“One of the biggest and hidden gems were the artists performing on the JAZZTYME Stage. If you have not heard of the name Niki J Crawford, you will soon. Hearing Crawford is like listening to a hurricane blending its thunderous roar into a serene rose petal. Crawford is like an explosion of perfect harmony with lasting vocal power. She is the real deal. Listening to her will make you stop in your tracks. It won’t be too long before Crawford steps out from the shadows into the national spotlight.” — News4
“Crawford’s voice is immaculate. Best set of pipes around. She croons like Lucille Bogan and belts it out like Tina Turner—with all the moves too. …Though infused with rhythms inspired by the likes of Tito Puente and Maná, don’t be fooled—Niki J Crawford is about the funk, funk” — Music Connection
“Her voice literally erupts from her being, turning each song into an exclamation of unadulterated funk and soul. She is fearlessly explicit, exuding sexuality and the unmistakable good vibe spreads like a blanket across the audience.” — Live for Live Music
Niki J Crawford and her band bring the heat with a high energy soul get down. After a short break following her latest tour, where she performed more than 200 shows worldwide, Niki is back with a new band, new songs and a new show. Niki is an American Recording Artist/Songwriter from the small country town of Springhill, Louisiana with a powerful, unforgettable and melodic voice. The singer/songwriter crafts poignant lyrics and creates music with a Soul-Funk-R&B sound that you can feel. Niki has been singing since she was 6-years-old. From her roots as the lead soloist in her hometown church choir to the recently completed touring, her talent has continued to evolve as one of the strongest voices in music.
Niki and the band have shared the stage and have played with Carlos Santana, Snoop Dogg, Al Green, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Aaron Neville, Macy Grey, Booker T Jones, The Roots, Galactic and Orgone just to name a few of the legendary performers who have sought out her talent. She has performed on various late-night TV shows such as Jay Leno, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, and Saturday Night Live and lit up festival stages across the world like Bonnaroo, Wakarusa, Montreal Jazz, Summer Camp, Bear Creek, All Good, High Sierra and Jam Cruise.
A multi-talented artist, Niki J. Crawford not only sings but is also a talented and growing actress. She just finished shooting an upcoming film “Revival” based on the gospel of John and “Mr. Sophistication,” in which she plays herself-a popstar alongside Tatum O’ Neal, Harry Lenix and former Lakers star, Rick Fox. Niki can also be seen in Taylor Hackford’s “Love Ranch,” which was released worldwide in 2010.
Other credits include co-starring alongside Ginnifer Goodwin and Kevin Connolly in the hit comedy, “He’s Just Not That Into You”; “American Dreamz”, as well as roles in “The Tenants,” “Seeing Other People,” “Gridiron Gang,” “Miss March”, and “Killer Diller,” which she received a “Two Thumbs Up” for her performance and was told “She is The REAL American Idol” from Ebert & Roper.
Niki has also guest-starred on television shows “Ally McBeal,” “Wanted,” and was a “Scarlett” series regular; she has guested on hit productions “Rent” (Shubert Theater), and “Behind Closed Doors” (Tyler Perry Prod./T.D Jakes Prod.); and is also currently featured singing in the national Subway Campaign.
Niki continues to write and perform leading with her trademark aura of unconditional love and sensuality that fuels a vocal passion with the effortless ease of a veteran performer. Niki has said her goal is to make feel-good music and great films with an energy that inspires and alleviates negativity.