canadian rapper and producer Tom MacDonald since 2017. The duo had formed the band GFBF and began creating music together. She was dedicated to helping and assisting MacDonald after his single 'Dear Rappers,' became popular.

She shot and directed all of his music videos in 2017. She also designed his website, co-wrote hooks, and guided him in avoiding the problems she encountered in the music industry. As a result of their hard work, the couple toured across the country four times, charted on billboards, and garnered hundreds of millions of views.

Asthma Patient

Rockafeller suffers from severe asthma. She suffered an acute pneumothorax, pneumomediastinum, and was diagnosed with a partially collapsed lung on 10 September 2017. Her cold mixed with her asthma caused her to cough violently, causing part of her left and right lungs to break. It allowed air to flow into her chest cavity and pool between her windpipe and her neck skin, which compressed her airways, causing breathing problems.

Her partner, MacDonald, also launched a GoFundMe page to pay for the hospital bill, which received more than $10,000 in donations.

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