Nikk has been teaching professionally for over 10 years as a multi-instrumentalist and experienced instructor in voice, piano, and guitar. He has travelled across the U.S. performing on countless stages and in front of media networks including MTV and Disney. Nikk has held private audiences with dozens of record producers and platinum selling artists with affiliations including Rascal Flatts, Colbie Caillat, Carrie Underwood, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Chris Brown, Michael W. Smith, Hillsong United, Mark Schultz, and Third Day. He’s performed on a world televised stage in Los Angeles California (WCOPA 2009), with his songwriting and production work making its way into the hands of varying record companies/distribution reps including Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Studios Production Company, Indasoul Entertainment, CSM Words and Music, Upscale Records, Centricity Records, and others. He’s recieved radio mention, as well as newspaper interviews (Lansing State Journal, Noise). His original work has recieved positive acclaim from well recognized writers and artist development teams such as Marc Williams, Shele Sondheim, Don Poythress, James Tealy, and he’s shaken hands with those that write and produce most of what’s on radio today. Outside of the limelight, Nikk has trained students internationally and has had the pleasure of watching some sign record contracts, shoot music videos, perform live on televison, and mature into their own musical successes. Nikk has been a privately contracted piano accompanist for theatre programs in the Lansing area, as well as having served on staff as a music director for different churches. He also performs locally through several entertainment agencies such as Meridian Entertainment, Gail and Rice, Lorio Ross, and continues to maintain representation with NOVA Model and Talent.
Nikk was born into a family chock-full of professionsal singers and musicians on both sides. Needless to say, music was inevitably to be part of his future. Recognizing all of the teachers, band mates, producers, songwriters, managers, and even co-workers who’ve poured into him their knowledge and love of music, he considers himself extremely blessed. Taking what his mentors have helped him to achieve, and sharing that with students of his own, he feels is far more rewarding than any other credits listed above. Recalling past students from around the world, he mentions that one thing he loves about teaching is being able to hear potential in a student even if that student can’t hear it in themselves! Whether it be supplementing an awareness and knowledge of vocal mechanics with an already skillful singer, or talking new technique to discover untapped potential, what he loves most is imparting inspiration into his students and hearing them say, “I didn’t know I could do that!” Nikk states that the more you love something, the more you want to share it with others. Music carries so much passion. To nurture that in a student is awesome. Helping them grow and develop their abilities, and watching them succeed is one of the greatest experiences in the world.