When Montreal's 16-year-old singing sensation Nikki Yanofsky took center stage to perform at the 2010 Winter Olympics, she gave the audience chills with the caliber of her voice.
Not only did she make the opening and closing ceremonies especially memorable for Canadians, but she got an international platform on which she was heard by a potential worldwide audience of over 3.2 billion people.
The young talent, who released her self-titled debut last month, stopped by "The Early Show on Saturday Morning"'s "Second Cup Cafe" to perform "I Got Rhythm," and her Winter Olympics anthem, "I Believe."
On her new album, Yanofsky puts her own spin on newly-arranged standards and includes sophisticated originals reflecting her passion for jazz, blues, R&B, soul, and traditional pop.
The album was produced by the Grammy-winning pair of Phil Ramone and Jesse Harris (best known for his work on Norah Jones' "Come Away With Me" and "Feels Like Home"), and features Yanofsky's original collaborations with Harris and Ron Sexsmith, and a new song by Feist.
Yanofsky made a name for herself at the young age of 12, earning her first No. 1 hit single in Canada with "I Believe" - garnering the highest first week sales of any Canadian artist in Soundscan history. The hit even was certified quadruple-platinum, making her the youngest Canadian artist to achieve that level of success.
She landed the No. 1 debut on Billboard's New Artist/Heatseekers Chart, and simultaneously landed at No. 3 on Billboard's Current Jazz and Traditional Jazz Charts - not far behind contemporary jazz greats Michael Bublé and Harry Connick Jr.
Yanofsky will be performing as Chris Botti's special guest at NYC's famed Carnegie Hall, Saturday, June 19.
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