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Nikk May

Singer/Musician/Songwriter/Producer

Phone:

248-965-0182

Email:

Studio Address:

36133 Johnstown Rd
Farmington Hills, MI 48335

A Bit About Nikk

Nikk has been teaching professionally for over 20 years as a multi-instrumentalist and experienced instructor in voice, piano, and guitar, working exclusively with over 100 students each week both in private and group classes.  Nikk has enjoyed the opportunities to share music with some of the producers and songwriters for platinum selling artists such as Rascal Flatts, Colbie Caillat, Carrie Underwood, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Chris Brown, Michael W. Smith, Hillsong United, Mark Schultz, Third Day, and more. His songwriting and production work has made its way into the hands of such record companies/distribution reps including Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Studios Production Company, Indasoul Entertainment, CSM Words and Music, Upscale Records, Centricity Records, and others.

Additionally, Nikk has trained students internationally and shared students with celebrity vocal coaches Brett Manning (Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Leona Lewis, Hayley Williams), Seth Riggs (Michael Jackson, Anita Baker, Stevie Wonder, Barbra Streisand, Madonna), and Mama Jan Smith (Usher, The Band Perry). Nikk has had the pleasure of watching his students connect with Grammy award winning producer Narada Michael Walden (Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin), Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20), and Harry Connick Jr., while others have gone on to sign record contracts, shoot music videos, perform live on television, and mature into their own musical successes. Nikk has also helped students succeed at the University level, with those attending schools such as the University of Michigan, Berklee College of Music, Belmont University in Nashville, DePaul University, DIME, Michigan State University, and others across the U.S. In addition, many of Nikk's students are avid performers, songwriters, theatre stars, and are well-recognized in the music community.

Performance Experience

June 2010 - January 2013
Gail & Rice / Detroit, Michigan
Singer/Musician

January 2009 - January 2010
World Championship of Performing Arts / Los Angeles, California
Singer/Musician

June 2008 - January 2015
Meridian Entertainment / Lansing, Michigan
Singer/Musician

January 2010 - October 2014
The Gig Factory / Lansing, Michigan
Singer/Musician

September 2004 - May 2006
Musical Theatre Piano Accompanist / Lansing, Michigan
Piano Accompanist

Live performer (vocal, piano, guitar) for contracted venues, performing primarily as a soloist as well as a collaborative singer and musician for various bands and showcased events.

Held sponsorship and representation through NOVA International, WCOPA 2009 bronze medalist for original works in both vocal and instrumental performances.

Live performer (vocal, piano, guitar) for contracted venues, performing primarily as a soloist as well as a collaborative singer and musician for various bands and showcased events.

Live performer (vocal, piano, guitar) for contracted venues, performing primarily as a soloist as well as a collaborative singer and musician for various bands and showcased events.

Contracted by local Community School Theatre Departments to perform piano accompaniment alongside pit orchestras for various shows and stage productions.

Teaching Experience

January 2022 - Current
Novella Sound Project / Farmington Hills, Michigan
Vocal / Piano / Guitar Instructor
Songwriter / Producer

August 2004 - Current
Nikk May: Private Studio For Voice Piano Guitar / Farmington Hills, Michigan
Vocal / Piano / Guitar Instructor

February 2012 - October 2017
Expressions Music Academy / Novi, Michigan
Vocal / Piano / Guitar Instructor

January 2010 - January 2012
WCOPA / Los Angeles, California
Vocal Coach

January 2010 - January 2012
NOVA International / Couer d'Alene, Idaho
Vocal Coach

January 2009 - January 2013
Six String Place / Lansing, Michigan
Music Instructor

January 2007 - January 2008
Mount Hope School of Music / Lansing, Michigan
Music Instructor

August 2004 - January 2009
White Brothers Music / Okemos, Michigan
Music Instructor

Fusion of vocal coaching, essential teaching and instruction for students studying voice/piano/guitar, music production, songwriting, audio engineering, and media development to assist students and artists in the most effective and meaningful ways possible.

Developing students and artists into professional level performers through private lessons, performance-based coaching, composition, and studio recording.

Primary vocal instructor, secondary piano and guitar instructor, head of C3 department (mixed vocal and instrumental classes), sound engineer and in-house studio producer.

Developed singers throughout the United States and Canada for international stage performances and competitions.

Prepared singers for vocal competitions through private and regional group workshop instruction.

Taught private lessons and group studies.

Taught private lessons and group studies.

Taught private lessons and group studies.

Music Ministry

January 2014 - January 2015
Orchard Grove Community Church / Walled Lake, Michigan
Worship Leader

August 2005 - April 2008
Mount Hope Church / Lansing, Michigan
SPYN Worship Director

Primary music director for youth department as well as serving on rotation as a singer and musician for adult ministry.

Managed worship teams, arranged music, and lead services for youth department (SPYN).

Notable Achievements

- Formed connections with both Indasoul Entertainment and CSM Words and Music (Los Angeles, California) in 2009.

- Finalist in songwriting competition for the 2012 WAJ Christian Songwriters Conference in St. Louis, Missouri.

- Original song work reviewed by major label writers and executives.

- Independent studio producer and engineer helping clientele create, develop, and promote recorded music.

- Students have gone on to sign record contracts, make television appearances, interview on radio, and perform on stadium-sized stages across the world.

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