World is Waiting

by Nikki O'Neill

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1.
THAT'S HOW YOU LOSE HER I don't know what it is you're smokin' Better listen what I say Your little games and all your jokin' Are gonna drive that girl away Maybe you're too far gone for savin' But she's the one who's gonna go And when you're cryin' like a baby I'm gonna say I told you so That's how you lose her That's how you lose her Lose her That's how you lose her Treat her with some dignity Find out how good love can be Stay out with your no-good friends See how fast your romance ends Was it for real or were you fakin' The night you told her you'd be true? 'Cause if she thinks that she's mistaken She's gonna pull the plug on you You think that you're God's gift to women And that her patience has no end Don't come to me when your head's spinnin' 'Cause I ain't got an ear to lend That's how you lose her That's how you lose her Lose her That's how you lose her Treat her with some dignity Find out how good love can be You ain't seventeen no more Change your act or find the door That's how you lose her (that's how you drive that girl away) Loser (that's how you're gonna get shown the door) Loser, that's how you lose her (you better change your ways) Loser, that's how you lose her Lose her Lose her Lose her
2.
A Man for All Seasons
3.
A Place at the Table
4.
World is Waiting
5.
All I Wanna Be is Yours
6.
You're the Only One Who Gets Me You found me at a party in a corner Uncorked with a label they misread A finely tuned piano with the lid kept folded down Gravity, just pulling up ahead We thanked the scattered host and left her party Wandered through the city in the night We saw a busking drummer down on Main Street And a poet read her stanzas by a light We were digging through our pockets for two dollars Loved the poet, but we had to make it fair Over breakfast at the diner, we sat quiet without cringing Just taking in the peaceful morning air It's good to feel free Don't need to be on guard or draw Some circle of protection I can just breathe and be You're the only one who gets me My mother used to call me such a dreamer She wondered why I live inside my head When I went home from school, I found the answer To what happens in the fall when leaves turn red Now you and I have lived through many seasons We've grown up and mom ain't here no more But you take me to the mountains each October Just to spend one night on a crimson forest floor It's good to feel free Don't need to be on guard or draw Some circle of protection I can just breathe and be You're the only one who gets me I'm walking home and hear somebody whistle Old man says: "Lady, where you going? You look fine!" As the traffic drowns him out, he's still cussing in the distance Some people spend a lifetime trying to figure out their opening line It's good to feel free Don't need to be on guard or draw Some circle of protection I can just breathe and be You're the only one who gets me So good to feel free Don't want to be on guard, just make A meaningful connection And you found the key You're the only one who gets me Good to feel free So good to feel free So good to feel free So good to feel free It's good to feel free
7.
Take Back What I Said

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"World is Waiting" is a tapestry of rhythm & blues, gospel, americana, and blues woven together by an inspired and nuanced five-piece band.

Nikki leads the way with unforced vocals, tasty guitar playing, and a way of writing songs that's raw and rootsy with a huge soul influence, a positive message, and plenty of hooks.

On some of the songs, Nikki and her band lay down SoCal Americana grooves that feel like a morning road trip through Topanga Canyon.

She recorded the closing track at the legendary Royal Studios in Memphis.

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releases October 16, 2020

Produced by Nikki O’Neill and Joshua “Cartier” Cutsinger
Recorded at Hayloft Studios in Los Angeles, CA except “That’s How You Lose Her” at BonfireLA Studios in Los Angeles, CA, and “Take Back What I Said” at Royal Studios in Memphis, TN
Engineered by Joshua “Cartier” Cutsinger, except “That’s How You Lose Her” by Stephen Fahlsing and Joshua “Cartier” Cutsinger, and “Take Back What I Said” by Boo Mitchell
Mixed by Ethan Allen at Sun Room Studios in Boaz, AL
Mastered by Gavin Lurssen at Lurssen Mastering in Los Angeles, CA

All songs written by:
Nikki O’Neill (Snowflower Music, ASCAP) and Paul Menser (Gorilla Trail Music, ASCAP), except “A Man for All Seasons” and “You’re the Only One Who Gets Me” by Nikki O’Neill; “World is Waiting” by Nikki O’Neill, Paul Menser, and Bob Garrett (Bobert Music, BMI), and “All I Wanna Be Is Yours” by Nikki O’Neill, Paul Menser, and Rich Lackowski (Beaten Path Studios, ASCAP)

Musicians:
Nikki O’Neill: lead vocals, lead guitar on “World is Waiting,” rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, backing vocals, handclaps

Joshua Pessar: lead guitar on “That’s How You Lose Her,” slide guitar on “A Man for All Seasons,” rhythm guitar, handclaps

Rob Fresco: electric bass

Rich Lackowski: drums, percussion, handclaps

Doug Organ: piano, Wurlitzer, Hammond organ

Jon Gold: Hammond organ on “That’s How You Lose Her”

Halina Janusz: backing vocals

Lisa Malsberger: backing vocals

Manda Mosher: backing vocals

Deb Morrison-Littell: backing vocals

Joshua “Cartier” Cutsinger: handclaps

Photography: Deb Morrison-Littell/Shots by Morrison

Art Direction/Design: Nikki O’Neill and Chris Moseman

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Nikki O'Neill Los Angeles, California

Nikki O’Neill is an Americana singer-songwriter and guitarist. Deeply in love with soul music from an early age, Nikki counts Pops Staples and Teenie Hodges as her guitar heroes.

Nikki’s second solo album, “World is Waiting,” will be released on October 16, 2020 through Blackbird Record Label.

Official website: nikkioneill.com

Photos: Deb Morrison-Littell/Shots by Morrison
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