Life is about the journey. In her sophomore release, The Art of Letting Go, independent artist Tamika Nicole opens her journal and takes us on a funky, blues-style exploration of life-lessons learned and wisdom put to work. “This CD is about taking my experiences and delivering them in the most appropriate way,” says Tamika Nicole. “I took more risks with my music this time. You’ll hear everything from blues, funk, rock, and jazz. I’m an in-your-face girl and the production on this album reflects that.”
On her new project, Tamika has joined forces with producers Jimi Fischer and Jamie Hawkins. “I was looking for a sound that included blues, jazz and rock,” says Tamika. “Collaborating with these two versatile producers, we were able to draw on our various musical backgrounds to bring out the sound I’ve been searching for”.Tamika Nicole, known in the Bay Area for her raw, gritty sound and high-octane performances shows her versatility on her new release. Since its release, “The Art of Letting Go” has been burning up music charts in Europe and all over the internet. Tamika Nicole’s music is a favorite amongst Internet Bloggers and Music enthusiasts throughout over the world.
Born and raised in Oakland, CA, it wasn't until after Tamika Nicole finished college that she began to develop her gift as a vocalist. The long-time educator, who holds a Master’s in Education Administration, Tamika spent days working in corporations and classrooms and her nights performing, preparing for auditions or recording sessions. “There is a realness I get to draw from— like the frustrations of trying to balance career with a social life, community issues, dating, and all those things that concern GenXers like me as we work to achieve our dreams,” says Tamika.
While working on her latest project, Tamika Nicole has been setting the stage to broaden her music career. Her theatre credits in San Francisco include the 2007 productions of Hair and The Wizard of Oz. She has been a featured performer at San Francisco Grammy events, fundraisers for Terri Vaughn’s foundation, and Pete Escovedo’s Latin Jazz Club.
When describing her music, Tamika Nicole says that “I set out to make the best record I could,” she says. “I wanted to push the envelope musically on this one, and make the best music possible. I think we did that. To be able to write songs that will hopefully touch people, make them think, and help them in their journey is why I wake up in the middle of the night and write in my journal. It’s a realization of a dream for me.”
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Added by Yoshis on October 17, 2009