In our increasingly digital world, rife with click bait and manufactured artistry, it has become next to impossible to find music that is truly moving and from the heart. With that in mind, Nikita Afonso has made it her life’s work to fill that void, emerging with a singularly captivating voice and songs that strike to the core of the human condition: that of love, loss, joy and pain.
With her new band in tow, Nikita has minimized her country influences prominent on 2016’s EP Games for a straight ahead pop and rock sound, despite the many accolades she was bestowed while in the country scene; she has opened for Canadian country star Paul Brandt and has shared a stage with the incomparable Keith Urban. And while many artists would be content to rest on their laurels and ride that wave to country music stardom, Nikita has taken her love of country music and combined it with modern influences and inspirations such as Lennon Stella and Pink to signal her arrival into the mainstream.
Whether it’s winning Best New Talent at the International Portuguese Music Awards (2017), MTV Cover of the Month February, The Roxy Launch Project (2017) or being voted Best Musician in the South Okanagan by Okanagan Life Magazine (2015), Nikita continues to drive her career forward, relentlessly, with the release of the highly acclaimed single Holy, My Heart. Available on all major streaming platforms, HMH highlights Nikita’s penchant for crafting songs that are just as catchy and fun as they are poignant and touching.
Look for a full release from Nikita and her band in the latter half of 2019.
Holy, My Heart: https://open.spotify.com/album/4jtwuAQlqDDb7yQGJjyRVl
Good Morning, Sunshine: https://open.spotify.com/album/7tf53QCuaWiB7GGDpxqunh
City Rush: https://open.spotify.com/track/5CSQxKYfdy7ThOE9xyhytH
“Oh, how we’ve needed Nikita Afonso in 2019! The country-tinged pop singer is back with a vengeance on latest single ‘Holy, My Heart’, a powerful and heartbreaking pop song. The thing that Nikita creates so perfectly is atmosphere.”
“‘Holy My Heart’ is the latest release from Canadian singer/songwriter Nikita Afonso. The track showcases Nikita’s incredible vocal control at the forefront, backed with smooth and rhythmic guitar. Nikita’s strong but breathy vocals captivate the listener and provide a vibrant flair that keeps the us wanting more.”
After winning MTV Cover of the Month in February 2017, Nikita went on to gain the title of Best New Artist of the Year (2017), and Best Music Video of the Year (2018) at the International Portuguese Music Awards. The songwriter was voted Best Musician in the South Okanagan by Okanagan Life Magazine (2015), as her honest storytelling mixed with her modern pop/rock twist and breathy yet strong vocal harmonies has the ability to captivate audiences from the vibrant young to the charming old. She has proven to be an in-demand entertainer in the lower mainland performing in intimate settings as well as large crowds of regional music concerts such as opening for Paul Brandt and sharing a stage with Keith Urban.
Social Media Stats:
-Over 9,000,000 YouTube views (with own channel, 2k subs, and The Safehouse Project, 92k subs)
-Over 1,000,000 Spotify streams with over 16,000 monthly listeners (Nikita Afonso, Nikita Games, The Safehouse Project)
-Over 8000 followers (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube)
-Recorded the 6 track 'Nikita Games' EP at The Warehouse Studio in Vancouver BC
-Recorded self titled ‘Nikita Afonso’ album
-Shared the stage with popular country artist Keith Urban
-Sold out concert at Penticton’s 450 seat Cleland Theatre ‘Nikita Afonso and the Offramp Ensemble’.
-Opened for Canadian Country act Paul Brandt at the South Okanagan Events Center a 5000 seat arena
-Graduate of Contemporary Music and Technology, Selkirk College, Nelson, BC
-Featured three consecutive years at Penticton’s annual ‘Peachfest’ (2012-2014)
-International Portuguese Music Awards 'Best Music Video of the Year' (2018)
-Roxy Launch Project winner (2017)
-MTV's Cover of the Month winner (February 2017)
-International Portuguese Music Awards 'Best New Artist' (2017)
-Best Musician in the South Okanagan - Okanagan Life Magazine (2015)
-Canada-wide MusiCounts Fred Sherratt Award (2014)
-Penticton Chamber of Commerce “Young Citizen of the Year” (2011)
-SOWINS “Young Leader of the Year” (2011)