This multidimensional musician grew up listening to Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Tony Bennett, and Quincy Jones. Nikka Costa didn’t need to buy records or even attend concerts to witness the musical genius of these artists; all she had to do was visit her dad’s studio. Her dad was arranger/producer Don Costa and he worked with some of the biggest names in the industry. Perhaps that’s why Nikka has such a layered, eclectic sound, which flows between pop, funk, rock, and R&B all without missing a beat. Her single, "Nylons In A Rip," from the recent Pro *Whoa! EP definitely has a rock vibe, but the artist’s soulful delivery opens up the track, allowing it to transcend genres.
Nikka split her time between Los Angeles and Europe as a child. The goddaughter of Frank Sinatra actually landed her first gig at the age of five opening for Don Ho. Her 1981 recording of "(Out Here) On My Own” from Fame was a big splash on the European charts. Several successful albums followed in Central America, Europe, Israel, and South America. Nikka ended up becoming a star in Germany before heading to Australia where her album, Butterfly Rocket, earned a nomination for "Best New Artist" at the Australian Recording Industry Association Awards. After signing with the Cheeba Sound label, she was still relatively unknown back in the U.S. That all changed when Tommy Hilfiger used her single, "Like a Feather," in an advertisement. Suddenly, Virgin Records was interested in broadening Nikka’s appeal and issued Everybody Got Their Something in 2001 on a much grander scale. The song, “Push & Pull,” even managed to find its way into the movie Blow starring Johnny Depp. She released can'tneverdidnothinâ in 2005, followed by Pebble to a Pearl in 2008. Nikka’s fiery personality and irrefutable talent is truly captivating, making us dedicated fans of the almost undefinable artist.
Check out Nikka’s video for “Nylons In A Rip” below before heading over to I AM THAT GIRL’s YouTube channel. While you’re there, don’t forget to tune into our Music Mondays playlist, which is updated every week.
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