When you think of jazz music, you might think of really old classics sung by really old singers–beloved, but a little obsolete. That’s not what 23-year-old Montreal native Nikki Yanofsky thinks. This rising star is bringing jazz to a new generation with her fresh blend of jazz and pop. So far she’s performed at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, worked with artists like Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock, and has recently released an EP. Read on to meet her!
R: Hi Nikki! Can you tell us a little about yourself?
N: Hey! I’m Nikki Yanofsky, I enjoy long walks on the beach (preferably with like, five dogs), painting and a good book!
R: When did you first get into singing?
N: I’ve been singing since I could talk…I started to put on little shows around my house for my family as far back as I could remember. I started performing for a real audience (that weren’t obliged to tell me I was good) at twelve.
R: Who are your biggest inspirations?
N: Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, Amy Winehouse, and Bruno Mars. My favourite songwriter is Rod Temperton.
N: I want to bring jazz to a younger generation.
R: What’s your favorite song?
N: That’s very hard. I don’t have a favourite song! I would feel too bad singling one out. Songs represent snapshots of different moments for me. That’s like picking a favourite moment in my life. And when you think about it, life is just one big collection of moments, you can’t have one moment without the moment that came before or after it.
R: Where can people get your music?
N: Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, YouTube, etc. Pretty much everywhere.
R: Do you have any social media, and if so, what are the addresses?
R: Is there anything else you’d like to add or say to your fans?
N: Without you there is no this. I mean that. So thank you so much for listening to my music!
Written by Anna Tallarico
Photo credits: Alchetron, Donna Hopper