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.

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

Bring in the New Year on the right foot! Someone passed a note on to me. In this note, there are five things worthy of your attention. The note starts by saying, “Things are to be used, but people are to be loved.”

In 2018, watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

Life is vanity without friends. Have you ever noticed the relationship between your two eyes? They blink together, move together, cry together, see things together, and sleep together; even though they never see each other.

Friendships should be just like that. Life is vanity without friends. I want you to be my friend in 2018. Let’s stay friends in 2018. Join my mailing list so we can keep in touch.

HAPPY NEW YEAR FRIEND!

—Ciré the Maestro