2023 VOCAL JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR | Nikki Yanofsky | | The JUNO Awards

Nikki by Starlight is a modern reimagining of The Great American Songbook, packed with original arrangements & novel vocal interpretations. 

 Yanofsky has worked with & received accolades from icons like Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, & Stevie Wonder. With this latest record, Yanofsky has created a time capsule. Even recording on a vintage RCA 77C, the microphone that was used by Ella Fitzgerald, Yanofsky’s transportive musical touch brings the Great American Songbook into the 21st century, providing a chance for new audiences and existing fans alike to fall in love with her distinct style. 

 Co-produced with Paul Shrofel, Yanofsky describes the process of recording this album as an invigorating and joyful time that allowed her to tap into the purest part of herself again. She reconnected with the classics on her own terms — especially as an artist who did her first show at just 12 years old. Jazz was her first love, and this record is a true homecoming. 

 Yanofsky was sure to include a mix of ballads, uptempo tracks, and sambas, & gravitated towards tracks that are notoriously difficult to sing. She’s recruited some of the best names in the business in support: Greg Phillinganes, Nathan East, and the iconic Arturo Sandoval.