Performers come and go, but singers, it can be argued, are forever. The Power of Song is not easily forgotten—Whitney Houston, Patti LaBelle, and Denise Williams are voices that linger in the memory. That kind of heartfelt singing is what Nikia aspires to. “These two [Whitney and Patti] inspired me the most you know they were real vocalists. My Uncle, Charlie Wilson, pushed me to practice and become a great vocalist. You know, practice, practice, practice! He is a singer and was the lead singer of The Gap Band.”
Nikia was born in East Meadow, NY. She began singing at the tender age of three and professionally at the age of thirteen. Many outstanding singers begin their journey in vocal groups—Beyoncé Knowles with Destiny’s Child, Patti LaBelle with the Bluebells—and Nikia is no exception. At fourteen, the group Something Serious was the beginning, where she honed her performing skills, how to put a song over to an audience, and writing most of the group’s repertoire as well. As a teenager, Nikia released the album ‘Out Of My Mind’ on the independent Swooper label.
Nikia – Ft Dee ‘Gone’
Her new release ‘Beautiful Scar’ features material penned by her, including the first single off of the album “Gone”, a slightly different side of Nikia. With an iridescent, sexy alluring sound. “Gone” has a lilt that slightly suggests a rock pop rhythm. Nikia’s voice is romantic longing personified, her clear, honey-toned voice (evoking the classy old-school soul of Denise Williams and the Philly soul of Gamble & Huff) riding the melody with easy, bittersweet poise. Putting the spotlight on the song and the singer (instead of drawing attention to the production itself).
“Gone” has a bittersweet pull to it that’s hard to resist, sweet as a brand-new romance, and slightly stinging like a heartache that’s beginning to heal. Love is the drug and Nikia scores with a confidently, sweetly seductively I-Need-You vocal and an undulating, slightly techno-tinged electronic cradle of rhythm.
“I see myself as a part of tradition because I know my music will be around forever.” A strong statement, yes, but Nikia has the voice and the commitment to back it up. You got to watch.
Nikia Ft Dee – Official Music Video – Gone
Nikia – Live Interview
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