Nicolas Bearde (jazz, blues, soul, R&B) (USA)
A supremely gifted singer and entertainer who is fluent in soul, jazz and R&B stylings, Nicolas Bearde has been compared to vocal icons like Lou Rawls, Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway, and Jon Lucien. But such comparisons fail to capture his vocal artistry or do justice to his musical accomplishments on record or in performance.
Nicolas Bearde, an alumnus of Bobby McFerrin's Voicestra and the vocal sextet SoVoSo, sounds like a soul-drenched Mark Murphy with a dash of Sinatra swagger. A paucity of male jazz singers makes Nicolas Bearde a rare avis. It's clear that he enjoys himself on-stage, as evidenced by the rapport, joke-telling, and personality he exudes.
The many forays that Nicolas Bearde made during his singing career -- church choir in Nashville, soul band in Tokyo, cabaret clubs in San Francisco, Bobby McFerrin's Voicestra (a ground-breaking a cappella group, with which Nicolas continues to tour yearly at major concerts throughout the world) and later, the a capella group SoVoSo -- ultimately led him straight back to the past.
Nicolas Bearde has compiled an impressive list of credits that includes film roles in True Crimes with Clint Eastwood, Final Analysis with Richard Gere and Kim Basinger, roles on the television series Nash Bridges and Monk.
Besides maintaining this busy sideline as an actor and voice-over artist, he continues to write music and perform concerts at clubs and Jazz festivals around the country. Throughout the 1990's Nicolas started Right Groove Records in 1997 in order to launch his solo projects, starting with Crossing the Line. The album was a superb showcase for Nicolas' songwriting skills as well as his masterful singing, and it landed in the Top 10 on British Soul charts, garnering glowing reviews on both sides of the Atlantic. "He´s a breath of fresh air amidst a mass of polluted ozone-unfriendly pop," declared Blues and Soul magazine in the U.K.