Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Web site: http://www.TheNRGband.com
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NICOLE HART & THE NRG BAND is the natural progression in the evolution of Blues, Funk, Soul & R&B, aggressively combining a seductive, exciting, funky feel with the soulful nuances of The Blues. Under the direction of producer, arranger, and keyboardist Lance Ong (David Sanborn, Grand Funk Railroad, Pointer Sisters), the mission of this consortium is to bring intense, provocative music & a completely satisfying show to the audience. NICOLE HART & THE NRG BAND have been bringing audiences to their feet at festivals & venues all throughout the Northeast. Lance Ong's masterful command of the keyboards is undisputed, & bringing the funky feel to the fore is virtuosic bassist Vonnie Hudson (The Shades), whose mesmerizing grooves lock tight with hard-hitting drummer Joe Piteo (Gil Parris, The Hopeless Romantics.) NICOLE HART & THE NRG BAND deliver an action packed, high performance concert guaranteed to get folks boogying!
Nicole Hart (Lead Vocals)
"Don't let Atlanta, GA native Nicole Hart's movie star good looks fool you. She can belt out vocals with the best in music. With her full rich tone, impeccable phrasing and precise pitch it's obvious that she is a singer's singer."
~ Sandy Mack, Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation
Her impressive resume includes work with a variety of music greats such as Harry Belafonte, Billy Joel & Michael Bolton as well the distinction of being the first ever white singer for the R&B supergroup, The Shirelles.
Hand chosen by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Shirley Alston, Nicole recalls, “I responded to an ad in the NYC paper, "The Village Voice", for a black vocalist. I ran through my qualifications for the musical director over the phone. When he invited me to come down, ‘Just one thing,’ I said, ‘...I’m not black…’ Pause. ‘Well, come down anyway,’ he said. I sang for Shirley & she hired me on the spot.”
Straddling the diverse musical terrain as defined by such icons as Susan Tedeschi, Janiva Magness, Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, & Janis Joplin, Nicole's timeless, powerful, intoxicating voice is beautifully soul-sweet ~ silky, then gritty ~ classic, yet absolutely contemporary. She is renowned for her electrifying stage presence.
Nicole, originally from Atlanta, GA, composed her first song at age 12. “There’s a piece of me in every lyric I write; emotion I’ve felt, situations I’ve experienced, even wisdom I’ve gained. I write what is true for me.”
Grammy-nominee Gil Parris (David Sanborn, Blood, Sweat & Tears) is one of very few artists who have 5 nationally released albums in over four different genres: Blues, R&B, Smooth Jazz, & traditional Jazz. "Gil Parris shines through as the brightest star in the genre since Larry Carlton" -Guitar One Magazine
Dave Gross is a 22 year old guitar phenomenon who recently released his second CD produced by former "Roomful of Blues" guitarist, Duke Robillard, & has won a nomination from the Blues Foundation as Best New Artist for 2007.
Heinekin USA Concert Series, Isaac Hayes’ Hot Buttered Soul BBQ, Central Park SummerStage, South Street Seaport, Fairfield Theatre. Park Avenue Concert, Tito Puente’s, Spiritstock Fest, Harley Davidson 30th Anniversary, The Turning Point, Hard Rock Café, B.B. King’s, The Riverhead Blues Fest, Warwick Winery Blues Fest, Croton-on-Hudson Music Fest, Cedar Beach Blues Fest, Bayou Music Fest, Danbury Summer Festival of the Arts, Cornwall RiverFest, Botany Blues Fest, Vail-Leavitt Music Hall, The Stanhope House, Joyous Lake, Mexicali Blues, Boulton Centre for the Arts, Dinosaur BarBQue, Westport Fest, Triumph Brewing Company, Great South Bay Music Festival, The Stone Pony, Verizon Fios Concert, Habitat For Humanity Concert, Red Bank Festival, Vail-Leavitt Theatre, Joyous Lake, Hudson County Political Caucus, Grand Central Summer Series, J.P. Morgan Park Ampitheatre, Danbury CityCenter Summer Festival of the Arts, Warwick Winery Blues Festival, Botany Blues Fest, Harpin’ Help, Paula Jean’s Supper Club, Journal Square Concert Series, Sweet Sounds Downtown Westfield Jazz Series, Blues 2005 Fest, and many more!
Record label scouts take note: Nicole Hart & The NRG Band gots chops! The independently-released "Live NRG" (***) is a splendid showcase for frontwoman Hart and the NRG Band. ~ BLUESCRITIC.COM
Imagine a classic band fronted by a beautiful blonde with a gospel voice and all the moves of Tina Turner. Get the picture? ~ THE WORKING MUSICIAN
Wrote the book on putting on a perfect show. Their sound treated the blues in the highest regard. They exemplify how the blues doesn’t have to be just a simple twelve-bar phrase. ~ GOOD TIMES MAGAZINE
Nicole Hart of NRG...This blonde bombshell’s sweet, sultry and energetic vocals brought the audience into her hands. ~ THE JOURNAL NEWS
Nicole Hart belts out the Blues. She’s a Heartbreaker! ~ NORTH SHORE SUN
A big sound steeped in Jazz, R&B, Blues & Rock with incredibly soulful vocals. This band really knows how to cook with a blazing musical bonfire. ~ MUSICMORSELS
These spectacular vocalists and instrumentalists bring their considerable talents together to rock your world. Fronted by the dynamic Nicole Hart, they are Rhythm & Blues at its finest!
~ BARRELHOUSE BLUES, USA TODAY HOT SITE
Great keyboard work by Lance Ong & vocals from Nicole Hart. ~ BLUES REVUE
First Rate Rhythm & Blues show! ~~Mike Moss, Producer, BLUES 2005 FESTIVAL
The group is one hard workin’, soulfunkin’, blues jumpin’ R&B revue. ~ RHYTHM & NEWS MAGAZINE
A top notch band of immense talents...something special in a world cluttered with the ‘next best things’...this band IS the next best thing. ~ UNITED JERSEY BLUES NETWORK
Ms. Hart unleashes a torrent of emotion~ NEW YORK BLUES & JAZZ SOCIETY REVIEWS
TOUR DE FORCE. Hart can give Sade a blues make over that is simply moving. ~ LONG ISLAND BLUES SOCIETY REVIEWS
January 28th through February 4th, 2007 – featured on nationally syndicated BLUES DELUXE radio show on over 100 stations in over 100 cities
The Journal News lists us as one of their TOP PICKS
Lance Ong...an amazing artist to listen to and trust me, your eyes will be glued to his performance. Ong's performance during "Treasure" was electrifying and magnetizing...collaborating with Ms. Hart's very soulfully charged vocals. ~ CONNECTICUT EXCURSIONZ MAGAZINE CONCERT REVIEWS
Music, Video, Image and Lyric Samples:
01-iheard.mp3.mp3 - This song is a protest against apathy, be it with your relationships, your work life, or with the politics of your country, while it's "raining on the other side of the world"