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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Nicole Bus - "Live @ NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert" [R'n'B, Soul, Funk]

Live @ NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

"Live @ NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert" music video by Nicole Bus
Added: 28-08-2019
Genre : R'n'B, Soul, Funk
Description : Nicole Bus: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Aug 21, 2019 | Abby O'Neill -- Emerging artist Nicole Bus, who was born and raised in Amsterdam, had an immediate presence about her — a glow that radiated from all 6'1" of her as she sauntered into the Tiny Desk area. She beamed a smile so infectious that her energy and aura were immediately felt. And this was before she graced us with her sultry voice.

Before launching into her performance, Nicole shared how meaningful this moment was and that playing at the tiny desk was a vision board aspiration she willfully manifested.

An ominous piano melody from keyboardist Eugene "Man Man" Roberts helped set an ever-evolving mood on the opening song, "You," along with a seamless blend of horns and flute. Nicole followed by premiering a new song about women's empowerment, "Love It," before closing with "Mr. Big Shot," an up-tempo banger mixing high-energy rhythms with ragga-influenced vocals.

Nicole Bus' sound is nostalgic. It's reminiscent of vintage R&B, yet still feels current, and can transcend age and demographics.

"Love It"
"Mr. Big Shot"

Nicole Bus: vocals, guitar; Anthony DeCarlo: guitar; Ray Bernard: bass; Eugene "Man Man" Roberts: MD/keys; Korey Riker: saxophone, flute; Chris Stevens: trumpet; Aaron Goode: trombone; Mark Thomas: drums; BASSicBlackEnt.: Musical Direction; Jasmine Patton: Background Singer; Lamarcus Eldridge: Background Singer

Producers: Abby O'Neill, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Beck Harlan, Jeremiah Rhodes, Maia Stern; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Production Assistant: Paul Georgoulis; Photo: Olivia Falcigno/NPR


Nicole Bus is a singer and songwriter with a potent, soul-rooted approach to contemporary R&B. Although she made her album debut on major-label EMI with The Heart of the Matter (2011), she truly broke through a couple years later as a quarterfinalist on The Voice of Holland. The exposure led to additional solo releases, including Magnolia (2017), and a deal with Roc Nation launched with the Needlz-produced single "You" (2018).

A broad assortment of music, including gospel, reggae, and pop, reached Nicole Bus as she grew up in her native Holland. At a young age, she was singing in church, and had started playing keyboards, making beats, and writing songs. After high school, she continued to study music and perform while attending Conservatorium van Amsterdam, traveling with groups throughout the Netherlands, Central America, Middle East, and Western and Southeast Asia. She eventually broke out on her own, releasing her debut EP in 2009 and winning the Grand Prize of the Netherlands in 2010, and then, signed with the Dutch division of major-label EMI, released her debut full-length, The Heart of the Matter, in 2011. Two years later, she competed in the fourth season of The Voice of Holland and reached the quarterfinals. Magnolia, her second album, along with the EP T.O.T.A., followed in 2017. Close work with producer Needlz (50 Cent, Bruno Mars, Cardi B) led to a deal with Roc Nation, the outlet for Bus' 2018 single "You." The emotive hip-hop soul throwback, seemingly inspired by Lauryn Hill and Jazmine Sullivan in roughly equal measures, was written in honor of black men. The Erykah Badu- and SZA-styled single "Mr. Big Shot" arrived in early 2019.

Tags : 2019, 10s, Nicole Bus