About Nikki Briar
Nikki has recorded and performed in Nashville and has showed people that a Jersey Girl can rock the country music scene as good as any southern bell. Nikki recently participated in the American Country Star talent show in Nashville, TN at the Silver Dollar Saloon and performs all over the tri-state area. She has opened up for local, national and international acts such as 'Big Country' at the popular Jersey Shore concert venue "The Wonder Bar" and the legendary "Stone Pony," the home-stage of Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen. Due to the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, Nikki has devoted her time and talent in developing a touring hurricane benefit concert series called "Rock Those Jersey Blues Away," which to date has raised over $10,000 for various organizations helping people, animals, and businesses in need all over the Garden State. The SweetBriar Band and Nikki enjoy rockin' out at various venues from casinos and music festivals to line dancing events and rodeos.
Briar's second album debut May of 2013 entitled "Dancin' in the Headlights." This rockin album consists of 7 hand clappin, boot stompin rockers and 2 ballads that will melt your heart. Nikki wrote "Jersey Girl" and "Unknown Soldier" along with Nashville songwriter and talent, Mike Kuhl. These two songs are very dear to Nikki being a proud army wife from the Garden State. This sweet and sassy country rockin chick will definitely catch and hold your attention!
Nikki Briar's first country album, "A Soldier's Princess", clearly represents the heart of patriotism and the definition of country music. Each song is lyrically captivating and instrumentally unique. Briar's voice will leave you breathless.
Musical Biography By: Mike Kuhl
Nikki Briar, born Nicole Signorella on May 23, 1985 has truly been passionately involved with music her entire life. Her father, Joseph, made his living as a touring drummer for a Motown band called the Victorians, while mother Oksana, was a classically trained pianist and artist. From a very young age, Briar was influenced and connected best with artists such as Frank Sinatra and Whitney Houston. Her parents say that the way she learned to speak was by memorizing and singing along to her favorite songs on her record player.
A young Briar took part in every performing event that she could, singing in the choir and becoming the first female drummer in her middle school. In sixth grade, she started learning to play the guitar from her uncle, Anthony Signorella. Briar went to Arthur L. Johnson for her regular high school experience in Clark, NJ. She also attended the Gifted and Talented program at a votech school where she participating in the highly praised musical theater department. She then went on to graduate from Seton Hall University with a degree in Special and Elementary Education, minoring in Music for voice and guitar. Since graduating, Nikki Briar has been teaching music to young children at the New Jersey Workshop of the Arts and currently attends Graduate School of Seton Hall University. She sings at events for the New Jersey National Guard and is a proud Army wife. Also, she has participated in fundraisers for people in need and for organizations such as; The Wounded Warrior Project, The Hurricane Relief Fund, and the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation.
Briar’s original brand of popular country is truly inspired by many different ages and styles of music. She credits such modern acts as Kenny Chesney, Gretchen Wilson, Norah Jones, Faith Hill, Michael Buble and Shania Twain for inspiring her unique sound.
When asked why she decided to pursue a career in country music, Briar simply said: “I love the passion and the truth in country music. I love the story songs that can either make you laugh hysterically or bring you to tears. After all, music is about emotion, and I want my audience to feel something when they hear me sing.”
Nikki Briar now resides in New Jersey with husband Angelo, who she credits as being her inspiration and number one fan.
You can find Nikki Briar performing all over New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.