Main Stage: Niki Darling To Perform


February 16, 2016


Live on the main stage, it’s singer/songwriter, Niki Darling!

Niki Darling is a singer and songwriter born, bred, and based in New York City. As a solo artist and the lead singer of Pants Velour, signed to Tommy Boy Entertainment, she’s performed on more than 50 venues around the world, including The Borgata (Atlantic City); BB King’s, Webster Hall, Highline Ballroom, and The Apollo Theater in New York City; and at the Davos World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Most recently, she collaborated with Savoy, providing vocals on their track “Pump It Up,” currently No. 3 on iTunes Dance. 

 In 2014, Darling teamed up with singer-songwriter and DJ Ryan Skyy to record the single “Done,” which was released along with a music video to worldwide acclaim. Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Aude worked with Darling on the remix. In 2015, “Done” shot to the top of Billboard’s Top 100 List. Out magazine called her a “singing sensation,” and The Huffington Post said her vocals on “Done” are “impressively powerful.”

 Her hit “Crazy Things” is featured in the original score for the major motion picture 2 Guns starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. Dial 7 Car & Limousine Service also features her vocals in many of their commercials, which have racked up more than 1.7 million views on YouTube and have aired on multiple radio stations throughout the New York/New Jersey area.

Darling is just as comfortable in front of a camera as she is on stage. She has performed in multiple Pants Velour music videos including the hits “High in the City,” “All In,” and “Shuffle,” as well as Stereo Crowd’s “Who Do You Love.” And she recently appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, singing background vocals for chart-topping stars Andy Grammer, Chainsmokers, and Rachel Platten. 

Darling’s name pays direct tribute to Prince, one of her biggest musical influences. Others include Tina Turner, Stevie Nicks, Jimi Hendrix, Whitney Houston, and 90’s rock. She’s an avid supporter of the LGBT community and an active participant in the fight against HIV/AIDS since she lost a close family member to the disease. In a 2015 profile, Adelante—a magazine targeted to gay Latinos—described her as “incredibly talented, beautiful, and can belt out a tune.”