Bio

Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Nicole Saphos’ musical identity can be categorized somewhere between jazz and indie rock.

Upon graduating from Temple University in 2012 with a Jazz Performance degree, the Los Angeles native relocated to DC, and began her professional music career in earnest. To date, she’s released three critically acclaimed albums, and has performed at venerated venues such as The Kennedy Center, Rockwood Music Hall, and The Smithsonian American Art Museum, among others. Downbeat Magazine describes her as a ‘distinctive & warm presence on the bandstand’.

Drawing inspiration from a personalized cocktail of musical styles, Nicole’s songwriting reflects her diverse background as a jazz instrumentalist, vocalist, and avid listener of alternative pop music. Her self proclaimed ‘desert island’ short list includes Fiona Apple, Aimee Mann, Billie Holiday, Dirty Projectors, Jon Brion and The Beach Boys.

In 2019, Nicole became the first songwriter invited to attend the prestigious residency program at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine. She has also received several prominent grant awards for her work in songwriting and performance, including 2018 & 2020 Artist & Scholars grants from the Montgomery County Arts Council, and a 2020 Regional Independent Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council.

Nicole’s latest musical endeavor  — the twelve-track live album Takoma Sessions —  was recorded at Tonal Park over the course of three in-studio concerts in the Fall of 2019. With a stylistic nod to artists like Dirty Projectors and Regina Spektor, Takoma Sessions delivers a sequence of groove-heavy, pop-friendly originals, complimented by bold vocal harmonies.

In its current iteration, the Nicole Saphos Band, features vocal harmonies sung by Sara Curtin and Maureen Andary (of the celebrated folk duo ‘The Sweater Set’), John Lee on guitar, Ele Rubenstein on drums, and Saphos on lead vocals, upright bass, and keyboard.

Tiptoe [2016], Buzz & Bloom [2018], and Takoma Sessions [2020] are available for download everywhere. Limited edition CD & Vinyl are available only at www.nicolesaphos.com.