The Center For The Arts Presents
Niki J Crawford with Elevation opening
Saturday, April 21st, 8:00 PM, Main Stage Theatre
California WorldFest 2017 Favorite
“Crawford is like an explosion of perfect harmony with lasting vocal power. She is the real deal. Listening to her will make you stop in your tracks…” – Dennis J. Freeman, News4
Niki J. Crawford’s first EP titled The Genesis Block is carried by soaring and multi-layered vocals, her most fully realized work to date that is finely attuned and anchored by the type of rhythmic instrumentation that allows her range and depth to be heard in its finest hour. The songs are rooted in unabashed free expression with profoundly selfless lyrical compositions usually reserved for the most mature of songwriters. Each track teeters on themes of romance and conceit while remaining heartfully optimistic throughout the final verse.
Niki J Crawford and her band bring the heat with a high energy soul get down. After a short break following her latest tour, where she performed more than 200 shows worldwide, Niki is back with a new band, new songs, and a new show. Niki is an American Recording Artist/Songwriter from the small country town of Springhill, Louisiana with a powerful, unforgettable and melodic voice. The singer/songwriter crafts poignant lyrics and creates music with a Soul-Funk-R&B sound that you can feel. Niki has been singing since she was 6-years-old. From her roots as the lead soloist in her hometown church choir to the recently completed touring, her talent has continued to evolve as one of the strongest voices in music.
Niki and the band have shared the stage and have played with Carlos Santana, Snoop Dogg, Al Green, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Aaron Neville, Macy Grey, Booker T Jones, The Roots, Chicano Batman, Galactic and Orgone just to name a few of the legendary performers who have sought out her talent. She has performed on various late-night TV shows such as Jay Leno, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, and Saturday Night Live and lit up festival stages across the world like Bonnaroo, Wakarusa, California WorldFest, Utah Arts, Montreal Jazz, Summer Camp, Bear Creek, All Good, High Sierra and Jam Cruise.
A multi-talented artist, Niki J. Crawford not only sings but is also a talented and growing actress. She just finished shooting an upcoming film “Revival” based on the gospel of John and “Mr. Sophistication,” in which she plays herself-a popstar alongside Tatum O’ Neal, Harry Lenix and former Lakers star, Rick Fox. Niki can also be seen in Taylor Hackford’s “Love Ranch,” co-starring alongside Ginnifer Goodwin and Kevin Connolly in the hit comedy, “He’s Just Not That Into You”; “American Dreamz”, as well as roles in “The Tenants,” “Seeing Other People,” “Gridiron Gang,” “Miss March”, and “Killer Diller,” which she received a “Two Thumbs Up” for her performance and was told “She is The REAL American Idol” from Ebert & Roper. Niki has also guest-starred on television shows “Ally McBeal,” “Wanted,” and was a “Scarlett” series regular; she has guested on hit productions “Rent” (Shubert Theater), and “Behind Closed Doors” (Tyler Perry Prod./T.D Jakes Prod.); and is also currently featured singing in the national Subway Campaign.
Niki continues to write and perform leading with her trademark aura of unconditional love and sensuality that fuels a vocal passion with the effortless ease of a veteran performer. Niki has said her goal is to make feel-good music and great films with an energy that inspires and alleviates negativity.
Elevation is a fresh band to the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas. The band’s motto is, “Elevate yo’ funky’ life!” which they do as a live band whose main mission is to get the people dancing and shaking!
This band was born from the need to play music that showcased Jamal Walker’s (J Silk) outstanding soulful voice while making the people dance…. the genre solution – pure Funk & Soul! Pulling upon influences such as Earth, Wind, & Fire, Rick James, Sly & the Family Stone, and Parliament, the band shot out of the gates to enthusiastic audiences who keep coming back for more. With the steady proliferation of original material, the band will be on track for an album release later 2017. the members in the band are coming from popular regional bands, most notably is our singer Jamal Walker (aka J Silk) formerly of the blues band that carried his name as well as the highly influential reggae band MYSTAFYA.
The band formed in 2016 with a reggae drummer, a reggae and blues singer, a rock guitarist, and a funk bass player. After they had been together for a year, they acquired a female vocalist to round out the dynamics or their funky music. Currently, they are recording an album looking to release early in 2018.
Jamal Walker – Vocals
Don Farwell – Guitar/vocals
Andy Brooding – Bass
W. Scott Wilson – Drums
Brynn Farwell – Vocals