Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Nicole Saphos’ musical identity can be categorized somewhere between jazz and indie rock. Upon graduating from Temple University in 2012 with a Jazz Performance degree, the Los Angeles native relocated to DC, and began her professional music career in earnest. To date, she’s released three critically acclaimed albums, and has performed at venerated venues such as The Kennedy Center, Rockwood Music Hall, and The Smithsonian American Art Museum, among others. Downbeat Magazine describes her as a ‘distinctive & warm presence on the bandstand’.

In 2019, Nicole became the first songwriter invited to attend the prestigious residency program at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine. She has also received several prominent grant awards for her work in songwriting and performance, including 2018 & 2020 Artist & Scholars grants from the Montgomery County Arts Council, and a 2020 Regional Independent Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council. 

Drawing inspiration from artists’ such as Thelonious Monk, Fiona Apple and Dirty Projectors, Nicole’s distinct musicality stems from her upbringing as a jazz instrumentalist, vocalist, and avid listener of alternative pop music. Her latest release, Takoma Sessions [2020], was recorded live over the course of a three-part concert series that took place at Tonal Park studio in Maryland. Featuring the full musical prowess of Nicole’s 5-piece band (Nicole Saphos Band), the twelve-track live album delivers a sequence of groove-heavy, pop-friendly originals, complimented by bold vocal harmonies.

Returning to the City of Brotherly Love earlier in 2021, Nicole is focused on completing a new full length album, Figure Eights, which she hopes to release later this year.

Tiptoe [2016], Buzz & Bloom [2018], and Takoma Sessions [2020] are available to stream/download wherever you get your music. Limited edition CD & Vinyl are available only at

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