Nikki Hayes

Nikki Hayes

Nikki Hayes

Introducing R&B Singer/Songwriter Nikki Hayes
The comments run the gamut when they hear her – from the creative to the comical.  “Your voice just snatched my edges!”  “Why aren’t you famous yet?”  “If Beyoncé and Toni Braxton had a baby, she’d sound just like you!”  Those are just a few of the responses Nikki Hayes receives after someone encounters “that voice.”  Whether it's watching her videos or attending a live performance, there's no doubt the 22-year-old R&B singer/songwriter is not your typical artist.  She’s a vocal powerhouse to be reckoned with.  
Not bad for someone who, as her family used to say, “couldn’t hold a note in her hand.” 
Nikki’s journey into music started as a performer at Studio One Dance Chicago when she was just six-years-old and continued while attending elementary school at St. Sabina Academy.  Even then, she wanted more.  “My older sisters sang with Walt Whitman and The Soul Children of Chicago, so of course I wanted to join too,” Nikki recalled.  “One problem – I couldn’t sing!  I was turned down three times before finally becoming a Soul Child, but I refused to give up.  Every day I’d go in the basement of my house and just sing, and eventually the vocals started coming together.”

In 2010 Nikki recorded her first solo project and in 2013, she landed a final five spot in the “Who’s Next? Worldwide Online Talent Search,” sponsored by six-time Grammy Award winning producer; engineer; vocal producer and songwriter Kuk Harrell (Rihanna; Justin Bieber; Cher; Eminem; Beyoncé and others).  Since then, Nikki has recorded with Grammy Award winning artist Malik Yusef (G.O.O.D. Music); Tour keyboardist to the stars Marcus Kincy; and others. 

In 2016 Nikki penned and released her debut single Chance of Rain, produced by L.A. based music maker Ty Acord (Lophiile), which garnered support in a variety of both R&B as well as Hip-Hop music blogs and Web sites including Genius (formerly known as RapGenius) – recognized for its annotation of rap lyrics.  Rob Markman, head of Artist Relations at Genius called Chance of Rain “Smooth” and “Beautiful,” and designated Nikki a verified artist on the site.  

Nikki’s musical influences are wide-ranging – from Sam Smith, Beyoncé and Stevie Wonder, to Whitney Houston, Sade and Toni Braxton, who shared Nikki’s cover of her hit, You’re Making Me High with her Twitter followers.  

For additional information contact Sonya Gregory-Hayes; LNJ Entertainment; 773-547-4017 or via email at

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Gilbert, AZ

Recent Submissions

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Move by Nikki Hayes, produced by Chris Curran

Chris Heintz

Nikki thank you for reaching and submitting.

Starting out the mix on the record sounds solid. Good space between the frequencies and each instrument. Your vox are sitting nicely upfront in the mix as well. I might have lowered the electric piano keys a bit though. There is good musicianship shown within the track and I like the main acoustic melody as well. The arrangement feels like it could be broken up a bit more overall, but as-is things still sound good. As far as your performance goes I love your tone. Very commanding, yet vulnerable at the same time. You do a great job emoting the lyrics. I really liked your harmonies just silky and effortless. Very cool concept with “Move” and I like how you brought the idea to light in the chorus (“Stand Still). I’m all about clever concepts and how they’re executed. 

Overall a really strong record and  I have basically zero complaints. I checked out “Chance of Rain” and I really liked that as well. Please keep me updated on new music 

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