Nicole HENRY – The Nearness of You 2004

Nicole HENRY – The Nearness of You 2004


Nicole Henry’s beautiful and distinctive voice continues to gain fans around the world. She has been awarded “Best Vocal Jazz Album of 2005” and “Best New Jazz Artist of 2004” by HMV/Japan, sharing their annual awards with other renowned artists such as Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Jane Monheit and Joshua Redman. The Nearness of You, her debut CD released in 2004 for the U.S. and Japan, ranked #2 on HMV’s Jazz Charts in Japan, second only to Norah Jones, and remained in the TOP 10 for over three months. It also reached #27 on the JazzWeek U.S. radio charts. Her March 2005 CD project with the Eddie Higgins Trio, Teach Me Tonight, was released in Japan and Korea and spent three weeks at #1 on the HMV Jazz Charts, 11 weeks in the Top 10.

Henry’s voice “aims for the emotional center” as she commands and captures the complete attention of the audience, telling real stories while also bringing a sense of ‘joie de vivre.’ She’s performed at the Rainbow Room with the Cab Calloway Orchestra, and the Lincoln Center with the Juilliard Jazz Octet; at jazz festivals including the 2006 Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival; for the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild in Pittsburgh; at jazz clubs such as The Dakota in Minneapolis and Arturo Sandoval’s Jazz Club in Miami; throughout central Mexico with her tribute concert to Billie Holiday; for senators and congressional representatives at the Democratic National Convention and the Congressional Black Caucus; at numerous private engagements and fundraisers; and for charitable causes benefiting Arts Education and AIDS awareness with organizations such as: AIDS Alliance, the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, I Have a Dream Foundation, and the Black AIDS Organization; and she often acts as a guest speaker for school children. She’s also performed in Korea, Japan, Mexico and London and been interviewed, highly reviewed, and mentioned by such media as Swing Journal, Prairie Home Companion,, Sirius Satellite Radio, DownBeat, All About Jazz, XM Satellite Radio, L.A. Jazz Scene and more. She’s shared the stage with music legends such as Isaac Hayes, Kenny Werner, Jennifer Holliday, Sammy Figueroa, Johnny O’Neal, Nicholas Peyton, Eric Alexander, Joan Osborne, Roberta Flack and Tom Scott to name a few. As Swing Journal stated, “…Nicole sings with such power and emotion. She has a big future ahead of her.” In her recordings, and during any of her live performances, you feel that power and you feel that emotion that emerges sincerely from her heart.

Also an actress and spokesperson, Nicole is the host and producer of the music segment of Miami’s PBS show ‘ArtStreet’ on WLRN-TV. As a lead, her acting skills have been featured on national television campaigns for Verizon Wireless, Amtrak, McDonald’s, Air Jamaica, Rite Aid Pharmacies, Hershey’s Swoops, Sears Optical and others.

Creating fans immediately, this world-class performer’s presence, classic elegance, infectious energy, sexy appeal, and honest interpretations make for a truly moving experience. Poised to impact international audiences, Nicole Henry will touch you and tell a story like none other…
She has a potent voice, and her interpretive sense is sharp and distinctive. Henry aims right for the emotional center…(she) seems to have a natural feel for how to shape lyrics, and her intonation is effortlessly bluesy. Listen to her …and you’ll hear an artist who knows how to make a song her own just as surely as she knows how to make a tune swing… one comes away believing that Henry is a jazz vocalist poised on the cusp of bigger things.
By Philip Van Vleck.
Nicole Henry- Vocals
Mike Orta- Piano
Paul Shewchuk- Bass
Danny Burger- Drums
01. Summertime 5:35
02. Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man of Mine 3:44
03. That Old Black Magic 3:12
04. The Nearness of You 5:47
05. Fly to the Moon 3:29
06. Get Here 4:36
07. You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To 2:25
08. You’re Looking at Me 6:19
09. My Love Is 4:52
10. Somewhere Over the Rainbow 4:59
11. Cheek to Cheek 3:36
12. Imagine 4:58

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