From the very beginning, Nikkole expressed an accelerated interest in music. At two years old, she would sit down at her favorite toy, a pink baby grand piano and begin playing and belting out original compositions that were surprisingly good. As a child, the singer also drew heavily on her Native American roots beating out rhythm patterns on her Tom Tom set. Nikkole was very active in music in school as well, participating in glee club and later in the school band where she picked up the xylophone.
Nikkole knew that music was her passion and that she was going to jump in full throttle! With the wheels set in motion by the singer, all bets were on. Nikkole took the reins and became a force in the industry as an independent artist. Through her extraordinary work ethic and strong determination, she made her dream come true allowing her to gain the respect of many top artists. Her strong will power, regardless of the situation even when no one supported and believed in her, Nikkole was insistent and maintained an invincible attitude which allowed her to persevere in the sometimes abhorrent music business. Nikkole decided to dive into her new-found career path head-first.
She has to date recorded four full-length studio albums, “Appearances”, “A Girl Like Me”, “Creolepatra”, and her brand new breakout record, “Hallucinations” being released on July 15, 2014. All of these acclaimed projects have garnered celebrated singles for Nikkole, including: “Over It”, “It’s Too Late”, “Gon’ Bounce”, “Breathe”, “E-X-OTIC” and “Love Was Made In Heaven” to name a few. Nikkole also released a Christmas EP, “It’s Christmas” / “Wrap Me Up (Special Delivery)” which is a seasonal favorite among fans and radio. In addition to these releases, Nikkole also released her song “Amazing” featuring the legendary GRAMMY and EMMY award-winning Arturo Sandoval.
Nikkole herself was featured on the chart-topping song, “You Keep Lifting Me Higher” by GRAMMY award-winner, Norman Brown, which she co-wrote and performed on with Brown. The recording spent 8 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Charts. In addition, Nikkole has also enjoyed having three of her own singles hit #1 on radio in the UK. For her efforts, Nikkole has been awarded with many accolades including awards from Radio Free Virgin, American Idol Radio and she was the #1 independent singer in the U.S.
on mp3.com with her debut album, “Appearances”. Many of her singles were added to medium and heavy rotation at over 60 commercial radio stations, including Clear Channel Stations in the U.S. and to numerous radio stations globally. Nikkole struck a chord abroad in Japan, which led her to record two songs in Japanese, making her one of the first American Pop recording artists to do so.
With all of these accomplishments, Nikkole is now a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (The GRAMMYs). Her music has been featured in film, television, commercials and soundtracks. Nikkole has toured with and / or shared the stage with many mainstream artists including: Babyface, Boyz II Men, Macy Gray, Bobby Brown and countless others. Magazine spreads and articles about Nikkole have appeared in many top publications including Cosmo, where she was chosen as one of America’s Top 10 Fearless Female Rockstars! The success of her recording career has also led to her inking several endorsements and sponsorships with national and global companies. Even with all of the accomplishments and exploits Nikkole has conquered, she saw a bigger even brighter horizon.
Her artistic spirit craved change. She and her team set their sights on enlisting platinum producing British powerhouse, Derek Bramble (David Bowie, Faith Hill, Whitney Houston) to produce her 4th studio album, “Hallucinations”. The album was mixed by GRAMMY award-winning engineer Ted Greenberg (P!NK, Chaka Khan, The Cure), and mastered by Pete Doell of Universal Music Group. This set includes not only Nikkole’s heartwarming songwriting, but also the incomparable songwriting skills of Lindy Robbins (One Direction, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato).
The video for the lead off single, “Gonna Get It Right” is directed by MTV Award-winning director, Ethan Lader (B.o.B., One Republic, Bruno Mars, Mariah Carey) and is slated for delivery to MTV, VH1 and VEVO in addition to other outlets. Nikkole is supremely proud of her new album. Despite all it took to get to this place, she wouldn’t have it any other way. She has emerged with a stylistically wide-ranging and sincerely artistic “statement-making” Pop album. Serving as the album’s executive producer, Nikkole finds herself exposing the most authentic version of who she is to date, thanks to clear-eyed, honest storytelling, sonic boundary-pushing, and expanded creative control.
“I have such a specific vision in mind,” Nikkole says, “I wanted to make sure that I was one of the people at the helm helping it translate.” “Hallucinations is an emotional and energetic roller coaster. It’s raw energy and musicianship.” Her fans, the “Nikkolediers,” and critics alike know that not only has the singer mastered the art of brilliant songwriting, dynamic and powerful live singing with a charismatic stage presence, but she has mastered making concert goers feel like they are watching her do what she was born to do – PERFORM! With so much on the landscape, Nikkole will continue to evolve; because evolution is the gift of the universe. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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