Nicki was born July 9, 1992 in Kansas City, Missouri. Even though her parents divorced before she was born, they each still had a major impact on her musically. “I remember being four years old and riding around in the backseat of my father’s red Firebird and singing every word to the ‘Yellow Submarine’ album by The Beatles.” Her father also played Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones, and Beatles songs on his guitar when she visited him every other weekend. During the weekdays, her mother sang along beautifully to various artists such as Whitney Houston and Shania Twain and also played the flute at church every Sunday morning.
When she was twelve, Nicki received her first acoustic guitar for Christmas and began taking lessons from Cindy Egger, a local guitar instructor. She wrote her first song with her guitar at the age of 13 and began filling up notebooks with lyrics about relationships, friends, and experiences. And she never stopped, referring to her song writing as “therapy.”
Nicki began voice lessons at 16 with Riva Capilleri. During this time, she was playing at open mic nights and competing at local singing competitions. She also started booking small cafés and venues around Kansas City, playing original songs and cover tunes.
In May of 2011, Nicki had a dream where she was standing behind the curtains backstage on the set of American Idol. She woke up and immediately looked searched online for audition locations. Surprisingly enough, auditions were being held in St. Louis in a month. She took her grandma along for the audition and was thrilled to win a golden ticket! “The whole experience was something I will never forget. In Hollywood, I was surrounded by 300 other singers who shared the same passion and dream with one another. That connected feeling was amazing; it was like we were all instant family-friends and rooting for each other to make it.”
During the American Idol experience, Nicki moved to the renowned recording capitol of the World, Muscle Shoals, Alabama. She attended The University of North Alabama and while in school, still pursued her music career. She recorded her first demo and became friends with Kelvin Holly who plays guitar for Little Richard, The Amazing Rhythm Aces, Pegi Young & the Survivors, and The Decoys. She also jammed/played showcases with Will McFarlane (Guitar player for Bonnie Raitt), Donnie Fritts (singer/songwriter “We Had It All”- Ray Charles and keys for Kris Kristofferson) and Scot Boyer (singer-songwriter for The Allman Brothers).
This fresh and dynamic artist will most decidedly capture your heart with her engaging laugh and distinctive rock/country/and blues stylings.