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Nikki

Nikki YanofskyAudio CD
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Over the past year, Montreal-born songstress Nikki Yanofsky has headlined major jazz festivals from Canada to Japan, played Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and The Kennedy Center, toured with award-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch, performed with the legendary Count Basie Orchestra, collaborated with influential hip-hop artist Wyclef Jean, released a live CD/DVD paying tribute to her favorite ... Read more in Amazon's Nikki Yanofsky Store

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  • Audio CD (May 4, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B003EPPEP4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,154 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2010 debut studio album from the young Canadian sensation, whose recording of 'I Believe'- the official theme song of CTV's Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games - has been certified triple platinum. Nikki was produced by 15-time Grammy-winning producer Phil Ramone and Grammy-winning songwriter and producer Jesse Harris. It is a collection of newly arranged standards, classic selections from the American Songbook and elegant originals Yanofsky co-wrote with Harris, Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith and others. A composition written for Yanofsky by acclaimed Canadian songstress Feist also appears on the album.

About the Artist

Over the past year, Montreal-born songstress Nikki Yanofsky has headlined major jazz festivals from Canada to Japan, played Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and The Kennedy Center, toured with award-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch, performed with the legendary Count Basie Orchestra, collaborated with influential hip-hop artist Wyclef Jean, released a live CD/DVD paying tribute to her favorite singer, Ella Fitzgerald, and been interviewed by NBC's Brian Williams. Her voice can be heard on the uplifting theme song for Canadian television's coverage of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics entitled "I Believe," which climbed to No. 1 on Canada's iTunes singles chart and the Billboard Hot 100 -- the highest debut of any Canadian artist in Soundscan history. In addition, Yanofsky performed the Canadian National Anthem at the Winter Games' opening ceremony before a worldwide television audience of 3.2 billion. Sounds like the career of a seasoned performer, right?

Yanofsky is indeed a seasoned performer...who happens to have just turned 16. Her live debut at the age of 12 -- singing for more than 100,000 people at the 2006 Montreal International Jazz Festival -- made her the youngest artist ever to appear there. She was also the youngest artist ever to record for the renowned jazz label Verve when her cover of "Airmail Special" was included on the 2007 compilation We All Love Ella: Celebrating the First Lady of Song (alongside contributions by Natalie Cole, Diana Krall, Michael Bublé, and Gladys Knight). Canada's Maclean's magazine has praised her "multi-octave range, impeccable pitch, increasingly rich tone, and unexpectedly soulful power" noting that "the jazz world has celebrated many a prodigy, but none has been met with this much unanimous adulation or hope since Wynton Marsalis drew his first raves in the early '80s."

But to Yanofsky, age is nothing but a number. "People are always asking me how it feels to be so young and singing at this or that event and my response is always, `I don't know, I've never been older!'" Yanofsky says with a laugh. "I think it's funny that people are so fascinated by a number, because, really, that's all it is. It's more my experience that matters."

Experience is something Yanofsky has in spades and she puts it to good use on her debut studio album, Nikki, which will be released in May by Decca Records. Produced by 15-time Grammy-winning producer Phil Ramone (Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Burt Bacharach) and Grammy-winning songwriter and producer Jesse Harris (best known for his work on Norah Jones' Come Away With Me and Feels Like Home), Nikki is a fizzy, spirited collection of newly arranged standards and elegant originals Yanofsky co-wrote with Harris and Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith that reflects her love for jazz, blues, R&B, soul, and traditional pop vocal styles. "The album is very personal and allows the listener to get to know me," Yanofsky says. "You hear where I came from, through the musical influences, and you hear where I'm going through the originals." Though it's clearly a showcase for Yanofsky's preternatural vocal gifts, Nikki rises above the novelty of a teenaged singer taking on selections from the American Songbook thanks to the modern, youthful spin she puts on the arrangements. George and Ira Gershwin's big-band classic "I Got Rhythm" opens with a sultry vamp before Yanofsky counts off "1,2,3,4" and kicks into a swinging version of the tune popularized by Ella Fitzgerald and many others. Yanofsky's take on Billie Holiday's signature song "God Bless The Child" combines her rendition with a version by jazz-fusion band Blood, Sweat & Tears, while the intro to Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields' "On the Sunny Side of the Street" features the notorious riff from Led Zeppelin's "Fool In the Rain" -- a nod to Yanofsky's love for classic rock. Finally, Billy Strayhorn's swing standard "Take the `A' Train" features new, original lyrics ("When I'm in New York City I go see theater / I love NY, the T-shirts say they love me too") that namecheck the musicals Yanofsky has seen (Wicked, Rent, Legally Blonde, and Hairspray all get a shout-out) before she takes the A train to go to Sugar Hill way up in Harlem.

Several stunning original compositions round out the proceedings. Yanofsky co-wrote the languid acoustic ballad, "For Another Day," "Never Make It On Time," the sprightly "Bienvenue Dans Ma Vie," and the soulful, R&B-flavored "Cool My Heels" with Harris and Sexsmith during writing sessions in the basement of her home in Montreal. "Working with them was amazing," Yanofsky says. "Jesse has written some of the most beautiful songs around and has really helped to shape my sound, and Ron is one of my favorite lyricists ever. He gets everything that's in my head onto paper." And then there's producer Phil Ramone, whom Yanofsky holds in huge regard for his vast experience. "He is a living example of what you can accomplish if you work really hard and believe in your dream," she says.

Dreams are important to Yanofsky, who's been singing ever since she could talk and knew she wanted to be a performer since the age of four. "My dad was always saying to my mom, `It's weird, she's four, but she doesn't go off-tune,'" she says. "When I was five, I fell in love with the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, and Aretha Franklin. I didn't start listening to jazz until I was 12. I became obsessed with Ella Fitzgerald after downloading a bunch of her songs from iTunes. She's the one who introduced me to jazz and really taught me how to sing. She had the most amazing technique -- her timing and her tone, she never hit a bad note in her live performances. And she sang with so much emotion."

Such was Yanofsky's love for the First Lady of Song that when she was invited back to perform at the Montreal Jazz Festival in 2007, Yanofsky decided to devote her entire set to Fitzgerald. A reprise of that show is captured on the 2008 live CD/DVD entitled Ella...Of Thee I Swing, which was recorded at the Place des Arts in Montreal in October 2007. The package was nominated for two Juno Awards - Canada's version of the Grammy.

Although Fitzgerald remains her primary inspiration, Yanofsky does not consider herself a jazz singer. "I consider myself an `everything' singer," she says. "Jazz is definitely my first love and I will always want to sing it, but I also love to sing pop, R&B, blues, and everything else, and Nikki definitely reflects that. For me, performing isn't about fame and fortune, it's about expressing myself through music. I'd be just as happy singing in a restaurant as I am in front of a huge crowd as long as I'm singing. The fact that I could put out my own album at such a young age is a dream come true."


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great New CD May 5, 2010
By G Jones
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While listening to this CD this afternoon, at times I had to remind myself that Nikki is only 16 years old. Occasionally, her voice betrays her in that it sometimes lacks the timbre or range that will come naturally in the next few years. However, her musicianship is superb and she brings a unique touch to this great collection of jazz standards. Her orchestra and band are top notch. This is one of those rare debut albums that 20 years from now will be the foundation of what I expect will be a stellar discography. I really look forward to listening to her voice mature and musicianship develop in the coming years, we're all in for a real treat.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very talented young lady May 12, 2010
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I was never a jazz person but since great artists like Brian Setzer and Nikki Yanofsky, i'm slowly turning.

This girl has a fantastic voice and her songs are very upbeat. Her band sounds great and even her mellow music is good because it really showcases her beautiful voice.

This young lady has a fine future. She is highly talented and i can't wait for her next CD. This one is only $7.99 and a steal for that price.

But there is one bad thing about this album. 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow'. I am so sick of that song.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forward steps, side steps February 12, 2011
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I begin this review of Nikki Yanofsky's second album, self-titled "Nikki" as I did my review of her first album, "Ella . . . Of Thee I Swing," with a paragraph of instructions to you, the reader:

If you have bought "Nikki" and you do not have Nikki's first album (a combination CD and DVD album), set "Nikki" aside, buy her first album, and--well--watch the DVD from that first, then listen to "Nikki." Do that and you will understand the roots of this young, but already-so-experienced jazz singer. If you are thinking of buying this album, I absolutely recommend--at the risk of sounding like Nikki Yanofsky's marketing manager--that you buy both of her albums and view and listen to them in the order that I set forth above.

Now, about "Nikki." I will freely admit that the jazz purist in me was ready to dislike some of this album. Unlike her first album where, with the exception of one of the bonus studio tracks, she stuck to jazz standards and popular tunes penned over a half-century ago, Nikki ventures partially here into singing some pop tunes, most that she co-wrote. Happily, also included are a healthy dose of more jazz standards. Gone here, too, is the big band, replaced with various smaller instrumental groups, with and without backup singers. About those musicians, their playing is impeccable, swinging where that is the mood called for--which, with Nikki's jazz chops, is pretty often. Still, I miss her swinging that full big band--maybe that will return in a future album. This is also purely a studio album. It is mastered perfectly--but, again, while Nikki swings deliciously on some tunes in this album, I miss (and I suspect that she did, too) the electricity of her singing her heart out in front of a live audience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE next AWESOME thing!!! December 5, 2010
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What a talent! As she herself says, she's not only a jazz singer but she sings everything. It's her interpretation plus her huge and pure voice that sets her apart and she's only 16, cute as a button and will be at the top of her game for as long as she wants. Can't wait for her next recording.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nikki rocks! September 29, 2010
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First saw Nikki Yanofsky on the Huckabee show. Was very impressed at how the young lady had such poise and grace singing these "old" songs. She has great energy in her delivery and I look forward to more from this rising star.
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4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT NEW TALENT July 4, 2010
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Although Nikki has been releasing DVD's and CD's for a few years now her voice is getting stronger.This is a good compilation which showcases her very amazing talent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nikki CD July 3, 2010
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Rally enjoy the songs on this CD. Nikki has a very lovely voice I'm so amazed that's she's only 16. I love the bluezy, jazzy sound. I would buy another one of her CDs
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nikki July 27, 2010
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I am extemely happy with the selection of this album. and the ease of purchase and delivery.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars a great cd
Nikki is truly a creative artist. This cd showcases her abilities and displays her amazing vocal range. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Pamela Meyer
3.0 out of 5 stars I enjoly the music and the artist.
It is a good music source and I would recommend to anyone who enjoys jazz music.
Satisfied with the purchase.
Published 7 months ago by B. R. B. - AZ
4.0 out of 5 stars Nikki was new to me
I purchased this CD on the advice of other reviews and am glad I did.
This is a new artist with a new style and voice that is brought to us.... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Gary J. Chenett
5.0 out of 5 stars Nikki is a phenominal young jazz vocalist
If you love the jazz standards, this young artist will knock your socks off. She's great. I have tickets to see her live in a few weeks and can't wait.
Published 15 months ago by J J
5.0 out of 5 stars Nikki is a star of the future
excellent arrangements as well as a great voice , makes this CD a great listening experience. Nikki is just a kid but has the style of the jazz greats. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Norman W. Lesperance
5.0 out of 5 stars A Super new Vocalist!!
I've been searching for older jazz songs to learn. With all the different styles of God Bless the Child on youtube, I took my time to hear MANY versions.... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Christine McHoes
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful entertainer
This album invokes the sounds of the wonderful singers of the past. Nikki Yanofsky is a great new entertainer on the scene.
Published 22 months ago by Stan R
5.0 out of 5 stars every day music
Every day music, and we say that for it is on my mp3 player. which I listen to daily at work.
Published 22 months ago by RICH
5.0 out of 5 stars Woohoo!
I love Nikki Yanofsky's music even more than some of Ella Fitzgerald's. Nikki is one of my favorite artists because her songs are like the old standards, but more modern somehow,... Read more
Published on March 20, 2012 by Jimmy C
5.0 out of 5 stars wow.
This is probably my favorite album I've run across in the last several years. Her voice, the timing, the lyrics, everything. Read more
Published on March 4, 2012 by Nathaniel T. Savant
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