Since it in 2004 with only twelve years as the youngest main attraction in the history of International Jazz Festival of Montreal a promising career start lay, has Nikki Yanofsky going through a tremendous development. They conquered the top of the jazz and pop charts, collaborated on stage with orchestras and big bands and provided with their shows at festivals and in major concert halls around the world for sold-out houses. Almost a record in 2010 were their performances at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Vancouver, when she sang in front of 3.2 billion viewers - half the world's population.
After Nikki in the past years already with luminaries such Herbie Hancock, Phil Ramone, Will.i.am, Wyclef Jean and Elton John worked, they now sang her new album under the guidance of her biggest fans and mentor a: Quincy Jones. On "Little Secret"Presents the now 20-year-old with a refreshingly new sound, taking a captured immediately. The incredibly clever songs, all of which are originals, with two exceptions, combine irresistible style jazz and pop and retro charm as contemporary sounds and beats . large part of this was the songwriter Rob Little, with Nikki this time worked closely with and through collaborations CeeLo Green, Flo Rida and David Guetta made a name. Quincy Jones was Nikki during the entire shooting advice and also served as executive producer of the album.
In "Little Secret" combines the young singer pop song structures with sophisticated harmonies and modern club beats with funky big band brass and ohrwurmige melodies with boisterous scat solos. It is an album that jazz aficionados attract and fascinate as well as Pop-lovers. Nikki lit at a young age with the jazz virus and revealed her extraordinary talent for the first time 2005, when she was just eleven years old, but already occurred occasionally as a guest singer in clubs. Already in the following year she stunned with their performance at 100,000 listeners world-renowned Jazz Festival in her hometown of Montreal. Seemingly effortlessly and with incredible precision Intonation and articulation could even reproduce the most complicated scat deposits her great idol Ella Fitzgerald. In 2008 she published in a CD / DVD Pack their first live album recorded "Ella ... Of Thee I Swing"The gold in Canada and the same for two Juno Awards was nominated (what Nikki the youngest repeatedly nominated artist in the history of Junos made). At fourteen she had been with the New York Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, D.C. and Herbie Hancock Performances and recordings made - also with pop stars like Will.i.am and Wyclef Jean.
On their first studio album "Nikki"Playing the standards with which the high-flyer had sung in the heart of the jazz audience, only a marginal role. Instead, they ventured using the Canadian indie icon Ron Sexsmith and Norah Jones' former songwriting partner Jesse Harris to producing its own material. And the jazz standards that are still found Nikki's musical makeover About Lived and a place in the repertoire, received a total tune sound. Produced by the legendary Phil Ramone album debuted in Canada at No. 1 on the jazz and rank 6 on the pop charts. In the United States conquered "Nikiki" the first place on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.
When recording "Little Secret"Nikki could now rely on the excellent taste and the musical wisdom of Quincy Jones, who bridged successful since the 1960s than any other, the gap between jazz and pop. But the singer has in this field, despite their youth, already own gain experience can: about when she and Herbie Hancock worked in 2011 at a tribute to Barbra Streisand or as they paid tribute with a led by Quincy Jones Big Band at a concert in Los Angeles Carole King tribute to "Little Secret" performs Nikki Yanofsky, the same time. mature and playful acts, a clever balancing act between classic jazz, soul and RB and modern pop sounds and -Beats. an excellent example is the song "Something New" for Nikki natural a few hooks of Quincy Jones' "Soul Bossa Nova "and Herbie Hancock's" Watermelon man "borrowed, but these oblique gorgeous in a very contemporary-trendy and own context sat. A-like trick they turned to the title track for which you somewhat modernized and the basis for a sly own number made the sweeping rhythms of Benny Goodman's "Sing Sing Sing". Equally exciting are her interpretations of jazz standards single of this album, Harry Warren and Johnny Mercer's "Jeepers Creepers" and the Doors classic "People Are Strange", which they transformed into a mysterious orchestral ballad.
Nikki himself describes "Little Secret" as a musical "mix of Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Ray Charles, Quincy - and myself." She tells that she had filed about two years at their new sound and had matured musically in this time of a youth to adult. That they on "Little Secret" still youthful sounds than on the two previous albums, may seem paradoxical, but it is not. Because that is their "little secret".
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