It showcases her soulful voice on a pleading ballad with subtle shades of New Orleans in its sparse but very effective arrangement. ”

3/28/2018 review of ‘‘When Do I Tell Him’’ by Norman Darwen, British Blues Journalist

Guitar Player Magazine, Nov 2019 issue

Guitar Player Magazine, Nov 2019 issue

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

SHORT BIOGRAPHY:

NIKKI O'NEILL is an Americana singer, lead/rhythm guitar player and songwriter, deeply influenced by soul music. 

She is featured in the November 2019 issue of Guitar Player Magazine, interviewed by blues artist Sue Foley. She also has a guitar lesson channel, "Nikki O'Neill's Twang, Soul & Rock 'n' Roll", on TrueFire.com. 

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. 

In 2018, her EP and two singles were played on Blues/Americana radio stations in the US, Canada, Europe and Australia. Nikki's recordings have also received positive reviews in roots music press in the U.K. and Sweden. 

She's currently recording her next album, which will be out in January, 2020.

Nikki's music (and e-book) is available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Bandcamp, and more. 

Official website: nikkioneill.com

 


LONG BIOGRAPHY:  

Please visit Nikki's Bio page:

https://www.nikkioneill.com/about

 

Review Quotes 

“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 

Official website: nikkioneill.com

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To request a review copy of “Love Will Lead You Home,” 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

WRITEUPS:
5/23/2018 - The Argonaut (Los Angeles local newspaper) 

https://argonautnews.com/guitar-heroine


INTERVIEWS:
Nov 2019 - Guitar Player Magazine

https://www.guitarplayer.com/players/the-foley-files-nikki-oneill

5/15/2019 - Porch Talk podcast 

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/porchtalk/episodes/2019-05-14T21_54_16-07_00

5/12/2019 - Tribe LA Magazine

https://tribelamagazine.com/nikki-oneill/

4/23/2019 - Voyage LA 

http://voyagela.com/interview/meet-nikki-oneill-nikki-oneill-playa-del-rey/

2/26/2018 - Interview in The Daily Country

http://thedailycountry.com/interviewsessential-8/essential-8-nikki-oneill-paul-menser

 


REVIEWS:
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

http://bluesinthesouth.com/graphics/BiTS_04_APRIL_2018.pdf 

3/1/2018 - Quote about ‘‘When Do I Tell Him’’ 

Very beautiful song (“When Do I Tell Him.”) You can hear the New Orleans vibe. The Neville Brothers probably would've liked this.

Ingemar Karlsson
Chief Reviewer, Jefferson Blues Magazine (Sweden)

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)

http://bluesinthesouth.com/graphics/BiTS_07_JULY_2017.pdf 


4/16/2017 - The Daily Country
Singer, songwriter, and guitar player Nikki O’Neill’s latest, Love Will Lead You Home, merges soul, rock and gospel on six songs that focus on the healing power of love. Except for the jubilant “I Will Cross Over,” which was written by Cody LePow, all of the songs on the EP were penned by O’Neill and her writing partner Paul Menser, including the emotional closer, “That’s What Love Can Do.” The soulful tune about meeting someone unexpected, opening your heart and ultimately reaping the benefits of a healthy and happy relationship caps the EP on an emotional note: celebratory for those who can relate and inspiring for the rest of us. 

“It’s a funny thing you know 
When two people say hello 
When no one knows exactly what to do 
But you don’t need to feel alone if  you know you’re really known by someone who brings out the best in you” 

Tara Joan 
Editor, The Daily Country (USA)

http://thedailycountry.com/album--single-reviews/nikki-oneill-thats-what-love-can-do 

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