Nicki Richards (born Honolulu, Hawaii, USA on March 24) is an American singer, songwriter, producer and actress based in Manhattan, New York City. She is also known as a backing singer for a number of renowned artists and on a big number of studio recordings. Her father was a high ranking African-American naval officer and her mother, Donna Blackmon, a talented singer. Nicki's brother, Philip Richards is a singer / musician in his own right and collaborated with her in her works.
Nicki Richards had her first public appearances in commercials when she was only 5. She had her break when she won the Grand Prize on the singing competition Star Search. She consequently recorded and performed for the past several years with Madonna, (including both Confessions Tour, Sticky & Sweet Tour and MDNA Tour), Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Mick Jagger, Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, Gloria Estefan, Celine Dion, Stevie Wonder, Linda Ronstadt, Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliott, Lenny Kravitz, Anastacia, Bette Midler, Maxi Priest, Al Green, and many more.
In 1991, she released her own debut album Naked (To the World) on Atlantic Records written and co-produced by her after being signed to a deal by the legendary Ahmet Ertegun. She followed that up with Nicki in 2008.
She had her acting debut in 1999 in Colorz of Rage directed by Dale Resteghini and in Chicago as part of a female ensemble and in two musical comedies by Robert Klein. She also took part in a number of theater productions Cy Coleman's Like Jazz in Los Angeles, Jim Steinman's Over The Top on the East Coast, and the Penumbra Theatre Company's "Spunk" by Zora Neale Hurston and "Beehive" both in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.
- 1991: Naked (To the World)
- 2008: Nicki
- 2012: Bedtime Story (Tell Me)
- 1999: Colorz of Rage .... Debbie
- 2000: Robert Klein: Child in His 50's .... Singer (TV)
- 2002: Chicago .... Female ensemble (credited as Nicky Richards)
- 2005: Robert Klein: The Amorous Busboy of Decatur Avenue .... Singer (TV)
- Like Jazz directed by Cy Coleman (Los Angeles, Californoia)
- Over the Top directed by Jim Steinman (East Coast)
- Spunk directed by Zora Neale Hurston (Saint Paul, Minnesota)
- Beehive (Saint Paul, Minnesota)