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Phase One of “Newgrass” Project Completed!

Filed under: News, Videos - admin on December 22nd, 2008

The Sun The Moon The Stars
Newgrass Studio Session Documentary 

Those who know me, know that my musical expressions are very diverse, ranging from pop and alternative to new age and chill out. What you may not know is that I grew up on country music! Hank, Willie, Dolly, George, The Judds, Reba, Travis, Garth, all of ‘em! In Texas, country music is EVERYWHERE! As a child, I often went to this place called the “Blue Barn” where bluegrass pickers would gather and play live! Those sounds have always been close to my heart.

Early in 2008, my team and I began discussing a newgrass project. For those who may not know, “newgrass” is basically bluegrass with a fresh twist. After much planning, we rounded up some of the best players in Nashville and on August 12th, we went into the studio to record the first set of songs for the new album (not yet titled).

Two of the guys are part of the band of the infamous bluegrass artist, Ricky Skaggs. Andy Leftwich, who plays fiddle for Ricky, and Cody Kilby who plays guitar. Also joining us in the studio was Rob Ickes on dobro, Byron House on bass and my step brother Gabriel Cantrell on percussion. A studio filled with fine players was sure to lead to an amazing day of music and boy oh boy did it ever!

We tracked the first 3 songs of the album and part of a 4th. I’m excited to tell you that my management company has allowed me the freedom to share our progress with all of you so I’ve posted three tracks in the streaming player at my homepage http://nikoonline.com/media-player and also at my myspace page www.myspace.com/nikoonline

The tracks are “The Sun The Moon The Stars” and two version of “The Special One” (slow and fast). If you are one of the many people around the world who fell in love with the pop version of The Sun The Moon The Stars then you are in for a pleasant surprise! If you’ve never heard The Sun The Moon The Stars then you are still in for a pleasant surprise! : )

We documented the day in the studio so all of you could see these songs coming to life! Above is a glimpse at what the day was like while we worked on The Sun The Moon The Stars. Enjoy!

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  1. avatar
    Bev Dean

    Hey Niko I just loved this how it all came together you are so awesome with your music and I love that song its my favorite!:0)

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    ANGEL

    “NIKO” I KNOW YOUR THE BEST AND THE WAY YOU SING AND HOW YOU KEEP ALL OF US UPDATE ON ALL YOUR STUFF IS AWESOME. I FEEL LIKE IM PART OF YOUR FAMILY LOL. IN GODS EYES. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK AND KEEP IN TOUCH WITH ME I ALWAYS LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU AND YOUR NEW THINGS IN LIFE. I AM STILL WAITING FOR YOU TO PICK-ME UP TO PUT ME IN YOU LUGGAGE FOR THE NEXT TRIP AROUND THE WORLD..

    LOVE YA****

    ANGEL

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    mila
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    Naga

    Hello Niko… its mind blowing man… I Loved the song very much.. its touches my heart…

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    Lydia

    I just love this song – Thank you for keeping us updated on your evolution – Sending you some Aloha from Maui

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    esther
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    Rama
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    Cheryl

    Did I understand you to say you grew up in Texas??? If so, where in Texas did you grow up???

    Cheryl <

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    Cheryl

    BTW, I love your music!!! :D :D :D

    Cheryl <

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    stamatina

    NIKO, THIS VIDEO (and song) IS MY FAV. OF YOURS. AWESOME VIDEO!!! THE BEST OF LUCK ON THIS PROJECT AND ON THE NEXT ALBUM!!! KEEP UP YOUR FANTASTIC WORK AND THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR KEEPIN US UPDATED!

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    irem

    Niko! Sounds awesome! Loved the video as well.Please keep making this music and touching our hearts and dont forget to keep in touch with us. Love hearing from you.

  12. I liked the song very much it is inspiring and full of love and imagination and beautiful passion. i like u ilike ur style i like how u think (NIKO).I’m from the Middle East send you HI fragrant with love and beauty

    I have finish my Bachelor’s Degree In IT.I’m trying so hard to get scholarship from my Government if that’s hapend I am visiting you in the studio and give you a free lesson on how to listen to the music of wind Voice of the rocks, and the crying ocean.

    Best greetings and respect
    Billy

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    Naughty girl!

    Well done Niko your doing great. Have you got a girlfriend because I know a couple of greek girls that could Marry you and you can give them some chiuldren and they could calm down a bit!!!

    Love and light ( and a wee bit of darkness!) xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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    Magda Riga

    You are a “special” version of the “Sun, the Moon and the Stars” in our universe. Thank you, Niko

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    Maria

    Niko!!!!! The best I really love and enjoy your music so very much your fantastic as well as your crew. Wish you always the best!

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    Eleven

    Cool….Love ur music

  17. avatar
    ahmad

    good work and nice music i like it

  18. salut Niko merci de passer sur ma page ,j’écoute souvent tes chansons et vraiment elles me plaisent de plus en plus ;bonne continuation et toutes mes amities ;à bientot

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    Giovanni

    Great music, Niko,,,as always,, wish you the best.
    Greetings from Rodos GR

  20. This song is beautiful, as well as the newgrass mix of “The special one”. I love them.
    Thanks for sharing this video with us, it’s so interesting to see how you all work together and I can feel there are warm and friendly vibes !
    Love to you all,
    Cécile

  21. avatar
    ayaa

    your god give you agreat voice think why god give you this voice
    i hope to you avery happy life

  22. avatar
    María Angustias

    Tienes una respuesta pendiente para mi

  23. avatar
    Luiz Sergio C. Santoro

    Niko,

    Wonderful!
    I like very much.
    Congratulations.

  24. avatar
    Despina

    You are simply amazing. been listening to your music for almost a year now. When things seem to be going completely downhill…theres always your music to lift me up. Niko your amazing! x

  25. avatar
    nutch

    wow!! you really have solf voice.. when I hear your voice It is like I am flying. Thank you for a good song

  26. avatar
    Tsvetan Sharkov

    Hi, Niko.Your music is very good and I like it,but my english is no good…Всички свирите страхотно,продължавайте в този стил,и съм сигурен в успеха Ви!

  27. avatar
    Jennet Ernest

    hi; Niko, “The Moon The Stars” is very nice song. Your team are very good musical. I think that your album will be successful forever. I love your songs.
    Nice to listen to your music and songs!

    love

    Jennet Far a way

  28. avatar
    judy

    hey niko!I’m a girl from China,I have heard this song in 2008 from a CD of a music
    magazine~I really love this song!!!!!now 2 years pass by i find your website and find there is many nice music made by you!thats soooo cool~~!!you song just remind me of jeff buckley sometimes~~and now I’m writing an article about you and your music to make more people know you!
    love,
    judy

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    Peachy

    it is so relaxing..i really like it..keep it up..! :D

  30. i know that is the smollest things u do it what ageat niko you are

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    abeer elsayeh

    I LOVE IT MUCH ITS AMAZING ;-D

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  33. avatar
    Frank

    Thanks, Merry Christmas, Fran

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