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

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

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

SHORT BIOGRAPHY:

Nikki O'Neill is an Americana singer, guitar player and songwriter, deeply influenced by soul music. 

She plays lead as well as rhythm guitar.

Her two 2018 singles — ‘‘When Do I Tell Him” and ‘‘Where Luck Can Find Me”— and her 2017 EP, “Love Will Lead You Home,” received airplay from over 100 Americana/Blues/Rock radio stations in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia. They’ve also received positive reviews by roots music press in Europe.

Nikki performs actively in Southern California with her band, featuring Joshua Pessar, Rob Fresco and Rich Lackowski.

Official website: nikkioneill.com

 


MEDIUM BIOGRAPHY:

Nikki O'Neill is an Americana singer, guitar player and songwriter, deeply influenced by soul music. She's based in Los Angeles.

She plays lead as well as rhythm guitar.

Radio Play, Press Reviews

Her two 2018 singles — ‘‘When Do I Tell Him” and ‘‘Where Luck Can Find Me”— and her 2017 EP, “Love Will Lead You Home,” received airplay from over 100 Americana/Blues/Rock radio stations in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia. They’ve also received positive reviews by roots music press in Europe.

2018 and 2019 

Nikki performs actively in Southern California with her band, featuring Joshua Pessar, Rob Fresco and Rich Lackowski. She also does a few acoustic shows with the band and some solo performances.

Her next release, a full-length album, will be out in 2019.

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

Official website: nikkioneill.com

 


LONG BIOGRAPHY:  

Nikki O’Neill is an Americana singer, guitar player and songwriter, deeply influenced by soul music. She was born in Los Angeles and is currently based there, but she grew up in Stockholm, Sweden. 

She plays lead as well as rhythm guitar.

Radio Play, Press Reviews

Nikki's second 2018 single, ‘‘When Do I Tell Him’’ is a classic rhythm & blues breakup ballad with an emotive guitar solo by Joshua Pessar. Nikki's visits to New Orleans and the old Chess Records studio in Chicago inspired the music.  

The first single, ‘‘Where Luck Can Find Me,’’ is a Spectoresque take on Americana. Nikki plays lead guitar on the track.

She 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, both singles and her 2017 EP, “Love Will Lead You Home,” received airplay from over 100 Americana/Blues/Rock radio stations in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia. They’ve also received positive reviews by roots music press in Europe.

Nikki co-produced her singles and EP with Ted Wulfers at 663 Sound studios in LA (Wulfers is a solo artist and multi-instrumentalist who also engineered her EP.)

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 

Nikki is also the author of the rock guitar instruction e-book “Women’s Road to Rock Guitar” (Alfred Music) and she's been a contributing writer for Guitar Player magazine. 

2018 and 2019  

Nikki performs actively in Southern California with her band, featuring Joshua Pessar, Rob Fresco and Rich Lackowski. She also does a few acoustic shows with the band and some solo performances.

Her next release, a full-length album, will be out in 2019.

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

Official website: nikkioneill.com

 

EP 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

Biography

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  3. 3 Wait No More 03:01 Info
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  5. 5 In the Waking Moments of the Day 01:53 Info
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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:

 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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Press photos

Nikki O'Neill. Photo: Chris Moseman.

Nikki O'Neill. Photo: Chris Moseman.

Photo: Chris Moseman

Photo: Chris Moseman

Photo: Chris Moseman

Photo: Chris Moseman

"Love Will Lead You Home." Cover art: Nikki O'Neill, Chris Moseman. Photo: Nikki O'Neill.

"Love Will Lead You Home." Cover art: Nikki O'Neill, Chris Moseman. Photo: Nikki O'Neill.

‘‘Where Luck Can Find Me.’’ Cover art: Nikki O'Neill, Chris Moseman. Photo: Rich Lackowski, Nikki O'Neill.

‘‘Where Luck Can Find Me.’’ Cover art: Nikki O'Neill, Chris Moseman. Photo: Rich Lackowski, Nikki O'Neill.

‘‘When Do I Tell Him.’’ Cover art: Nikki O'Neill, Chris Moseman. Photo: Rich Lackowski.

‘‘When Do I Tell Him.’’ Cover art: Nikki O'Neill, Chris Moseman. Photo: Rich Lackowski.