She may only be 20, but Canadian jazz sensation Nikki Yanofsky has already worked with the likes of Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock and Will.i.am.
While it contains her usual mix of Ella Fitzgerald and Etta James influences, Yanofsky’s second studio album ‘Little Secret’ also incorporates her own touch of pop.
“I would describe ‘Little Secret’ as an album that really represents me as a person. It’s very from the heart and also, the sound of it, I guess I would describe it as accessible jazz. It has a lot of elements of 2014 mixed in with my roots of jazz. I don’t know, it’s kind of like a new sound,” she says.
‘Little Secret’ was executive produced by legendary musician and producer Quincy Jones, who talent-spotted Yanofsky at a party when she was just a teenager.
“I met Quincy Jones for the first time when I was about 14. I sang for him in his living room, actually, and after that we said we wanted to work with each other. I mean I’ve always wanted to work with him. I’m a huge fan of his but it was nice to have his approval of what I was doing. This was the first opportunity we both had to work on a project together,” she said.
The young singer-songwriter has won mostly praise from critics for her new album though some deplore the lack of "soul and grit to her voice", , adding that it “will simply come with time”.
Nikki Yanofsky is currently touring France. ‘Little Secret’ is out now.