Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Dinah Washington, Lena Horne and Etta James were all game changers in the world of jazz, blues and R&B. When Nicky sings, you can hear her connection to these women. They pushed the boundaries of what was conventional and made their voices heard. Nicky often says she is standing on their shoulders and why she will never remain silent where there is injustice. None of us can.