Lillie Nicole McCloud
|Birth name||Lillie Arlene Nicole Jade McCloud|
|Also known as||Nicole (early recording career)|
Nicole J. McCloud
|Born||December 7, 1958|
Rochester, New York, U.S.
|Genres||R&B, soul, disco, gospel|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, singer-songwriter, composer, artist|
|Labels||Portrait Records, Epic Records, Sony Music, Spectra Music Group|
|Associated acts||Timmy Thomas, U.S.U.R.A., The Source, E-Smoove, Voices of Freedom|
Lillie Arlene Nicole Jade McCloud (born December 7, 1958 in Rochester, New York), commonly known by her former stage name Nicole McCloud, or Nicole J. McCloud is an American dance and R&B singer. She has recorded four studio albums, What About Me (1986), Jam Packed (1988) (aka Rock the House), Love Town (1998), and So What? (2002). Her single "Don't You Want My Love" became an international hit. Other US singles include "Runnin' Away" and "Search'n". In the late 1990s, she was also part of a house music project Voices of Freedom.
Solo as Nicole
McCloud first appeared on the Billboard US R&B charts as "Nicole" in 1985 with "Always and Forever". Her single "Don't You Want My Love" in 1986 reached Top 10 in the US Dance charts, in addition to charting in Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden.
Ten of McCloud's singles landed the US Billboard specialized R&B and dance charts. As of 2013[update], her biggest hit has been the 1994 single "Runnin’ Away", which peaked at No. 3 on US Dance charts. In 2002 as Nicole J. McCloud, McCloud returned to the Top 10 with "Search’n", peaking at No. 5 on the US Dance charts. That same year she received a nomination for the International Dance Music Awards, along Craig David and Shakira.
In Voices of Freedom
In the late 1990s, McCloud joined the American house project Voices of Freedom. The trio also included Angel Williams and Simone Böhlhoff. The trio was featured in a number of recordings, notably in E-Smoove & Ni-Che 1999 single "Lift Your Hands Up" that featured the vocals of Voices of Freedom. The recording was made available through Finger Printz label. The trio was also featured in a 2002 recording by DJ Pope titled "America at War (Freedom)" on Yellorange label.
Life in Slovakia
In the mid 2000s, McCloud moved to Košice, a city in Slovakia, Her first Slovakian performance took place at the prestigious Košice International Jazz Festival 2006, where she performed with jazz legend Peter Lipa.
In 2010, McCloud provided the title song for Česko Slovensko má talent, the joint Czech/Slovak version of Got Talent series. It was broadcast on TV JOJ in Slovakia and on TV Prima in the Czech Republic.
The X Factor
In 2013, McCloud made a comeback taking part in season 3 of the American singing competition The X Factor identified as Lillie McCloud, her birth name. At the time of applying to The X Factor, she was 54 years old with three children (a son and two daughters) and seven grand children.
Her audition was broadcast on September 12, 2013. She received a standing ovation and four "yes" votes from judges Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, Paulina Rubio, and Kelly Rowland for her rendition of CeCe Winans' "Alabaster Box".
She was selected by the judges to progress to the Final 40 and subsequently competed successfully in the Four Chair Challenge, securing her position in the Final 16. As part of the Final Four "Over 25s", she was mentored by Kelly Rowland. She made it as far as the Top 8 but was eliminated on November 28, 2013.
Her performances on The X Factor were:
|Day of broadcast||Show||Theme||Song||Original artist||Result|
|September 12||Audition||Free choice||"Alabaster Box"||CeCe Winans||Through to Four-Chair challenge|
|October 2||Four-Chair Challenge||Solo performance||"A House Is Not a Home"||Dionne Warwick||Advanced|
|October 29||Live show 1 (Top 16)||Mentor's choice||"When a Man Loves a Woman"||Percy Sledge||Saved by Kelly Rowland|
|November 6||Live show 2 (Top 13)||Motown Night||"All In Love is Fair"||Stevie Wonder||N/A|
|November 7||Live show 3 (Top 13 Get Another Chance)||Free choice||"Who Wants To Live Forever"||Queen||Safe|
|November 13||Live show 4 (Top 12)||80's Night||"Ain't Nobody"||Rufus & Chaka Khan||Safe|
|November 20||Live show 5 (Top 10)||British Invasion||This Woman's Work||Kate Bush||Safe|
|November 27||Live show 6 (Top 8)||Big Band Night||Summertime||George Gershwin||Eliminated (8th)|
After X Factor
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In 2014, McCloud signed with the Spectra Music Group and released a single entitled "What About The Beautiful Children" and later "The Other Part of Me". Her upcoming album, "Red Apples" is to be released on May 27, 2015 under Monarchy Records, a subsidy of Spectra. On the week ending September 13, 2015, Red Apples debuted at #16 on the UK Soul Charts.
|Year||Album title||Credited as||Tracklist|
|1986||What About Me?||
|1989||Rock The House
(US re-release of Jam Packed)
|2015||Number One Contender
(re-release of Love Town, with selections from Red Apples)
|Year||Title||Credited as||Peak chart positions||Album|
|US Dance||US R&B||BEL
|1985||"Always and Forever"||—||66||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||What About Me?|
|1986||"Don't You Want My Love"||10||66||7||18||20||—||9||8||—||—|
|"New York Eyes" / "Ordinary Girl"
(Nicole & Timmy Thomas) / Nicole)
|"What About Me?"||—||52||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1988||"Jam Packed (At the Wall)"||34||93||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Jam Packed /|
Rock the House (US release)
|1989||"Rock the House"||21||62||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1992||"Rock the House"
(with The Source)
|1994||"Drive Me Crazy"
|"Runnin' Away"||3||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||69||Love Town|
|1996||"Long Train Runnin' (Without Love)"||35||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1999||"I Ain't Crazy"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001||"One Good Reason"||38||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||So What?|
- 2010: "Got Talent" - theme for Slovak Česko Slovensko má talent
- 2014: "What About the Beautiful Children"
- 2014: "The Other Part of Me"
Featured in / Appearances
- as Nicole
- 1994: "I Love Music" / "Don't You Want My Love" / "Conga" (O'Jays / Nicole / Miami Sound Machine)
- 2011: "Dance" (Guest singer on Takin'Off album Eleven)
- as part of Voices of Freedom
- 1999: "Lift Your Hands Up" (E-Smoove & Ni-Che featuring Voices Of Freedom)
- 2002: "America at War (Freedom)" (DJ Pope featuring Voices of Freedom)
- 2013: "The X Factor USA" (contestant, finished 8th place)
- 2014: "The Good Life" (herself, performer)
- Miami New Times interview with Lillie McCloud
- Lillie McCloud [@LillieNicoleMc] (7 December 2013). "Hello Angels its my birthday! I would love for my Angels and friends who cares 2 care 2 do one good thing 4 someone 2day" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- Discogs.com Voices of Freedom page
- Yahoo! Music Blogs: 'X Factor' standout Lillie McCloud addresses backlash, 'Haters'
- Ultratop.com/nl Nicole McCloud discography (in Belgium Flanders)
- LesCharts.com Nicole McCloud discography (in France)
- Takin'Off Bandcamp - Eleven album page - "Dance"