Kimberly Nichole

Kimberly Nichole

Kimberly Nichole
Birth name Kimberly Nichole
Born Seattle Washington
Genres Rock, Blues, Soul
Occupation(s) Singer, Songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Labels Shady Records
Associated acts Living Colour, Janelle Monae, Aloe Blacc, Bilal, Mayer Hawthorne, The Heavy

Kimberly Nichole is an American singer-songwriter and actress. She came to national attention in 2015 for her competing on season eight of NBC's reality competition series The Voice, placing sixth place.[1]


  • Early life 1
  • Artistry 2
  • Career 3
    • Television 3.1
    • 2015: The Voice 3.2
  • Filmography 4
  • References 5

Early life

Nichole was born and raised in Spelman College.


Nichole grew up listening to gospel and soul music played by her parents. She later got involved in rock'n roll type of music.Because of this, Nichole has oftened been called "The Mistress of Madness" by several other artists.


To pursue her career, Nichole moved to New York City. She started performing at the popular private night club The Box with a band that she had formed.[2] She has shared the stage with several famous artists including Aloe Blacc and Janelle Monae. Nichole also recorded a nine track album called Yellow Brick Journey and a four track EP cover called Rock Ballerina. Because of this, Nichole has been known for her incredible amount of success as an artist with no agents. Nichole was then found by fashion savant, Andre Leon, who featured her in Seventeen Magazine. Nichole and her band will release a new album called The Lonely Bones soon. She has also built her career leveraging shows at the Apollo Theater.[3]


Nichole's music has been featured on several television programs including MTV, VH1, BET, LOGO, Lifetime and Showtime.

2015: The Voice

Kimberly Nichole auditioned for the eighth season of The Voice singing Tina Turner's Nutbush City Limits. Both Blake Shelton and Pharrell Williams turned around but Nichole chose Williams as her coach.[4] In the Battle rounds, Nichole faced off against Lowell Oakley, where they sang "Hound Dog" by Big Mama Thornton. Nichole was defeated by Oakley, then "stolen" by Christina Aguilera to compete on her team instead.[5]

In the Knockout rounds, Nichole performed "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free" by Sting against Koryn Hawthorne. Nichole was chosen over Hawthorne, securing her spot in the Playoffs.

In the Live Playoffs, Nichole advanced to the Top 12 by singing "What's Up" by 4 Non Blondes. In the Top 12, Nichole performed The Animals' "The House of the Rising Sun", which peaked at #3 on the ITunes chart.Nichole advanced to the Top 8 after singing the Etta James hit "Something's Got A Hold On Me". In the Top 8, Nichole sang "Creep" by Radiohead.In honor of Mother's Day, Nichole sang John Mayer's Free Fallin' in the Top 6.As well as Michael Jackson's Dirty Diana.Nichole was placed in the bottom two, along with fellow contestant India Carney.Nichole sung "Seven Nation Army" by The White Stripes for her Instant Save performance.Nichole was defeated by Carney.Thus, eliminating her from the competition.

Nichole returned to the season finale as one of the sixteen eliminated artists. She sang "Some Nights" and "Carry On" with the Top 20 artists. She also performed "She Talks to Angels" by The Black Crowes along with Brian Johnson, Corey Kent White, Deanna Johnson and finalist Joshua Davis.

     ? Studio version of performance reached the top 10 on iTunes
Stage Song Original Artist Date Order Result
Blind Audition "Nutbush City Limits" Tina Turner March 2, 2015 N/A Blake Shelton and Pharrell Williams turned

Joined Team Pharrell

Battle Rounds (Top 48) "Hound Dog" (vs. Lowell Oakley)[6] Big Mama Thornton March 16, 2015 N/A Defeated

Stolen by Christina Aguilera

Knockout Rounds (Top 32) "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free" (vs. Koryn Hawthorne) Sting March 23, 2015 N/A Saved by Coach
Live Playoffs (Top 20) "What's Up"[7] 4 Non Blondes April 7, 2015 5 Saved by Public Vote
Live Top 12 "The House of the Rising Sun"[8] The Animals April 13, 2015 12 Saved by Public Vote
Live Top 10 "Something's Got A Hold On Me"[9] Etta James April 20, 2015 1 Saved by Public Vote
Live Top 8 "Creep"[10] Radiohead April 27, 2015 3 Saved by Public Vote
Live Top 6 "Free Fallin'" Tom Petty May 4, 2015 4 Eliminated
"Dirty Diana" Michael Jackson 7
Non-competition performances
Episode Performers Song
16.3 Team Christina
(India Carney, Kimberly Nichole, Lexi Dávila, Rob Taylor, Sonic)
"Like a Prayer"
18.3 Christina Aguilera & her team
(India Carney, Rob Taylor, Kimberly Nichole)
"Hotel California"
19.1 Top 10 "Rocket Man/Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting"
21.2 Top 8 Girls
(Hannah Kirby, Koryn Hawthorne, Kimberly Nichole, Meghan Linsey, India Carney)
"Wake Me Up"
22.1 Jason Derulo (with India Carney and Kimberly Nichole) "Want to Want Me"
28.1 The Top 20 "Carry On / Some Nights"
28.2 Joshua Davis
(with Brian Johnson, Deanna Johnson, Corey Kent White and Kimberly Nichole)
"She Talks To Angels"


Nichole had a minor role in the hit drama film You're Not You.She played as a Dirty Barry's singer.


  1. ^ Parker, Lyndsey. Voice' Bummers: Kimberly Nichole Leaves Show, Craig Wayne Boyd Leaves Label"'". Yahoo Music. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Slezak, Michael. "The Voice's Kimberly Nichole Talks 'What's Up,' 'House of the Rising Sun' and Industry Ageism". TV Line. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  3. ^ Wright, Peter Souleo. "On the "A" w/Souleo: Vivian Green Is Vivid and Carefree on New Album". Huffington post. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  4. ^ Molinari, Jessica. "Kimberly Nichole Joins Team Pharrell on 'The Voice' & Proves That She's The Perfect Contestant For This Show". Bustle. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  5. ^ Weigle, Lauren. "Kimberly Nichole, ‘The Voice’ 2015 Contestant: Team Christina Aguilera". Heavy. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  6. ^ Molinari, Jessica. "Kimberly Nichole & Lowell Oakley's 'The Voice' Battle Round Was The Most Dramatic One EVER". Bustle. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  7. ^ Weiss, Shari. "Kimberly Nichole "What’s Up" The Voice Video: Breaks Down After Standing Ovation For Incredible Performance During Playoffs". Gossip Cop. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "Blake Shelton honestly concedes that rival team member Kimberly Nichole could end up winning The Voice as final 12 perform". DailyMail Online. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  9. ^ Molinari, Jessica. "Kimberly Nichole Wows In 'The Voice' Top 10 & Proves That She Will Win This Competition". Bustle. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  10. ^ Rackham, Casey. "Kimberly Nichole's 'Voice' performance of 'Creep' embodies 'insecurity' in a powerful way". Zap2It. Retrieved 20 June 2015.