A TASTE OF COUNTRY, A LICK OF ROCK! Hot, sassy, country rocker Nikki Briar will get your boots stompin and hands clappin, guaranteed!!! She has been named the East Coast’s hardest working female country artist as of 2011, sliding herself into the hearts of fans all over the nation and world! While performing over 220 shows a year, this Jersey Girl clearly has the heart of a country music superstar.
Nikki records and performs in Nashville and has showed people that a Jersey Girl can rock the country music scene as good as any southern bell. She performs all over the East Coast and is planning her 2017 West Coast Summer Tour. thanks to fan demands, Briar has headlined the legendary Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ and the Stanhope House in Stanhope, NJ and has performed with southern rockers BlackBerry Smoke and Chris Janson at the Starland Ballroom in Sayerville, NJ. She has also opened up for national and international acts such as Tim McGraw, Granger Smith, Chase Bryant, Billy Currington, Parmalee, LoCash, Blackjack Billy, Outshyne, Steven Lee Olson, Meghan Linsey, Cassadee Pope, Blackhawk, the Outlaws, Rodney Atkins, Old Southern Moonshine Revival and Big Country. She was a 2015 featured artist at the TASTE OF COUNTRY music festival in Hunter, NY.
Briar just completed her 4th EP entitled AFTER THE NEW WEAR’S OFF along with an official music video, set to debut September 2016.
In 2015, Nikki’s 3rd EP FREE FROM THE DEMON debuted on indie country billboard charts and was featured on the homepage of iTunes HOT NEW COUNTRY page.
In 2013, Briar’s popular radio single COUNTRY THANG reached country music indie charts and has since been nominated for various awards, including SONG OF THE YEAR, ALBUM OF THE YEAR, and ARTIST OF THE YEAR. The official line dance also went international created by chorographer Matt Thomson.
Aside from the impressive amount of performers Briar has worked with and the growth of her popularity in a short period of time, she is a proud army wife who sings the national anthem professionally for various military events, charities and sporting events. She enjoys donating her time and talent for those in need and believes that music makes a big impact during a time in need while donating proceeds of her music and merchandise to that cause.
Briar’s first full length album from 2013 DANCIN IN THE HEADLIGHTS includes 9 songs, 2 of which Briar wrote, is colorful and rockin from one song to the next! “Unknown Soldier” and “Jersey Girl” which Briar wrote along with Nashville songwriter, Mike Kuhl, depict the realness of Briar and her life experiences as a military wife, a patriot, and a proud Garden State Cowgirl!
Nikki Briar’s first country album, “A Soldier’s Princess”, clearly represents the heart of patriotism and the definition of country music. Each song is lyrically captivating and instrumentally unique. Briar’s voice will leave you breathless.
What makes Briar unique from other artists is that she instructs line dancing at all her shows and actively interacts with her audience, so whether you are a beginner or an advanced dancer, be prepared to get up and move!
When Nikki Briar is not touring and performing, she enjoys spending her days off with her family, husband and their 6 rescue pets.
Stay tuned for many things to come from this rockin country superstar!
Biography by Mike Kuhl
Nikki Briar, born Nicole Signorella on May 23rd has truly been passionately involved with music her entire life. Her father, Joseph, made his living as a touring drummer for a Motown band called the Victorians, while mother Oksana, was a classically trained pianist and artist. From a very young age, Briar was influenced and connected best with artists such as Frank Sinatra and Whitney Houston. Her parents say that the way she learned to speak was by memorizing and singing along to her favorite songs on her record player.
A young Briar took part in every performing event that she could, singing in the choir and becoming the first female drummer in her middle school. In sixth grade, she started learning to play the guitar from her uncle, Anthony Signorella. Briar went to Arthur L. Johnson for her regular high school experience in Clark, NJ. She also attended the Gifted and Talented program at a votech school where she participating in the highly praised musical theater department. She then went on to graduate from Seton Hall University with a degree in Special and Elementary Education, minoring in Music for voice and guitar. Since graduating, Nikki Briar has been teaching music to young children at the New Jersey Workshop of the Arts and currently attends Graduate School of Seton Hall University. She sings at events for the New Jersey National Guard and is a proud Army wife.
When asked why she decided to pursue a career in country music, Briar simply said: “I love the passion and the truth in country music. I love the story songs that can either make you laugh hysterically or bring you to tears. After all, music is about emotion, and I want my audience to feel something when they hear me sing.”
Nikki Briar currently resides in New Jersey with husband Angelo Martinez who is her inspiration and number one fan.