After honing his art and craft for many years with discipline and singular imagination,
Bay Area-based vocalist Nicolas Bearde
is due for broader recognition, and soon. A supremely gifted singer/entertainer
who is fluent in soul, jazz and R&B stylings, Bearde
has been compared to vocal icons like Lou Rawls, Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway,
and Jon Lucien. But such comparisons fail to capture his vocal artistry or do
justice to his musical accomplishments on record or in performance.
"He´s a breath of fresh air amidst a mass of polluted ozone-unfriendly
pop," declared Blues and Soul magazine in the U.K., where Bearde´s
music has been accorded an especially enthusiastic reception and where he placed
high on the list of Best Male Newcomers in the publication´s 1998 poll.