Nicki Gonzalez

Session & Demo Vocalist

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Hello. I'm Nicki. Songwriters, studio engineers and clients have entrusted their music to me for over a decade; from pop to salsa, rock to R&B, commercial jingles to jazz. I accomplish in hours what can take other singers an entire studio day.

I am a truly versatile singer - not a "copycat". My recording and performance career spans over two decades and several genres - Musical Theater, Pop, Rock; American , Brazilian and Latin Jazz. I have recorded in English, Spanish & Portuguese. My complete immersion into these influences and the feel for their nuances are what, I believe, sets me apart from other singers. This voice must match the soul of the melody and lyrics, and the quality of the production.

I read music if you have lead sheets for me. Otherwise, I've got "horn player ears", so I harmonize easily. I have an affinity for stacking harmonies, creating background parts and counterpoint melodies. I have my own studio and can render you finished work in 48 hours in most cases.

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Languages

  • English
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

207 Reviews - 42 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Ed V.
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    Nicki's voice is candy to your ears. Great harmonies, a consummate pro

  2. Review by Randy H.
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    Another great project with my go-to singer Nicki! Top talent and ultimate pro. Simply the best.

  3. Review by Chris Jones
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    My first time working with Nicki—and it was really positive. She sang my track exactly how I heard it and was professional, open to changes, and a great musician. I felt completely safe turning this project over to her. I literally would write stuff *specifically* for her again.

  4. Review by Ted S.
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    Nicki was simply amazing. She has an incredible and , most importantly, versatile voice with a tremendous range. She is extremely musically knowledgeable and very, very sophisticated in her ability to interpret a song and to reflect it's meaning. For my song, she gave me some ideas which I hadn't thought of and which improved the song. She delivers what she promises on time, and is the consummate professional. I could not recommend her more highly. Thank you Nicki!!!!

  5. Review by Michael W.
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    A great experience. Very flexible. Very professional. Tracks sounded really good. A+

  6. Review by Craig H.
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    I have worked with Nicki now for many songs and she always delivers the goods. I would describe her as a first-call singer. She has a great attitude and really gives the songs 100% energy. Thanks for your fine work, Nicki!

  7. Review by Carlo O.
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    Fantastoc performance by Nicki, she nailed exactly what I wanted. Her turnaround was quick and communication was fantastic.

  8. Review by Kate M.
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    Nicki just completed another fabulous job for me - her voice is amazing and she’s a pleasure to deal with. i couldn’t recommend her highly enough

  9. Review by Craig H.
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    Another great job from Nicki. I appreciate her great vocal abilities and her enthusiasm throughout the process. Wonderful to work with and great communication. Thanks, Nicki!

  10. Review by Sadie N.
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    Really great to work with! Amazing vocals.

  11. Review by Randy H.
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    Nicki is my go-to singer and you'll find all my raves about her in previous reviews but one thing I wanted to mention about her is that she records her parts so well that very little tweaking is required during the mixing process, and that is really nice. Top-notch talent and a complete pro. Highly recommended.

  12. Review by Kitt W.
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    I've said it before and I'll say it again. An amazing vocalist. And has one of the friendliest dispositions over messages. But, very professional and artistic in her approach. - She really came through for me and saved this project. As I've said before, 5 stars are not enough. - Than you Nicki! Soundbetter Hall of Famer!

  13. Review by Steven D.
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    Dear SoundBetter.... Please allow for more stars!!! I need about 40 to review Nicki properly. Seriously, you CANNOT go wrong with Nicki. She is fantastic and a true PRO. Thanks so much, Nicki, for making me look good!

  14. Review by Jay S.
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    Nicki is simply the best. I have worked several project with her and she never disappoints. She has an ear that is in tune to all aspects of the song, and is not afraid to say what is what, I respect that so much! Her voice is second to none.

  15. Review by Kitt W.
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    I'm not sure how Nicki keeps me as a client. UGH! This latest project is been a major pain, but she's been extremely kind, gracious and professional. The work she's doing on the track is saving the integrity of the project. I can't wait until we get the final mix! Can I give 10 stars????

  16. Review by Emilia M.
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    Nicki is awesome. She helped me with a vocal arrangement to one of my songs and delivered a fantastic result. I totally recommend her

  17. Review by Tom B.
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    The song I gave Nicki to sing was quite demanding. The dynamics ranged from soft and sweet to belting out high money notes. She took the time to get her voice in prime shape, and it was worth it, because she delivered an absolutely stunning performance. She is an excellent communicator who's dedicated to her craft, and a real pleasure to work with. Five stars simply aren't enough!

  18. Review by John M.
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    Dedicated and talented singer. Highly recommend!

  19. Review by Trey P.
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    Nicki is exactly what you’d hope for in a vocalist. She is both excellent at the craft itself and communicates in the right, candid way that brings the best out of each job and allows you to learn or see a thing or two that you didn’t know prior.

  20. Review by Philip H.
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    Always great. My go-to person.

Interview with Nicki Gonzalez

  1. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  2. A: My strongest skill is that I'm not just a singer - I'm a well-rounded, learned musician. I read and write music, I hear harmonies naturally, I play piano, guitar and percussion. This gives me the vocabulary to communicate efficiently with instrumentalists and producers and promptly apply their/your directives.

  3. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  4. A: I bring to each song a unique understanding of how listeners hear music: from the top down. People hear a voice first and are inclined to receive the lyrical message. As a singer/songwriter, I emote into your lyrics so your story is not only understood but felt. But my favorite part is arranging impactful background vocals that give impact, framing the phrases that matter most.

  5. Q: What's your typical work process?

  6. A: First I will make sure that the song is in a singable key. It is not uncommon for male songwriters to place the song too high or too low for the female voice. When this is the case, I will record a quick demo of me singing in the "impossible" key and then I will make a suggestion for a new key and record a quick demo of that, too. Once we decide on key placement, I will learn you melody exactly as you present it to me, then I will also cut a track with some of my own melodic ideas. You can use the parts you like or none at all. Next, I stack vocal harmonies around the melody as directed. If I feel strongly that a particular lyric must stand out or that harmonies would sound good in another place, I will record this part for your review, too. Again, you can use my idea or scrap it.

  7. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  8. A: I record on Pro-Tools through a Behringer interface with a CAD studio microphone.

  9. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  10. A: Pop songwriters inspire me most. I think it takes tremendous skill to write something simple, memorable, with a clear message and mass appeal.

  11. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  12. A: The majority of my work is singing a lead vocal and adding stacked harmonies. I also create vocal arrangements and counterpoint melodies that compliment the lead. I will also write fun, relatable lyrics for pop, EDM and R&B tracks when requested.

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I deliver a 48-hr turn-around time unless otherwise specified, in advance. I allow two revisions.

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  • Logic
  • Apogee preamp
  • AudioTechnica 4047/SV Studio Condenser Mic
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