Nikki Shannon is exactly the kind of artist every music-hungry, Myspace browser looks for. You can't help but immediately be lured in by Nikki, as she has the complete package--stunning voice, well-seasoned pianist, incredible songwriting and an electrifying personality. 'It all started on Thanksgiving Eve when I was 4. My mom went to buy a horse but instead came back with a piano.' Growing up in Kingston, New York, Nikki would watch her two older sisters play the piano and begged her mother for piano lessons. Even at a young age, she spent hours incessantly at the keyboard, which eventually led to Nikki training at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. In her teen years, she was constantly performing and songwriting-at first, singing in lounges, then writing and performing wedding songs for couples, and eventually writing songs for her debut album 'Too Few'. Even with all this early success and incessant drive, Nikki couldn't escape the financial challenges of being a New York City artist and eventually became homeless. She would sleep in the backseat of cabs, on friends' couches, and even in the basements of piano bars where she performed. But the music always kept her going, and Nikki never let any setbacks cloud her visions of success. In May 2008, the dynamite singer-songwriter Nikki Shannon released her debut album, Too Few. Songs from the album have recently been featured in 3 episodes of MTV's "The Hills", on an episode of 'Six Degrees' on ABC, as well on XM Satellite radio and the NYC classic rock station Q104.3 ('Out of the Box' hosted by Jonathan Clarke.) The album is packed with soulful vocals and brutally honest lyrics. Her album resounds with emotional anthems like 'Inner Circle' proclaiming, 'I'm cleaning the house, I'm locking the doors, I'm mopping the floors with people not worth fighting for.' The more upbeat and funky 'Chocolate and Wine' perfectly depicts every girl's dreaded monthly experience with chocolate, wine, and the blues, as she sings, 'Just in time for another excuse, happy hour is my favorite abuse, juke box plays my favorite song so why is everything so wrong.' Nikki is quick to admit her favorite track is 'Suffocate,' which showcases her classical piano background through it's irresistible piano melodies. ''Suffocate' took twenty minutes to write. I had a melody in my head that wouldn't go away, so I went straight to the piano and my hands knew exactly where to go.' 'Most of the time we set up a rehearsal and end up falling in love with the feeling of the song and find ourselves recording it on accident,' she says of her recording process. She explains why she chooses to record in analog versus using digital equipment, 'You tend to form the habit of staring at the screen, tempted to go back and play with things because you 'can' and my favorite parts are still the 'by accidents', the first takes, and 'the moments.'' Nikki will be kicking off a US tour in early 2009 and plans to make her UK debut in the Summer 2009.