Nikki O’Neill is an Americana singer, guitar player and songwriter, deeply in love with soul music. She was born in Los Angeles and lives there now, but she grew up in Sweden.
She plays lead as well as rhythm guitar.
One EP, Two Singles and Radio Play
Nikki's second 2018 single, ‘‘When Do I Tell Him,’’ is a classic rhythm & blues breakup ballad, inspired by her visits to New Orleans and the old Chess Records studio in Chicago.
Her first single, ‘‘Where Luck Can Find Me,’’ is a Spectoresque take on Americana.
Nikki writes most of her songs with lyric writing partner Paul Menser. They've been collaborating successfully since her 2017 EP, ‘‘Love Will Lead You Home.’’ In 2018, the songs received radio play by over 100 blues/rock stations in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia, and enthusiastic reviews by roots music press in the U.S, UK and Sweden. They continue to receive radio play in 2019.
Inspired by Pops Staples and Paul McCartney
As a guitarist, Nikki’s style is inspired by soul pickers like Pops Staples, Teenie Hodges and Prince. Vocally, she has a sweet, bluesy soprano, and her songwriting is inspired by soul, gospel, rock, colorful harmony and great melodies (her favorites include Jerry Ragovoy, Dan Penn, Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach and even ABBA's Bjorn and Benny... she grew up in Sweden after all.)
Guitar Book Author & Journalist
Nikki is also the author of the rock guitar instruction e-book “Women’s Road to Rock Guitar” (Alfred Music – get it on iBooks) and she's been a contributing writer for Guitar Player magazine, Reverb Lessons, She Shreds Magazine, and the Swedish musicians magazine Musiker Magasinet.
Nikki performs actively with her band, featuring Joshua Pessar (lead/rhythm guitar, vocals), Rob Fresco (bass, vocals), and Rich Lackowski (drums, percussion.) She also plays select acoustic shows with the band as well as solo shows.
Her new album will be out in the fall of 2019.
Nikki O'Neill is endorsed by Seymour Duncan pickups.