Niecie, recognized for the soul running through her veins, was born and raised in Motown. Detroit served as a musical playground for Niecie growing up in a household filled with music from big band jazz to the psychedelic rock from the Woodstock era. All the rainbow of musical genres influenced Niecie’s Blues style.
From Detroit, Niecie continued her musical journey in Chicago. It was here that the blues swarmed her soul and took hold of her spirit. Where else but Chicago! Niecie tore up the Windy City blues scene throughout the 1980’s.
Niecie has been heating up the blues 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, and Shaun Murphy amongst many others. Niecie has performed in the blues world most famous venues such as The House of Blues (Myrtle Beach, LA, Chicago), Buddy Guy’s Legends(Chicago), Manny’s Car Wash(NYC), B.B. King’s(Memphis, LA, Nashville) just to name a few.
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.
“Niecie is a blues singer of the first order with impeccable taste in delivery and material. I can’t play her songs on my radio show without getting a barrage of phone calls from listeners wanting to know, “Who WAS that?!” –Mick Martin, Blues Party, KXJZ, Sacremento; KUOP, Stockton/Modesto; KKTO, Tahoe City/Reno; KQNC, Quincy; KXJS, Sutter.
Niecie’s new 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. Some of the same musical greats laid it down on this release, 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).