K.I. Nicholas

K.I. Nicholas has a special blend of music. He has his own band, does solo gigs and is often invited to play lead guitar and backup for other bands and artists.

K.I. brings a unique music style that blends the traditional Caribbean sounds he grew up on in Grenada with the music he found in his travels into the US and Canada. His CD, TWO WORLD FUSION, was released in 2008 and has TEN original songs. They all are stamped with his unique fusion of blues, Caribbean, soca, and African with a touch of funk, rap and R & B. There is just no one else out there with this sound! Nicholas is more than a talented guitar player and singer, he's a multi-faceted musician who plays several instruments, writes and composes his own music. He is now working on his new CD with a planned release date of 2012.

Born Raymond Nicholas in the village of Prospects in the parish of St. Patrick in the West Indian tropical island country of Grenada. He was one of thirteen children that grew up listening to island music and steel drums. He taught himself guitar as a kid and started to build upon the music of his country.

Over the years K.I.'s music has moved through Reggae, Soca, Calypso, Caribbean Fusion, Rock and Pop. In the mid-1990s K.I. traveled to Canada where he played with several African and African Jazz Fusion bands. In his twenty years of playing he has soaked up a lot of different kinds of music, but it was when he first found the blues clubs in Toronto that his vision to fuse the sounds he grew up on with the new sounds and charted his musical course.

In 2005 after years of traveling, touring, playing backup and lead guitar in bands, and doing solo performances in every size venue from intimate to stadium throughout Grenada, the Caribbean, and Canada Nicholas launched his recording career in December of 2005 with the release of his first CD entitled Caribbean Vision. All songs were written and composed by KI. He played electric, acoustic and slide guitar, bass and keyboards, as well as singing lead and background vocals.

He has done several extended gigs as guest house performer at Foxy's on the island of Jost van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands 2005-2010. Showcasing his music to crowds from all over the world! Nicholas made his move to the United States in June of 2006! He is now based in the San Francisco Bay Area.