Nicky barot 2015 Press Kit

At just 22, Nicky is already a multi-Award winning singer, songwriter and musician who can pack venues across the United States, garner the attention of top producers and co-write with music legends. Nicky has performed at The Roxy, House of Blues, Hard Rock and Dance Fest (Costa Rica) amongst many.

Growing up in California, Nicky received his first six-string at the age of seven and learned to play by ear. He was quickly dubbed a “prodigy” by his instructors. Inspired by his father’s music collection–AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and Guns N’ Roses, naturally–he became a student of rock.

In 2007, Nicky worked with producer/Instructor Michael Binikos (LeAnn Rimes, Snoop Dogg) to write and record his first demo, “What Were You Thinking?” Propelled by the song’s success, Nicky spent the next three years touring through the United States and even reached Costa Rica.

In 2008 Nicky won the Battle of the Bands in the OC, California and has performed for hundreds of fans including Chain Reaction in Anaheim, The House of Blues in Anaheim and the legendary Roxy in Hollywood.

Nicky spent 2011 flexing his hit-making muscle, co-writing with A-list songwriters Kenny Lamb (Justin Timberlake), Anthony Little (Tina Turner, Jessica Simpson), Dave Robbins (Eric Clapton) and Jason Deere (Lady Antebellum, LeAnn Rimes). In between recording sessions in Nashville and LA, Nicky found time to shoot a new music video and make his television debut in HBO’s Hung.

2013 marked the release of his new EP, Me, produced by industry veteran Mickey Jack Cones (Kelly Clarkson, Trace Adkins and Jason Aldean). Full of pop-rock earworms shot through with arena epic-ness, Me crosses musical and cultural boundaries while remaining singularly Nicky.

Nicky was also recently recognized for two songs as they were selected as finalists in the International Songwriting Competition. The first song “Me” was selected as a finalist in the Rock category and his song “Like There Never Was You” was selected as a finalist in the Adult Contemporary (AC) category. Winners were selected by a Blue Ribbon Committee of music industry judges including record label publishers, producers, A&R from Universal Music, Warner, EMI, Sony Music and other music professionals. In addition, songs were judged by an all-star panel including Imagine Dragons, Anoushka Shankar, Simon Le Bon (Duran Duran) and John Secada to name a few.

Recognition of awards include winning Battle of the Bands in Orange County, Akedemia Music Award, 1st Prize at USA Songwriting Competition. Out of 45,356 entries in the competition, he was awarded first prize in the pop category! The competition included entrants from 107 different countries from all over the world.

2013, July Winner of BEST EP in Rock/Pop category by The Akademia Music Awards in Hollywood

2013 –Unsigned Competition – Winner Honorable Mention Rock Category

2015: Winner of BEST EP in Rock/Pop category by The Akademia Music Awards in Hollywood  – I can’t Fall Asleep

2016: Winner of 2016 Rock Artist of the year at Akademia Music Awards in Los Angeles.

While actively gigging and collaborating with other artists/bands/producers, Nicky is currently in the process of producing his new project, which infuses a reggae twist into his aggressive pop/rock style.

They Said it:
Nicky is more than an extraordinary singer, songwriter and musician. Nicky is a star! He has it all–talent, drive, focus, commitment, image and personality. You know that rare, indescribable, all-encompassing “it” quality? Nicky has “it.” – Mickey Jack Cones

Nicky’s writing reveals someone wise beyond their years. He knows what he wants to say, and knows the direction he wants to go musically to be true to who he is as an artist. – Dave Robbins

Songwriting is a very personal creative experience, and the connection between songwriters determines the quality of their creative output. Nicky’s humble personality, combined with his guitar mastery, creates a wonderful environment to connect and create. Co-writing with Nicky was not only a pleasurable experience–it was magical. – Anthony Little