In 2006, D2G Records contemporary gospel and inspirational vocalist Niyoki
(pronounced Nie-yo-kee), came on the gospel scene with her debut release, My Everything
. The project independently sold more than 15,000 copies, and spawned the hit single "He's Here" (which ultimately reached the #8 position on Billboard
's Gospel chart and was named the 27th most-played gospel song of 2007 by the trade publication R&R (Radio and Records
). Now she is back with her sophomore CD entitled Rest
which hit stores this week via partnership with Executive Music Group and distribution by Fontana.
All 13 songs on Rest
were written and co-produced by Niyoki in collaboration with her four producers: Ralph B. Stacy (Mario
, Dru Hill
, Jagged Edge
and K-Ci and JoJo
); Antonio Neal (EMI Gospel recording artist and producer for Canton Jones, Darlene McCoy, and Kierra "Kiki" Sheard); and up-and-comers Floyd Thomas and Quintin X. Coleman. The first single, "Joy," was shipped to radio in May, and is currently seated at the #40 on the BDS e-Chart.
Recorded while she was pregnant with her first child (Kedron Nero), Rest
is a solid collection of songs, each of which has a different sound and feel. Rest
crosses all musical genres to incorporate R&B, Jazz, rock and hip-hop all laced together with what Niyoki describes as "a central theme of hope and love for Jesus Christ." Rest
includes the beautiful and soothing "I Will Rest," the high energy and driven single, "Joy," the praise-filled "Where Would I Be?" and the earnestly prayerful "All That I Have." These are just a few of the highlights featured on Niyoki's new project which gives Niyoki a suitable platform on which to showcase the strength of her voice as well as her remarkable contralto-to-mezzo-soprano vocal range. "I was so much more comfortable with this project because I'd been there, done that," said Niyoki who previously was part of the R&B group Milenia which Prince tapped to perform as his background vocalists. "I'm more settled in my thoughts, with my lyrics, and with what direction I wanted to go with the music. And more importantly, my relationship with God has evolved into a place of peace."