b. Nicole Vergel De Dios, Seattle, Washington, USA. THE BRAND NEW York-based spirit jazz vocalist Niko was created of Japanese and Spanish parentage. She became popular for the Seattle live circuit on her behalf exotic tone of voice, culminating in her earning a scholarship or grant to New College University in NY. It was right here that Niko learnt the annals of jazz and got significantly under the pores and skin from the music, graduating with honours in 2002. During this time period she was used like a runner at an area venue known as the Knitting Manufacturer where by day time she would perform general responsibilities, and by night time would sing towards the arty group. This 1st excursion into NY nightlife gained her some reputation, but also provided a far more eclectic selection of musical affects by means of home, spirit and hip-hop. In 2002, Niko shaped her own music group Nikosol. Through the same yr she also aimed the music rating to get a film, leading to Vibe magazine composing a feature on her behalf. She come up with a demonstration and do the rounds from the main record brands, but after many conferences she opted to find the independent route, putting your signature on using the Manchester, England-based hip-hop label Grand Central Information. Her debut, Existence ON THE PLANET, released in July 2004, presented a who’s who from the Grand Central Information designer roster, with creation handled by Purpose, Mr. Scruff and label co-owner Tag Rae (of Rae And Christian). The achieved production flawlessly complemented Niko’s high-class, jazz-tinged vocal delivery.