What they say…
“A classic soul voice, sweet and cool but capable of rising up for a good wail when the song needs it!”
Ms. Nicole Willis is an American singer-songwriter now based in Helsinki, Finland, who has been working internationally for over 30 years and is considered among the finest soul voices of today. Raised in Brooklyn, Ms. Willis created acid jazz classics and worked with veteran soul musicians as well as known techno, house and funk heads. With roots in alternative music, and influences from everywhere, everything goes into the creative process with the intention of never fitting into the mold, in fact just plain breaking it.
Nicole Willis deftly navigates through the soul revival genre, while also manning electronic projects, and concentrating on organic dance floor grooves. Ms. Willis has performed and collaborated with artists such as Curtis Mayfield, Pizzicato Five‘s Yasuharu Konishi, Gary Katz, Leftfield, Shawn Lee, and has performed far and wide from cities such as Nairobi, Glasgow, Paris, and Liverpool, to New York, Stockholm, Tokyo, Auckland, and Rome, to name but a few.
Known for her collaborations with The Soul Investigators, with whom she released albums “Keep Reachin Up” in 2005, “Tortured Soul” in 2013 and “Happiness In Every Style” in 2015, Nicole also regularly works with multi-faceted artist Jimi Tenor, who produces some of the tracks from her fresh collaboration with UMO Jazz Orchestra and has penned all the arrangements for the big band. Watch out as this new outfit that includes Pete Toikkanen, mega-talented guitarist from The Soul Investigators, releases some brand new material that will blow your mind!