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In addition to being a founding and current touring member of Bobby McFerrin's renowned vocal ensemble " Voicestra", Bearde has clearly carved out his own style as a solo artist. A seasoned showman on stage, Bearde is a powerful music force, well versed in diverse styles of rhythm and jazz, and is masterful at drawing audiences into his performances. His dynamic show contains original music and jazz and blues standards, and he has thrilled audiences around the world, from San Francisco to Tokyo, and London to Russia with his soulful interpretations.
With a voice like Lou Rawls and a repertoire like Barry White, Nicolas is the definitive jazz romantic. Combining originals with tunes by Burt Bacharach, John Coltrane and Donny Hathaway, he brings a tenderness and delicacy to his songs that deftly avoid maudlin interpretations, and his earnestness elevates his music beyond the trite.
Nicolas has performed, toured or recorded with Patti Austin, Janis Siegal, the Manhattan Transfer, Michael Bolton, Holly Near, Linda Tillery, SoVoSo among others, and keeps a busy sideline as an actor of film and TV.