Nothing in Excess
With guitar in hand, Nicki Sutherland brings to the stage a fresh attitude and sound. Combining elements of folk, pop, and rock, her songs are pensive, direct and oblique, often about relationships, but not strictly romantic in nature. Born and raised in South Africa (where her family still resides), Nicki came to America in 1993 on a tennis scholarship. She attended Weber State University in Ogden, Utah for two years. Eager for a change, she transferred to Columbus State University, Columbus, Georgia, where she completed her Computer Science degree. Nicki was originally trained in classical piano. She began using her musical background to teach herself to play the guitar and together with that, she started writing songs. Exposed to the emotion of those first few songs, friends of Nicki's convinced her to perform at a local pub's open mic night. That performance opened the door for her to start playing on a regular basis at area bars, coffee shops and music festivals. In little over a year Nicki was nominated for 'Best Female Vocalist' in a 1998 reader pole in Columbus's local arts and leisure newspaper, Playgrounds. She went into the studio in 1997 to record a two song tape which increasingly sold with each performance. April of the following year she was invited to play on the Folk Life Stage at Riverfest in Columbus, joining other regional and national known artists. Early in 1999, she released her first full length CD, 'Precious Things', recorded with bassist Ray Blair and percussionist Dave Holland. With the addition of Blair and Holland, Nicki was able to add a new dimension to her sound. This venture proved to be so successful that Nicki asked Blair and Holland to perform with her on a regular basis. In 2001, she and Staci Bence got together and formed 'me & her', an acoustic duo. In 2002, they put out a bootleg to help promote their new partnership. In 2004, Nicki released her newest venture, 'Nothing in Excess', a stripped down, acoustic album with 21 songs on it.