Born: October 18 Primary Instrument: Vocal
Nicole Hart (Lead Vocals, Harmony & Background Vocals)
Don't let Atlanta, GA native Nicole Hart's movie star good looks fool you. She can belt out vocals with the best in music. With her full rich tone, impeccable phrasing and precise pitch it's obvious that she is a singer's singer.
~ Sandy Mack, Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation
Her impressive resume includes work with a variety of music greats such as Harry Belafonte, Billy Joel, Michael Bolton, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley & has opened for Bernard Allison & E.C. Scott, as well as having the distinction of being the first ever Caucasian singer for the R&B supergroup, The Shirelles.
Hand chosen by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Shirley Alston, Nicole recalls:
“I responded to an ad in the NYC paper, The Village Voice, for a black vocalist,” she recalls, “I ran through my qualifications for the musical director over the phone. When he invited me to come down, ‘Just one thing,’ I said, ‘...I’m not black…’ Pause. ‘Well, come down anyway,’ he said. I sang for Shirley & she hired me on the spot.”
Straddling the diverse musical terrain as defined by such icons as Susan Tedeschi, Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, & Janis Joplin, Nicole's timeless, powerful, intoxicating voice is beautifully soul-sweet ~ silky, then gritty ~ classic, yet absolutely contemporary, and she is renowned for electrifying stage presence.
SCREEN ACTOR'S GUILD (SAG)
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TELEVISION & RADIO ACTORS (AFTRA)
Michael Monroe, Not Faking It
Ladies of the Blues, Riverhead Blues Fest
Gina Sicilia, Allow Me to Confess
Albert Castiglia, These Are The Days
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Bergen County, NJ
Willing to teach:
I provide instruction on everything from ear training, breathing, proper vocal placement and sound production to stage presence & etiquette, how to work with a mic in a live or studio environment, & how to communicate through song as well as how to communicate to your audience. We also help prepare you for any auditions you would like to attend. Rates are based on 50 minute sessions which quite often roll into the hour; meaning that I do not stop a student if they are in the middle of grasping a concept. Every session is individualized to the particular needs of that student. There is no "rote" coaching and I make sure the student truly understands that week's coaching before they walk out the door. The student is also given homework each week as it is just as with exercise: the way to get stronger is practice every day. I never overwhelm a student, however. Homework is tailored to the student on a gradient so that you are able to have small breakthroughs each week, encouraging you to continue to grow. It is important to me to provide an environment where the student feels safe & relaxed, so that her/his learning experience is joyful & fun.