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Kimberly Nichole Lets Out A Stirring Performance For Press Play
Singer/songwriter Kimberly Nichole aka the self-proclaimed "Rock Ballerina" is a force to be reckoned with. She is captivating audiences with her powerful, passionate voice and eye-catching fashion sense. She is the star in the second ever episode of the Recording Academy's latest video series, Press Play, which will let you discover, get to know and love artists you may not have heard of yet through original performances.
In this episode Nichole gives a passionate performance of her new original song, "It Ain't Fair," which she co-wrote and co-produced, from her upcoming album "West Coast Seattle Girl." Born and raised in Seattle, she sites her musical influences as gospel, soul, grunge and rock. With her strong, soulful voice and bright presence she offers a fresh take on rock.
The artist self-released her debut album The Yellow Brick Journey in 2010. The ASCAP Foundation recognized her musical talents in 2012, when they gave her their "Reach Out and Touch" Award, designated for promising songwriters. In 2015 she gained a wider fan base as a popular contestant on season eight of "The Voice." On the show she shared her eye-catching style as she performed big rock covers, including Radiohead's "Creep" and Michael Jackson's "Dirty Diana."
As her journey towards stardom continues to soar upwards, she inspires the next generation of artists with talks on black female musicians and pioneers, and has been a frequent guest speaker and performer at New York University's Clive Davis Institute of Music. She is ready to show the world more of her unique sound with her latest album, which drops on Nov. 23.
The singer made her Broadway debut in "Rocktopia" in 2018 alongside Train's Pat Monahan and has toured with the group nationally. She was recently featured in Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koeing's anime series Neo Yokio on Netflix.