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When You Die, You Live: Nikko Gray Expected

Anxious footsteps in my brain
Wander off to foreign land
Blind till now, expected Rain
Proven wrong by loving hands

… Expected Something …

I heard a voice inside my head
Put the Fog upon my Window
But you replied to me instead
Never ending Love crescendo

… Expected Something …
… Ended up with Nothing …
… Expected Nothing …
… And I ended up …
… Ended up with Something …

Strange Emotions run me ‘round
Instead I let 'em float around
Peaks and Valleys
Highs and Lows
I let go and I let flow

… Expected Something …
… Ended up with Nothing …
… Expected Nothing …
… And I ended up …
… Ended up with Something …

You guys already know that Nikko Gray’s lyrics can preach.  She recently released 2 EPs, one of them including a collaboration with her Quincy Jones, producer extraordinaire, AFTA-1.  AFTA-1’s thought-provoking ambient sound is a perfect match for Nikko Gray’s free flowing, metaphoric songwriting approach.  Nikko Gray has the ability to write voluminous lyrics in unassuming short phrases.  Her lyrics are like a work of art.  It makes you want to stop and reflect on the multiple meanings of the song from Nikko Gray’s perspective and then yourself. 

When I look at her lyrics, I think about the scripture in John 11:25-26:

25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

Only God could create a kingdom where you must die to live.  Living for Jesus is like living in a foreign land.  I was raised to believe that being a Christian will be boring, joyless experience where I will constantly feel that I’m not good enough.  I expected that every time I made a mistake, God would Joe Jackson whup my tail into a self-condemning stupor.  However, I was “proven wrong by loving hands”.  When I began to empty myself of my shame-filled expectations of God, He began to speak to me that I was His beloved.  This song reminds me that I have to have God’s expectations and not my own.  Bandcamp

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SPEAK! ft Nikko Gray- Televangalism (prod by Micahel Uzowuru & Jay Cue)

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SPEAK ft Nikko Gray - Let Downs (prod by Caleb Stone)

Directed by Spaghetto

I originally wrote the hook for B.O.B. I always envisioned Norah Jones singing it. The A&R’s at Atlantic records laughed at me under their breath and said it wouldn’t work. They said it was too personal. They were right. I’m glad they didn’t like it. Those idiots didn’t deserve this hook. It ended up becoming a crown jewel on my album & a song my supporters sing word for word when I play it live. It’s a big piece of who I am.

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Rehearsing on a Sunday afternoon at The Breath…..

©Trisha Angeles Photography

Had every intention to shoot photos, then video just felt right! So blessed to have these people in my life… 

Written by Nikko Gray & R. Cardenas | Performed by Nikko Gray & KenBts. | Produced by Imani Waddy. 

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Last week the beautiful and talented Nikko Gray stopped by The Brickbox to give us an update on her music hiatus, among other things. This London born songstress is gearing up to release some highly anticipated music. Nikko has been very busy, with her hand in a bit of everything, as we chatted she gave us some insight on what she’s doing

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#14 AFTA-1 “H(eye)LAND Ft. Nikko Gray

The coolest designer sock company out did an amazing mix tape curated by Def Sound…It feats a wealth of Los Angles based talent. A truly unique and diverse collection of sounds that reflects not only city, but the style & creativity that Paisley Sock Wear prides it’s on.  You can stream it here or dl it for free at www.paisleysockwear.com/

1. RC x Maceo thee CEO - Paisley Intro
2. Miguel -Sure Thing Brook D'Leaumix
3. Thundercat - DMT flyGoonmix
4. Tuko feat. Danni Rouge
5. Robin Hannibal x Co Co - Løb Stop Stå
6. Captain Murphy - Children of the Atom
7. Belvi - Dreamcather
8.Versis - Barista
9. Rob Roy - Axela
10. CoolRoy - Nine
11. Amber Ojeda - My Hearts A Whore
12. blu feat. jimetta rose- burgundy whip
13. Overdoz - Dear God
14.Tiron & Ayomari - Bernie Mac
15. Def Sound x Nikko - Birds i view
16. Pac Div - Debo
17. A.Chal - touch my like I’m famous
18. Rafael Casal - Workit out
19. Dame 55 - Rain Dance
20. Z & She x Sango- Beautiful
21. Zack Sekoff - Off Them Thangs
22. Vince Staples x Jay Curry - Miami Vice
23. Mike Nova - @pe $h!t
24. Richard Wright - main objective
25. Thurz - Acura Legend
26. Speak! - Hilfigers
27. J*Davey - Duh Duh Duh
28. Maceo - Chaos
29. Sonnymoon - Wild Rompus
30. Hanine - Just Like

SOCKS.on.BRIGHT.

-∂eƒ

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From the EP ::LOVE SEEN:: 

http://www.NikkoGray.Bandcamp.com/

Directed by Holly Port, Edited by Kelly Port.

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