MP3 Niki Smart - Untethered
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Lyrics that go beyond and melodies that return.
All in all worth a listen
8 MP3 Songs
POP: Folky Pop, ROCK: Folk Rock
Music Connection, February, 2003
A multi-award-winner with her finger on the pulse of female pop-rock, Smart's writing is strong and memorable and her performances are skilled. There is so much quality here..."
Orange County Weekly, January, 2003
"We like her because she seems to change modes with each song... the title track kicks in, a rapturous, gritty tune... it's terrifyingly good, a perfect meshing of Smart's summery. sweet-and-sour/tough-and-tender voice that tumbles over loud, strangly guitars and skull-spanking drum rolls, shying away from anything remotely wimpy. There are several other choice cuts here too, which makes us wonder where she has been hiding herself all this time..."
Live Magazine, January 2003
"Niki has found the ability to touch the core of those who are fortunate enough to hear her. She pains an emotional, magical picture with words..."
Smart has won several songwriting awards and contests including winning the Spree Song contest, the Demo derby online contest and voted best vocalist in the Best of the Best International contest. Smart was included in Music Connection's Top Ten demos of the year and was nominated for "Female singer/songwriter of the year" and "Pop song of the Year" for JPFolks, and also "Best Indie artist " for the OCMA.
Smart recently finished her second CD "Untethered". The OC Register said "Niki Smart's first CD "Seems so Peculiar" was one of the best local releases
Niki has opened for many national acts including The Stranglers, Alannah Myles, Chris Botti, Joan Armatrading, Bobby Caldwell and Niki has played at venues throughout Southern California including The Orange County Fair, The Palace, The Coach House, The Musician's Institute and was asked to play at Andre Agassi's New Year's Party, and played in front of the White House for the ending ceremonies for the "Tour of Hope"
Niki wrote a song for a LA Times TV commercial and she also sang and played guitar on it. And Niki sang the national IHOP commercial that aired on TV and radio across America for 2001 and 2002. The new radio campaign for the LA Times has Niki's music in too - currently airing across Southern California.
Niki played live on KUCI 88.9fm and was featured on KLOS 95.5fm, made it onto XM Radio's Unsigned and will be playing live on WMNF 88.5 in Tampa.
Niki has 4 songs in the upcoming indy film "Murder Inside of Me" and Niki was voted into the Hot 100 unsigned artists by Music Connection Magazine. Her music is also the theme song for a TV series "Heartbreak Cafe" and in 2 short films.
And last but not least, Niki was chosen for Adelphia's TV show "The Scene" which aired in March 2004 and also to be interviewed on "Prime Story" (also aired in March).
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