This week we feature the Soulfully Smooth, Nicole Henry who is one of the jazz world's most acclaimed vocalists, possessing dynamic vocal abilities, impeccable phrasing, and powerful emotional resonance. Nicole's passionate, soulful voice and heartfelt charisma have earned her a Soul Train Award for “Best Traditional Jazz Performance," and three Top-10 U.S. Billboard and HMV Japan jazz albums. Heralded by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Japan Times, El Pais, Jazz Times, Essence and more, Nicole tells real stories through peerless interpretations of repertoire from the American Songbook, classic and contemporary jazz, popular standards, blues and originals.
Nicole provides us a Top 10 Smooth list that includes Grover Washington, Jr., Patti LaBelle, Wham!, Phylis Hyman, Silk, Nancy Wilson, Commodores, Angela Bofill, Roy Ayers, and Teddy Pendergrass. You can find the link to Nicole’s Top 10 Smooth playlist on our website www.smoothicationexperience.com
We also discuss her 8th Annual Winter Concert on Saturday, December 19th, 2020 benefiting the Miami Music Project, which has emerged as a model for music education programs nationally, by offering after-school programming free of charge using music as an instrument of social change. Through the study and performance of music, they empower children to acquire values and achieve their full potential, positively affecting their society. To date, 100% of graduates have gone onto college on scholarship. They have reached almost 30,000 children across Miami-Dade County, becoming one of the largest socially transformative music initiatives in the U.S.