Active voting member of The Recording Academy, Nicki Kris is a singer-songwriter from North Carolina. She is influenced by several of today’s top artists, plus top female rockers of the past such as Anne and Nancy Wilson, Natalie Merchant, and Pat Benatar. Nicki’s latest single, ‘You’ve Got A Hold On Me’, co-written with Producer/Songwriter, Kevin McNoldy, is inspired by the 50 Shades of Grey series. “The song,” it is explained, “takes a unique approach by assuming the voice inside the head of the main male character, Christian Grey, taking the listener on a deep haunted journey into his mind and his unexpressed romantic feelings for his beloved Ana…”
Nicki Kris continues to grow as a songwriter and performer, and this track is among her best work in every way. In the music she has made to date, there were always songs which were stunning in their emotional intensity and beauty. Almost all of her songs are revelatory, and their collective range of feeling is most impressive. Nicki’s uniquely lovely voice has almost always been unbelievably moving; her very subtle inflections, powerful and intricate lyrics, emotionally precise delivery, adding fuel to the artistic fire.
Now with ‘You’ve Got A Hold On Me’, the musical arrangement is more colorful and complexly layered, a sumptuous vocal melody abounds, while Nicki’s – both earthy yet angelic voice – and the understated synth strings give this track an almost unbearable poignancy.
The suggestive and voluptuous soundscape of ‘You’ve Got A Hold On Me’, serves not only to highlight Nicki Kris’ truly gifted songwriting and lyricism but stands as a showcase for the full expression and emotion this singer is capable of. ‘You’ve Got A Hold On Me’, given more than the cursory two plays, will begin to reveal a subtle and understated beauty and elegance rarely found in a music industry intent on mass marketing, radio play singles and lyrics you pick up on first listen.
Nicki’s turn into more introspective electronic music on this single, suits her well. The haunting beauty of the track evokes something familiar. Hearing ‘You’ve Got A Hold On Me’ is like discovering a secret that was first whispered to you long ago. You can tell Nicki Kris and Kevin McNoldy invested a great deal of effort, emotion, energy, and feeling into this song.