NYC based, regional touring Singer Songwriter & Indie/Soul artist, Randy Niles is a one-man band who creates seamless, radio-ready compositions from the ground up. Infusing hints of Folk, Pop & Rock into his energetic and soulful performances, he delivers songs that incorporate dynamic layers of instrumentation through the use of colorful effects and live looping technology. He fascinates his audiences, juggling an array of tasks from stacking melodic guitar phrases, to laying down grooving bass lines, to beatboxing and even creating percussion beats with the body of his guitar.
Never compromising great songwriting for quirky technical gimmicks, Randy builds tunes which deliver a comfortable balance of thought provoking songwriting matched with soaringly crooning vocals. As an original singer, songwriter and guitarist burning the genre divide, Niles has been likened to such artists as John Mayer, Marvin Gaye, John Legend, Ben Harper and James Vincent McMorrow.
Spending most of his earlier years as a multi-instrumentalist for several regional bands, Randy soon learned that his vision for musical integrity would take shape as a unique one-man band. "I've always played all the instruments; I just needed a way to shrink all of that down into something more portable and viable.", says Randy, who with two recordings under his belt and a new live EP as well as acoustic EP being released in early 2015, has been touring relentlessly along the East Coast, with appearances in the West and Midwest.
Randy has performed at venues such as: Parlor Cafe (North Adams, MA), 103.3FM WXOJ-LP Radio(Northampton,MA), Lizard Lounge (Cambridge, MA), Club Passim(Cambridge,MA), Mission Bar&Tapas;(Pittsfield, MA), The Outer Space (Hamden, CT), Rockwood Music Hall (NYC), Bowery Electric (NYC), Pianos (NYC), The Shrine (NYC), The Bitter End (NYC), MASQ (NYC), Crash Mansion (NYC), Goodbye Blue Monday (BK,NY), Webster Hall (NYC), Lightning Ridge Music Festival (CNY), Utica Music Festival (Utica,NY), Lukins (Utica, NY), Cyber Cafe West(Binghamton, NY), Chelsea Piers (NYC), Gavin DeGraw's National Underground (NYC), SGM Festival (Schenectady,NY), Columbia University (NYC), Caffe Lena (Saratoga NY), The Uptown Theater (Utica, NY), The DEV (Utica, NY), SUNY IT (Marcy, NY), World of Beers (Syracuse,NY), Cafe Vivaldi (NYC), Rosetta Stone (Youngstown, OH),The Barking Spider (Cleveland,OH), Perqe at Vivo (Pittsburgh, PA), Westminster University (Westminster, PA), MidTown Scholar(Harrisburg, PA), Gettysburg Rocks Festival(Gettysburg,PA), Godfrey Daniels(Bethlehem,PA), Borders Books (PA, NY), Teavolve Cafe (Baltimore,MD), Iota Club (Arlington, VA), St. Elmo's (Alexandria,VA), Borjo Coffeehouse (Norfolk,VA), Abbey Rd (Raleigh, NC), Neighborhood Theater (Charlotte, NC), Evening Muse(Charlotte, NC), Eddie's Attic (Atlanta, GA), Ocean Beach Music Festival (San Diego,CA), as well as smaller venues and coffeehouses along the East and West coasts.
He has also advanced and won in competitions such as The Emergenza Music Festival (NYC), The Emergenza Micro Festival (Boston, MA), and has opened for artists such as Australian Singer/Songwriter Ry Cuming /RY X (Jive/Sony, Dumont Dumont, Infectious Music UK), Rusted Root founder, front man,singer/guitarist Michael Glabicki (Mercury/Island/Touchy Pegg), and Billboard charted country Singer/Songwriter Craig Bickhardt. Not bad for a one man army.
As an artist who possesses timeless talent and an ability to adapt and redefine himself, Randy has forged a musically independent path which sees no signs of letting up. To really experience him, you absolutely must catch him live to appreciate the artistry he brings to the stage and to the heart. [+]