Vocals 1981 - 1986
Nikki’s career in the music industry has flourished over the many years since performing weekly on Channel 7’s “Brian and the Juniors.” After leaving secondary school, she joined “John St. Peters and the Shirelles” on the cabaret circuit throughout Australia.
In 1980, she became the original backing vocalist for the brand new John Farnham Band over a period of four years and recorded backing vocals on the “WHISPERING JACK” album. Nikki was a renowned Melbourne session singer back in the days when the album recording and commercial industries were thriving.
She has toured Australia and New Zealand with Australian Crawl, Suzi Quatro, Lulu, Richard Clapton, toured the world with Kylie Minogue and whilst with Farnham supported Stevie Wonder throughout Australia.
The first night of the Stevie Wonder tour, Nikki was placed behind Stevie in a conga line as the whole band performed Master Blaster, however instead of helping to guide Stevie across the stage, in her excitement she forgot he was blind and steered him into the fold back monitor, he went down with her on top of him. “It was very funny at the time” she said, “However I was not placed behind Stevie in the conga line for future shows.”
After studying Japanese on and off for eight years, Nikki wrote and recorded an album called “YUME IPPAI” (Full of Dreams). Each song was written in Japanese about different parts of Australia.
She has recorded “MISUNDERSTOOD” an album of ‘rock classics’ by Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Cream, Deep Purple and the Rolling Stones. Songs such as Foxy Lady, Whole Lotta Love, Smoke on the Water, Don’t let me be Misunderstood, Tin Soldier and others.
In the early 2000’s, Nikki starred alongside Wendy Stapleton and Debra Byrne in a 10 year run of the much loved show “GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS.”
In 2015, she released her new original album called “BRIDESMAID” produced by Nikki and Doug Brady. The album features tracks that are rock, blues, ballads and the title track has a “cute, quirkiness about it.”
The past few years have seen Nikki performing in awesome bands such as “Jam the Funk,” “The Ritual of Rock” and “The Dreamroom” alongside acclaimed musicians; Eric McCusker (Mondo Rock), Danny Simcic (Real Life), Rick Petropoulos (The Ferrets), Fallon Williams lll (Steve Marriott’s Humble Pie), Paula Reid (Vanessa Amorosi), John Grant (Brian Cadd, Mike Brady, Eurogliders) Lisa Bade, Paul Gildea (Icehouse), Dave Leslie (Baby Animals), Scott Griffiths (Chantoozies) and John ‘Watto’ Watson (Everyone!!.)
The Dreamroom with Nikki, Eric McCusker, Rick Petropoulos and Fallon Williams released their album “What the Moon Believes” in 2022.
Nikki has also been performing her show “You’ve Got a Friend” the songs and story of Carole King with a touch of James Taylor receiving rave reviews from audiences at The Palms, Crown and Performing Art Centres throughout the country.
In 2022, she began producing her weekly 2 hour radio show ‘Women in Music’ for Ferndale Radio, United Kingdom. She also released her single “Gravity” and continues to tour the Australian live music scene.
Albums: Whispering Jack