Nikka Costa

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Nikka Costa
Nikka Costa singing with Nancy Reagan, Frank Sinatra, and Johnny Grant
Nikka Costa singing with Nancy Reagan, Frank Sinatra, and Johnny Grant
Background information
Birth nameDomenica Costa
Born (1972-06-04) June 4, 1972 (age 50)
Tokyo,  Japan
Years active1981 – present

Domenica "Nikka" Costa (born 4 June 1972, Tokyo, Japan) is an American singer-songwriter. Her music has elements of pop, soul, funk, blues and progressive rock.[1] She began her singing career as a child singer in the early 1980s.

Biography[change | change source]

Costa's career as a recording artist with her own name began in 1981. That year, she recorded the song "Out Here on My Own". Her self-titled album was released outside the United States in the same year. Costa then toured the world.[2] Costa's second album, Fairy Tales, was released in 1983. Her father, Don Costa [it], died from a heart attack in January that year.

In 1983, Costa sang a cover of The Angels' 1963 song "My Boyfriend's Back".

Costa moved away from childhood pop to mature soul in the 1990s. She signed to the Mushroom record label in Australia. In 1996, she released the studio album Butterfly Rocket in Australia. The album led to Costa being nominated for an ARIA Music Awards Breakthrough Artist in 1996 and the Best Female Artist in 1997.[3]

In 2000, Costa's song "Like a Feather" was shown in a Tommy Hilfiger television advertising campaign. The exposure and the song's music video helped launch her United States music career. In 2001, her album Everybody Got Their Something was released. It hit #120 on the U.S. Billboard 200.

Costa later signed to Stax.[4] She released her studio album Pebble to a Pearl on 14 October 2008.

Other passions[change | change source]

In addition of music, her passions are swimming,[5] dance, Disney cartoons, and dolls.

Private life[change | change source]

She is married with Australian producer-songwriter Justin Stanley [en], with whom she has a daughter Sugar McQueen (2006), and a son, Suede (2013).

References[change | change source]

  1. "Nikka Costa". All Music. Retrieved June 6, 2021.
  2. "Nikka Costa Biography". The Musician Guide. Retrieved June 6, 2021.
  3. "Nikka Costa Ahead of the Soul Pack". Archived from the original on June 6, 2021. Retrieved June 6, 2021.
  4. "Nikka Costa Signs with Stax Records". Concord Music Group. Archived from the original on September 28, 2008. Retrieved June 6, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  5. which she learned at age 1 (in fact, in California people start from a very early age) and, moreover, without having never had any lifebuoy in her life