Kelsey Nykole – #MidwestPrincess
Words and interview by Lucky Smith
Meet Kelsey Nykole. Model. Singer. Actress. VH1 Reality Star. #MidwestPrincess.
The last time we worked with you, you were our “Beauty of the Month”. That was about 2 years ago. How has your modeling career been since then?
Wow, that seems so long ago. I had hair and everything, lol. I appreciate you guys for being the first magazine to publish your girl. I’ve evolved in a major way since our last shoot. I get a lot of great opportunities because of my look and my bodily upkeep but also because I get out there and “get em”! Lately, I’ve done R. Kelly’s video for, “F*ck Yall”, OMG Girls’, “ Baddie”, Bambi ft. lil Scrappy, Havok Jones “My Body” and many other artist in the Midwest and Atlanta. I’m shooting with a lot of great photographers and I’ve done many runway shows in these areas as well.
You’re also a singer. Tell us a little bit about that and the progress you’ve made.
The music is coming along beautifully. I have come such a long way. I’ve improved tremendously as a live performer, my vocal abilities and range has heightened in a major way, and the opportunities from my grind and growth have definitely been amazing. So far, I’ve opened up for Drake, Meek Mill, Waka Flocka, and 2Chainz on the “Paradise Tour” and Trina in Louisville, KY. I’ve also been nominated for an “Atlanta Urban Music Award”, won the 2012 Indy Urban Music Awards for “Female R&B and Mixtape of the year” in the 2012 Indy Urban Music Awards. I’ve built a nice fanbase and I stay active. The work is definitely paying off.
Did the independent project you put out live up to your expectations?
Yes, it did. My first project was a mixtape and it had some great remakes on it. I even did a little rapping. I put a lot into it and it turned out very well. My 2nd project was the intro to the new, real me after I changed my name (from Nykki B.). It only had 6 songs on it and it had more of a fun pop/sexy vibe.That project showed my versatility as an artist. I did some reggae, pop, hip hop, and some R&B. I got a lot of great feedback on that project.
Have you worked with anyone on your new project?
I have actually been working with some bigger more well known names of producers in the industry since I moved down south to Atlanta such as 88 Keys and The Exclusives. I’ve even met Ian Burks. So, I’m definitely meeting lots of great people and working my way into showing my skills to lock in their interest and get some hits cut.
I did a song with platinum producer Luney Tunez (produced Rihanna’s “Loveeeeeee Song” feat. Future). He is super cool and ridiculously creative. Music is all about feelings and chemistry between the music lyrics, writers, and producers and we definitely established a chemistry as soon as I sat down with him to vibe out. We made a song that neither of us go a day without listening to now. We have lots more work to do, but by far, he is definitely one of my favorite producers to work with. In spite of him having one of the most recent platinum selling songs off of Rhianna’s album, he keeps working and still shows love to indie artists. That’s my partner! As far as a collab “wish list”, I’d love to collab with August Alsina.
Being from Indiana, did you find it hard to get ahead in this business?
No! I refuse to let where I’m from or how I came up be a factor in my drive and my grind to get ahead in this industry. When I feel that I have done all I can in one area or location in life, I understand that its time to move on and see what other cities have to offer. The world is too big to be stuck on stupid, sitting at home thinking, “This is it.” Babyface, Keke Wyatt, Mike Epps, Vivica Fox, and many others are all from right here and they made it happen so I have not a doubt in my mind that I can too. Being from here doesn’t make it hard. Being here does. If you want anything in this life you have to get up, get out, and go get it!
Aside from modeling and singing, you’ve been on TV. Tell us a little bit about that.
Starting January first, you can catch me on VH1’s reality show, “Couples Therapy: Season 4” with my love interest, Ghostface Killah (of the Wu Tang Clan). I’m both nervous and excited about this one because it is going to change my life a lot. If I play my cards right, I know it can open up a lot of doors for me. My dreams are coming true!
What do you think about the outcome of the show and your experience on it?
I think it came out great. I learned a lot about myself, about love, and about what I want out of life and what I deserve in any relationship. I went through a lot of things emotionally during the filming but I came out knowing that I’m strong, I’m beautiful, and settling for less than the best is not an option.
With everything you already got going on, is there anything else you plan on adding to your resume?
I’m already claiming my acting career. I don’t feel like there is a real limit to the things that I can do because I’m one with the power and the talent and the blessings that I’ve been given. God is amazing and I know that if I put my mind, heart, and hard work into anything, success is mine for the taking.
Is there anything you would like the people to know about you they might not know or have just been a bad misconception?
I would just like to say that I am a loving, sweet, compromising, talented individual and as for the people of my city, I want to let you know that I’m not a bully. But as for the world I just want to let you know that my Nicole is spelled “Nykole” (remember that) and that I’m coming and I’m going to make you love me, so get ready!
Throw us your contact info.
For business and bookings you all can reach me at BookKelseyNykole@gmail.com. My website is www.heykelsey.com. You can follow me on Twitter and Instagram @TheKelseyNykole. My Facebook and Youtube channel is Kelsey Nykole. Like. Subscribe. Follow. Google Me, Loves. Let’s get connected!