Who am I? I dunno… I guess I’m just a girl with a passion. BIG TIME. I’m the girl who goes, keeps going, not knowing where the road is heading. That has lead me to where I am and who I am today.
Hello, my name is Nikki! I’m an artist… Known to some, unknown to others. That challenges me. I want you to know me. Not necessarily by what I tell you but I want my music to speak as I am much better at expressing myself that way.
I’ve had quite a journey so far… Music has always been in my blood. My mum loves to tell people that I used to hum melodies before I could even speak. Funny, right?
As a child, not a day went by that I didn’t sing my heart out at some point, so, at the age of 8, my mum got me on stage and in singing groups.
At 14 my parents thought it was a bright idea to move the family over from Perth, Australia, to Sint-Oedenrode in The Netherlands. With a population of some 15.000 people you can imagine what a change it was.
But you know me… I just go, and keep going! I soon joined bands and got back on stage. As time went on, my passion for music grew and it became a high priority for me. By the time I was 19, I felt I had qualified as a professional singer. (Don’t you just love the sound of that… PROFESSIONAL SINGER… It never grows old!). I was out at least five nights a week singing. Paid gigs, jam sessions, studio stuff, organising occasional events of my own, writing songs and loving it!
Somehow I couldn’t quite get where I wanted to, so after a couple of years living that life, I felt I had more to offer, more potential. So I did something I never thought I would do… Registered to participate on Dutch Idol. And what do you know… I ended up winning the darn thing! You can’t image the rollercoaster that puts you in. I must say, it was fantastic, but I never lost sight of my real goals.
To me, winning Idol was never a goal, but a part of my journey. A very exciting part, haha. Got a taste of fame, which was just as interesting as it was fun, but still I had a goal and I had to keep going…
Unfortunately (what an awful word, right?), all my goals and dreams were put to an utter stop when, after a reasonably successful album, “Naked”, and 2 huge hit singles, “Bring Me Down” and “What Did I Do”, I had large polyps removed from both vocal chords.
That was on the 1st day of October, 2009, the date my life was forced to change. The doctor had said that the procedure went well and when I came back for a check-up he was very pleased. Therefore, so was I.
Little could I have known at the time that the next two years would be spent rehabilitating to the point that the fire had just burnt out. I had had enough… I packed my bags and moved back to Australia expecting my singing days were behind me for good. Sydney, this time, where I started over, not knowing what to do with myself. A very difficult part of my life, but I won’t bore you with the details of that sob story :). The important part of it is that I figured it out, went with it and kept going.
That’s when, some time later, I met this awesome Aussie guitarist (this is where the story gets really good). He challenged me to give it another go and got me to join him on stage for one song. I wonder to this day, that if I had never met that man, would have ever gotten on stage again? Because for the first time in a long time, I got off the stage and remembered exactly why I chose that life in the first place. I am made for the stage! And fortunately… It is made for me. I just have to keep on keeping on.
And that’s what I’m doing, folks. I’m enjoying myself… Singing where I can, writing where I can all for the purpose of getting out that magical album that will show you who I am. And hopefully inspire you to get to know yourself through it as well! There it is, that’s my goal!
I keep getting closer, so I will just keep going!
So, 2016, here I come!!
P.S. Here’s a shoutout to Peter Northcote for being an awesome Aussie guitarist!