Band Name: Niko Lorraine
Album Name: Feast or Famine
Music Style: World Rock Folk
Influences: Billie Holiday
Honest. Intense. Unapologetic Soulful. Groundbreaking. While the above mentioned terms have been bandied about by critics and fans alike to describe the music and lyrics on Progressive Folk Rock singer/songwriter Niko Lorraine’s sophomore CD.
Niko was encouraged by her mother, at an early age, to embrace all styles of music. While she was growing up in South Texas, Niko was exposed to a healthy diet of jazz, rock, country, R&B, gospel, folk, heavy metal, punk and blues. “Mama and I would listen to all kinds of music, and I learned to appreciate and connect with it all,” Niko remembers. “I fell in love with artists as different as Billie Holiday, Thelonious Monk, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Bill Withers, Marvin Gaye, Led Zeppelin, Patty Smith, Nirvana, STP, Metallica, Mega- deth, as well as (her self proclaimed ‘Sheros’) Ani DiFranco and Riot Girrrrl movement pioneer Kathleen Hannah of Bikini Kill. It was mu- sic I had, and still have, a spiritual connection to in so many ways. It has never been about one particular genre for me.”