Her Name is Nicole
"Once you stay true to just having a good time and being honest to your fans and your audience, you can't go wrong." Nicole Scherzinger
Pop singer and dancer Nicole Scherzinger rose to fame as the lead vocalist for the burlesque troupe group “The Pussycat Dolls,” with whom she scored the smash hit singles "Don't Cha," "Buttons," and the Grammy-nominated "Stickwitu," from their double-platinum debut album “PCD” (2006). She was previously noticed while singing with girl group "Eden's Crush," with whom she gained popularity with the singles "Get Over Yourself (Goodbye)" and "Love This Way."
Scherzinger later tried a solo career and has released three singles, "Whatever U Like" (featuring T.I.), "Baby Love" (featuring will.i.am), and "Puakenikeni" (featuring Brick & Lace), although the release date of her debut solo album, “Her Name is Nicole,” has been pushed back several times.
On a more personal note, the 5' 5" Filipino/Hawaiian/Russian beauty, who was one of the “Maxim” magazine “Hot 100” on their 2007 list, was once engaged to Nick Hexum (born on April 12, 1970), the lead singer of the American rock band 311. They dated from 2004 to July 2006.
“I know this sounds cheesy, but the first thing that comes to mind is world peace. It's always in the back of my head. I mean, what could you say? I want a really hot car, but how far would it take you?” Nicole Scherzinger
Childhood and Family:
Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on June 29, 1978, Nicole Elikolani Prescovia Scherzinger was raised primarily in Louisville, Kentucky, where she moved at age six with her mom after her parents separated. Her father is a Filipino military officer and her mother, Rosemary Scherzinger, is Hawaiian/Russian and a former professional hula dancer who was 18 at the time of Nicole's birth. Her grandmother was a respected Mariachi singer.
Nicole, nicknamed “Cola,” “Elikolani,” “The Lead Pussycat,” or “Nikki,” has one younger sister named Ke'ala Scherzinger. Their stepfather's name is Gary Scherzinger, a German-American.
Nicole attended Youth Performing Arts School at duPont Manual High School. After performing in many plays at The Actors Theatre of Louisville, she furthered her studies at the Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, where she majored in theater and minored in dance. In 1999, she put her studies on hold to sing backup vocals for the rock band “Days of the New.”
A self-described spiritual, hardworking, passionate person, Nicole enjoys listening to the bands U2 and Black Eyed Peas and watching her favorite movie, “Napoleon Dynamite.”
The Pussycat Dolls
Coming from a large family of entertainers, Nicole Scherzinger became the first runner-up at the 1996 Kentucky State Fair's Coca-Cola Talent Classic contest as a teenager. She also appeared in several plays at Louisville's Actors Theater and later honed in on her craft at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, where she appeared in almost all of the school's productions. During this time, she also worked as a model for a number of local ad campaigns to earn extra money.
Scherzinger began her music career when Travis Meeks, the lead singer of the Louisville-based post-grunge rock band Days of the New. She put her studies on hold to record several demos with Meeks. She would appear on Days of the New’s second album that was released in 1999. She also recorded two songs with Barry Drake's F.O.B, which were released in 2001.
In 2001, Scherzinger officially became a member of a new Los Angeles-based girl group called Eden's Crush, a position she got after participating in a competition in the premiere season of The WB's television show "Popstars." With the band, she gained popularity with the debut single "Get Over Yourself (Goodbye)," which topped the Canadian Singles Chart and reached the U.S. Hot 100 top ten. Their single, "Love This Way," was also a mild hit and their album, “Popstars,” received gold certification and peaked at no. 6 on the Billboard 200. The group later joined such acts as Jessica Simpson and 'N Sync on their Pop Odessey Tour.
Despite Eden's Crush’s success, the group disbanded shortly after their record company, London-Sire Records, folded. Scherzinger then went solo under the stage name of Nicole Kea. She also worked with Japanese musician Yoshiki Hayashi on in his Violet UK project and sang the English version of "I'll Be Your Love" live with the Tokyo Symphonic Orchestra, which was featured on the 2003 Various Artists album “Exposition of Global Harmony.”
“I really would love to do a romantic comedy because I am pretty much the nerdiest, goofiest girl you have ever met. I think having a sense of humor is the hottest thing. I love Will Ferrell. I am such a huge fan of his. I think he is wonderful.” Nicole Scherzinger
Additionally, she tried her hand at acting and appeared briefly in the romantic drama comedy movie starring Nick Cannon and Christina Milian, “Love Don't Cost a Thing” and was seen in the comedy film starring Roselyn Sanchez, Sofía Vergara, Jaci Velasquez, and Eduardo Verástegui, "Chasing Papi" (both in 2003). She also appeared as a guest in such sitcoms as WB's "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch," ABC's "My Wife and Kids," UPN's "Half & Half," and Fox's "Wanda at Large."
"Dancing is another way to communicate. That's what separates Pussycat Dolls from other groups." Nicole Scherzinger
2003 proved to be Scherzinger's breakthrough year when she joined the new Pussycat Dolls burlesque troupe who were being re-cast as recording artists. She was joined by Carmit Bachar, Kimberly Wyatt, Ashley Roberts, Jessica Sutta, and Melody Thornton. With them, she began performing for “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” They eventually achieved world-wide attention with the release of their debut album, “PCD,” which hit the music stores in September 2005. With the power of the Top Five hit singles "Don't Cha," "Buttons," and "Stickwitu" (nominated for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals at the 49th Grammy Awards in 2007), the album received double-platinum certification in 2006.
"I'm just so glad I get to focus on my music and this is like a life-long dream that I've been working towards, so to be able to do that feels just really rewarding." Nicole Scherzinger
The success of album “PCD” encouraged Scherzinger to begin working on a solo album. Collaborating with such big-name producers as Akon, Kanye West, Ne-Yo, Pharrell Williams, Timbaland and will.i.am, she officially announced “Her Name is Nicole” as her debut solo album. The album's first single, "Whatever U Like" was released on July 24, 2007, in Canada and the United States, followed by the second single, "Baby Love,” which was officially released on September 10, 2007. The third single, "Puakenikeni,” was released on digital download on December 18, 2007.
“We were lucky enough to work with Will and that kid is a monster. He just came in, spit his verses and then got to work on the beat. And the whole time, we were like, 'Wow, we can't believe this is happening!' We're fans of the Black Eyed Peas for a long time and we always wanted to do a collaboration with them.” Nicole Scherzinger on working with will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas
However, the album “Her Name is Nicole” has not been released yet. Initially slated for a 2007 release, the release date has been changed several times. Both Interscope and Scherzinger have not made any announcement on the new official release date.
Nicole wrote on her official site blog, "...I know you have all been waiting patiently for the release of 'Her Name Is Nicole' and I want you to know that I am actually grateful the album has been pushed back. Yes, I REALLY mean that. You see, I want to make sure this album is the best I can make it because I owe that to myself, and to all of you, to release the best music I possibly can. I hope you all continue with me on this journey because it will be worth the wait."
Scherzinger was featured in Avant's song "Lie About Us" (2006) from the album "Director," P. Diddy's hit "Come to Me" (2006) from the album "Press Play" and Timbaland & Keri Hilson's "Scream" (2007) from the album "Shock Value." She also sang with Daddy Yankee in "Papi Lover" (2007), with 50 Cent (featuring Young Buck) in "Fire" (2007), with Melody Thornton in "Step It Up" (2008), with Rihanna in "Winning Women" (2008) and with Cassidy in "Thinking About You" (2008). She is currently back with the Pussy Cat Dolls and working on the CW series “Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious,” the sequel to “The Search For The Next Pussycat Doll.”
Pussycat Dolls founder Robin Antin said, "We're in the studio right now. Nicole is 100% back with us. She actually never left. She was working on her solo stuff and it's out there and people will hear that, but she actually wants to focus on Pussycat Dolls right now. We all want to. We're going full force."
“To me, a Pussycat Doll is fearless but also vulnerable. We're strong, but we like to play too.” Nicole Scherzinger