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September 6, 2012

NICOLE HENRY - POWERFUL/EXPRESSIVE!




NICOLE HENRY - COURTESY PHOTO


NICOLE HENRY: AWESOME VOCALS

Nicole Henry has a rare voice that brings life to words. And her phrasing is so perfect that anyone that loves Jazz will fall in love with Nicole Henry for decades.

Nicole takes the marvelous standards and gives them more power on any song. Pop, Jazz or Brazilian. Not only that – she surprises everyone with her special renditions.

Yes, Nicole can caress a ballad like no other, plus she really gets the beat going with Latin Music. She’s confident, terrific looking – and most of all, she knows the music. She’s seasoned enough to appear anywhere. Everyone will love her.

The only flaw is that the orchestra has a little too much sameness about it. But, that doesn’t take away the fantastic “breathiness” of her music. Reminds me of Whitney Houston in her hey-day.

Henry is known more all over New York. New Yorkers like the mellow sounds of Cabaret. Now – we have the Rrazz Room where Henry just ended up a dazzling evening. I was astounded at how she does not sound like other singers. Yep, Nicole is a rare gem. I think you’ll find her in the category of pure diamond.

Nicole grew up in a musical family. That’s where she studied the arts early on. Singing in school and church, got her started. She graduated from the University of Miami. Her degree was in communications and of course, Theatre. She Acts, has appeared in commercials and many, many voice over assignments. She was named by the Miami New Times, ‘Best Solo Musician in 2002’. Plus she has been very high up on the Billboard Jazz Chart. Nicole reached to #7.

For Jazz, the American Songbook, and Contemporary styles…this is for you! Look for Nicole in the future to make another appearance at the famed Rrazz Room in San Francisco.

RATING: Three Glasses of Champagne!!! –trademarked-

(((Lee Hartgrave has contributed many articles to the San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Datebook and he produced and hosted a long-running Arts Segment on PBS KQED))) 

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