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Coming to national attention in 2008 on the Blues, Roots, Soul & R&B
scene, Nicole Hart made an impressive beginning
completing three highly successful tours: she was the featured female
performer of Jacksonville Beach, Florida's “Springing the Blues”; the
featured female headline act of Laconia, New Hampshire's Big Three
Motorcycle Week; she performed many more prominent festivals, including
the Jersey Shore Red Bank Jazz & Blues Fest, among other renowned venues
on the national circuit. Her initial independent CD release, “NICOLE
HART & THE NRG BAND, LIVE!” received airplay on radio stations worldwide
& continues to receive airplay to this day.
As a modern day Blues woman, Nicole straddles a diverse musical terrain defined by such icons as Koko Taylor, Susan Tedeschi, Janiva Magness, & Bonnie Raitt. Hart’s impressive resume also includes work in television, film & live performance outside the realm of Blues.
“As an artist, I am influenced by all great music, and inspired by many of the greatest artists of our time. I aspire to create a feeling & a depth of integrity representing those influences, while also conveying a viewpoint toward the world of my own."
Longtime collaborator, music director & keyboardist extraordinaire Lance Ong, who produced her previous CD, shines as musical arranger for "TREASURE" & played baby grand & B-3 organ. His credits include a Grammy Award-winning record with Andre Crouch, a first round Emmy nomination for CBS Sports, and recordings with David Sanborn, The Pointer Sisters, Grand Funk Railroad, Michael Murphy, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Anne Murray, Johnny Halliday and Sylvie Vartan, Trini Lopez, Erykah Badu & many others. His masterful command of the keyboards is undisputed, and as arranger and collaborator for Nicole Hart’s Blues Leaf debut, "‘TREASURE”, his piano & organ work is at its finest yet. Hart and Ong were married on August 8th, 2008.