2016 release—Invitation—Nicolas' 5th outing on Right Groove Records, released on January 29, 2016, is highlighted with arrangements and fiery performances by grammy-winner, pianist Nat Adderley Jr. with guest appearances by sax legend, Vincent Herring. Invitation which moved to a prominent position in the Top 20 of the Jazz Week Charts, sizzles with selections from the classic jazz songbook, and the performances of two New York-based rhythm sections.
Internationally renowned vocalist, Nicolas Bearde, is a jazz singer of remarkable depth, range and technique who has won acclaim from critics and jazz audiences worldwide for his 'buttery baritone' and imaginative interpretations. A seasoned and highly respected showman on stage, Bearde's brilliant and lush vocals combine passion, wit and sensuality, with an engaging rapport that captures and draws the audience into his performance. Forged from his Nashville (TN) roots and his 1980’s initiation into the thriving San Francisco music scene, Nicolas’ unique approach and electrifying delivery of his originals, time-tested standards, blues and other familiar jazz works, are soulful, swinging, improvisational and memorable!!
Born and raised in Nashville, TN and singing as long as he can remember, Nicolas’ love of Jazz and R&B classics can be laid at his mother’s feet. He remembers: My Mother and her crew loved to have card parties, listen to late night radio, finger-pop, whoop and shout Honey, hush while listening to Billy Eckstine and Cab Calloway, And... Oh how they loved a good ballad!! One of her favorites “Moonlight in Vermont”, stayed in Bearde's head for over 40 years before he recorded it on his first album.