Nijole Sparkis

Nijole Sparkis

BandWorldSinger/Songwriter

My world pop music is best described as laidback modern pop songs played by ancient multi-cultural tribesmen and choruses of wisdom muses.

Biography

THE LITHUANIAN THING
“When I was a kid growing up on the South Side of Chicago, my folks had me go to Lithuanian school and participate in all these Lithuanian activities. There was a lot of singing going on always -- Lithuanian is one of the oldest cultures on earth and wisdom got handed down from one generation to the next thru song. So singing was very important, people would spontaneously burst out into 5-part harmony. Eventually I rebelled and wanted to just get into the cool pop music I heard on the radio, but those choral harmonies got ingrained in me and that's what I try to capture in my work.”

THE VOICE THING
Nijole (pronounced Neola) Sparkis has a 4-octave singing range but she thinks she's a better writer than singer. “In the Lithuanian community, I was a star child actress and poetry declaimer. I was on stage a lot and wrote a lot, too. Then in high school I met a group of guys who had a band and I started singing harmonies with them. I blew my voice out singing in bars the wrong way. By the time I got to De Paul University I had a one-octave range. Then I studied with the best voice teacher in Chicago -- Doug Susu-Mago, who eventually opened my voice up to a full 4 octaves. I learned so much about the singing voice in that process that I was able to teach others all that I had learned."

THE INFLUENCES
“Once you grow up multi-culturally, you're never satisfied sticking with a single culture again. When I was listening to pop music , the music I found most satisfying were the songs that had exotic Eastern influences like Jefferson Airplane's “White Rabbit “, Led Zeppelin's “Kashmir”, George Harrison's “Within You/Without You”, or the David Bowie “Lodger” album. Not to mention the unique combinations of ethnic and pop music that artists like Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush, and Paul Simon were pioneering”.

SPIRITUALITY
“Lithuania was the last country in Europe to be Christianized so the traditions I was raised with were a healthy combination of earth-based ritual and the mystical side of Catholicism. This gave me a colorful pallette of religious symbolism to draw from. Because De Paul was a Catholic University, I was required to take theology to graduate, so I studied Comparative Eastern Religions and Creation Mythologies. It just went on from there -- I delved deeply into every avenue of spiritual study I could get my hands on. I much prefer the empowering belief systems, like the New Thought movement, rather than the old school religions that rule by claiming they have all the answers for the individual”.

THE REST IS HISTORY
Nijole graduated from De Paul University's music school magna cum laude, toured the Midwest and played clubs and festivals in Los Angeles with all-originals bands. She also continued acting in performance art and avant-theatrical shows and college films. She opened her own voice teaching studio, The Vocal Point, taught singing at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, and briefly taught singing for the Disney Channel, where she witnessed the start of the careers of Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Jessica Simpson, Keri Russell, JC Chasez and others. She sang the Theme Song for the DVD release of Paul David's controversial film "Timothy Leary's Dead". Nijole's life experiences and spiritual study helped her to coach artists on their singing careers using the principles she learned.

Currently, Nijole's music is being played on legendary DJ Jim Ladd's Theatre of the Mind radio show "Headsets" on Los Angeles's #1 Classic Rock station KLOS-FM 95.5. She has just completed writing and recording vocals for 2 songs on Fritz Heede's upcoming album which features Jon Anderson (lead singer of 70's super-group "Yes") on one of the cuts. She has a video coming out on Harmony Channel (Comcast Cable) in fall of 2006. Her favorite female vocalists are Norway's Anneli Drecker (Bel Canto), Russia's Milla Jovovich, England's Kate Bush, Ireland's Enya, Scotland's Eddi Reader, Canada's Loreena McKennitt, India's Najma, Morocco's Amina, and Egypt's Natacha Atlas.

Lyrics

Rise

Written By: Nijole Sparkis

RISE

CHORUS:
The higher that we rise
The bigger the picture that comes into view
The farther that we climb
The closer we get to touching the moon
And in this heightened state
Choose what you’d like to create
The higher that we rise
The closer we get to the divine

VERSE:
Animal
But spirit as well
Why choose to crawl
When you can soar above it all
Unlock from your heart
What keeps it apart
From one love, one purpose
To be all that you are

CHORUS: The higher that we rise . . .

In My Dreams

Written By: Nijole Sparkis

IN MY DREAMS

VERSE 1:
My life is a dream
And my dreams are my true life
If I get quiet and listen patiently
I start to feel them and hear them speak to me:

CHORUS 1:
"All of your longings, yearnings lie here with me
All your desires answered are now to be"
In my dreams –

VERSE 2:
And so I step aside
For I can trust my dreams to be my guide
They hold the power to letting my life be free
If I get quiet and hear them speak to me:

CHORUS 2: "All of your longings …

BRIDGE:
Klausysiu savo svajoniu, savo ilgesiu, Mano sielos kalbu > 2x
[I will listen to my yearnings, my longings, The languages of my soul]

CHORUS: All of your longings …

Sky High

Written By: Nijole Sparkis

SKY-HIGH

VERSE 1:
You were blessed
With the radiance of the sun
You possessed
This silence so golden

LIFT 1:
But then you,
You captured a view
Of what life could be
With you and me,
We could

CHORUS 1:
Fly -- Sky high --
We could shine
So purified, magnified
So divinely unified
As One.

VERSE 2:
So you began
To move closer towards me
And so I ran, I didn’t understand
That this was my destiny

LIFT 2:
But then you,
You shone your light
Into my dark night
Till I could see
How we

CHORUS 2: Fly -- Sky high …

Discography

CD "Parallel Universe"
Los Angeles's #1 Classic Rock Station KLOS 95.5 is playing several of my tracks on legendary DJ Jim Ladd's show "Headsets".
Many Internet radio stations are streaming my tracks, including the Blue Whale at live365.com.

Set List

In My Dreams (4:24)
Parallel Universe (3:52)
My King (4:32)
Sky High (4:46)
Phoenix (5:11)
Now I'm Here (4:05)
Everything (5:12)
Sweetest Fruit (5:30)
Fateful Day (5:41)
Rise (7:40)
Evening Prayer (6:12)
Set is about an hour - no covers. One set per show.