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Nicole Wray

Background information
Birth name Nicole Monique Wray
Also known as Nikki Wray, Nicole Ray, Lady Dipset, The First Lady of Roc
Born July 1981
Origin Portsmouth, Virginia
Genre(s) R&B,
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, Model, Actress, Dancer, Rapper
Years active 1997–present
Label(s) The Goldmind Inc.
(1997-2001)
Elektra
(1997-2001)
Def Jam
(2003-2006)
Roc-A-Fella Records
(2003-2005)
Dame Dash Music Group
(2005-2006)
Dream Factory
(2005-2006)
Family Over Everything Entertainment
(2006-Present)
The Inc.
(2007-Present)
Associated
acts
Tyrese, Cam'ron, Missy Elliott, Mocha, Jay-Z, Lil Mo, Mary J. Blige

Nicole Monique Wray (born July 1981) is an African-American R&B singer, songwriter, actress, dancer, rapper and model. Wray first rose to fame when she sang on rapper and music producer Missy Elliott's debut album. As a solo artist, Wray has sold more than five million albums worldwide. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 390 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1042 × 1600 pixel, file size: 112 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) this picture comes from Subirimagenes. ... Map Political Statistics Founded 1752 County Independent city Mayor Dr. James W. Holley III Geographic Statistics Area  - Total  - Land  - Water 120. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Rhythm and blues (also known as R&B or RnB) is a popular music genre combining jazz, gospel, and blues influences — first performed by African American artists. ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... Photograph of the once famous model Dovima A model is a person who poses or displays for purposes of art, fashion, or other products and advertising. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... A contemporary dancer rehearsing in a dance studio Dance generally refers to human movement either used as a form of expression or presented in a social, spiritual or performance setting. ... Rapping is one of the elements of hip hop and the distinguishing feature of hip hop music; it is a form of rhyming lyrics spoken rhythmically over musical instruments, with a musical backdrop of sampling, scratching and mixing by DJs. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The Goldmind, Inc. ... Elektra Records is an American record label owned by Warner Music Group, and today operates under Atlantic Records Group. ... Def Jam Recordings is an American based hip-hop record label that operates as a part of The Island Def Jam Music Group, which is owned by Universal Music Group. ... Roc-A-Fella Records is one of the largest hip hop/rap record labels in the United States. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... The Inc. ... Tyrese Darnell Gibson (born 30 December 1978), often known simply as Tyrese, is an R&B artist, actor and model. ... Cameron Giles (born February 4, 1976), better known as Camron, or Killa Cam, is a platinum selling rapper from Harlem in New York City. ... Melissa Arnette Elliott (born July 1, 1971 in Portsmouth, Virginia), better known as Missy Elliott, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, MC, and record producer. ... Aleesha J. Rivers a. ... Jay-Z (aka the Jigga, HOV and Hova, born Shawn Carter on December 4, 1970 in Brooklyn, New York) is an African American rapper/hip hop artist and record label executive; one of the most popular and successful rappers of the late 1990s and early 2000s. ... Lil Mo (born Cynthia Loving in Long Island, New York) is an African American R&B singer. ... Mary Jane Blige (born January 11, 1971 in The Bronx, New York), is a six-time Grammy Award-winning American R&B, soul, and hip-hop soul singer, songwriter, producer, and actress. ... Languages Predominantly American English Religions Protestantism (chiefly Baptist and Methodist); Roman Catholicism; Islam Related ethnic groups Sub-Saharan Africans and other African groups, some with Native American groups. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... Rapping is one of the elements of hip hop and the distinguishing feature of hip hop music; it is a form of rhyming lyrics spoken rhythmically over musical instruments, with a musical backdrop of sampling, scratching and mixing by DJs. ... Melissa Arnette Elliott (born July 1, 1971 in Portsmouth, Virginia), better known as Missy Elliott, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, MC, and record producer. ...


After working in the studio with Brian Morgan, Aleesha Rivers (Mocha), Missy Elliott, Suga Mike, and other producers, Wray released her debut album Make It Hot in 1998. The album became one of the biggest selling albums of the year.[citation needed] It contained the singles "Make It Hot," "I Can't See," and "Eyes Better Not Wander." Brian Morgan is a record producer. ... Aleesha J. Rivers a. ... Melissa Arnette Elliott (born July 1, 1971 in Portsmouth, Virginia), better known as Missy Elliott, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, MC, and record producer. ... For other uses, see Make It Hot (disambiguation). ... Make It Hot is the first single of Nicole Wrays debut album Make It Hot. ... Eyes Better Not Wander is the third single off of Nicoles debut album, Make It Hot. ...

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Early life

Wray is the second oldest of three children to Kenneth and Debra Wray. She was born in California and raised in Portsmouth, Virginia. She has a younger sister, Myrtis Wray, and an older brother, Kenny Wray. For other places with the same name, see Portsmouth (disambiguation). ... Official language(s) English Capital Richmond Largest city Virginia Beach Area  Ranked 35th  - Total 42,793 sq mi (110,862 km²)  - Width 200 miles (320 km)  - Length 430 miles (690 km)  - % water 7. ...


At the age of seventeen, Wray met the rapper Missy Elliott. She sang for Elliott and was invited to join her in the music business. Melissa Arnette Elliott (born July 1, 1971 in Portsmouth, Virginia), better known as Missy Elliott, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, MC, and record producer. ...


Music career

Wray became close friends with Missy Elliott and Aleesha Rivers. In 1997, Nicole appeared on Elliott's first album "Supa Dupa Fly". After appearing on the track "Gettaway", Nicole worked with producers including Elliott, Brian Morgan, and Suga Mike on her first album . Supa Dupa Fly is the 1997 debut hip hop/R&B album by Missy Misedemanor Elliott. ... Brian Morgan is a record producer. ...


Make It Hot (1998)

During the autumn of 1998, Nicole release her first album Make It Hot. The album entered the Billboard 200 in the top ten. It was certified Platinum after nine months on August 25, 1998. The album's first single "Make It Hot" features artists "Mocha and Missy Elliott". It reached No.5 on the U.S charts. Nicole's second single "I Can't See [Alternate Version]" hit the Rhythmic Top 40 at No. 36. Later that year, Nicole released a song, "Without You," which appeared on the soundtrack to the film "Why Do Fools Fall In Love". Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (708x701, 87 KB) This image is of a cover of an audio recording, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the album or the artist(s) which produced the recording or cover artwork in... For other uses, see Make It Hot (disambiguation). ... Make It Hot is the first single of Nicole Wrays debut album Make It Hot. ... I Cant See is the second single from Nicoles first album, Make It Hot. ... Why Do Fools Fall in Love was originally a 1956 hit song by doo-wop group Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers and later revived 25 years later by soul singer Diana Ross in 1981. ...


In 1999, Nicole released the third single off of her debut album "Eyes Better Not Wander". The debut single hit No. 71 on the U.S R&B charts. Nicole appeared on Missy Elliott's second album, Da Real World, on the debut single "All N My Grill". Eyes Better Not Wander is the third single off of Nicoles debut album, Make It Hot. ... Da Real World is a 1999 hip hop/R&B album by Missy Misedemanor Elliott. ... All N My Grill is the second single off of Missy Misdemeanor Elliott 1999 sophmore album, Da Real World. ...


Elektric Blue (2001)

In 1999, Nicole announced that she would be getting back into the studio to work on her second studio album. In 2000, Nicole finished working and writing the album entitled Elektric Blue though its release date was pushed to 2001. In 2001, Nicole released the first single from the album, "I'm Lookin'." Elektric Blue is the unreleased sophmore album of R&B artist Nicole Wray. ... Im Lookin is the first single to Nicole Wrays unreleased sophomore album, Elektric Blue. ...


In late 2001, Nicole left Elektra Records without releasing the "Elektric Blue" album. Shortly after Nicole's departure from Elektra Records and The Goldmind Inc., Nicole and Elliott ended their business relationship on good terms. Elektra Records is an American record label owned by Warner Music Group, and today operates under Atlantic Records Group. ... The Goldmind, Inc. ...


Nicole recorded a song in 2003 entitled "I Wanna Kiss You," which appeared on the soundtrack to the film "Love Don't Cost a Thing". This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ...


Lovechild (2005)

In 2004, Nicole released the single "If I Was Your Girlfriend" and signed to "Roc-A-Fella Records". Nicole was placed with the Dame Dash Music Group. From mid-2004 to early-2005, Nicole worked on an album Lovechild, including the songs "If I Was Your Girlfriend", "Can't Get Out of the Game", and "Regrets". Image File history File links Size of this preview: 299 × 400 pixelsFull resolution (299 × 400 pixel, file size: 19 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) This image is of a cover of an audio recording, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the album... Roc-A-Fella Records is one of the largest hip hop/rap record labels in the United States. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Lovechild is Nicole Wrays unreleased debut album on Roc-A-Fella Records. ...


In 2005, Nicole left the Dame Dash Group without releasing the Lovechild anthem. Later that year, Lovechild was leaked on the internet. In mid-2005, the producers of the Lovechild album worked with Nicole and released her first mixtape Fantasia Lovechild. Lovechild is Nicole Wrays unreleased debut album on Roc-A-Fella Records. ... After the unreleased of Nicole third album Lovechild, Roc-a-fella Records and Damon Dash got together with Nicole to release her first mixtape Fantasia Lovechild. Some of the track are similar to the original album Lovechild. With a new mixtape, new and more have leaked to net and are...


Young, Talented and Beautiful (2007)

Wray has been working on her fourth studio album since 2006. It has been confirmed on her Myspace page that she signed to a new record company, "Family Over Everything". It was also confirmed that Nicole would be releasing a new album "Young, Talented and Beautiful". MySpace is a social networking website offering an interactive, user-submitted network of friends, personal profiles, blogs, groups, photos, music, and videos. ...


Originally self-titled Nicole Wray, but eventually changed to Young, Talented and Beautiful, the album is scheduled to be released in the Spring of 2007 as confirmed by her new record company "The Inc". Nicole has finished writing a new track called "Dear Father" and remade Mary J Blige's "If I Don't Love You". It has also been confirmed that Nicole will be releasing a new mixtape Nicole Wray Starring in InDepenDance Day; Vol.1 The Takeover. Young, Talented and Beautiful is the second official studio album by American R&B singer Nicole Wray. ... The Inc. ... InDepenDance Day is Nicole Wray third mixtape. ...


Film career

Nicole has made appearances on television shows and movies. She appeared on the series Family Matters as one of Missy Elliott's background dancers. She also appeared on the show The Wayans Bros. And in 2005, Nicole appeared in the film State Property 2, performing her song "Lollipop" in background. Family Matters (TV series) also refers to a popular television series. ... Melissa Arnette Elliott (born July 1, 1971 in Portsmouth, Virginia), better known as Missy Elliott, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, MC, and record producer. ... Categories: Wikipedia cleanup | Television biographical stubs ... [[1]] State Property 2 Directed by Damon Dash Writing credits Adam Moreno (story) & Damon Dash (story) ... Genre: Musical / Action / Crime / Drama (more) Tagline: This time, everything is on the line. ...


Film

[[1]] State Property 2 Directed by Damon Dash Writing credits Adam Moreno (story) & Damon Dash (story) ... Genre: Musical / Action / Crime / Drama (more) Tagline: This time, everything is on the line. ...

T.V

Family Matters (TV series) also refers to a popular television series. ...

Other Activities and Ventures

  • Nicole appeared at singer Ashanti's birthday party.
  • Nicole performed the National Anthem at the Living Legends Foundation.
  • Nicole was one of the writers for Lil' Nikki's song "Rich Girlz".

Discography

Further information: Nicole Wray discography

This article details the single and album releases by American singer Nicole Wray. ... For other uses, see Make It Hot (disambiguation). ... Elektric Blue is the unreleased sophmore album of R&B artist Nicole Wray. ... Lovechild is Nicole Wrays unreleased debut album on Roc-A-Fella Records. ... Young, Talented and Beautiful is the second official studio album by American R&B singer Nicole Wray. ...

Modeling and Magazines

It has also been said that Nicole has been modeling for t.v commercials. Nicole has been modeling for the company Baby Phat. In 2005, Nicole was seen on the cover Smooth Girls magazine. Late that year, She was spotted modeling of the cover of Vibe Magazine. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 390 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (400 × 615 pixel, file size: 291 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) This image is of a magazine cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the magazine or the individual... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 390 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (400 × 615 pixel, file size: 291 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) This image is of a magazine cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the magazine or the individual... Baby Phat is a hip hop clothing line designed by Kimora Lee Simmons. ... For the Pontiac brand car Vibe, see Pontiac Vibe. ...


Trivia

Cameron Giles (born February 4, 1976), better known as Camron, or Killa Cam, is a platinum selling rapper from Harlem in New York City. ... Beyoncé in 2004 with her five Grammys. ... Jay-Z (aka the Jigga, HOV and Hova, born Shawn Carter on December 4, 1970 in Brooklyn, New York) is an African American rapper/hip hop artist and record label executive; one of the most popular and successful rappers of the late 1990s and early 2000s. ... Elektric Blue is the unreleased sophmore album of R&B artist Nicole Wray. ... Im Lookin is the first single to Nicole Wrays unreleased sophomore album, Elektric Blue. ... Bangin (Dont Lie) is the underground single to give buzz to Nicoles unreleased sophmore album, Elektric Blue. ... Melissa Arnette Elliott (born July 1, 1971 in Portsmouth, Virginia), better known as Missy Elliott, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, MC, and record producer. ... The Goldmind, Inc. ...

External links


  Results from FactBites:
 
Nicole Wray - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (288 words)
Nicole Wray (born 1981) is an African-American RandB singer and rapper.
Wray continued to appear on the albums Elliott and her associates for the rest of the decade.
Shortly after her split from Goldmind label, Nicole Wray and Missy Elliott terminated their business relationship, however both have confirmed that the deal ended on good terms.
CMT.com : Nicole (R&B) : Biography (242 words)
Born in Salinas, CA, Nicole (born Nicole Wray) moved to Portsmouth, VA, as a child, where she met members of Elliott's family in her neighborhood.
Nicole became one of her church's star choir members, and even began to model in local fashion shows.
Still, Nicole wasn't phased by the reaction, continuing to work with her mentor on 2001's "I'm Lookin'" single as well as the material for her second album.
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