(05 March 2014 – Toronto, ON) – Canadian vocal jazz & pop sensation Nikki Yanofsky is back with her sophomore release Little Secret, available May 6 via A440 Entertainment and Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading Music Company.

Executive Produced by legend Quincy Jones, Little Secret combines pop-song structures with sophisticated harmonies, club-ready beats with punchy big-band horns, and earworm hooks with scat-singing solos. It’s all held together by her powerful delivery, as well as a newfound sass.

In the studio with Rob Kleiner and Dan Cinelli, Yanofsky brought together the immediacy of her pop work with the depth of her jazz. Her approach is epitomized by the track “Something New”, which cheekily adapts the hooks from Jones’s “Soul Bossa Nova” and Herbie Hancock’s “Watermelon Man” to a strutting groove, and features the full breadth of Nikki’s vocals, from a soulful roar to a kittenish growl.

“I’m excited to be back and to unveil Little Secret to the world,” said Yanofsky. “The process of making this album has really forced me to reflect on what I wanted to say and the quality of work I wanted to put out. I think I have separated from the kid to the adult and the artist that I am now, and I couldn’t be more excited to share this new music with the world.”

“Little Secret is the evolution of an immense talent,” commented Randy Lennox, President and CEO, Universal Music Canada.  “The master Quincy Jones has taken Nikki Yanofsky from ingénue to a young woman at the vanguard of her talents and we look forward to bringing this record to music lovers around the world.”

With Little Secret, Nikki has drawn on the impeccable taste and crossover wisdom of the album’s Executive Producer and her co-manager Quincy Jones, who has been bridging gaps between jazz and pop since the ‘60s. She had brought jazz into a pop context before, performing with Hancock in 2011 for the MusiCares Person of the Year tribute to Barbra Streisand, and singing at a Los Angeles tribute to Carole King with a big band conducted by Jones himself.

“For many years now, it has been both my dream and my goal to inspire young people to recognize and appreciate jazz and blues,” said Jones. “Nikki Yanofsky is a leading voice in a generation of young artists who are bringing the quality of music back up. Little Secret is the result of years of hard work, and her stab at bringing her influences to her own generation. I’m proud to be her Executive Producer and excited for the world to hear this album.”

Yanofsky was bitten by the jazz bug at an early age, and there was no denying her prodigious gifts: in 2005 at age eleven, she was singing guest spots in clubs, and the next year, wowed 100,000 people onstage at the jazz festival in her hometown, Montreal, Quebec. She could reproduce the trickiest scatting performances of her heroine, Ella Fitzgerald, with dead-on pitch and articulation, adding her own youthful verve. In 2008, she released her first album, Ella … of Thee I Swing as a CD/DVD package.

The album went Gold, was nominated for two Juno Awards (making her the youngest multiple-Juno nominee in history), and served as a remarkable calling-card. By 14, she had performed and recorded with the New York Philharmonic, Washington, D.C.’s National Symphony Orchestra, and Herbie Hancock – not to mention pop stars Will.i.am and Wyclef Jean.

On her first studio album, Nikki (2010), she spread her wings, penning some of her own tunes with help from Canadian indie hero Ron Sexsmith and Grammy winning singer/songwriter Jesse Harris. Produced by 14-time Grammy-winner Phil Ramone, Nikki ranged in style from the sashaying swing of “I Got Rhythm” to the stately sweep of the quadruple-platinum single, “I Believe”. In Canada, the album went gold, hit #1 on the jazz chart and #6 in pop and was nominated for the Vocal Jazz Album of the year.

Audiences far and wide caught on too: the album went gold in France and in the U.S., it debuted at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart for new artists. iTunes® worldwide declared it the Vocal Jazz Album of the Year.

 

Something New - Single Cover

Something New – Single Cover

Quincy Jones on Nikki Yanofsky:

“Nikki has ‘it.’ ‘It’ is when God lays his hand on the shoulder a little longer than other people. They have the instinct, the technical ability and the feeling, the soul. And that’s what Nikki has.”

Hear “it” for yourself, with this exclusive video of “Something New,” the first single from Yanofsky’s upcoming album, Little Secret.

WATCH SOMETHING NEW – CAPITOL STUDIOS VIDEO!

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If something about “Something New” sounded somehow familiar, you might have picked up on hooks from Jones’s “Soul Bossa Nova” and Herbie Hancock’s “Watermelon Man.”

CBC Music hung out with Yanofsky and Jones at Capitol Studios in Hollywood (the same studio Frank Sinatra first recorded in), getting some off-the-floor versions of songs from the new album, executive produced by Jones.  The session was Produced by Quincy Jones and CBC’s Jon Siddall.

Talk about a dream come true! Nikki performed with one of her true heroes of music, Stevie Wonder, on Saturday, April 13th. The event was a star studded concert at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas to celebrate the 80th birthday of Quincy Jones and Sir Michael Cain. Proceeds from the concert went to support the Keep Memory Alive foundation (www.keepmemoryalive.org)

Check out Nikki’s performance with Stevie Wonder of the classic that Ray Charles made famous, “Let the Good Times Roll”.

Nikki will be embarking on a Canadian jazz festival tour this Summer, previewing new music from her much anticipated new album Little Secret, which will be released later this year.   Nikki is very excited to be introducing a brand new band consisting of incredible young musicians from Boston, LA, and New York City.   Joining Nikki in her new band will be Will Wells – Musical Director and keyboards, Cale Hawkins on piano, Steve Maxwell on guitar, Evan Coniglio on bass, and Al Cleveland III on drums.  The show will feature music from Nikki’s GOLD certified, live CD and DVD debut Ella, Of Thee I Swing, her GOLD certified studio debut NIKKI, and her upcoming release Little Secret. Click onhttp://www.nikkiyanofsky.com/tour to see where you can check out Nikki this Summer!

A Letter to Claude Nobs

Claude,

I will never forget the time that you welcomed me and my family into your home in Switzerland. You showed me your awesome model train collection, pinball machines and of course your alphabetically ordered record collection that stretched further than the eye could see. You got up on a ladder, went up the the “E” section and generously offered me a copy of your rarest Ella recordings and as always, you kept your word and gave them to me. That’s just the kind of man you were.

When I heard the news of your passing today, my heart was broken into a million pieces. I am so blessed to have known you, to share a birthday with you :) and to have shared a stage with you (you got up with me and started wailing on that harmonica in I’d Rather Go Blind). Thank you for those memories, thank you for supporting jazz for all these years and thank you for all you’ve done for music and the world in general.

I had never met anyone as passionate as you. You always had a smile on your face, you had such joie de vivre. Your warm heart and your kind soul will not be forgotten.

RIP Claude Nobs
February 8, 1936 – January 10, 2013

I’D RATHER GO BLIND (Nikki with the Quincy Jones Global Gumbo All Stars featuring Alfredo Rodriguez on piano and special guest Claude Nobs on harmonica!)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6KLiZIcwys&feature=youtu.be

Nikki was honoured to take part in a star-studded tribute to the legendary singer-songwriter Carole King last night, which was also a fundraiser for the late Paul Newman’s innovative camp entitled The Painted Turtle.  You can find out more information about this important camp that has hosted thousands of children with serious medical conditions since 2004, by going to www.thepaintedturtle.org

Check out some photos from the great night of music and fundraising!

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Nikki opened up to Yahoo! about her creative process, helping out those in need and gives advice on how teens should cope with bullying.

Check out the article below!

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/dailybrew/yahoo-exclusive-teen-vocalist-nikki-yanofsky-advises-bullied-150255388.html

In this photograph, Nikki is wearing a P2G bracelet. Power2gether is an education-based movement that informs students about bullying and related issues while empowering them. For more information on Power2gether, visit www.power2gether.org

 

Nikki opened up to Yahoo! about her creative process, helping out those in need and gives advice on how teens should cope with bullying.

Check out the article below!

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/dailybrew/yahoo-exclusive-teen-vocalist-nikki-yanofsky-advises-bullied-150255388.html

In this photograph, Nikki is wearing a P2G bracelet. Power2gether is an education-based movement that informs students about bullying and related issues while empowering them. For more information on Power2gether, visit www.power2gether.org

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Last week, Nikki was in Toronto to headline Yorkdale’s Swarovski Crystal Wonderland and The Globe and Mail thought it would be fun to ask her about the live music venues she loves. Rounding out her choices were a few historic places Nikki has been fortunate enough to perform at over the years.

Click the link below to hear Nikki’s stories about these great live music venues!

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/travel/destinations/nikki-yanofskys-favourite-music-venues/article5673730/