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Nikki Yanofsky

Biography

NIKKI YANOFSKY (vocalist) is a musical prodigy who debuted at age of 12 at the Montreal International Jazz Festival. By 14, Nikki had performed and recorded with the New York Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra, Will.i.am, Wyclef Jean and Herbie Hancock. In 2008 she released her debut Ella... Of Thee I Swing, a live CD-DVD package recorded in Montreal which received a JUNO nomination.

In 2010, Nikki was a featured artist at the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games held in Vancouver performing in front of nearly half the world’s population at the opening and closing ceremonies. Subsequently, Nikki was also chosen to sing the Canadian Winter Olympic Anthem “I Believe”. This recording had the highest first-week sales of any Canadian artist in Soundscan history.

Nikki signed to Decca Records and released her first studio album, Nikki, in 2010. The album received incredible reception and charted in three countries. It was name by iTunes worldwide as the Vocal Jazz Album of The Year in their annual rewind list. 2010 also saw the release of Nikki’s critically acclaimed second DVD, Live in Montreal.

Proving her versatility, Nikki toured relentlessly in support of her debut studio album in venues ranging from arenas and festivals to clubs and theaters. In the fall of 2011 she toured France, which culminated in a sold-out show at the legendary Olympia Theatre. She has also performed with artists such as Quincy Jones, Il Divo, Jason Mraz, Elton John, Herbie Hancock, and Alfredo Rodriguez.

Throughout her career, Nikki has used her fame to support worthy causes, becoming an ambassador for the Montreal Children’s Hospital, The Children's Wish Foundation and MusiCounts. Nikki also joined her fellow Canadian artists in recording K’Naan’s hit song “Wavin’ Flag” for Young Artists for Haiti.

In May 2014, Yanofsky released her third album, Little Secret, executive produced by producing-arranging-songwriting legend Quincy Jones. The album was nominated for a JUNO in 2015.

Awards:

2009 - JUNO nomination for 'Vocal Jazz Album' for Ella...Of The I Swing
2011 - JUNO nomination for 'Vocal Jazz Album' for Nikki
2015 - JUNO nomination for 'Pop Album of the Year' for Little Secret