Nicole Willis

Real Name:
Nicole Daniele Willis
Profile:
US singer, visual artist, and artist.

Born: 1963 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA.

Willis began singing and writing songs in New York with bands "Blue Period" and the "Hello Strangers" in 1984, then sang with a group called "Washington Week In Review" alongside members of The Brand New Heavies in London in 1985.

In 1989, she sang back-ups and lead vocals on The The's 'Mind Bomb' tour. The following year, she joined band Repercussions, releasing "Promise" (1992) on Mo Wax, collaborating with Curtis Mayfield on "Let's Do It Again" (1984) on Reprise Records, and recording two albums "Earth And Heaven" (1995) and "Charmed Life" (1997), as their vocalist and songwriter. She also recorded track "Swords" (2000) with Leftfield from their album "Rhythm And Stealth" (1999).

She relocated (and now lives/works) to Helsinki, Finland, producing and recording with Maurice Fulton and ex-husband Jimi Tenor, releasing the albums "Soul Makeover" (2000) and "Be It" (2004) on Sähkö Recordings/Puu.

Between 2003-2015, she recorded three soul/funk studio albums with Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators, "Keep Reachin' Up" (2005), "Tortured Soul" (2013), and finally "Happiness In Every Style" (2015). She also returned to working with Tenor during this time, releasing two house music albums under the name Cola & Jimmu, "Enigmatic" (2013) and "I Give To You My Love And Devotion" (2014), with which she began her label Herakles Records, along with the eponymous album "Haunted By Hallucinations" (2014) which she produced with Tenor.

Further collaborations followed on Persephone Records (a sublabel of Herakles Records) with artists Jonathan Maron; Jimi Tenor; with Umo Jazz Orchestra on album "My Name Is Nicole Willis" (2017); and with Banda Palomita on album "My Soul Sensation" (2019).

Education wise, Willis graduated from the High School of Art and Design in 1980. She later graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from her studies at Lahti Institute of Fine Arts, Lahti University of Applied Sciences, with professor Markus Heikkerö in Finland, and Erasmus studies at Sir John Cass Department of Art, London Metropolitan University in the UK, in 2008 & completed in 2009. Willis' concentration in her studies were oil painting, time-based media, and performance.

Ex-wife of producer Lassi Lehto (aka Jimi Tenor), between 1999-2016.
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PUU 21 Nicole Willis - Soul Makeover album art Nicole Willis Soul Makeover(CD, Album) Sähkö Recordings, Puu PUU 21 Finland 2000 Sell This Version
PUU-31CD Nicole Willis - Be It album art Nicole Willis Be It (Album) Puu, Puu, Sähkö Recordings PUU-31CD Finland 2004 Sell This Version
TRCD-002 Nicole Willis - Keep Reachin' Up album art Nicole Willis And The Soul Investigators Nicole Willis And The Soul Investigators - Keep Reachin' Up (Album) Timmion Records TRCD-002 Finland 2005 Sell This Version
TRLP-007 Nicole Willis - Tortured Soul album art Nicole Willis And The Soul Investigators Nicole Willis And The Soul Investigators - Tortured Soul (Album) Timmion Records, Timmion Records, Timmion Records TRLP-007 Finland 2013 Sell This Version
TRCD-12001, CD-12001 Nicole Willis - Happiness In Every Style album art Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators - Happiness In Every Style (Album) Timmion Records, Timmion Records TRCD-12001, CD-12001 Finland 2015 Sell This Version
PERSE002 Nicole Willis - My Name Is Nicole Willis album art Nicole Willis & Umo Jazz Orchestra Nicole Willis & Umo Jazz Orchestra - My Name Is Nicole Willis (Album) Persephone Records (2), Herakles Records PERSE002 2017 Sell This Version
PERSE005 Nicole Willis - My Soul Sensation album art Nicole Willis & Banda Palomita Nicole Willis & Banda Palomita - My Soul Sensation(LP, Album) Persephone Records (2) PERSE005 Europe 2019 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

AR 45375 Nicole Willis - Tell Me Why album art Garo (4) Featuring Nicole Willis Garo (4) Featuring Nicole Willis - Tell Me Why(CD, Maxi) Alles Records AR 45375 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
PUU-20, PUU 20 Nicole Willis - All The Time album art Nicole Willis All The Time Puu, Puu PUU-20, PUU 20 Finland 2000 Sell This Version
HAND59TP Nicole Willis - Swords album art Leftfield Featuring Nicole Willis Leftfield Featuring Nicole Willis - Swords (Maxi, Single) Hard Hands HAND59TP UK 2000 Sell This Version
PUU-23 Nicole Willis - Curiosity album art Nicole Willis Curiosity Puu PUU-23 Finland 2001 Sell This Version
Puu28 Nicole Willis - Siesta album art Nicole Willis Siesta(12") Puu Puu28 Finland 2002 Sell This Version
SAHCO-001 Nicole Willis - You Better Change / Raw Steaks album art Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators With Jimmy Tenor* Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators With Jimmy Tenor* - You Better Change / Raw Steaks (Single) Sahco Records SAHCO-001 Finland 2003 Sell This Version
Puu-30 Nicole Willis - Say It album art Nicole Willis Say It Puu Puu-30 Finland 2003 Sell This Version
Timmion # 011 Nicole Willis - If This Ain't Love (Don't Know What Is) album art Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators - If This Ain't Love (Don't Know What Is) (Single, Maxi) Timmion Records Timmion # 011 Finland 2005 Sell This Version
none Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators - A Perfect Kind Of Love(CD, Maxi) Timmion Records none Finland 2005 Sell This Version
012 Nicole Willis - My Four Leaf Clover / Holdin' On album art Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators With Jimmy Tenor* Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators With Jimmy Tenor* - My Four Leaf Clover / Holdin' On (Single) Timmion Records 012 Finland 2006 Sell This Version
ATC008 Nicole Willis - Feeling Free album art Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators - Feeling Free (Single) Timmion Records ATC008 UK 2006 Sell This Version
MMSI-002 Nicole Willis - Are You Ready To The Party? album art Mr. Comicstore Feat. Nicole Willis Mr. Comicstore Feat. Nicole Willis - Are You Ready To The Party?(7") Mamushi Records MMSI-002 Japan 2006 Sell This Version
ATC013 LTD Nicole Willis - Holding On / Invisible Man album art Afronaught Vs Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators / Simbad Vs Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators Afronaught Vs Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators / Simbad Vs Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators - Holding On / Invisible Man(12") Above The Clouds ATC013 LTD UK 2007 Sell This Version
Timmion # 029 Nicole Willis - Tell Me When (We Can Start Our Love Thing Once Again) / It’s All Because Of You album art Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators - Tell Me When (We Can Start Our Love Thing Once Again) / It’s All Because Of You (Single) Timmion Records Timmion # 029 Finland 2012 Sell This Version
001 Nicole Willis - Loving You Is All I Wanna Do / You Got Me Moonwalking album art Ebony Evans / Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators Ebony Evans / Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators - Loving You Is All I Wanna Do / You Got Me Moonwalking(7") Oslo Soul Experience 001 Norway 2013 Sell This Version
TR-704 Nicole Willis - One In A Million album art Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators - One In A Million (Single) Timmion Records TR-704 Finland 2015 Sell This Version
TR-701 Nicole Willis - Let's Communicate album art Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators - Let's Communicate (Single) Timmion Records TR-701 Finland 2015 Sell This Version
none Nicole Willis - Paint Me In A Corner album art Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators - Paint Me In A Corner (Single, EP) Timmion Records none France 2015 Sell This Version

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eggfooyoung

eggfooyoung

April 23, 2020
Super underrated! Keep Reachin' Up is a gem of an album.

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