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Nicole Henry is a young singer whose soulful sound (sometimes going a little over the top) and background finds her blurring the boundary lines between jazz and R&B. For this set, she is backed by a little-known but talented trio led by pianist Mike Orta. She performs ten standards and two of her originals, with "Get Here" being particularly memorable. Some of the tunes did not need to be revived once again (such as "Summertime," "That Old Black Magic," and "Over the Rainbow"), since they have already been performed an excessive amount of times, but in general the singer comes up with something fresh to say on each song. Nicole Henry, whose voice is pleasing and passionate, displays strong potential for the future.


Born: Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Nicole Henry gained attention in 2004 when she released her debut CD, The Nearness of You, on Banister Records. She started off singing in church and school choirs, and she studied cello for six years. Henry received a scholarship to study architecture in college but instead graduated with a degree in advertising and theater. In 2000 she toured as a background singer for Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise, performing dance music. She has since worked as an actress, a spokesperson, an R&B singer,...
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