With a hard driving focus, Nikki O'Neill delivers some serious truth in this one, among the rockin' layers. ”

Americana Highways: "That's How You Lose Her" (8/31/2020)

Guitar Player Magazine, Nov 2019 issue

Guitar Player Magazine, Nov 2019 issue

The Argonaut (Los Angeles local press), 05-23-2018 issue


NIKKI O'NEILL is an Americana singer-songwriter who plays lead and rhythm guitar. Deeply in love with soul music from an early age, she counts Pops Staples and Teenie Hodges as her guitar heroes.

Nikki’s second solo album, “World is Waiting,” will be released on October 16, 2020 through Blackbird Record Label.

She has been featured in Guitar Player Magazine and the name of her guitar lesson channel on TrueFire, "Twang, Soul & Rock 'n' Roll," describes her music accurately. 

Nikki performs actively with her band, featuring bassist Rob Fresco and drummer Rich Lackowski. In 2019, she performed at AmericanaFest in Nashville and opened for Stax artists Southern Avenue in Los Angeles. 

Her recordings have been played on Blues/Americana/Roots stations in the US, Canada, Europe and Australia, and received positive reviews in roots music press in the U.S. and Europe. 

Nikki's music is available on Apple MusicSpotify, Amazon, Bandcamp, and more. 

Official Website: nikkioneill.com

Publicity:  devious planet Pati deVries: Pati@deviousplanet.com

Label: Blackbird Record Label
Manda Mosher:  Manda@blackbirdrecordlabel.com


Please visit Nikki's About page:



New Album: World is Waiting (out October 16, 2020):



PRESS QUOTES & REVIEWS: World is Waiting (album, release date Oct 16, 2020)

“She says that “You’re the Only One That Gets Me,” but we think everyone will want to get more from this amazing performer.”

LAMusicCritic.com (9/21/2020)


“With a hard driving focus, Nikki O'Neill delivers some serious truth in this one, among the rockin' layers. ”

Americana Highways (8/31/2020)


Review Quotes: Love Will Lead You Home (EP, 2017)

“The musical winds (on these six tracks) blow in a 1960’s-70’s soul-rock direction. Very appealing, and beautifully performed. This is a name to remember.”  

-Jefferson Blues Magazine (Sweden)  

"Raw and rootsy... certainly with a huge soul influence, with a conscience and a positive message, and some neat hooks."  

-Blues in the South (UK) 

“The soulful tune (“That's What Love Can Do”) ... caps the EP on an emotional note: celebratory for those who can relate and inspiring for the rest of us.”  

- The Daily Country 


Sample tracks

To request a review copy of “World is Waiting,” go to Inquiries at the bottom of this page.

To read the song lyrics, click the Info button next to each track at the Store page.

Press links

9/15/2020 - Imperfect Fifth (video premiere)


8/31/2020 - Americana Highways (song premiere)


5/23/2018 - Guitar Heroine - by Bliss Bowen, The Argonaut (Los Angeles local newspaper) 



7/27/2020 - How Risks Shape Life - in Shoutout LA


4/15/2020 - Guitar Girl Magazine: Tone Talk


Nov 2019 - Interview - in Guitar Player Magazine


4/23/2019 - A Multicultural Life - in Voyage LA 


2/26/2018 - On Songwriting - in The Daily Country



3/28/2018 - Review of ‘‘When Do I Tell Him’’ - Blues in the South (UK, April 2018 issue)

Nikki impressed me last year with her fine EP release, and here is a new track she has just released as a digital single. It showcases her soulful voice on a pleading ballad with subtle shades of New Orleans in its sparse but very effective arrangement. Let’s hope for more, but in the meantime, do check this out – just a few clicks will do it – and you won’t regret it!

Norman Darwen, British Blues Journalist

9/25/2017 - Jefferson Blues Magazine (Sweden, issue #4, 2017)

Nikki O'Neill has roots in Stockholm and is nowadays based in Los Angeles, where she works as a vocalist, guitar player and writer for Guitar Player magazine. 

From what I can hear, the prerequisites are there for her to succeed with her efforts on the other side of the Atlantic. Nikki sings well, plays guitar well and writes her own material. 

The six tracks were recorded between October 2016 and January 2017 in Ted Wulfer's 663 Sound Studio in Los Angeles.

The musical winds (on these tracks) blow in a 1960’s-70’s soul-rock direction. It's very appealing, and beautifully performed. This is a name to remember.

Ingemar Karlsson
Chief Reviewer, Jefferson Blues Magazine (Sweden)


6/26/2017 - Blues in the South

 Los Angeles based singer/ guitarist/ songwriter/ contributor to Guitar Player magazine describes this six track EP as “a soul-rock and gospel album” and it has also been referred to as a combination of Chrissie Hynde, Mavis Staples and Al Green (and John Lennon and Otis Redding have also been pressed into service in the past). Both of these specifications capture the spirit of Nikki’s music rather neatly. It is raw and rootsy, Americana rather than blues maybe but certainly with a huge soul influence, with a conscience and a positive message, and some neat hooks.

‘In The Waking Moments Of The Day’ has a slight jazz tinge whilst the guitar work on ‘Love Will Lead You Home’ definitely has a strong influence from Curtis Mayfield. ‘I Will Cross Over’ has a lovely soul feel on a bouncy rhythm, with the backing vocals adding a classic gospel feel to a memorable and catchy number, with Nikki’s exuberant vocal subtly taking her higher. I enjoyed this release a lot – let’s hope we hear more from this talented lady soon (please).

Norman Darwen,
Reviewer, Blues in the South (UK)



Sample video