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by Nicole Garza

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Genre: Urban/R&B: R&B Pop Crossover
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2. Call Me What You Want
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3. Nobody Told You to Stay
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4. Wish I Knew
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Major Accomplishments

Nicole sings Anthem for Chicago Bulls,

Sings on new LIVE album,

Sings Cruisin' with HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS,

Sings for the WNBA's Chicago Sky,

Plays the WNBA VIP party,

Hired to sing back-up for LIVE Faith Hill Recording,

Sings Anthem for Ci-town Shooters,

Offered to go to LA to walk to Red Carpet,

Sings for US Dept. of Homeland Security,

Kick off the after party for the Chicago Janet Jackson & LL COOL J concert!


Nicole's condensed list of accomplishments are as follows: Recorded with Harry Maslin & Michele Maslin-Vice, Grand Prize winner & 4th in Hip Hop/R&B in the Madison Songwriter's Group Contest, Chart topping album titled Nicki G Versatility, 6th place in Wayne Brady's Hard Rock the House Talent Search, 4th in Chicago Idol, 3rd in the Yamaha Song Contest, Region Idol Runner-Up, Walter E. Smithe Commercial Winner, Rocktstar: Supernova Finalist, the ABC Music Project: The One finalist

Major Performances: Sang with Huey Lewis & the News, hired to sing back-up for Faith Hill, Janet Jackson LL Cool J after party band, Back-up vocalist for Faith Hill, Star Plaza Theatre, Taste of Chicago Pertrillo Band Shell, Auditorium Theatre, Athenaeum Theatre, Apollo Theatre, Daley Plaza, MGM Grand, Gary & Chicago Air Shows, FOX News, Navy Pier Skyline Stage, United Center, Green Dolphin Street, Arlington Racetrack, Toyota Park, UIC Pavillion, The Abbey Resort Lake Genvea, Cedar Rapids Country Club, Diversey Yacht Club, Anthem for Chi-Town Shooters.



Garza headlines Cinco de Mayo fiesta at Jalapenos'
Times Correspondent | Saturday, May 02, 2009 | (No comments posted.)
The first time this columnist heard of Nicole Garza was when local sound engineer Joe Rega phoned about an amazing new singer. A week later, a similar phone call came from Jim Rubino of Rubino's Music.

Back then, Garza was billed as "Nicki G," which she soon dropped in favor of her full name. That was fortunate. Though she can do the urban sound wonderfully, Garza has much to offer. A hip-hop moniker might have pigeonholed her.

Though rich with soul and at home with R&B, Garza's powerful voice is versatile enough to sing the gamut of popular music. She is a little bit Kelly Clarkson, Rhianna and Pink rolled into one. She began singing at age 4, never stopped, and eventually earned a scholarship to Columbia College.

Years later, the Schererville 20something has justified everyone's early excitement. She has backed major stars like Faith Hill and Jose Feliciano; performed live at Horseshoe Casino with Huey Lewis, and entertained the likes of Janet Jackson and LL Cool J at private parties.

She also has performed at venues such as the Auditorium Theatre, UIC Pavilion and Taste Of Chicago. Her 2005 debut album, "Versatility," landed on this columnist's "Regional Top 10" list that year.

Backing Garza these days -- and tonight at Jalapenos' -- is her group, The Oh Geez.

"Normally, we are an eight-piece band, but for our stripped-down shows we scale back to a four-piece," said Garza. "It's me, Anthony Bracco on guitar, Garrett McGinn on bass, and Chris Paquette on percussion. But at Jalapenos' Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, we will instead be featuring Jesse Hernandez of TimePeace on percussion."

For tonight's performance Garza will tap into her Mexican-American heritage, spicing up her group's repertoire with Latin music.

"I've had my guys learn some new material specifically for this show and some of it will be sang by Jesse," she continued. "Some of these tunes include Santana and Selena covers."

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About Me
Since the tender age of four, Nicole Garza (also known as "Nicki G") has transformed herself into a music machine. From Vegas to Chicago, she is on a path to rock the world only leaving behind the restless souls of fans begging for more. Whether she's singing, songwriting, arranging, producing, or performing she captures the eyes and ears of those around her. In 2005 Nicole released her debut album "Nicki G. Versatility," which quickly topped Broadjam charts. Singles such as "Wish I Knew" and "Caught You Looking" are only the beginning to a story that will continue to captivate the audiences of many generations to come. Her self-built band the "Oh Geez" takes the "v" in virtuoso and spins it like a top with their dexterous musicianship and outstanding stage presence.
Currently Nicole is working on her breakthrough EP, which is set to debut in early 2010. She is determined to destroy barriers, and will stop at nothing to change a generation of music one note at a time. When Nicole isn't behind the mic she enjoys working with adolescent singers who aspire to make their impact through the gift of music. If you haven't already done so Nicole encourages you to check out the rest of her site and attend a show.



To Tim from Walter E. Smithe:
Just a quick note to thank you for the fantastic promotion and anthem yesterday. While your comments were perfect, that might have been the best anthem of the year. Thanks again Tim
JBluck--Chicago CUBS Marketing and Promotion

Grayslake Review of World Class Noise featuring Nicki G

"There's a new R&B star on the rise, as 21-year-old singer Nicki G celebrated the release of her full-length debut CD, Versatility, with a free all ages concert last month at Andorra Banquet Hall. The event was a huge success."

~Tom Lounges/Editor, Midwest Beat Magazine

"Nicki G is the stage name of Schererville's 21-year-old Nicole Garza, former Lake Central choir member, cheerleader and member of the state and national championship title-holding Centralettes Dance Team who graduated in 2002 and recently released her debut album, Versatility.
The 10-song collection is a mix of upbeat R&B and ballads. It is available online at and at online music retail sites like, and Nicki will be a guest host with Tom Lounges and Freak and perform a handful of her songs live at the Rumble between bands. "Having Nicki on this year's show gives ticket-buyers more bang for their buck. She is a rising talent from the region that they really need to know about," said Midwest BEAT Magazine publisher Tom Lounges. "I used to sing stuff by Whitney Houston, Celine Dion and a lot of Bette Midler when I was growing up. Today my biggest inspiration is Stevie Wonder. He amazes me." After honing her skills in the recording studio with producer Chris G (no relation), who has worked with the likes of TLC, Devanti (of Jodeci) and disco stalwarts, The S.O.S Band. This summer Nicki G performed plenty of prestigious gigs the legendary Apollo Theatre; the Viva Chicago Festival in Grant Park; The Daley Plaza; and as part of a February FOX-TV News Special on hometown talent that included her as the only unsigned artist, alongside such established Windy City stars as Kayne West and R. Kelley, and staffers of Chicago's Icee Records and radio station, WGCI. Don't miss this fast-rising star from the Hoosier heartland perform live at this year's Rumble!"

~Ernie Thomas, Midwest Beat Magazine~

"After speaking with Jim Rubino at the Wallace CD Release party last weekend, I remembered him telling me about his other project called Georgia Street. He enthusiastically spoke about the vocalists' harmonies. So I decided to take the trip to the Radisson Khaki club last night to check them out. Two beautiful girl singers and 4 fantastic musicians makes up a great band called Georgia Street. Let me tell you, Nicole Garza better known as Nicki G and Whitney put together some of the most incredible harmonies while strutting their stuff and showing the crowd that they love what they are doing. I have seen at times bands who put up a girl singer that has the voice but no personality and that's a shame. This is not the case with these girls. Listening to their voices you may have thought these girls have been doing this professionally for 20 years. Although, Nicki G does have her own solo work. Her debut album is called Versatility. They performed two of her originals last night while I was there. "Caught You Lookin'" and "My Heart" both filled with Latin influences which I love. Some of the other tunes they performed were "Proud Mary", "My Favorite Mistake", and a medley which had everyone boogyin' consisting of "Superstition" and "Play that Funky Music". This band plays a lot of other songs that are different from the normal sets you here around the region. Its really refreshing. Thanks again Jim for the tip."

~Steve Blaze 09-04-05


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