KATLYN NICHOL BIO
For as much as Katlyn Nichol flourishes in front of the camera as an actress on series such as American SoulandBlack-ish, she really thrives the moment she picks up a microphone. The North Carolina-born and Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, actress, and performer can hit steeple-size vocal peaks, get sassy on a beat, and dazzle with charisma and charm all within the span of the same song. She flaunts talent and attitude in equal measure. Already praised for her“gorgeous tone” by the likes ofSoulBounce, she presents the full picture of who she is on her new album fromCMNTY Culture RCRDS/RepublicRecordsin 2021.
“My music is energetic, intense, and has a message behind it,” she exclaims. “I try to give you something you can bop to, vibe out to, and get hype to, but still feel like you got some soul food. It’s not like you just had a snack. It nurtures some part of your identity—whether you feel like you need to hear it or to feel that somebody understands you. I’m trying to bring the urgency, extravagance, and energy back to R&B.”
Growing up in Fayetteville as the youngest of five kids, the music quite literally surrounded Katlyn. Running a studio out of their home, her father produced for the likes of nineties R&B star Joe in addition to touring as part of Mama I Want To Sing! At the age of two, Katlyn would sing from her car seat, belting out gospel runs along with the radio. Soon, she found herself recording backup vocals and melodies for dad’s recordings. Inspired by Beyoncé, Brandy, Whitney Houston, A Tribe Called Quest, Stevie Wonder, and more, she decided to devote her life to music as a kid. Relocating to New Jersey, she gained her first industry experience by working with various management companies in between attending the prestigious Cicely L. Tyson Community School of Performing and Fine Arts. By 12-years-old, Mary J. Blige personally signed her to Matriarch/Def Jam Records. The legend often invited Katlyn to make guest appearances on stage.
“Mary really took me under her wing,” she recalls. “She was protective because I was so young. She gave me this big sister love, and I really appreciate it to this day.”
All of these moves contributed to her evolution as an artist and all-around entertainer. She nailed an audition for BET’S American Soul, and she captivated millions as and Simone Clark, acting, singing, and dancing for the run of the show. In 2020, she joined black-ishas Olivia Lockhart in the season finale, returning as a series regular in season seven. However, she never stopped writing, recording, and singing. During early 2021, she caught the attention of CMNTY Culture RCRDS and Republic Records and landed a deal with the label. She formally introduces herself with the debut single “Liar.”The song has a throwback beat comprised of a sample from Ghanaian afrobeat legend Ebo Taylor and is punctuated by horns that underscores her dynamic vocal performance. She dips in and out of the groove with intimate verses before teeming with attitude on the hook as she sings,“You’s a liar, liar, liar.”