If you’re going to make soul music – joyful, authentic, modern yet classic soul music – it really helps if that music is allowed to come straight from your soul. That's exactly where Nikka Costa's music has been coming from since she was a little girl. Born in Tokyo, she literally grew up in music. Her father, legendary producer, conductor, and arranger Don Costa, had a profound influence on her life, even though he suddenly passed away when she was 10 years old. By that point, Costa was already a successful recording artist. At eight years old, she released her first album, which featured her version of "Out Here on My Own" from Fame. The release was the beginning of many albums and tours throughout Europe, South America, Australia, and more, which led to a nominations for ARIA Breakthrough Artist in 1996, Best Female Artist in 1997, and MTV's Best New Artist in 2001.
Soon after the turn of the millennium, Costa transitioned from the pop of her youth to a Motown-inspired brand of soul. Her US career took off when her single "Like a Feather" appeared in a series of Tommy Hilfiger advertisements, and Everybody Got Their Something, her first stateside release on Virgin Records, dropped in 2001. She followed up the success of that release with Can'tneverdidnothin' (2005), which featured a prominent collaboration with Lenny Kravitz. After a period of working through her own label, the fittingly named Go Funk Yourself Records, Costa signed with Stax Records in 2008, releasing Pebble to a Pearl later that same year.
Costa's latest album PROWHOA came out in 2011 and was distributed by Virgin. Featuring hit singles like "Ching Ching Ching," "Not the Only One," and "Nylons in a Rip," the album finds Costa returning to the pop-tinged sounds of her earlier days.