So we’re hearing a lot about Nikki Yanofsky, the 16-year-old Canadian jazzy-pop singer who performed at last Friday’s Olympic Opening Ceremony.
And if we do say so ourselves, she’s very very good. Maybe Second Coming of Celine Dion good. So good, in fact, that she warranted an Oprah mention. (On her show last week, Oprah may or may not have glowingly bellowed something to the effect of “Nikki Yanof-SKYYYYYY!!!!).
Is Nikki the next Celine? Alanis? Sarah McLachlan? Michael Buble?
Without further ado, here’s the stuff you oughta know:
She’s a class act. She could drop out of school and go straight to Hollywood, if she really wanted to. But Nikki intends to graduate from St. George’s School of Montreal in 2011, after she turns 17.
She may be young, but she’s an old pro. Nikki is causing a stir for “I Believe,” the Vancouver Olympics theme song, but her star began rising in 2006. She was the youngest-ever headliner at Montreal’s International Jazz Festival. In 2008, she performed at Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center, among other prestigious arenas.
She’s got pop-music cred. She has recorded songs with Herbie Hancock and Will.i.am, not to mention the track “Gotta Go My Own Way” for “High School Musical 2.” Did we mention she once sung alongside Celine Dion? And…
…she’ll release her first studio album in spring. It’s called “New to Me,” which, based on the title, sounds like an homage to Norah Jones‘ “Come Away With Me.” But we overthink.
She has a huge crush on Robert Pattinson. Shocking, we know.
Here’s a clip of Nikki singing “I Believe”: