SP Music Management act as booking agent for Nicki French
From the age of 16, Nicki studied Music and Drama at West Kent College in Tonbridge, Kent, passing her ‘A’ Levels two years later. At the annual college musical, she played the lead role of Laurey in ‘Oklahoma!’, earning rave reviews for her performance.
In 1991 Nicki was booked as the leading lady in a series of revue shows on a cruise ship, touring Europe and beyond and covering shows such as ‘Mack and Mabel’, ‘Oklahoma!’, ‘Paint Your Wagon’, ‘Calamity Jane’, along with more general tributes to Stage and Screen.
Early in 1994 Nicki recorded a dance version of ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’. A few months later Mike Stock took it on, re-mixed it and made it into the massive worldwide hit it was – the first release, and success, of his new record company, Love This Records.
‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’, produced by Mike Stock and Matt Aitken, became the first big hit of 1995 by a new artist, reaching number five in the UK charts. It went to number two on the Billboard Hot 100, the highest placing in the USA by a UK artist since the 1980s, and spent six months in the chart there. It also reached number one in Australia, Japan, Brazil, Israel, Spain, Holland and Canada, and sold more than five million copies. Nicki started touring extensively around the world, finding that ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’, and Nicki’s lively stage show, were a huge success wherever they went.
To cap a great 1995, Nicki’s success continued at the annual Dance Music Authority Magazine Awards in the USA, where she was honoured to win all three awards she was nominated for – Best Female Vocalist, Single of the Year and Most Promising Newcomer.
Nicki managed to achieve the often-elusive international recording success, and in the summer of 1995 released her debut album, ‘Secrets’, which sold over 50,000 copies in its first week of release in the USA.
In March 1996, Nicki embarked on her first visit to Brazil, totally unaware of the extent of her success in the South American territories, where no less than nine of her songs have been huge hits, particularly ‘Did You Ever Really Love me?’ and ‘Te Amo’. She subsequently returned to tour there five times in 18 months.
In 1997 Nicki was approached by Jim Steinman, the original writer of ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’, and famous for his work with Meatloaf, Celine Dion, Cher and Barbra Streisand to name but a few. He had heard the ‘French Revolution’ album, and wanted to work with Nicki. She then recorded a couple of tracks for his new record company, Ravenous.
Nicki carried on doing live shows around the world, then in August 1999 had a call from John Springate – the song he had for her this time was entitled ‘Don’t Play That Song Again’, written by John and Gerry Shephard, and they were planning to enter it for Song for Europe – was she interested? John had never realised that Nicki was a HUGE fan of the Eurovision Song Contest – he does now! They recorded the track in two takes, and the song was put forward for selection. It then went through all the elimination rounds, and after the Radio 2 listeners voted it into the final four, Nicki ended up back in the Top of the Pops studio again, to perform the song live on BBC1. That was 20th February 2000 – a day she will remember forever. The song was VERY well received, and Nicki comfortably won the public’s vote – and support – thus fulfilling her childhood dream of representing her country at Eurovision in Stockholm, an experience she classes as ‘the most magical week of my life’. Although it didn’t win, the UK delegation did win one award – for Best Party during the week of rehearsals! Nicki’s popularity in Sweden since then is such that she was one of the headline acts at Stockholm Pride in 2001. In the Summer of 2003 she was invited to return and performed again – this time with her live band and singers. The audience reaction was amazing – even better than 2001, proving that there’s nothing like a live band!
In January 2003, Nicki was the only British artist to feature in an all-star line-up for an ABC Television special in Los Angeles, ‘The Disco Ball – a 30-Year Celebration’, which was filmed at the Shrine Auditorium, home of the Oscars Ceremony, and included Gloria Gaynor, Whoopi Goldberg, KC & the Sunshine Band, Chic, Irene Cara, Usher, & the Village People. The show has since been repeated on tv around the world many times. Then, in 2005 she travelled to Sydney, where she headlined the Australian Mardi Gras celebrations.
Nicki has taken part in many television programmes in her career, including Top of the Pops, GMTV, The Big Breakfast, MTV, FBI, The Cable TV Awards, After 5, Newsround, Esther, Nickelodeon, UK Living, Night Fever, BBC Breakfast and A Question of Pop. In 2003 she took part in ‘The Weakest Link – Eurovision Special’, and won! – making £13,000 for Cancer Research.
In the past few years, Nicki has been in demand for her acting, as well as her singing skills, and has managed to combine the two with some wonderful theatre roles, playing eight different parts in the UK tour of ‘Annie’; three of the four characters in ‘Menopause the Musical’ (UK & Ireland tours); Ethel Merman in ‘Gee, But It’s Good to be Here – An Audience With Ethel Merman’ (Trent House, Newcastle); Helga ten Dorp in ‘Deathtrap’ (Brookside Theatre, Romford); Sarah in ‘Dirty Dating.com’ (UK tour).
Nicki is also now in demand at panto season, and has played Fairy Godmother, Good Queen, Dandini and, turned her hand to playing the ‘baddie’ roles, which she loves.
In 2014, Mike Stock contacted Nicki about recording some new tracks together. The first offering from their work was ‘This Love’, which had an amazing reaction from fans, going straight in at number 1 on the EuroNRG chart.
Nicki returned to Energise Records in 2017 and released Teardrops (On The Disco Floor). The EP topped the UK iTunes Vocal Album Chart, and crossed over onto the overall UK iTunes Album Chart peaking at number 59. The EP was the labels biggest selling physical single of the year!
Nicki released the Christmas Album ‘A Very Nicki Christmas’ in November 2017. The album peaked at number 9 on the UK iTunes Vocal Album Chart.
Nicki released the single ‘Steal The Crown’ on the 5th April 2018. The single topped the charts on the UK iTunes Vocal Singles Chart and reached number 45 on the Swedish iTunes Singles Chart.