Nikki Blaine 2016
.10/6/2016 – NFI: 191 Polk Ave, Nashville, TN 37210 (free parking at venue)
10/7/2016 – Abrasive Media: 438 Houston St, Suite 257, Nashville, TN 37203 (valet parking at venue)
10/8/2016 – Hilton Garden Inn: 1715 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203 (self parking is $5 / valet parking is $10 mention Noteably Nashville)
10/9/2016 – NFI: 191 Polk Ave, Nashville, TN 37210 (free parking)
10/10/2016 – Cumberland Park: 592 S 1st St, Nashville, TN 37213 (self parking in Lot R of Titans Stadium)
Niyoki (pronounced Nie-yo-kee), an African name meaning “serious minded and responsible,” was given to her by her mother, a retired foreign language teacher in Fort Wayne, Indiana. At age five, Niyoki began performing with her parents and siblings in the White Family and remained with the group through high school. She went on to attend college at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville studying chemical engineering and came back to Fort Wayne after that time only to be discovered by world renowned artist Prince. After touring the country with Prince for several years, she and her sisters were still on the path of finding what God’s specific plan for each of them would entail.
That plan allowed her to go on and put out 2 nationally distributed projects. My Everything (2006) and Rest (2008) sold over 30,000 units independently on her own record label (D2G Records). Her music still blesses people all over the country as it plays on local radio, internet and Sirius XM radio.
Motown, Gospel artist,Janice Gaines already has Mary Mary’s Erica Campbell, Donnie McClurkin, Natalie Grant and Donald Lawrence co-signing her skills. That says quite a lot. But even without these mega-talents in her corner, Gaines is guaranteed to hook you from the very first listen.
Gifted with an effervescent soprano that soars into the rafters and an ear for soul-baring lyrics, Gaines is Motown Gospel’s next-generation game changer. Her refreshing yet fearless artistry—a daring fusion of mainstream and inspiration —reverberates with jubilant determination.
Born in St. Louis and raised in Memphis, Gaines comes by her musical dichotomy naturally. Although her Methodist minister father and singer/songwriter/musician mother divorced during her childhood, Gaines describes herself as “a combo“ of the two. “I grew up with a conservative dad, whose favorite songs are hymns, and a creative, eccentric mom who listened to everything from Earth, Wind & Fire to Tupac.” In fact, Gaines and her older brother frequently traveled with their mother to her gigs as a singer in a top 40 cover band.
Also influenced early on by versatile gospel-bred singers like Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle and Gladys Knight, Gaines performed her first solo in church at age 12. And that experience taught her a valuable lesson. “I learned then that you have to engage people so they know and care what you’re singing about.”