Nicolet Aleta Heaton is an american singer popularly known by her stage name Niykee Heaton. She was born December 4, 1994 in Geneva, Illinois.
Her journey into the world of music is traced down to her childhood. At the age of 5, she wrote her first song and by the time she was 9, she started learning how to play guitar. While in High School, Niykee began uploading clips recorded in her bedroom on YouTube, including covers of contemporary hit songs along with occasional originals, for which she accompanied herself on acoustic guitar. After her graduation from high school, she self-financed the recording of a host of her own songs, opting to take a step back and build “a catalog that we were proud of” with her manager Lauren, eventually signing with All Def Digital in 2014, a YouTube-based label founded by Steve Rifkind and Def Jam-founder Russell Simmons, in partnership with Capitol Records.
She became famous through her YouTube channel after uploading acoustic guitar covers of contemporary hits, most notably hip-hop songs, that went viral. She released her debut project, the EP Bad Intentions, on September 23, 2014 topping Billboard’s Next Big Sound chart on April 24, 2014.
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Niykee embarked on her first headlining concert tour, The Bedroom Tour, in late 2015, and released the similarly titled mixtape, The Bedroom Tour Playlist, on March 18, 2016, which compiled remastered material she had previously shared online for free streaming and debuted for her live shows during the tour.
She kicked off The Centerfold Tour, her second North American tour containing forty-three shows, on October 6, 2016, in Athens, Georgia.