CURRICULUM VITAE
NICOLE WILLIS

1963, New York, USA
2004, Lives and works in Helsinki.
2013, Owner and manager of Persephone Records / Herakles Records

Education

Concentration: Time Based Media, Performance, Painting

2009 Lahden Taideinstituutti, LAMK, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Lahti, Finland
2008 Erasmus Exchange Program; The Sir John Cass Scool of Art, Architecture and Design, London, United Kingdom

Fine Arts

2013 Group exhibition curated by Chloe Mortimer & Harry Pye ELVIS: I Love You Because: oil on canvas.
Exhibited at A Side B Side Gallery, London UK.
2012 Group exhibition curated by Jaakko Tuomainen Soundtrack for Painting: acrylic on 10 jewel cases, recorded music; Do The Watusi (Nicole Willis, Jimi Tenor, Pete Toikkanen).
Exhibited at Lahti Modern Art Kiosk, Lahti, Finland.
2007 Collaboration with artist Sophie Calle for her installation Take Care Of Yourself with a performance in time-based media.
Exhibited at the French Pavilion of the Venice Biennale, EMMA, etc
2007 Collaboration with Los Rinos for their time based media Rinologia of artist group who are artists Marcel.lí Antúnez, Pau Nubiola and film director, Sergi Caballero.
Exhibited at the BEM Festival in Burgos, Spain.

Solo Exhibitions

2014 Talking Trash: oil paintings, time-based media, installation at Gallery Emil in Tampere, Finland
2012 Gatherings: oil paintings at Galleria Kingi Kongi in Helsinki, Finland
2012 Gatherings: oil paintings at Pirkko-Liisa Topeliuksen Galleria, in Helsinki, Finland

Music Videos

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

Albums

2019 My Soul Sensation: lead vocals, lyrics, composer, producer (as Nicole Willis & Banda Palomita) LP/Digital, Persephone Records Finland
2019 My Soul Sensation Instrumentals: composer, producer (as Nicole Willis & Banda Palomita) Digital, Persephone Records Finland
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 vocals, lyrics, composer, producer (as Cola & Jimmu) LP/CD/Digital, Herakles Records Finland
2013 Enigmatic: lead vocals, lyrics, composer, producer (as Cola & Jimmu) LP/CD/Digital, Herakles Records Finland
2013 Tortured Soul: lead vocals, lyrics, composer (as Nicole Willis and the Soul Investigators) LP/CD/MC, Timmion Records Finland
2007 Keep Reachin’ Up Remixed: lead vocals, lyrics, composer (as Nicole Willis and the Soul Investigators) LP/CD, Above The Clouds Records UK
2005 Keep Reachin’ Up: lead vocals, lyrics, composer (as Nicole Willis and the Soul Investigators) LP/CD/MC, Timmion Records Finland
2004 Be It: lead vocals, lyrics, composer, producer LP/CD, Puu/Sähkö Recordings Finland
2000 Soul Makeover: lead vocals, lyrics, composer, producer LP/CD, Puu/Sähkö Recordings Finland
1997: Charmed Life: lead vocals, lyrics, composer, producer (Repercussions) CD, Pony Canyon Records Japan
1995 Earth and Heaven: lead vocals, lyrics, composer, producer (Repercussions) LP/CD, Warner Brothers/Reprise USA

Selected Singles

2019 Nicole Willis & Banda Palomita: Digital single I Call Your Name Smoove Remix (Persephone Records) vocals, lyrics/composer.
2019 Nicole Willis & Banda Palomita; Digital single Reparate (Persephone Records) vocals, lyrics/composer, producer.
2019 Nicole Willis & Banda Palomita; Digital single I Call Your Name (Persephone Records) vocals, lyrics/composer, producer.
2018 Nicole Willis & UMO Jazz Orchestra; 7” single Haunted By The Devil (Persephone Records) vocals, lyrics/composer, producer.
2017 Nicole Willis & UMO Jazz Orchestra; 7″ single Still Got A Way To Fall (Ronet Records) lead vocals, lyrics/composer, producer.
2017 Bosq feat. Megan Doherty & Nicole Willis; 12″ single Can’t Seem To Hide / Take Me There (Ubiquity Records) vocals, lyrics/composer.
2017 Nicole Willis, Jimi Tenor & Jonathan Maron; EP Big Fantasy (For Me) / Tear It Down (Persephone Records) 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 vocals, lyrics/composer.
2015 Bosq featuring Nicole Willis; 12″ single Bad For Me (Ubiquity Records, 2015) vocals, lyrics/composer.
2015 Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators Hot Sauce (Original) / Hot Sauce (Instrumental) [Timmion Records] spoken word, lyrics. – 12″
2015 Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators; Let’s Communicate (Original) / Let’s Communicate (Instrumental)  [Timmion Records] vocals, lyrics/composer. – 7”
2015 Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators; One In A Million (Original) / One In A Million (Instrumental)  [Timmion Records] vocals, lyrics/composer. – 7″
2015 Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators; Paint Me In A Corner / Where Are You Now (Timmion Records) vocals, lyrics/composer. – 7″
2012 Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators; Tell Me When / It’s All Because Of You  (Timmion Records) vocals, lyrics/composer. – 7′′
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) vocals, lyrics/composer.
2006 Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators; My Four Leaf Clover/Holdin’ On  (Timmion Records) vocals, lyrics/composer. – 7′′
2006 Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators; Feeling Free (Original)/Feeling Free (Instrumental) [Timmion Records] – 7′′
2006 Mr. Comicstore; Single – Are You Ready To Party? (Mamushi Records, 2006) vocals, lyrics/composer. – 7”
2005 Nicole willis & The Soul Investigators; Perfect Kind of Love – (Timmion Records) vocals, lyrics/composer. – CDS / 7″
2005 Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators; If This Ain’t Love (Original)/If This Ain’t Love (Instrumental) [Timmion Records] vocals, lyrics/composer. – CDS / 7”
2003 Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators; You Better Change/Raw Steaks  (Timmion Records)  vocals, lyrics/composer. – 7′′
2003 Nicole Willis; Say It – Puu/Sähkö (Puu-30) – 2003 (A1: Original version, A2: Dharmaone Remix, B1: We Won’t Miss a Thing (Nuspirit Remix) vocals, lyrics/composer, producer – 12″
2002 Nuspirit Helsinki feat. Nicole Willis; LP Nuspirit Helsinki; Honest (Guidance Recordings) lead vocals, lyrics/composer.
2002 Nicole Willis; Siesta / Heed The Sign – (Puu/Sähkö) [Puu-28] – (Siesta A1: Roberto Rodriguez remix, A2: Temple Of Soul NYC remix / Heed The Sign B1: Jimi Tenor remix, B2: GusGus remix) – 12″
2001 Op:l Bastards; single Funking, a remix of Funking from Nicole Willis and Jimi Tenor. Op:l Bastards single, (Form & Function) producer.
2001 Nicole Willis; Curiosity – (Puu/Sähkö) [Puu-23] – (A1: Candy Apple Remix, A2: Zanzibar Remix, B1: Jimi Tenor Remix, B2: Jan Cooley Remix, B3: HK’s Punkhouse Remix – 12″
2000 Nicole Willis; All The Time  (Puu/Sähkö) [Puu-20] – (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) – 12″ vocals, lyrics / composer. – 12″
2000 Jimi Tenor; LP Out Of Nowhere, on tracks Spell & Call Of The Wild (Warp Records) lead vocals, lyrics.
1999 Leftfield feat. Nicole Willis; LP Rhythm and Stealth, on track Swords, (Sony Music/Hard Hands), lead vocals, lyrics/composer.
1997 Repercussions; Love, Again from LP Charmed Life (Pony Canyon) vocals, lyrics/composer, producer.
1995 Repercussions; Promise Me Nothing – Warner Brothers/Reprise (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)] – 12″ Super DJ Dmitry is misspelled as Super DJ Dimitry on the label and sleeve. (peak # 6 Hot Dance Music, Club Play chart of Billboard) vocals, lyrics/composer.
1994 Curtis Mayfield & Repercussions; Let’s Do It Again (with Curtis Mayfield & Repercussions) – Reprise/Warner Brothers Records, [A1: Let’s Do It Again (Edit) B2: Let’s Do It Again (Album Version)] – CD Single, 12″
1992 Repercussions; Promise / Field Trippin’ – (MW001) [Mo’ Wax ] vocals, lyrics/composer. – 12′′

Live Music 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.