About Nicole Berke
Nicole Berke is a young up-and-coming pianist/singer/songwriter from Cambridge, MA. With a unique, soulful sound and lyrics that are poetic and personal, she connects with audiences in an honest and authentic way. Her music has been compared to a wide variety of artists, including Fiona Apple, Aretha Franklin, The Beatles and Joni Mitchell.
Nicole has grown up with music all of her life. With two musicians as her parents, her love of music started at a very young age. At seven years old, she began studying classical piano and paired this with her passion for singing when she started writing songs at the age of thirteen. She began playing and singing the blues at sixteen and frequently attended a weekly blues jam at the Acton Jazz Cafe, where she further developed her piano and vocal abilities. In the fall of 2005 she began attending UMass Amherst, where she met and teamed up with bassist Jesse Cafiero. Accompanied by Jesse's talent on acoustic bass, Nicole recorded and released a six-song demo, "Rise" in 2006, which put her out on the scene as "a musician to watch". In September of 2007, Nicole and Jesse moved to Cambridge, MA and are currently gaining increasing exposure by frequenting open mics and playing at many different venues in the Boston area.
In February of 2008, Nicole finished her debut studio recording, the self-released "Frondescence EP". Backed by Jesse Cafiero on upright bass and Rory O'Connor on drums, every song on the EP has it's own individuality, from the opening soul groove of 'C'mon' to the closing dynamic swells of the title track 'Frondescence.' Nicole is looking forward to playing more gigs with her band and building her fan base throughout the Northeast.