About Nikki Shae
Caledon East, Canada
Very few singers have that unique sound that sets them apart from the rest. Nikki Shae is one of those artists. She’s got a sound so distinctively her own.
From a small town just north of Toronto, Canada, Nikki grew up on a horse farm where her family raced thoroughbred horses for a living. She’s a natural country girl. When she was only 3 years old, Nikki started singing when her mother noticed something very different in her voice. She didn’t sound like most little girls her age, so she signed her up for singing lessons. At first Nikki was practicing scales and singing basic classical tunes. However, even then she knew she wanted something more. Nikki wanted to sing radio hits.
Some of Nikki’s influences include Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Nettles, and Sara Evans just to name a few.
Nikki has been writing songs since the age of eleven. She has always found that writing lyrics and melodies came easily to her. The process of creating a song from start to finish is one that always has, and still exhilarates her. Nikki has written many songs that are just waiting to come alive.
After high school Nikki chose to study Entertainment Management at a private school in Toronto to gain a thorough understanding of the music business and to ensure she was armed to succeed in it. She graduated with top honors and was able to make some great connections.
Shortly after graduation Nikki teamed up with a management team in New York City. Life in Manhattan definitely proved she was far from home on the farm. They spent the following year developing Nikki as a Pop/R&B artist, and although she put everything into it, she soon realized this was not who she was as an artist. Traveling back and forth to NYC and L.A., working with producers, and performing live helped strengthen and develop Nikki’s stage presence and business sense. Although she realized that the Pop/R&B genre was not her path, it still gave Nikki valuable experience for the next big step in her music career.
Nikki’s breakthrough came when she entered an Idol competition in hopes to win money for recording. She decided to stick with her roots and sing a Country song; Shania Twain’s “Up”. Nikki had been told for years that her voice and the way she writes from her heart suited Country music best. Her performance that night was phenomenal and the audience ate it up! Nikki knew without a doubt that this was the music she was meant to sing and she loves it!
Nikki recently taught herself how to play the guitar. She’s been writing, recording, and performing her own original country songs which led to her trip to music city, Nashville, Tennessee in January 2011. She spent her time there co-writing with a few amazing songwriters which resulted in 13 new songs. Nikki recorded 3 of her new songs with veteran producer Kent Wells at the famous Sound Kitchen in Franklin, TN.