Nikki O’Neill is an Americana singer, guitar player and songwriter, deeply in love with soul music. She was born in Los Angeles and lives there now, but she grew up in Sweden.
She plays lead as well as rhythm guitar.
Nikki was featured in the November 2019 issue of Guitar Player Magazine, interviewed by blues artist Sue Foley.
One EP, Two Singles and Radio Play
Nikki writes many of her songs with lyric writing partner Paul Menser. They've been collaborating successfully since her 2017 album, ‘‘Love Will Lead You Home, ” and the 2018 singles ‘‘When Do I Tell Him” and ‘‘Where Luck Can Find Me.” The songs have received radio play by blues/rock stations in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia, and enthusiastic reviews by roots music press in the U.S, UK and Sweden.
Inspired by Pops Staples and Paul McCartney
As a guitarist, Nikki’s style is inspired by soul pickers like Pops Staples, Teenie Hodges and Prince. Vocally, she has a sweet, bluesy soprano, and her songwriting is inspired by soul, gospel, rock, colorful harmony and great melodies (her favorites include Jerry Ragovoy, Dan Penn, Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach and even ABBA's Bjorn and Benny... she grew up in Sweden after all.)
Guitar Book Author, Journalist and Educator
Nikki is the author of the rock guitar instruction e-book “Women’s Road to Rock Guitar” (Alfred Music – get it on iBooks.) She also has a guitar lesson channel on TrueFire.com called ”Twang, Soul & Rock 'n' Roll”, and she's been a contributing writer for Guitar Player magazine, Reverb Lessons, She Shreds Magazine, and the Swedish musicians magazine Musiker Magasinet.
Nikki performed actively with her band, featuring Rob Fresco (bass, vocals), and Rich Lackowski (drums, percussion.) She also played acoustic shows with the band as well as solo shows.
Nikki performed at the 2019 Americanafest in Nashville as part of the ”California Country” showcases, and opened for Stax artists Southern Avenue in Los Angeles.
Nikki's new album, “World is Waiting,” will be out in mid-October, 2020. One of the songs was recorded at the legendary Royal Studios in Memphis. The album is produced by Nikki and Joshua “Cartier” Cutsinger, mixed by Ethan Allen (Mavis Staples) and mastered by Gavin Lurssen (Robert Plant & Allison Krauss.)
Nikki O'Neill is endorsed by Seymour Duncan pickups.