Nicole Daniele Willis

Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1963. Lives and works in Helsinki.

Education

2009 Lahden Taideinstituutti, LAMK, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Lahti, Finland.

2008 Erasmus Exchange Program; The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design, London, United Kingdom.

Studies

Concentration: Time Based Media, Performance, Painting

Albums

2017; My Name Is Nicole Willis : lead vocals, lyrics, composer, producer (as Nicole Willis & UMO Jazz Orchestra) LP/CD/Digital, Persephone Records Finland.

2015; Happiness In Every Style : lead vocals, lyrics, composer, producer (as Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators) LP/CD/Digital, Timmion Records Finland.

2014; I Give To You My Love & Devotion : lead & backing vocals, lyrics, composer, producer (as Cola & Jimmu) LP/CD/Digital, Herakles Records Finland.

2013; Enigmatic : lead & backing vocals, lyrics, composer, producer (as Cola & Jimmu) LP/CD/Digital, Herakles Records Finland.

2013; Tortured Soul : lead & backing vocals, lyrics, composer (as Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators) LP/CD/MC, Timmion Records Finland.

2007; Keep Reachin’ Up Remixed : lead and backing vocals, lyrics, composer (as Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators) LP/CD, Above The Clouds Records United Kingdom.

2005; Keep Reachin’ Up : lead & backing vocals, lyrics, composer (as Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators) LP/CD/MC, Timmion Records Finland.

2004; Be It : lead & backing vocals, lyrics, composer, producer LP/CD, Puu/Sähkö Recordings Finland.

2000; Soul Makeover : lead & backing vocals, lyrics, composer, producer LP/CD, Puu/Sähkö Recordings Finland.

1997; Charmed Life : lead & backing vocals, lyrics, composer, producer (Repercussions) CD, Pony Canyon Records Japan.

1995; Earth and Heaven : lead vocals, lyrics, composer, producer (Repercussions) LP/CD, Reprise/Warner Brothers USA.

Singles

2018; Nicole Willis & UMO Jazz Orchestra: 7″ single Haunted By The Devil / (Everybody) Do The Watusi (Persephone Records) vocal, lyrics/composer, producer.

2017; Nicole Willis & UMO Jazz Orchestra; 7″ single Still Got A Way To Fall (Ronet Records) spoken word, vocals, lyrics/composer, producer.

2017; Bosq feat. Megan Doherty & Nicole Willis; 12″ single Can’t Seem To Hide /Take Me There ( Ubiquity Records) lead & backing vocals, lyrics/composer.

2017; Nicole Willis, Jimi Tenor & Jonathan Maron; EP Big Fantasy (For Me)/Tear It Down (Persephone Records) lead & backing vocals, lyrics/composer, instrumentation, producer.

2015; Nicole Willis, Jimi Tenor featuring Tony Allen/Nicole Willis & Jimi Tenor; single All For You/Touching (Sahco Records) lead & backing vocals, lyrics/composer.

2015; Bosq featuring Nicole Willis; 12″ single Bad For Me (Ubiquity Records) lead & backing vocals, lyrics/composer.

2015; Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators; 12″ single Hot Sauce (Original)/Hot Sauce (Instrumental) [Timmion Records] spoken word, lyrics, producer.

2015; Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators; 7″ single Let’s Communicate (Original)/Let’s Communicate (Instrumental)  [Timmion Records] lead & backing vocals, lyrics/composer, producer.

2015; Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators; 7″ single One In A Million (Original)/One In A Million (Instrumental)  [Timmion Records] lead & backing vocals, lyrics/composer, producer.

2015; Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators; 7″ single Paint Me In A Corner/Where Are You Now  (Timmion Records) lead & backing vocals, lyrics/composer, producer.

2012; Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators; 7″ single Tell Me When/It’s All Because Of You (Timmion Records) lead & backing vocals, lyrics/composer.

2011; Pizzicato One; LP One And Ten Very Sad Songs , on track A Little Bit Of Soap (Universal Music) lead vocals.

2011; Jimi Tenor & Abdissa Assefa; LP Itetune ; on track Leatheries (Temmi Kongi) spoken word, author.

2009; Shawn Lee; LP Soul In The Hole , on track Jigsaw (Ubiquity Records) lead vocals.

2007; The Flexatones Originals; on tracks Fresh & Cause I Want (Fat Belt Records) lead & backing vocals, lyrics/composer.

2006; Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators; 7″ single My Four Leaf Clover/Holdin’ On (Timmion Records) lead & backing vocals, lyrics/composer.

2006; Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators; 7″ single Feeling Free (Original)/Feeling Free (Instrumental)  7″ single/CD [Timmion Records] lead & backing vocals, lyrics/composer.

2006; Mr. Comicstore; 7″ single Are You Ready To Party? (Mamushi Records) lead & backing vocals, lyrics/composer.

2005; Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators; CD/7″ single Perfect Kind of Love (Timmion Records) lead & backing vocals, lyrics/composer.

2005; Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators; CD / 7” single If This Ain’t Love (Original)/If This Ain’t Love (Instrumental)  [Timmion Records] lead & backing vocals, lyrics/composer.

2003; Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators; 7″ single You Better Change/Raw Steaks [Timmion Records] lead & backing vocals, lyrics/composer.

2003; Nicole Willis; 12″ single Say It /(A1: Original version, A2: Dharmaone Remix, B1: We Won’t Miss a Thing (Nuspirit Remix) [Puu/Sähkö (Puu-30)]  lead & backing vocals, lyrics/composer.

2002; Nuspirit Helsinki feat. Nicole Willis; LP Nuspirit Helsinki ; track: Honest (Guidance Recordings) lead & backing vocals, lyrics/composer.

2002; Nicole Willis; 12″ single Siesta/Heed The Sign/(Siesta A1: Roberto Rodriguez remix, A2: Temple Of Soul NYC remix/Heed The Sign B1: Jimi Tenor remix, B2: GusGus remix) –  [Puu/Sähkö (Puu-28)] lead & backing vocals, lyrics/composer.

2001; Op:l Bastards; 12″ single Funking , a remix of Funking from Nicole Willis and Jimi Tenor. Op:l Bastards (Form & Function)

2001; Nicole Willis; 12″ single Curiosity – (A1: Candy Apple Remix, A2: Zanzibar Remix, B1: Jimi Tenor Remix, B2: Jan Cooley Remix, B3: HK’s Punkhouse Remix  [Puu/Sähkö (Puu-23)] lead & backing vocals, lyrics/composer, producer.

2000; Nicole Willis; 12″ single All The Time  – (A1: Roberto Rodriguez R&B mix, A2: Jori Hulkkonen House mix, B1: Radio Edit / Album Version, B2: Jimi Tenor Dub feat. Chris Dawkins, B3: Accordion Dept. Mix) [Sähkö/Puu (Puu-20)] lead & backing vocals, lyrics/composer, producer.

2000; Jimi Tenor; LP Out Of Nowhere , on tracks Spell & Call Of The Wild  (Warp Records) backing & lead vocals, lyrics.

1999; Leftfield feat. Nicole Willis; LP Rhythm and Stealth , on track Swords , (Sony Music/Hard Hands) lead & backing vocals; lyrics/composer.

1997; Repercussions; CD; Love, Again from LP Charmed Life  (Pony Canyon) lead & backing vocals, lyrics/composer, producer.

1995; Repercussions;  12″ single Promise Me Nothing  (A1: Promise Me Nothing , Masters At Work Mix Remix – Masters At Work, A2: Promise Me Nothing (Bass Hit Dub) Remix – Masters At Work – B1: Promise Me Nothing (Dusk Till Dawn Sampladelic Remix) Remix – DJ Tennessee, Super DJ Dimitry*, B2: Promise Me Nothing [H-Man’s Old Skool Dub) Remix – Hani, B3: Promise Me Nothing (Album Version)] –  Super DJ Dmitry is misspelled as Super DJ Dimitry on the label and sleeve. (peak # 6 Hot Dance Music, Club Play chart of Billboard) [Reprise /Warner Brothers] lead & backing vocals, lyrics/composer, producer.

1994; Curtis Mayfield & Repercussions; CD Single Let’s Do It Again (with Curtis Mayfield & Repercussions) [A1: Let’s Do It Again (Edit) B2: Let’s Do It Again (Album Version)]   (Reprise/Warner Brothers) lead & backing vocals.

1992; Repercussions; 12″ single Promise/Field Trippin’ [(MW001) Mo’ Wax] lead & backing vocals, lyrics, composer.

Music Videos

2015; One In A Million (as Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators) Aleksi Raij: director

2014; Earthly Delights (as Cola & Jimmu) Cola & Jimmu: director

2014; Open Up Your Chakra (as Cola & Jimmu) Cola & Jimmu: director

2014; Transcend Our Love (as Cola & Jimmu) Cola & Jimmu: director

2014; No More Wars (as Cola & Jimmu) Cola & Jimmu: director

2013; 369° Grind (as Cola & Jimmu) Nicole Willis: director

2013; Enigmatic (as Cola & Jimmu) Jimi Tenor: director

2013; Brooklyn Girl (as Cola & Jimmu) Jimi Tenor: director

2013; Time To Get Business Straight (as Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators) Tony Sheng: director

2013; Break Free (Shake a Tail Feather) (as Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators) Tony Sheng: director

2007; If This Ain’t Love (Don’t Know What Is) (as Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators) Vincent Scotet: director

1994; Let’s Do It Again ( as Curtis Mayfield & Repercussions)

1988; Make No Mistake (as an extra; Keith Richards)

1988; Keep On Moving (as an extra; Soul II Soul)

1988; Happy Ever After (as an extra; Julia Fordham)

1984; Rock Box (as an extra; RUN-DMC)

Live Performance

Throughout Europe and major festivals and varied venues (Finland, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Slovenia, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Belgium, Spain, etc), also in New York and Los Angeles in the United States, in Nairobi, Kenya, major cities in Australia, Japan, Russia, New Zealand, etc.