“Raw and Souful…Rocking Powerhouse” – Cashbox Magazine
Niecie, recognized for soul running through her veins, was born and raised in Motown. Niecie has been heating up the music scene from coast to coast for over 20 years. Niecie has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Koko Taylor, Larry McCray, Magic Slim and the Teardrops, former Allman Brothers Johnny Neel, Outlaw’s guitar slinger Chris Anderson, and Shaun Murphy.. Niecie has made her presence world wide including France, Germany, UK, Netherlands and Canada.”
From Detroit, Niecie continued her musical journey in Chicago and tore up the Windy City music scene throughout the 1980’s. From Chicago, Niecie headed west. Niecie performed in Las Vegas at the Hacienda, Sahara, Aladdin and the San Remo Hotels and Casinos. She then took to California gigging in the Los Angeles blues scene. From west to east, Niecie found her way to Boston. Here she studied with some of the greats from the Berklee College of Music. While in Boston, Niecie gigged up and down the east coast from New York to Florida.
In 1997, Niecie’s first accomplished blues tunes as a songwriter were included in a blues compilation, Blues Deluxe, on Mona Lisa Records. After this, Niecie found her way to Nashville, Music City USA. She immediately got into the studio and recorded/co-produced her debut CD “Peace Of My Mind”. Producer/Drummer Nioshi Jackson (E.C. Scott, Scott Holt, Trisha Yearwood, Larry Carlton) assembled some of the finest musicians in the biz. On guitars are Larry McCray (Gibson guitar award winner), Shane Theriot (Neville Brothers), Mike Durham (Dave Matthews Band) and Chris Anderson (Outlaws). On bass are Willie Weeks (Eric Clapton, Etta James), Chris Kent (Larry Carlton, Kirk Whalum, and Manny Yanes (Patti Labelle, Neville Brothers, Robert Palmer). Johnny Neel (Allman Brothers, Government Mule, Blue Floyd) on keyboards brought a lot of soul. The album was mix by bass player John Billings (Donna Summer). All this talent, combined with songs from Grammy winner songwiters, Kim Morrison, Johnny Neel, Richard Fleming, made Niecie’s CD debut “Peace Of My Mind” a hit album. Upon radio release, “Peace Of My Mind” hit the Top 10 charts on several Billboard reporting radio stations worldwide.
“Wanted Woman”, Niecie’s 3rd release, is in consideration in 4 categories for 2015 Grammy Nominations. The CD debuted at #1 Top 50(all genres) and #2 Top 50 Blues on APD Global Charts. “Wanted Woman” was produced by the legendary former Allman Brothers Johnny Neel who also laid it down on keys, B3 and percussion. The other slammng players on the sessions were Chris Anderson(Outlaws) on guitar, Dennis Gulley(Dr. Hook, Alabama) on bass, and Daryl Burgess(Bernard Allison, T. Graham Brown) on drums. Additional guitars are Danny Hamelin(Tim Gonzales, Johnny Neel) and Jon Conley(Kenny Chesney). Background vocals were performed by Kim Morrison(Percy Sledge,Etta James).
Niecie’s sophomore release, “Beyond The Surface” hit the charts landing at #35 Top 50 Blues on Cashbox and Billboard, #8 on Top 50 Blues and #23 Top 50 Albums (all genres) on ADP Global charts. The plethora of talent that resides on this CD is amazing: Nioshi Jackson, co-producer and drums, Johnny Neel on keys, Mike Durham on guitar. Also on keys is jazz great Jody Nardone and Brian Gary (Eddie Money). On bass, thumping are Steve Forrest (Wooten Brothers), Calvin Turner, and Jerry Navarro (Charles Walker and the Dynamites), Additional guitars are Shaun Bayles, Shean Smith and Adam Agati. Percussion and background vocals are slammed by multi-talented Crystal Taliefero (Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, John Mellancamp, Faith Hill). This CD was mixed and mastered by John Billings (Donna Summer).