I’ve been following Nikki since hearing her music on MySpace a few years ago (back when MySpace was still relevant). Yes, this is the same girl who wrote Lauren Alaina’s “Like My Mother Does” and appears on the Country Strong soundtrack. However, it’s been quite a few years since then, and her music has certainly evolved. Her first single, “Kill, Fuck, Marry” written by Sia and produced by StarGate, is a very solid introduction. The song sounds like something Lana Del Rey, Neon Hitch, or even Rihanna would record, but Nikki’s voice really makes the track something special. Like the aforementioned artists, she has a great tone, but with some real power behind it (she sounds just as good, if not even better, in this acoustic performance of the track). Nikki’s also been in the studio with Max Martin, Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, Toby Gad, and Dallas Austin, and judging by the quality of this song and video, Island Def Jam has high hopes for this girl. Get to know Nikki Williams before everyone else does–I guarantee you’ll be hearing a lot about her in 2013!