Niki Barr is an American musician from Denton, Maryland.
Niki began writing, performing, and recording at age 15 and soon after, began working with Mike Marucci of Marucci Artist Management, Inc. He introduced Niki to producer, Jim Ebert. Jim and Niki worked together on her records The Other Side of Me EP, Lush, and Go EP. Lush (2005) was Niki's first full-length record and included songs co-written with Butch Walker, The Matrix (record production team), Wizardz of Oz, Matthew Gerrard, and Stephen Lironi. The single "Wasted Time" became the #1 single on Sky Radio in the UK for over 6 weeks. Soon after, Go was released as an EP, and it managed to sit atop Sky Radio for over 8 weeks in the UK.
Niki Barr Band:
Through her manager and friends, Niki joined forces with guitarist Island Styles, bassist Scott Ensign, and drummer BJ Kerwin to form Niki Barr Band. Together, the band wrote, recorded, and produced their Bloom EP (2008). The band's follow up album, entitled "Radar Radio", was released in 2010.
In 2012 the band released a cover of the Nine Inch Nails song "Closer". The accompanying music video was the first ever created by the band. As of April 2013 the video has over 13,000 hits on YouTube.
The Last Year:
In June 2013 Niki Barr and band mate Scott Ensign formed "The Last Year". The duo was signed to a contract with Shanachie Entertainment, home to such artists as Rusted Root, Leela James, and the Flobots. A five-song EP was released on August 13, 2013. The first single from the EP, "Sugar", was released in July 2013. The band made its public debut on July 12, 2013 at The Ottobar in Baltimore, MD.
The band has completed 12 international tours in 5 years with Armed Forces Entertainment (AFE), performing for the US Troops in the Middle East, Japan, UK, and many other countries throughout Europe and Southeast Asia. The tours have spanned 40 countries across 3 continents and has brought the band support from Billboard Magazine, Rolling Stone Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, and NPR Radio's "Border Crossings with Larry London."
Her first AFE overseas tour went to Japan, Diego Garcia, and Singapore in 2003. Her most extensive tour was in late 2005, which involved seven countries. Countries she's performed in include Afghanistan, Bahrain, Djibouti, Saudi-Arabia, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates. In March-April 2007, the band returned to the same theater for another AFE sponsored tour.
April 30, 2009 the Niki Barr Band won radio station DC101's "Last Band Standing" competition, granting them the opening spot of the DC101 Chili Cook-Off concert at RFK Stadium May 16, 2009, supporting bands Third Eye Blind, Papa Roach, and The Offspring.
Niki Barr Band was a headliner on the annual ShipRocked music cruise tour, featured 2009 and invited to return 2010; the band appeared both years.
The band has shared stages with Joan Jett, Paramore, The Offspring, The Cult, Papa Roach, Shinedown, Puddle of Mudd, Third Eye Blind, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Crossfade, Sevendust, Vince Neil, the GoGos, Tesla, Charm City Devils and many other notable marquee acts.
Niki has also worked locally with United Service Organizations (USO) of Metropolitan Washington, D.C..
Niki created her own clothing line, Neurotica, in 2005. Neurotica is a licensed and registered trademark of Niki Barr Enterprises, LLC.
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