Born in Newcastle, Australia, Nicki started her musical training at age four with the piano. Nicki switched to double bass at the age of 15. After graduating high school she moved to Sydney to study jazz at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music where she was nominated for the annual Australian Young Achievers Award by the Arts Council of Australia who granted her the funds to come to New York to study with Rufus Reid.
Nicki was bassist and vocalist for the legendary Les Paul for over 10 years. She performs regularly at most of the world’s top jazz festivals and venues. She has recorded 16 vocal records for Venus Records, in addition to her numerous releases on Arbors Records and Ooroo Records.