Nikka Costa to release new album “Nikka & Strings, Underneath and In Between” on June 2nd 2017

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Nikka Costa who is best known for 2001 album “Everybody Got Their Something”, which featured the hit single “Like A Feather”, is back with her first new full album since 2011’s “ProWoah” EP.

Entitled “Nikka & Strings, Underneath and In Between” – the new album, which will be released on June 2nd, 2017, sees the celebrated soul, funk and blues singer dipping her toes in a refreshing collection of songs backed by a luscious string quartet.

Nikka is back in full swing with a collection of heartfelt songs that gives the listener more intimate and personal insight into her unique musical style than ever before.

One of the fascinating inspirations behind the new album was her father’s (Don Costa) original arrangement of “Come Rain Or Come Shine”, one of Frank Sinatra’s classics. One day, Nikka was cleaning out her office and discovered an arrangement that her father wrote for Sinatra which was originally written for a 50 piece orchestra. Nikka wanted to record her own version of her father’s original arrangement, but decided to record it with a string quartet. It was this idea that set the tone of the new album “Nikka & Strings, Underneath and In Between”.

Another highlight on the new album is Nikka’s homage to Prince on her rendition of the classic “Nothing Compares 2 U”. Six months before Prince’ untimely death, Nikka and her band had been performing the song at her live shows.

She says: “It was always a favourite song of ours. It’s such an amazing song with such a clear and concise message. With strings it really hit home again for a lot of people”.

Now, whenever Nikka performs her version of “Nothing Compares 2 U” in front of a live audience, it’s an overwhelming and emotional experience. “We all had our own special relationship with Prince”, says Nikka. “Whether you were a fan or a friend of his. Whenever I sang it and to this day it puts a really emotional charge in the room”.

Recorded in just one day, the new album is produced by Justin Stanley (Eric Clapton, Prince, Beck, Jamie Lidell) and Bob Clearmountain (Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Rolling Stones) at Henson Studios in Los Angeles. “Nikka & Strings” was also mixed and engineered by Clearmountain. The new album sees a deeply emotional and poignant collection of heartfelt songs performed with vulnerability, passion and honesty. The songs are a testament of Nikka’s special way of combining soul, blues, and funk into her own signature style.

Growing up as legendary producer and music arranger, Don Costa’s (Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra) daughter, Nikka broke on to the music scene with an intuitive sensibility for the soulful sound from 2001’s “Everybody Got Their Something” album that has since kept her place as a forerunner among the new breed of soul singers. During this time, she toured with Prince, Lenny Kravitz, Coldplay and Beck, recorded with Mark Ronson, was nominated for an MTV Music Award and had hit singles in Europe. Known for her dynamic and energetic live performances Nikka's voice and stage presence has often been compared with Janis Joplin, Chaka Khan and Sly Stone.

The new album also features a new song co-written with Justin Parker (Lana Del Rey). When they co-wrote the song, Nikka and Justin talked about their feelings surrounding the times when you lose someone dear to you. They wanted to create a song that talked about how people always have so much to say to someone once they are gone. “It’s important to say it when they are alive”, reflects Nikka. Entitled “Arms Around You”, it’s one of the most personal, emotionally charged and deeply moving icing-on-the-cake highlights from the new album.

1. Nothing Compares 2 U (5:20)
2. Ain't That Peculiar (3:28)
3. Love To Love You Less (4:35)
4. Come Rain Or Come Shine (3:53)
5. Cry To Me (2:40)
6. Arms Around You (3:24)
7. Headfirst (5:20)
8. Lover You Should've Come Over (6:44)
9. Silver Tongue (4:22)
10. Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying (3:41)
11. Stormy Weather (4:57)