Nikki O'Neill


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I'm an Americana singer-songwriter and guitarist, and I was born in Los Angeles, but grew up in Sweden in a tri-lingual household. Now I live in Chicago. I've been deeply in love with soul music since I was five thanks to my mom being a huge Al Green fan, so two of my all-time guitar heroes are Pops Staples and Teenie Hodges. I play lead and rhythm guitar. My second solo album, “World is Waiting,” is out now on Blackbird Record Label. Here are a couple of the very kind reviews the album has received in the U.S. and Europe: "A solid mix of blues, soul, spunk and sass... new album shines with bone virtuosity and variety" - American Songwriter (4 out of 5 stars) "Nikki O'Neill gives us one of the brightest and most pleasant listening experiences of the year" - Americana Highways "O'Neill shows her strength as a singer and songwriter. The album may have been delayed, but it is worth the wait." - Glide Magazine "Although everything here is first-rate, the title track gives the album a powerful centerpiece... The Staple Singers are evoked in both the lyrics, the gospel-like vocal harmonies, and in Nikki O'Neill's guitar playing with its authoritative, clear-cut notes, and a touch that’s in the spirit of Pops Staples.” Lira Musikmagasin, Rootsy Music (Sweden) I have a guitar lesson channel on TrueFire called "Twang, Soul & Rock 'n' Roll" and I wrote a rock guitar instruction book called "Women's Road to Rock Guitar" (Alfred Music). My official website: