Do you remember the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games? Of course you do. The anthem for those games was a song titled ‘I Believe’, a single that had the highest first-week sales of any Canadian artist in SoundScan history. It was also certified quadruple-platinum. That song was sung by Nikki Yanosky, a Montreal jazz-pop singer of only 18 years old. With this song, she was introduced to a world-wide audience. She released her album Nikki in 2010 which soon became the Vocal Jazz Album of the year on iTunes. Now, she is writing and recording her second album. There’s no doubt in my mind that her second album will be just as good as the first, if not better.
A favourite of mine from her latest album is ‘First Lady’. From the first piano chord, I knew – this is going to be good. Yanofsky has got a voice with so much passion in it, and I can’t help but admire her for it. This song really showcases her voice, and she sounds amazing. It has a retro kind of feel to it – even though you’ll be listening to her songs in the car, on an iPod, or at home, it really feels like you’re in a coffee shop on open mic night. Her songs have an intimate feel to them that makes them so mesmerizing and beautiful.
‘Bienvenue Dans Ma Vie’is a lighter song. If there were an image to go along with this song, it would be you in a café in France, snapping your fingers to the beat as you eat a croissant. It really is lovely.
That’s what is so wonderful about Yanofsky’s music. No matter what mood you’re in, there’s a song for you. Her music is an escape from the real world.
Get ready to smile and tap your feet!