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Nicole Hart & The NRG Band

Nicole Hart & The NRG Band

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Style: * BLUES *
Blues & R&B

Member Since: 2002

City: Coral Springs, FL

Website: http://www.NRGband.com

Events Page: http://nrgband.net/Gigs.asp

Nicole Hart & The NRG Band is the natural evolution in the Blues/R&B Genre, aggressively combining a seductive, funky feel with the soulful nuances of The Blues. Under the direction of producer, arranger, and multi-Keyboardist Lance Ong, together with co-writer & Vocalist Nicole Hart, the original compositions & re-arrangement of Classic Blues & R&B material can only be described as: “N R G-ized”! Audiences love the mix of the familiar and the innovative, with a show that touches on everything from new Blues, to Classic R&B & Motown. Bringing the funky feel to the fore is virtuosic Bassist, Vonnie Hudson, whose mesmerizing grooves lock tight with hard-hitting Percussionist & Drummer, Joe Piteo, along with the fluid guitar work of top NYC Blues Guitarist, Rich Cohen. The mission of this consortium is to bring intense, provocative, & completely satisfying music to our audience.

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NICOLE HART ~ (Vocals) Straddling the diverse musical terrain as defined by such icons as Susan Tedeschi, Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, & Janis Joplin, Nicole's powerful, intoxicating voice is beautifully soul-sweet ~ silky, then gritty ~ classic, yet absolutely contemporary. She has sung with Billy Joel & is featured on-camera in his "All About Soul" video from the River of Dreams CD. She has recorded or performed with many other artists, including Harry Belafonte, Michael Bolton, The Shirelles, & Michael Monroe, as well as having recorded for movies & television, including Jonathan Demi’s, “Something Wild”, & is renowned for her electrifying stage presence.
LANCE ONG ~ (Multi-keyboards & Musical Director) Lance has a long career in the recording industry, working with such artists as The Pointer Sisters, Grand Funk Railroad, David Sanborn, an album by Andre Crouch which won a Grammy Award, Eryka Badu, Frankie Beverly & Maze, Johnny Halliday, Sylvie Vartan (French), Trini Lopez, & numerous others. His compositions have been featured in movies & television, and he is absolutely one of the most gifted and exciting soloists on the scene today.
RICH COHEN ~ (Guitars) Eclectic and versatile, Rich steps to the plate with his multi-dimensional playing ranging from ripping blues solos, to sensitive jazz nuances, to funk & raw rock n roll. Performance and recording credits include: Rickie Lee Jones, Buddy Miles, Lucky Peterson, Billy Branch, Magic Slim, Don Was, Phoebe Snow, Gavin DeGraw, Was (Not Was), Randy Jacobs & The Boneshakers, Ted Hawkins, Bill Simms, and numerous others.
JOE PITEO - (Drums) Hard-driving rhythms, tight grooves, thrilling solos, Joe Piteo delivers all this and more. His playing is alternately spare, wittily complex, & always exciting. Locking tight with Bassist Vonnie Hudson, Joe’s playing makes an exceptionally firm foundation for NRG. Joe has played with recording artist, Gil Parris – in fact, Gil occasionally makes guest appearances with NRG.
VONNIE HUDSON ~ (Bass) Vonnie is one of the great talents to come out of New York. Whether laying down his mesmerizing groove, or enrapturing our audiences with his exceptional soloing, Vonnie’s playing undeniably personifies the 4 “T’s” of great musicianship: touch, taste, tone & timbre, & rounds out the NRG rhythm section for a totally satisfying, funky finesse.

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“Great keyboard work by Lance Ong & strong vocals from Nicole Hart.”
~ BLUES REVUE

“…Wrote the book on putting on a perfect show. Their sound… treated the blues in the highest regard. They exemplified how the blues doesn’t have to be just a simple twelve-bar phrase.”
~ GOOD TIMES MAGAZINE

“..A big sound steeped in Jazz, R&B, Blues & Rock with incredibly soulful vocals …This band really knows how to cook with a blazing musical bonfire.”
~ MUSICMORSELS

“These spectacular vocalists & instrumentalist’s bring their considerable talents together to rock your world…Rhythm & Blues at its finest!”
~BARRELHOUSE BLUES, USA TODAY HOT SITE

“…The group is one hard workin’, soulfunkin’, blues jumpin’ R&B revue.”
~ RHYTHM & NEWS MAGAZINE

“…A top notch band of immense talents...something special in a world cluttered with the ‘next best things’...this band IS the next best thing...”
~ UNITED JERSEY BLUES NETWORK

"Great show…the crowd’s favorite!"
~ BOB PUTIGNANO, WFDU FM RADIO, Keeping The Blues Alive award recipient, contributing writer for Goldmine Magazine, & Blues Music Association Communications Committee, www.BluesMusicAssociation.org "…High energy, action-packed show. A real crowd pleaser!" ~ Producer, RIVERHEAD BLUES FESTIVAL

“Ms. Hart unleashes a torrent of emotion… Slinging his keyboard over his shoulders like a guitar, Lance attacks it just like a guitar…his stinging vibrato drives the crowd into frenzy.” ~ NEW YORK BLUES & JAZZ SOCIETY REVIEWS

“Terrific!!” ~ BLUESVIEWS
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