Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Mecca of style, culture, and vibrant nightlife, Eric Nicholas, professionally known as “Ciré” developed into the ultimate Artist / Producer / Songwriter / Arranger. The son of a musician, Ciré's career was shaped early in life. Watching his dad practice on piano and perform as a keyboardist with his band, Ciré developed a passionate love for music at a very young age. At the age of five, Ciré performed his first recording session, singing background vocals on his father’s first recording “Disco Claus” by the Bionic I. Ciré's spiritual journey began at age 9 when he was introduced to The Institute of Divine Metaphysical Research, founded by Dr. Henry C. Kinley. There he met Richard Amos, former bass player of the funk group Sam and the Soul Machine. Amos began teaching Ciré scales and music theory. By the time Ciré reached age twelve, he was already performing in the Bible School Choir. His childhood memories added to his IDMR experience allowed Ciré to grow into a seasoned musician. He credits the spiritual teachings of Dr. Kinley for his spiritual foundation and stability. As a young man, Ciré was afforded the opportunity of studying music at the acclaimed New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), which allowed him to travel the world and perform throughout Europe and South Africa. Ciré currently resides in Los Angeles, California, where he launched his Publishing Company, Chikelu Music Publishing (BMI), which allowed him to the opportunity to share his talents as a Songwriter, Producer, Publisher, and Artist. With over 25 years in the music industry, Ciré utilizes his extensive knowledge of the techniques of acoustic designing and sound recording to produce music in a plethora of genres: Pop, Rock, R&B, Soul, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Classical, Orchestral, as well as his own original music style. Passionate about presenting real quality music that comes from his heart to his listening audience, Ciré the Maestro is truly an inspiration to the Music Industry. His personal musical inspirations extend from Bill Evans, Kenny Kirkland, and Joe Sample, to Miles Davis, George Duke, and Chic Corea.

Ciré’s new EP, “Integrated Compositions” is truly a musical work of art. Appropriately named, Integrated Compositions is a combination of Jazz, R&B, Hip-Hop, and Classical music genres, carefully blended with the world renown sound of New Orleans unique musical style, to produce the most colorful musical tapestry ever created.

The EP incorporates some of the greatest musicians of the century as you have never heard them. Featuring the provocative, genre-defying, pitch-bending trumpet solo of Academy Award Winner, multi-instrumentalist, Nicholas Payton, the incredible Donald Ramsey on Bass, the captivating vocals of Rashaad Carlton, and the smooth dynamic vocals of Michael Brown.

Integrated Compositions features Ciré on Piano, Rhodes Piano, Clavinet, Organ, Synthesizers, Vocorder, Melodica, Bass Synthesizer, Drum Programming, and String Arrangements.

Participating Musicians:

Drums: Russell Batiste, Joe Dyson, Jason Carpenter
Guitar: Andrew Block, Adam Hawley
Bass: Donald Ramsey
Percussion: Ricky “Bongo” Carthen
Vocals: Rashaad Carlton, Michael Brown
Background Vocals: Felicia Bossier, Rashaad Carlton, Michael Brown
Alto Saxophone: Jamil Ford
Trumpet: Nicholas Payton, Darryl Williams
Flute: Scott Mayo
Vocal Samples: Ciré, Gerard Baptiste
Spoken Word Narration: Eric “Breeze” Dunbar, Damian “Dino V–Flyy Guy” Duplessis

Produced by Ciré
Executive Producer: Eric “Breeze” Dunbar
Recorded at Archetype Recording Studio
Mixed and Mastered at Panoramic Sound Lab Studio by Wayne Stalling

Copyright © 2018 by Chikelu Music, a division of Sea Breeze Records. All rights reserved.

Anybody can be a sideline quarterback. But it’s a different story when the ball is in your hand. Success is all about what you do, or is it?  Sometimes success is about what you don’t do.

Music Artists have been conditioned by the music industry to be followers. Followers follow the lead of leaders. But to become a leader you must first learn to follow. But how long do you follow? The answer is simple: You follow until you discover that you are a leader.  When you discover that you are a leader the only thing left to follow is your heart.

— Cire’

Here is a preview of “Tone for Tony (featuring Nicholas Payton)” from my New EP “Integrated Compositions”. The EP is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2018.

“Tone for Tony (featuring Nicholas Payton)” — Written by Eric Nicholas and Russell Batiste. Produced and arranged by Cire’. Recorded at Archetype Recording Studio. Mixed and Mastered by Wayne Stalling at Panoramic Sound Lab Studio for Sea Breeze Records.

Copyright © 2018 by Chikelu Music. All rights reserved.

 

Some musicians work for the money, some musicians work for the fame. I work for the joy of pleasing my fans. I have discovered the secret… The more I work to please my fans, the better I get. Thank you for helping me to discover myself. I’m having sooooo much fun. I promise to make you happy.

My upcoming EP is sure to put a smile on your face. When you smile, I smile. Happy fans make me a happy man. Thank you.

Haters play a major part in the music industry.  There will always be a group of people who acknowledge what you do while hoping for your failure.  This is why I can count my friends on one hand. I keep a very tight clique around me.

As you continue to hate, I will continue to grow like a plant being nourished by water and sunlight. My life is sucker-free and hater-free! First I put my mind on it, then I put my grind on it!

Haters need love too! I love you, haters. Y’all keep hatin’; I’m goin’ keep skatin’.

Some musicians feel that they need the approval of other musicians and artists to make an impact. BIG MISTAKE! If there is one thing that I could tell musicians it would be “JUST PLAY!” Let your notes sink into the hearts f the people because people are really the decision makers that are going to approve you.

–Cire the Maestro

I totally understand Snoop Dogg’s philosophy on establishing a tight team. I am learning daily how to separate the real from the fake. Check out what I’m sayin’. Everybody starts on the ground, both me and my crew.

When you start rising above the ground, the gap between you and your crew on the ground gets wider. Do you fix the problem by going back down to the ground to get your crew? Absolutely not! If your crew is hungry they will work to catch up. If not, you have a responsibility to yourself and a duty to your craft to rise above the circumstances and deliver the best music that anyone has ever heard. Ya’ heard me!

–Cire the Maestro