Singer, songwriter and composer Nicki Wells followed her 1st class honours degree in Music touring as a featured vocalist in Nitin Sawhney’s band. She has performed in some of the world’s most prestigious venues from London’s Royal Albert Hall and Sydney Opera House to Glastonbury’s main Pyramid Stage. Her voice has contributed to a number of films including Andy Serkis’s Mowgli, Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children, Renny Harlin’s The Legend of Hercules and was a major part of the scores of BBC Documentaries such as The Human Planet series. Her first solo album as TURYA ‘Ocean’ was released to critical acclaim in 2018.
“Blessed with an unparalleled memory for melody and vocal technique from virtually any culture, Nicki is able to easily leap from folk, French trip-hop, deep gospel, jazz or choral vocals to Indian classical or Arabic inflections as if all were emanating directly from her soul,” describes long time collaborator Nitin Sawhney who adds that: “Nicki is an entirely new phenomenon. She is truly the first global singer.”
As a Composer in her own right, Nicki has scored for Tanika Gupta’s theatrical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, Howard Brenton’s play Drawing the Line, receiving critical acclaim. She co-composed the score to Khyentse Norbu’s feature film Vara – A Blessing and has also composed five of contemporary dancer Aakash Odedra’s shows, which have featured in venues like Sadlers Wells, Royal Opera House and Edinburgh Fringe Festival, (winning the Amnesty International Award for the politically conscious show #JeSuis). Nicki also composed the score to documentary film maker Koen Suidgeest’s: Girl Connected and then joined forces with renowned sitarist Anoushka Shankar to compose the score for upcoming documentary film An Officer and His Holiness.
Nicki joined forces once again with Aakash Odedra and Chinese dancer Hu Shenyuan, composing the score and also performed in the new epic production Samsara which premiered in the Melbourne Arts Centre February 2020.
Nicki is currently scoring the music to Indian Classical dancer Aditi Mangaldas’s new contemporary dance show to be premiered in India‘s NCPA theatre in Mumbai, 2021.
Over the last year, during the pandemic, Nicki has created a multitude of new material, including her much anticipated second studio album which is expected to be released in the Autumn of 2021