Musical Biography By: Mike Kuhl Nikki Briar, born Nicole Signorella on May 23, 1985 has truly been passionately involved with music her entire life. Her father, Joseph, made his living as a touring drummer for a Motown band called' the Victorians', while mother Oksana, was a classically trained pianist and artist. From a very young age, Briar was influenced and connected best with artists such as Frank Sinatra and Whitney Houston. Her parents say that the way she learned to speak was by memorizing and singing along to her favorite songs on her record player. A young Briar took part in every performing event that she could, singing in the choir and becoming the first female drummer in her middle school. In sixth grade, she started learning to play the guitar from her uncle, Anthony Signorella. Briar went to Arthur L. Johnson for her regular high school experience in Clark, NJ. She also attended the Gifted and Talented program at a votech school where she participating in the highly praised musical theater department. She then went on to graduate from Seton Hall University with a degree in Special and Elementary Education, double majoring in Music with a minor in voice and guitar. Since graduating, Nikki Briar has been teaching music to young children and is a full-time elementary teacher. She is a touring singer for the New Jersey National Guard and a proud Army wife. Briar's original brand of popular country is truly inspired by many different ages and styles of music. She credits such modern acts as Kenny Chesney, Norah Jones, Faith Hill, Michael Buble and Shania Twain for inspiring her unique sound. When asked why she decided to pursue a career in country music, Briar simply said: "I love the passion and the truth in country music. I love the story songs that can either make you laugh hysterically or bring you to tears. After all, music is about emotion, and I want my audience to feel something when they hear me sing." Nikki Briar now resides in a small town in New Jersey with husband Angelo, who she credits as being her inspiration and number one fan.