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Nyki Lindsay King: Bio

Tonight at Club Soda, the popular Montreal nightclub, all eyes and ears are focused on singer Nyki Lindsay King. Everyone in the filled-to-capacity space is captivated by his voice—which is both soulful and rocking—and his original alternative rock songs. However, it is much more than that which draws everyone in: a pure natural on stage, he completely connects with the crowd, which spurs him on to dig in, take risks—and reach new musical heights. The audience has that rare feeling that they are listening to a singular voice, and witnessing a unique performer. It is no surprise, then, that Nyki Lindsay King is regarded by many as one of the most original-sounding singers to come along in awhile.

Born in Verdun, a small town outside of Montreal, there was never really any doubt that Nyki would end up playing music. His dad was a big influence: Eric Lindsay (aka, Youth Rass-E-Mung) had recorded reggae albums in Jamaica’s legendary Studio One and produced some of Montreal’s first reggae shows. By the time Nyki was four; his father was buying him musical instruments to inspire him. Within a few years, Nyki was onstage—along with his brothers Kwame and Tarie—performing as “The King Brothers.” They were immensely popular, performing throughout the 80s and sharing the stage with Ken Boothe, Alton Ellis, Paula Clarke and others. But Nyki would become much more than a child star.

By ’92 he recorded two tracks in Jamaica, which were included on a compilation album, Fight Apartheid, distributed internationally. Also influenced by the current rock scene, including Kurt Cobain, Eddie Vedder, Raine Maida and Scott Wieland, in 1995 he fronted his first rock band (“Frantic”—with brother Tarie on drums) which played some major venues and in 2000 released Dinner At M’as. In 2003, Nyki released his debut solo album, Couch Potato, with SDR Music. And in 2005, he joined a group, One End Left (later renamed Magdalena). Besides writing and singing, Nyki contributed a lot of the arrangements as well the EP gained interest from some well known labels including Universal Music Group

However, something was missing. After a lifetime in music, Nyki realized that more than anything he wanted to create alone and decided to part ways from Magdalena
“I realized it’s my passion,” Nyki states, “Just the thought of being able to touch somebody …reach out to a total stranger who may be on the other side of the world and yet he or she can relate to what you write, because of a certain experience in life is moving to me.” And from that point he never looked back.

Nyki’s fusing the music he grew up listening to as a child (the Doors, Zeppelin, Hendrix and even The Carpenters), the alternative/grunge rock of his adolescence, and the soulful reggae of his Jamaican ancestry, King creates music that is at once contemporary, and completely radio-friendly. His hard rock songs feature interesting arrangements, stop-on-a-dime breaks, and surprising, dissonant harmonies that set up kick-ass choruses. And although he has a voice that can drive an entire band, he’s also not afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve; as in “One More Day”, when he sings, “The days between the years I always find are long. In my dreams tonight, I'll get away, from this world of pain, for one more day.”

Nyki is currently seeking representation and a label, and attempting to place his songs in television, and film. But no matter where Nyki Lindsay King ends up, we’re just glad to be along for the ride.