Onsale Times

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On Nikki Yanofsky’s forthcoming album Black Sheep (out May 8, 2020), the accomplished Montreal-based artist comes full circle on an ambition she’s been angling towards throughout her career: perfecting the ability to believe in and act on her own creative intuition.

Black Sheep enthusiastically rejects a single stylistic pillar — throughout the album, Yanofsky blends the confidence of bright 80s funk, with the rapt attention to detail of silky 90s R&B, and lush, kaleidoscopic melodies nod to the height of ultra-sleek sophisti-pop. Inspired by the desire to make ageless, timeless music, the unmistakable dynamism of Yanofsky’s voice is the anchor of an album that is both intricately crafted and wildly curious.

Yanofsky found success at an early age. Her song, I Believe, was named the official theme song of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. With I Believe, Nikki set a record as the youngest artist to have a number one Billboard single for the longest period of time, and the song was simultaneously number one on both the pop and jazz charts. Nikki is the youngest singer to record for famed Jazz label, Verve Records, and she’s worked with a host of celebrated artists including Herbie Hancock, will.i.am, Elton John, Wyclef Jean, Stevie Wonder and Quincy Jones.

In the midst of an era where popular music is more amenable than ever before to female artists embarking on open explorations of intimate revelations, Yanofsky is taking her place alongside a new group of artists bucking genre norms, like Jorja Smith, H.E.R., and Kali Uchis. And rooting her music in a new aspiration, Yanofsky’s is articulating her vision with the familiar cadence of her unwaveringly gutsy spirit.