Nicolette first came to the music world’s attention in 1990, when her collaboration with Shut Up and Dance led to her first single “School of the World/Single Minded People” becoming a smash, followed by several more dancefloor hits and finally the 1992 release of her critically acclaimed first album “Now Is Early”. She was then approached by Massive Attack, which resulted in her singing on and co-writing two singles “Sly” and “Three” on Massive Attack’s 1994 platinum-selling ‘Protection’ album.
In 1995, Nicolette was signed to Gilles Peterson’s Talkin’ Loud (Mercury Records) label, releasing “No Government”, the first single from her new album, the same year. After several more groundbreaking single and video releases, the album ‘Let No-one Live Rent Free In Your Head’ was released in 1996 and widely hailed as a masterpiece. It was a critical and commercial success, also hitting the dance floors with a plethora of excellent remixes of each of its singles.
In 2011 was Samuel Yirga’s album ‘Guzo’, (Real World Records) on which Nicolette featured on two songs, “I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun”, and “African Diaspora”. This album was number 1 on the World Music Charts. Nicolette’s next Early Records’ release was a six-track EP, ‘Modern Stories’. It featured Electronica mixes by distinguished producers Michael Fakesch, DJ Click, Majiker, and Septimus. Since 2016, Nicolette has been working on a new album (‘The Infinitive’) which will be out shortly, and the first single from out it, “Simple Life” is out now. Nicolette has played most major venues and festivals worldwide, and her music has featured in major films and TV.
Nicolette’s “lush, angelic vocals and profound lyrics” are the heart-centred thread that unites all her songs. The combining of her sensual vocal style (reminiscent of 30s and 40s jazz and blues singers) with hyper-modern backdrops has created her trademark sound, a sort of 21st century populist jazz, an electro-synth bouncy blues. Her sound is infused with a mysticism and insight that is powerful and feminine. Nicolette writes songs, she says, to empower herself and other people so that “we may remember who we are”. And this brings joy, which is a simple right of life” she says. “Basically, I’m telling the simple truth that everyone knows.” Nicolette insists that the bottom line, the final word on her songs is love. “I write songs to create an atmosphere of love whenever they are played. Anything that isn’t love will go out of the window at that moment, because they are purely from the heart.”