Virginia-born singer/songwriter Nicole Wray has everything you’d want in a singer: an infectious Jackson-5-family-member flare, a range like Aretha’s, and a church upbringing that’s brought a pure, healing texture to her voice.
But the struggle she’s been through has made her more than a singer. When talking about Queen Alone, her first solo album in some time, Nicole explains, “It’s a reflection of my soul. Released on Brooklyn’s Big Crown Records, Nicole is writing and singing songs about her life.
And yet to even start to know her soul, you have to go back to the beginning.
Growing up in Portsmouth was tough at times for Nicole.
Suddenly she was part of a team that included late ‘90s R&B and rap royalty: Missy, Aaliyah, Ginuwine, Playa, Timbaland and Magoo. As rapidly as she achieved success, Nicole then found herself needing to re-make it.
By late 2001, her time with Missy and company had run its course.
They amicably parted ways and Nicole, once on top of the R&B world, was unsure of what was next.
It was a very low, but important, point in her life.
While her passion and talent propelled her forward–friends disappeared and her purpose seemed unclear.
While neck-deep in this struggle, Damon Dash and Roc-A-Fella Records called.