Nikki and her band are high energy country / southern rockers.

An excerpt about Nikki from her interview with The Country Note:

She might have grown up several hundred miles away from Music City, but Garden State native Nikki Briar‘s heart and soul found their home country music. Now with the Grand Ole Opry planting its feet right in the heart of the Big Apple, Briar has come full circle as she was recently announced as a featured performer at the newly opened Opry City Stage.

We caught up with the singer/songwriter leading into her first public show at Opry City Stage to talk about her journey, new music and motherhood. Check out our Q&A below:

CN: Firstly, we would like to take a moment to thank your husband for his service in the U.S. Army, and for your service as a military wife.  For our readers who may not be familiar with you, could you tell us a little bit about yourself?

NB: Thank you so much! I am a touring CMA country recording artist from NJ. I play 3 instruments, have 4 radio singles currently out and have my 5thEP releasing next month. I enjoy touring nationally with my amazing band, the SweetBriar Band, we have been together for 7 years and have lots of fun memories and stories from touring and being on the road. I am a new mother to a 9month old amazing baby boy Angelo Joseph Jr. and am an army wife as you mentioned before. I am proud to be part of the military community that dedicates their lives to our beautiful country.

CN: Born and raised in New Jersey, how did you become a fan of country music? When did you realize you wanted to be involved in music?

NB: Music was just always music to me growing up, genres and labels were never a thing. My father was a touring jazz/Motown drummer, my uncle a jazz guitarist and my mom a classical piano player, so I grew up on everything! I found country music on my own when Shania Twain and LeAnn Rimes first hit the scene and just loved their songs and style. I began playing guitar in middle school along with drums and piano and I had my uncle teach me Garth Brooks songs. I never labeled it as country music just as really amazing music with powerful lyrics. Once meeting my husband and getting involved with the military, I was singing the national anthem professionally and touring all over the tri-state area doing various events and everyone kept saying I had a country sound and style, that just was my thing that developed. I got an offer to meet up with songwriters in Nashville and so during my husband’s deployment to Iraq, I kept myself busy songwriting and preparing for my first EP entitled A SOLDIER’S PRINCESS. Once that song debuted on country radio in Tennessee and being back home in New Jersey, I knew this was my calling.