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Nikka Costa

The daughter of famed arranger/producer Don Costa and goddaughter of her father's longtime client, Frank Sinatra, R&B vocalist Nikka Costa is no stranger to the music business. Born on June 4, 1972, she landed her first gig at age five, when she opened for the Hawaiian entertainer Don Ho. Two years later, a young Costa wowed 300,000 Police fans in Chile. The burgeoning singer was a natural talent, and her childhood gigs paved the way for a fruitful career.

Costa went back and forth between Los Angeles and Europe, enjoying her youth while molding a sophisticated music career. She made her studio debut in 1981 with a recording of "(Out Here) On My Own," a song from the musical Fame, and watched as the 45rpm record climbed to the top of the European charts. She released several albums throughout Europe, Israel, Central and South America, most of them going platinum. Whirlwind success, however, was matched by her exciting life at home, as Costa spent time in her father's recording studio alongside luminaries like Quincy Jones, Sly Stone, and Sammy Davis, Jr.

Nikka Costa's late teens were spent atop the German charts, and by the time she reached her mid-twenties, she called Australia home. She became a favorite in the Outback, landing a deal with Mushroom Records and issuing Butterfly Rocket in the mid-'90s. The album help garner Costa a nomination for "Best New Artist" at the annual Australian Recording Industry Awards.

The new millennium sparked a new scene for Nikka Costa. Now a mature woman with a fiery spark of determination and passion, the red-headed siren's songwriting expanded into an alluring art, and her urban vocals sashayed with class and raw sexiness. She soon signed with the Aussie label Cheeba Sound, home to soon-to-be labelmate D'Angelo. The sultry single "Like a Feather" marked Costa's almost ignored debut in fall 2000 when the cut was used in a Tommy Hilfiger advert. Virgin Records took notice, however, and properly re-introduced Nikka Costa to the world in spring 2001 with the full-length release of Everybody Got Their Something. She returned in May of 2005 with Can'tneverdidnothin' and supported the album by touring with one of its guest stars, Lenny Kravitz. Pebble to a Pearl followed in 2008, furthering her synthesis of funk, soul, and contemporary R&B. ~ MacKenzie Wilson, Rovi
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Amazing talent and she's got the whole package: Great writer, musician, and performer! How is it that someone as truly gifted as Nikka remains relatively unknown to the general populous despite the respect shown by industry leaders familiar with her work. I think it's partially the lack of airplay for the funk genre which isn't given its due commercially although hugely popular to dance enthusiasts worldwide. The marriage of soulful vocals & powerful lyrics to high-energy, groove oriented rhyt
prize_1
Saw her years ago at the TLA in Philly, will never forget her performance. Soulful, talented, energetic, and stunning. Hope to see her in the ATL soon.
Saw her open for Kravitz about 10 yrs ago. Man, she made sure everyone in the crowd payed attention to her yelling at the crowd to get off their lazy asses & by the time her set was over she had everyone up going crazy. This girl is the bomb.
reenapeterso n
LOVE THIS GIRL!!
nikka gets me there and keeps me there
great bio. wonder why she is so unknown here yet. ( lover j you be on my mind brotha.)
switte85
good for a boink i guess i dunno bout those vocals though.
Nikka is so awesome. I have all her stuff. She's great
I remember when she drop her single in 01' and her video aired on panet groove on bet
adryongross
She's my favorite! Seeing her on 1/20 for the 17th time!
bidezine8859
Wow! Never heard of her until today. She's a great vocalist and songwriter.
Man I was wondering what happened to Nikki Costa! I am glad to see she is still doing her thang! Loved the song mama!
One of my favorite songs would be Push&Pull... i t was one of the songs on the soundtrack to the movie Blow...aweso m e song!
Nikka is the s**t. Love her!
I love Nikka! And everyone I ever played her music for now loves her too!
funky woman!
gofofunk
Love me sum Nikka, she sure can saaaang!! woo!
Her singing of "Corners of My Mind" reminds me a lot of Aretha Franklin. A little too much? Hmmmmmm.
Hummm...

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