Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Mecca of style, culture, and vibrant nightlife, Eric Nicholas, professionally known as “Ciré the Maestro,” 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 the Maestro 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.

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

I have learned to appreciate Artists and Musicians on all levels. I have no right to judge or criticize another because I know that all talents are given to us bo the ONE Supreme being and it manifests through different vessels being used on different levels.

–Ciré the Maestro

Ciré the Maestro was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Mecca of style, culture, and vibrant nightlife. Ciré the Maestro’s birth name is Eric Nicholas. As Eric Nicholas developed into the ultimate Renaissance artist, he became known among fellow musicians as “Ciré the Maestro.”

The son of a musician, Ciré the Maestro caught the music bug early in life. Watching his dad practice on piano and perform as a keyboardist with his band, Ciré the Maestro developed a passionate love for music at a very young age. At the age of five, he performed his first recording session, singing background vocals on his father’s first recording “Disco Claus” by the Bionic I.

At age 9, Ciré the Maestro was introduced to The Institute of Divine Metaphysical Research (IDMR), where he met Richard Amos, former bass player of the funk group Sam and the Soul Machine. Amos began teaching Ciré the Maestro scales and music theory. By the time Ciré reached age twelve, he was performing in his Bible School Choir, which gave him the tools to grow into a seasoned musician.

Ciré the Maestro studied music at the acclaimed New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), which afforded him the opportunity to travel the world and perform throughout Europe and South America. When Ciré the Maestro saw the legendary Herbie Hancock perform, at that moment he knew that he was destined to do something extraordinary with his talent. Thus, his destiny was set.

With over 25 years as a keyboardist in the music industry, Ciré the Maestro is also a Music Producer. Utilizing his extensive knowledge of the techniques of acoustic designing and sound recording, Ciré the Maestro produces 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.

In 2017, Ciré the Maestro signed with Sea Breeze Records, where he Produced his hit single, “The World Is A Ghetto” (Jazz Version). Ciré the Maestro is currently Chief Staff Producer, Recording Artist, Songwriter, and Arranger at Sea Breeze Records. His desire is to share his musical passion with people of all ages, and inspire the younger generation to express themselves musically with their own style, free from any previous rules.

–Courtesy of Sea Breeze Records