Nicki Richards: her new CD and two live shows in NYC
Nicki Richards is many things: a singer, songwriter, producer, arranger and performer whose long-awaited new album is simply titled “Nicki” – 17 songs for the 17 years she’s been away since her 1991 debut, “Naked (To the World)”. Over the past decade, Nicki has made a name for herself as an in-demand A-list session and touring singer for the likes of Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Tina Turner, Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger, Celine Dion, Mary J. Blige, Lenny Kravitz, Frankie Knuckles and the Reverend Al Green just to name just a few.
It was while on the road with Madonna – singing backup with Donna De Lory (her voice can be heard on albums by Carly Simon, Laura Branigan, Belinda Carlisle and others) – that Nicki realized she missed the frontline more than she dared admit.
The album features guest stars including Grammy award winning Bassists Marcus Miller, Will Lee and Victor Bailey, pianist Joe Sample, horn players from national act Tower of Power, drummer Dennis Chambers, Gregoire Maret on harmonica, guitarists Ciro, Sherrod Barnes and Monte Pittman, Madonna’s longtime guitarist.
Nicki has also enlisted singers including Lisa Fischer, Cindy Mizelle, Nicki’s mom Donna Blackmon, and Nicki’s co-producer, mentor and drummer, Lenny White .
Highlights of the record include “Check Yourself“, with the Tower of Power Horns, arranged by Tom “Bones” Malone and the spacey “Alpha Centauri”, which showcases Victor Bailey’s fretless bass.
Other notable tracks include “Say the Words,” “In Bed” and “Happening to Me Again”. On a more serious note, the inspiration for the poigniant “Lawdy” came from her personal experience of when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. Nicki had cousins, aunts and uncles who were all displaced, their houses destroyed, and lost her grandfather to illness caused by the devastating storm.
Now is the perfect time to see Nicki in action, on stage, up front where she was born to be.
Here are the full details:
• NICKI RICHARDS Live!
Friday March 27th
@ The Bitter End
147 Bleeker St (between Thompson and LaGuardia)
New York, New York 10002
$15 Admission/18 and over/9:00 PM Showtime
• NICKI RICHARDS Live!
Friday April 17th
@ Joe’s Pub
425 Lafayette St (between East 4th and Astor Place)
New York, New York 10003
$15 Admission/All Ages/11:30 PM Showtime