At only 19 years old, South Florida R&B singer Aleicia Nicole tells stories of heartbreak and good loving through her music better than a 50-year-old widow with six ex-husbands. Usually dressed in all black, the Pembroke Pines native keeps a straight face in her visuals to let it be known she’s not playing games — especially when it comes to her vocals. We've been waiting to see what the young artist will do next since we named her one of 2015's five best local female R&B singers, but if it seems like the reticent Aleicia has been holding back, she assures all of her secrets are in her upcoming untitled EP.
Aleicia Nicole always knew she carried such a voice, but the songstress had a late start in the music industry. “I was too shy to talk in front of anyone or give speeches in class, much less sing, but I always knew I could,” says Aleicia. Instead of speaking — or singing aloud, rather — Aleicia first took to songwriting to express herself. “My phone has hundreds of notes,” she laughs. Those thoughts soon turned into tracks that quickly dubbed her one of our favorite R&B artists in South Florida.
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Her fanbase is rooting for her now, but that shyness set her back years. “I learned to not care what anyone has to say anymore. I know talent beats hard work, and 2016 is mine,” she says. Aleicia works tirelessly with her manager, Gabby Roberts of Minimal Domain, perfecting her craft. “I have her running and singing. This will help her with her breathing,” says Roberts. “I also have her on set studio time and got new dancers for performances.” Those dancers will come in handy as Aleicia’s newfound fanbase begs for more.
More has come quickly. The artist credits “growing up” and a push from Broward producers BDON and brother Dreambillz for helping her take a leap of faith and drop her breakout track “My Love” to her biggest audience thus far: the internet. Fingers crossed for a good response, they watched the Twitter mentions flood in. “I got over 200 retweets, which was really random because it was my first song, but it was all really good feedback,” says Aleicia. With all eyes on the young upstart, this was the push Aleicia needed to kick off her music career in earnest.
From there, “Hotlingo” and “Hypnotized” quickly became crowd favorites. “I kept getting good feedback,” she says. “This just pushed me to want to keep creating more. Now it’s time to take things seriously.” Just around five months into her promising singing career, Aleicia is winning our hearts (and ears) with her sweet, untempered voice and sharp, sassy songwriting. She looks to Alicia Keys, the late Aaliyah, and her past relationships for inspiration.
With her newfound fans on her side, Aleicia plans to continue fighting through her shyness and releasing new music. “I’m pushing my project back to early April,” she says — but it will be worth it. She plans to pour her heart out with a collection of all her feelings and how she dealt with past relationships, so there’s not exactly room to be shy. Expect to hear Aleicia’s deepest, darkest secrets transformed from her phone full of notes to your speakers.