Born: March 17 Primary Instrument: Vocal
The beautiful singer, Nicole Henry, has won praise from both critics and audiences since her first moment in the spotlight. It’s no wonder Nicole has released three TOP 10-selling CDs in the last four years and toured internationally and throughout the United States. For two years after graduating college, Nicole performed around Miami, winning local awards singing original songs and pop covers. Then in 2002, Nicole fell in love with the freedom, melodies and lyrics of jazz. By 2004, she released her debut jazz CD, The Nearness of You, to critical acclaim. HMV Japan named Nicole “Best New Jazz Artist” for 2004 and the CD climbed to #2 on HMV Japan charts, staying in the top 10 for three months. In the U.S., Nicole received rave reviews and was featured on national jazz radio, including Sirius and XM Satellite Radio. Billboard wrote that “Henry is a jazz vocalist poised on the cusp of bigger things,” and indeed she continues to be. Her follow-up CD, Teach Me Tonight with the Eddie Higgins Trio, on Japan’s Venus Records, reached #1 at HMV, and again earned her honors, with HMV Japan naming it the “Best Vocal Jazz Album” of 2005.
Now, Nicole’s newest CD release, The Very Thought of You reached #7 on the U.S. Billboard Jazz Chart. This romantic CD features love songs, originals and gems from the great American Songbook. It was produced by music veteran Hal Batt (Regina Belle, Jean Carne, Julio Iglesias) with an assist from Executive Creative Producer Don Mizell (co-producer of Ray Charles’ Genius Loves company). Jazz Improv writes, “...beautiful, emotionally evocative... a terrific voice and a sensitive way with a lyric.” It’s with that same sensitivity and genuine, heartfelt delivery that Nicole Henry mesmerizes audiences wherever she goes. Nicole Henry’s voice is uplifting and captivating. She proves she is one of the finest vocalists to emerge this decade and ready to be discovered by wider audiences everywhere.
HIGHLIGHT CAREER PERFORMANCES:
Jazz a Juan les Pins, French Riviera
Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival
Blues Alley, Washington, D.C.
The Dakota, Minneapolis
Duc des Lombards, Paris
The Rainbow Room & The Cotton Club w/ the Cab Calloway Orchestra
Madrid International Jazz Festival w/ the Bob Sands Big Band Iridium, NYC
Anthology, San Diego
COEX Theater, Seoul
Jazziz Bistro, Fort Lauderdale
100 Century Avenue, Shanghai
Catalina Jazz Club, Los Angeles
Five National Tours of Japan, including Nango & Tendo Jazz Festivals
Three Tours of Central Mexico including Tribute to Billie Holiday
Bogui Jazz, Madrid
Lincoln Center w/ the Juilliard Jazz Octet, NYC
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, Pittsburgh
Adrienne Arsht Center formerly Carnival Center for the Performing Arts, Miami
Awards:“2004 Best New Jazz Artist” by HMV Japan for "The Nearness of You". “2005 Best Vocal Jazz Album ” by HMV Japan for "Teach Me Tonight" with the Eddie Higgins Trio. “2007 PRIX de JURY” winner at the 47th Annual Jazz à Juan Festival de Jazz International Vocal Jazz Competition in Antibes, French Riviera.
“She has a potent voice and her interpretive sense is sharp and distinctive.” - Billboard
She has grace, presence, a superb and sumptuous voice... a style unseen these days. - Jazz Hot France
“She can sell a power ballad as well as Whitney, Diana and Patti…” - Jazz Times
“Two magic evenings took Madrid by surprise…she was powerful, elegant and natural.” - El Pais
Tracks: That's All; Almost Like Being in Love;I Can't be Bothered Now;Waters of March;What'll I Do;I Found You;All That I Can See;All the Way;I'm Gonna Lock My Heart;At Last;The Very Thought of You;Make It Last Track.
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