I want to start by saying that my fans are the greatest. Thank you guys for voting for my songs on HardcoreMix.com. You helped me to achieve a milestone in my career. As a young musician, I used to say, “When I release a recording it’s going to go straight to the top of the charts!” Many songs and quite a few years later, you guys have made that happen for me. It might not be the grand slam hit that every artist hopes for, but for me it is. My songs went from #97 to #1 and #2. Now that you know what I am capable of, the rest is history.

A big shout out to the crew at Sea Breeze Records for believing in me and allowing me to tell my musical story without editing my process. I would like to re-post an article that SBR published on their website.

Ciré Second Lines His Way Into Internet Radio

New Orleans is known for its vibrant celebration. On Sunday, February 3, 2019, Ciré second lines into Internet radio. Tone for Tony by Ciré featuring Nicholas Payton was heard in its entirety for the first time on HardcoreMix.com. Tone for Tony entered the Hardcoremix playlist at #97 and by the close of the day, it was #1. Quite an achievement for a new artist showcase.

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the city of style, culture, vibrant nightlife, and partying, Eric Nicholas, known in the Music Industry as Ciré, is the ultimate Renaissance artist.

Ciré caught the music bug early in life. Watching his dad practice on piano and perform as a keyboardist with his band, Ciré developed a passionate love for music. When he was just five-years-old he performed his first recording session, singing background vocals on his father’s first professional recording.

Ciré studied music at the acclaimed New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), which allowed him to travel the world and perform throughout Europe and South America. When Ciré 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.

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 signature music style.

On January 26, 2019, Sea BreezeRecords released Ciré’s debut album, Integrated Compositions.  Appropriately named, Integrated Compositions is a combination of genres and styles, carefully integrated to produce a unique and colorful musical tapestry.

Asked to describe his music, Ciré writes, “I think my music is interesting. I express with my fingers what I see in my mind and feel in my heart. I’m a solo artist, a keyboardist, but I consider myself more of a producer than an artist. I use different bands for different occasions, so my band could be a quartet or a full-blown jazz ensemble: violins, woodwinds, brass, and all. For ‘Integrated Compositions’ I used a variety of noted musicians. The album incorporates some of the greatest musicians of the decade as you have never heard them.”

These contributing, venerated talents include Academy Award Winner Nicholas Payton, Donald Ramsey, Rashaad Carlton, Felicia Bossier, Michael Brown, Russell Batiste, Joe Dyson, Jason Carpenter, Andrew Block, Adam Hawley, Ricky “Bongo” Carthen, Jamil Ford, Scott Mayo, Daryl Williams, and Damian “Deno V-Flyy” Duplessis. Ciré, himself, provides performances on piano, Fender Rhodes, clavinet, organ, synthesizers, bass synthesizer, string synthesizer, vocorder, and melodica.

On February 3, Tone for Tony by Ciré featuring Nicholas Peyton was featured on HardcoreMix.com. By 11 pm it was #1.

The following day Undecided Lover by Ciré featuring Rashaad Carlton was added to the HardcoreMix playlist. At 4 pm, February 5, Undecided Lover had reached #2 on the playlist. In just 2 days, Ciré second lines into Internet radio with a bang!

Taking into account the manner in which Ciré came into music, it’s easy to see how his music has taken its present sound and form. For his efforts to this end, his loyal, international fan base continues to grow. Such an overwhelming response could only come from an energized fanbase. Ciré’s fanbase showed up in a big way to vote him into the top ten playlists of featured new artists.

Growing in scope and depth with each new release, his style has been compared to that of Bill Evans, Kenny Kirkland, and Joe Sample, as well as that of Miles Davis, George Duke, and Chic Corea. Through clever, creative, and kaleidoscopic use of tone, structure, and delivery, Ciré builds sonic intensity for recordings, performances and playlist spots which never fail to excite his audiences.

“Some musicians work for the money, some musicians work for fame,” Ciré says. “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.”

To his listeners new and old, Ciré has this to say: “Thank you for helping me to discover myself. I’m having so much fun doing what I love for you!”

“Integrated Compositions” from Ciré is available from over 600 quality digital music stores online worldwide now. Visit his official website at https://www.cirethemaestrocom

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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 of 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