Niki J. Crawford and her band embody high energy, a soulful get down.

After a short break following her latest tour, Niki returns with a new band, new songs, and a new show. Crawford is an American recording artist and songwriter raised in the small, country town of Springhill, Louisiana. She possesses the gift of a powerful, unforgettable, and melodic voice. The singer/song writer creates poignant lyrics with a soul-funk-R&B sound that you can feel. She has been singing since she was 6-years-old, starting as a lead soloist in her hometown church choir. Her limitless talent has continued to evolve since then, bringing her the experience of tour life.

Chillin with Niki J Crawford

Chillin with Niki J Crawford

Niki and the band members have shared the stage with Carlos Santana, Snoop Dogg, Al Green, Booker T. Jones, and The Roots. These are only a few of the reputable artists who have sought out her gift. She’s performed on various late-night TV shows such as Jay Leno, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, and Saturday Night Live. Not to mention, she has also lit up festival stages across the world.

Niki J. Crawford is not only a singer but is also a budding actress. She was featured in the films Revival based on the gospel of John, and Mr. Sophistication, in which she plays herself, a popstar alongside Tatum O’ Neal, Harry Lennix, and Rick Fox. Niki can also be seen co-starring alongside Ginnifer Goodwin and Kevin Connolly in the hit comedy, He’s Just Not That into You.

Niki has continued to work on her craft while leading with her trademark aura of endless love and sensuality. Her goal is to make feel-good music and spectacular films with an energy that inspires and alleviates negativity. Chilled sat down with Crawford to find out her favorite drinks to prepare and preferred eats.

Chillin with Niki J Crawford

Chillin with Niki J Crawford

Tell us about the projects you are working on.

I am currently working on my third record. I have a bunch of songs that I’m ready to record, mix, and master. It’s so exciting to think about what people will think regarding my new music. I’m grateful to have all these lyrics and melodies that have been rolling in my head finally get a chance to surface to the world. I also had the amazing opportunity recently to do a movie that will be available for streaming real soon. Revival. ( The movie is a gospel musical produced by Harry Lennix with Chaka Khan, Michelle Williams, and Mali Music. I always love to act, but when I also get to sing in a movie … wow. I’m also preparing and rehearsing the band for a New Year’s show in Sacramento, CA.

With your busy schedule, what do you like to do with your downtime?

Usually when I’m off I like to take longer hikes, listen to music with a good bottle of wine, see a new movie in the theater, and catch up on my TV shows.

When you go out to eat, where do you like to dine?

We’re lucky here in Los Angeles with all the great cuisine and choices available. My favorite thing to eat when I’m out is sushi. There are so many good sushi joints close by. I love a place called Chiba in NoHo.  They have great fish and always seem happy when they see us. I am a fishoholic for real. Otherwise, I go for crab and other seafood restaurants. Occasionally, I want a good steak from Tam O’Shanter in Atwater Village.

What types of dishes do you typically order?

If it’s sushi, it’s straight fish. I’m not really a roll girl. I love salmon skin and uni. If it’s seafood, I order Blue Crab or King Crab. Maybe sometimes a steak—filet as rare as possible.

Chillin with Niki J Crawford

Chillin with Niki J Crawford

Any favorite bars?

Since some of my shows are usually at a drinking establishment, I like the places I’m playing at. But one of my favorite bars is at The Hudson Hotel in NYC. The ambiance is amazing, and you just get a good feeling while you drink.

What drinks do you order when out?

My two drinks are a dry, bold, dirty red wine or a Vodka Martini, dry, and a tiny dirty!

Do you prepare drinks at home?

I usually only drink wine when I’m home. Although, I did come up with my own drink recently. I call it a V & V. A good high end Russian vodka mixed with Vernors ginger ale.

Tell us about your home bar. What is it stocked with?

My kitchen has red wine, mostly Cabs, Zins, Syrah’s, and Bordeaux, a few IPA’s and vodka.

What’s your favorite drink?

My favorites are the earthy, dry, French wines. I’m not a sweet wine person. And a well-made Vodka Martini.

Have you ever been a bartender?

No. But I bet I would kill it.

If you could share a drink with anyone, who would it be?

Too many to list here. This is so hard. But off the top of my head, Frank Sinatra, Whitney Houston, President Obama, Ellen, Will & Jada Smith, and Kevin Hart.