Photo by Kurt Iswarienko
Think Amy Winehouse-meets-Duffy-meets-Gin Wigmore and you have Nikki & Rich, a California/New York duo who met in Nashville while Nikki was a background singer for Carrie Underwood.
Rich Velonskis, a producer and formerly a DJ, was looking for a strong female singer and lyricist to collaborate with and fortunately for us he met Nikki Leonti, a former Christian music artist. Signed to Reprise Records, Nikki & Rich’s debut album Everything is due for release soon and the first single, Next Best Thing, is an extremely fun song about dating and finding love with a twist: a non-repentant woman who’s turning the tables on men and not ashamed to state that girls are players too.
The video by Anthony Mandler (who has also directed artists across various genres like M.I.A., John Mayer, Jay-Z, Fergie and The Killers) completes the package with lots of high heels and dancing in a colourful video. Pop music at its best, but I’m not ashamed to say I love it.