I first met Nikki a little under a year and a half ago.
It was at a Multicultural Worship Leaders conference hosted at her church. She presented, hosted, interviewed and sang.
She did it all.
And with a smile on her face.
In the middle of the conference a box arrived for her and it was CDs of her first record "Longings" which she had successfully funded on Kickstarter. I was excited to be one of the first to grab a CD even though I had just met her. Here's the title track off that record:
Since I met Nikki I've been dazzled by her drive and talent and heart. As I was thinking about how I wanted to tell her story to you guys in order to get you excited about her visiting us I realized that she inspires me by her productivity. Here's a quick list of just the things I know:
2009 - Debut EP
2010 - Bridgeway Live record
2013 - Successful Kickstarter campaign results in her first record "Longings"
2014 - Contributed a song to the CD Multicultural Worship Collective #1
2015 (Feb) - Bridgeway worship project "Abba Father"
2015 (Mar) - Running a Kickstarter for her second full length record "The Things We Never Say"
2015 (Apr) - Releasing a book on Multicultural Worship with Josh Davis. She texted me this last night!
So for those of you playing along at home thats 6 records & a book in the last 7 years. No mean feat! Which is one of my favourite expressions and I just googled the meaning and here it is:
A laudable triumph of great difficulty.
What is her secret?
I don't know but I'm gonna ask her this weekend and maybe we'll even record a podcast about it. Lancelot just gave me "The War of Art" and its already pushing my buttons so I'll be blogging about process and resistance over here.