Meet Our Business Member J’Nique Nicole 

Posted On September 1, 2022

Legacy Foundation Japan supports its business members’ endeavors no matter what stage they are in. Our members work in multiple industries both in Japan and abroad.

For our spotlight, Legacy Foundation Japan recognizes the immensely talented and driven singer J’Nique Nicole. Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, she now lives in Kawasaki City. 

J’Nique began her career in 2012 performing in small venues but landed her first major gig in October 2013 as a background singer for the Grammy Award-winning artist Ashanti. She later went on tour with Japanese R&B megastars; Ai and Kubota Toshinobu. J’Nique also lent her songwriting and vocal talents to the award-winning video game NieR: Automata.

What attracted you to Legacy Foundation Japan? 

I love the sense of community the foundation gives us here in Japan. We all need family and camaraderie to survive. Plus, networking is a great way to advance in your field. I love that the opportunity to do so is available to every member. 

Can you tell us about your career and a highlight?

I’m a singer/songwriter and backing vocalist. A highlight of my career was releasing my very first album: This Is Only The Beginning, last September. I wrote every lyric and every melody. In addition, I handled the arranging and funding for the album, plus the publicity. It felt so good to get it done. It’s available on all major music platforms: Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube Music!

What inspired you to go into this industry? 

My parents are singers and have been since before I was born, so I’ve consistently grown up around music and loved it. Music is peace for me when listening to it or creating it; I want to hold on to that feeling. 

What are you looking forward to in the future?

I’m looking forward to my original music being visible, or should I say, audible to a larger audience worldwide. I would love to be able to take my music on tour and perform in cities not only in Japan but in the United States and Europe or wherever else will have me.

Lastly, do you have any advice for people entering your industry? 

Be consistent, never stop working on improving your craft, and utilize social media as a tool to get yourself out there. You never know who could be watching.  

J’Nique Nicole has an upcoming show on Saturday, September 10th @ Bashamichi Taproom in Yokohama. The show will be from 12:30-14:30. Doors open at noon.

Written by Alison Rodgers

Alison moved to Japan in 2004. She is an entrepreneur, inventor, educator, connector and personal cheerleader. She credits her success in life to being reared with strong African-American values: family, community, self-empowerment, and progress. Prior to Japan, she worked in advertising on domestic and international projects. Alison is a native North Carolinian and proud graduate of the illustrious Spelman College. Always a Spelmanite, she is dedicated to making a positive impact on society.

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