K.I. Nicholas

K.I. Nicholas

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K.I. Nicholas brings a Caribbean flair to create a fusion of reggae, blues, African rhythm, pop, jazz and much more. Original songs and an extensive cover library. Available for solo performances or with his backup band Get a taste of his unique style online at: myspace.com/kinicholas

Biography

K. I. Nicholas brings a unique music style that blends the traditional Caribbean sounds he grew up on in Grenada with the music he found in his travels into the US and Canada. Born Raymond Nicholas in the village of Prospects in the parish of St. Patrick in the West Indian tropical island country of Grenada. He was one of thirteen children that grew up listening to island music and steel drums. He taught himself guitar as a kid and began to build upon the music of his country.

Over the years K.I.’s music has moved through Reggae, Soca, Calypso into a Caribbean fusion with rock and pop. In the mid-1990’s K.I. traveled to Canada where he played with several African and African Jazz Fusion bands. In his twenty years of playing he has soaked up a lot different kinds of music, but it was when he first found the blues clubs in Toronto that he found the music that would chart his musical course. That exposure to blues gave his music a whole new element.

In 2005 after years of traveling, touring, playing backup and lead guitar in bands, and doing solo performances in every size venue from intimate coffee shop to stadiums throughout Grenada, the Caribbean and Canada Nicholas launched his recording career in December of 2005 with the release of his first CD entitled Caribbean Vision. All songs were written and composed by K.I.. He played electric, acoustic, and slide guitar, bass and keyboards, as well as singing lead and background vocals!

After three extended gigs as guest house performer at the famous Foxy’s on the island of Jost van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands in 2005, 2006, and 2007, Nicholas made his move with his wife to the United Sates. He is now based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Two Worlds Fusion, his second CD with ten original songs was released in early 2008. It is so uniquely his own style with that fusion of Caribbean reggae, soca, blues and rock with just a touch of funk, rap and R&B that there is just no one else out there with this sound! Nicholas is more than a talented guitar player and singer, he’s a multi-faceted musician who plays several instruments, writes and composed his own music. The CD was recorded at Rockolito Studio in Oakland.

Lyrics

Sweet Light

Written By: K.I. Nicholas & Wanda Brown Nicholas

Alright yeah! Ohhhhh yeah!

First time I saw your smile
That sweet light shine on me
Oh baby your sweet light
And when you held me
In your loving arms
I felt that love light
Shining down on me
Shine down on me
Don’t leave me lonely
Don’t put me out in the rain
I want you to shine on
Shine on me

Chorus
Shine your sweet light
Shine your sweet light on me
Shine on me
Shine your sweet light
Shine your sweet light on me

Don’t make me blue
Don’t ever take away
Your sweet light from me
In your warmth
Is the only place
My heart wants to be
Please don’t walk away from me
Please don’t go away from me
Shining down on you
Shining down on me

Bridge
Don’t leave me lonely
Don’t leave me in the dark
I want you to shine on

Chorus
Shine on me
Shine your sweet light
Shine on me
Shine your sweet light
Shine your sweet light on me
Shine on me

Solo

First time I saw your smile
That sweet light shine down on me yeah!
Shining down on me
Shine down on me

Shine your sweet light
Oh yeah
Shine your sweet light
Al right
Shine your sweet light
Shine your sweet light on me
Shine your sweet light
Oh yeah
Shine your sweet light
Al right
Shine your sweet light

Lost Without You

Written By: K.I. Nicholas

instrmental

Discography

Two World Fusion - 2008
Sweet Light’
Love Love Love
Mr. Music
African Rhythm
Island Boy
Crazy Over You
In This Life
Lost Without You
Cool Me Down

Caribbbean Vision -2005
Lonesome Blues
Timon’s Song
My Only One
Dance
Soca Annie
Instrumental (Timon’s Song)

His 2008 CD is available through CD Baby. His music can be downloaded from his myspace site using SnoCap and can be heard on Digstation.

Set List

A typical blend of songs performed includes:
Sweet Light - K.I. Nicholas
Crazy Love - Van Morrison
African Rhythm - K.I. Nicholas
First Cut is the Deepest - Cat Stevens/Rod Stewart/Cheryl Crow
Love Love Love - K.I. Nicholas
Tupelo Honey - Van Morrison
No Woman No Cry - Bob Marley
Evil Ways - Carlos Santana
Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers
Cool Me Down - K.I. Nicholas
Waiting for the World to Change - John Meyer
Ain't Giving Up- - Third World
In This Life - K.I. Nicholas
Miss You Fever - Delbert McClinton
Mr. Music - K.I. Nicholas
I Shot the Sheriff - Bob Marley
Soca Annie - K.I. Nicholas
Turn Your Lights Down Low - Bob Marley
Something You Got - B.B. King
Should I - Maxi Priest
Just a Little Longer - Maxi Priest
Harder They Come - Jimmy Cliff
Stir It Up - Bob Marley
Island Boy - K.I. Nicholas
Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding
Hey Joe - Jimi Hendrix
Since I Met You Baby - B.B. King
Wonderful Tonight - E