"My dream is to succeed. To succeed in this world that gave me a life adorned with many talents, such as music. I’ve always known that there would come a time when singing would be my job, my career. I persevered and never lost sight of my goal to sing, write and produce. My love for music has blossomed into something I couldn’t stop even if I tried"-Nicole Musoni
Her name is Nicole Musoni, and she is a singer-songwriter-composer who wears her paternal last name with pride; her natural inclination for music comes from her father’s side of the tree. The eldest daughter of the popular Rwandan artist Évariste Musoni was barely 2 years old when she set foot on stage for the first time. She had accompanied her father to the mythic Odéon Palace auditorium in Bujumbura, capital of Burundi. Father, mother and child settled in Canada 23 years ago. However, she remains a young lady with roots deeply embedded in East African soil, and she strongly believes that the stage has been calling her name ever since that very first experience, despite her young age at the time. The constant artistic influence of her parents also played a big part in her burgeoning passion.
The afrocentric songstress participated in different contests, such as the popular "Secondaire en Spectacle" and, more recently, "Star Académie" in 2009. Her hard work placed her among the 50 finalists; she met well-known personalities and got a taste of what she had wanted to do her entire life. In 2005, since she was a vocal student at JAM Vocal School, the young artist was graced with the opportunity and honour to audition as a backup singer for Corneille. Taken under the wing of her teacher Jennifer Mead, she learned more about her craft and grew as an artist, both vocally and performance-wise, and this, for 4 years.
Nicole Musoni is like no other. However, on her iPod lives a beautiful mix of Jill Scott, India Arie, Alicia Keys, Lara Fabian, Erika Badu and Brian Mcknight, among many others. She gets some of her flavour from R&B, Pop, Soul and Funk, and lists Céline Dion as her main influence. She says: "No one can surpass the musical charisma of Céline Dion; she is still my favourite artist. She made me want to sing in my home here in Quebec.”
Her style is very acoustic, authentic and vulnerable. On her latest project “Chapitre Deux”, Nicole Musoni introduces us to another layer of her story and who she is as an artist. Her effortless skill to evoke emotion, passion and style in English and in French simply adds to what makes her a unique artist to be on the lookout for.