WIth a sweeping, effortless four-octave range, Nicky Crayson’s voice and musicianship make an instant impression. Nicky began her career as a teenager and soon found herself working at venues like The Basement (with Galapagos Duck), or the Hilton Hotel, where Tony Bennett while touring Australia, heard her and encouraged her to continue singing jazz.
Nicky has built up an impressive CV, including numerous appearances on television, and at events. She has also been in demand as a jazz singing teacher, at Macquarie University, University of Newcastle and Sydney Conservatorium. Nicky also teaches musicianship and music theory.
Nicky's latest CD release 'Daydream' features her arrangements of songs by such great songwriters as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Duke Ellington, Hoagy Carmichael and Cole Porter. Nicky now has some 1,000 songs in her repertoire. “I fell in love with jazz because the interpretation of a piece is never the same,” she says. “Improvisation brings challenge and constant interest to the music and allows each musician to bring their own spirit to the music and the group".