Nikki & Rich take over the Roxy this Saturday, March 5th with Johnny Swim, Jayme Dee, and DJ Taryn Manning! If you recognize some of their tunes it’s probably because the duo has been featured in various TV shows including HBO’s Entourage, Hellcats, One Tree Hill, and 90210 just to name a few. The duo comprises of the sassy soul voiced Nikki Leonti, and NY-born established hip-hop/R&B producer Rich Velonskis who has worked in collaboration with Robin Thicke, Game, TI, Mel-B, Hayes, Vi, Missy Elliot, Mario, Eve and Ludacris, under the name Rich Skillz. Nikki was brought up a pastor’s daughter and got her vocals started as a church gospel singer, while Rich started spinning at clubs as a DJ at the age of 16, and if you think at first their opposite backgrounds might give them grounds to clash, get ready to believe that opposites do attract when you listen to the music these two have made together.
The duo describes their style as “Alicia meets the Supremes while hanging out with Lauryn Hill listening to Outkast’s ‘Hey Ya’”, and after listening to their mid-60’s soul inspired tracks, that is exactly where they intend to take you. But don’t think the big band tunes are all this duo can tackle. Some of their songs on their upcoming album also feature R&B, pop, even Hip Hop influenced tracks, and Nikki agrees “It’s a great balance to incorporate both worlds”. They no doubt succeed in balancing those worlds with their singles “Next Best Thing” and the doo wop sensation “Cat & Mouse”.
Their EP ‘Next best Thing’ is available now on iTunes, and keep a lookout for their upcoming debut album “Everything” this coming spring 2011. You can check out more on nikkiandrich.com for more info, upcoming shows and a free song download for their track “Just Ain’t The Same”.
Johnnyswim is a Los Angeles based duo composed of Amanda Sudano and Abner Ramirez. Writing and singing together since the spring of 2006, their similar influences of folk, soul, and rock blend together to create what others have described as “Lauryn Hill meets John Mayer”. The duo’s EP “1-4” is available on iTunes.
DJ Taryn Manning is no doubt a triple threat in the entertainment industry. Aside from being an actress in Hollywood with films under her belt such as “Hustle and Flow” “8 Mile” and “Sons of Anarchy” to name a few, Taryn also has released albums with her band Boomkat, and a thriving DJ career to boast too. For more information check her out at www.tarynmanning.com.
Jaymee Dee is a new upcoming artist with lots to offer in her early career. Her single “Love Whiplash” became a youtube sensation, and joins other youtube covers of her favorite songs and artists. For more information check her out at www.jaymedee.com
Come show your support and get ready to get mixed up and blown away with Nikki & Rich’s big sassy soul. Tickets for the March 5th show with opening acts Johnnyswim, Dj Taryn Manning, and Jaymee Dee are available online and at The Roxy box office.