New York, NY (April 30, 2009) Hot off her smoking set at Joe’s Pub several weeks back, NY’s rising star singer Nicki Richards (who grew up in Great Neck Long Island) has just announced that she will be playing her final gig of the summer at trendy NYC club The Canal Room on Friday June 5th at 8pm. She has also recently graced the stage with her band at The Bitter End and appeared on SNL and Late Night singing background for Ray Lamontagne.
Nicki’s new single “Why You Wanna Hurt Me So Bad” is currently impacting at the Billboard dance charts and is destined for the top – just as her first single “Bring The Love” hit number 3.
Mars ruled and first sign of the zodiac chart, Aries is the firestarter that brings new things with the coming of spring and the daunting spirit of the Greek warrior God that rules the season. Those who are cosmically endowed with its influence are noted for a capriciousness that breeds originality, a fierce demeanor and a commitment only to the certainty of the moment. Nicki Richards is one of those powerhouse vocalists in the realm of the Aries pantheon that includes Sarah Vaughn, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, Chaka Khan, Marvin Gaye, Teddy Pendergrass, Diana Ross, Jill Scott, Stephanie Mills and Luther Vandross. Rational thinkers and religious believers who consider astrology to be a heathenish superstition might be open to the concept put forth in Malcolm Gladwell’s survey in Outliers that observes the same month birthdays of the majority of junior hockey players in Canada. Richard’s March 24th birthday puts her in that special group of leading singers but the difference is that she earned her status as one of the most venerated supporting singers of the past 20 years. Since the late ‘80’s Richards has worked with everyone from Michael Jackson to Tina Turner and she just finished a run on Madonna’s Sweet And Sticky tour, which will resume in the summer months. She is a classic R&B singer, actress, songwriter and she even did work as one of Frankie Knuckle’s house music divas.
New York, NY (February 25, 2008) 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 DeLory (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.