Successfully Releasing an Album, Debuting a Musical to Standing Ovations and Starring in Her Own Whitney Houston Theatrical Tribute Show Around the U.S.
MIAMI, FL., December 15, 2021 – Nicole Henry South Florida’s very own jazz sensation, has a lot to celebrate. This week alone, her latest jazz album, Time to Love Again, jumped to #5 on December 13 on JazzWeek’s weekly radio airplay charts, a dramatic move from #156 back in early November. This is on the heels of performing in the world premiere production of A Wonderful World, a musical based on the life and songs of jazz legend and American Icon Louis Armstrong, which started running on December 4 at Miami Beach’s Colony Theatre. If that weren’t enough, she’s making worldwide touring plans for her one-woman concert tribute, I Wanna Dance with Somebody: The Music of Whitney Houston, which earned a BroadwayWorld Nomination for the best theatrical concert in 2019 and more recently was seen at the Smith Center in Las Vegas, South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center and the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach.
“I’m feeling beyond blessed. It’s incredible to release music that seems to be connecting with people, and to originate a role in a new musical with an amazing cast and crew – it’s all a dream come true. I never take for granted each time I’m able to share my passion for music and acting,” says Henry who released Time to Love Again back in mid-October 2021 through her indie label, Banister Records. The CD is an eclectic mix of jazz standards and reimagined pop tunes that she knows and loves. Featuring top South Florida musicians, it displays Henry’s soulful interpretations of songs by a diverse group of songwriters such as Stevie Wonder, Rodgers & Hart, Anthony Newley, and Buffy Sainte-Marie. Often compared to Whitney Houston and Natalie Cole for her dynamic range, impeccable phrasing, and bluesy gospel style, Henry makes each song uniquely her own, whether burning through a swing tune or gently caressing a ballad. It’s no wonder that her sweet yet powerful voice continues to be a favorite among audiences and critics alike.
Henry launched Banister Records in 2004, and to date, she’s released seven out of her eight albums; four of which reached Top 10 levels. Her current accomplishments are a testament to her 20-year career, which she traditionally celebrated in December with her Annual Winter Concert at the Colony Theatre. When A Wonderful World had to be rescheduled due to the pandemic, Henry was forced to postpone the concert, which has raised funds for the Miami Music Project and Miami Children’s Initiative for eight years.
Fans will be happy to know that 2022 tickets to Henry’s CD release tour will soon be on sale in NYC, Baltimore, Richmond, St. Louis, Charlotte and more, as well as for her theatrical tribute to Whitney Houston in Delray Beach, Miami, Buffalo and Connecticut. Her live performances have garnered fans and rave reviews in over 20 countries. Jordan Levin from the Miami Herald has said that “The voice that pours out of her is even more impressive, a burnished, honey-rich alto that can soar to gospel heights, romp with skin-tingling rhythm and drop to a heart-rending whisper, the vocal love child of Whitney Houston and Sarah Vaughan.” It’s that soulful voice and heartfelt charisma that has earned her a Soul Train Award for “Best Traditional Jazz Performance,” and three Top-10 U.S. Billboard and HMV Japan jazz albums. She has recorded with some of today’s musical greats including Kirk Whalum, Julian Lage, Gerald Clayton and Gil Goldstein and has performed with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra and Michael Feinstein. Feinstein.
ABOUT NICOLE HENRY:
Nicole Henry grew up in a musical family in Bucks County, PA. She immersed herself in the arts early on, singing in school and church, and studying cello and ballet. After graduating from the University of Miami with a degree in Communications and Theatre, she launched a successful acting career, appearing in national commercials as well as a series of voiceovers. In late 2019, Henry returned to the stage and garnered critical praise in the musical version of The Bodyguard. Henry has been actively committed to supporting community non-profits such as Miami Children’s Initiative, and YoungArts in addition to Miami Music Project. She was recognized by the City of Miami Beach and Miami-Dade County, proclaiming “Nicole Henry Days” in 2011, 2016 and 2017. She also served two terms on the Board of Governors of the Florida Chapter of the Recording Academy. For more information and to listen to Nicole Henry’s music, visit https://www.nicolehenry.com/. She can be found on Instagram and Facebook at @NicoleHenryMusic and on Twitter at @NicoleHenryJazz.
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