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A Musical Life

A Musical Life: Nikki Sample

Nikki Sample is a solo singer-songwriter and lead vocalist of the Wichita band Big Red Horse. She lives in Wichita with her husband, Ryan.

I've been a musician and a singer my whole life. But I put it down for about 10 years and did the big girl job thing--and I still do. I was asked to join a musical project and it rekindled my love for music. I had forgotten how much I needed it. It had been a long time since I'd had it in my life.

The band stuff is very fun and sweaty and energetic and I get to take on this persona of a strong, female rocker chick and I like that.

But the solo stuff is an entirely different, equally terrifying, project for me too. It's just me. That's something that I've never really done before, especially like this--actually going out and playing guitar for myself. I've worked very hard in the last year to get to that place where I feel comfortable enough playing and singing and writing [and being] in front of large groups of people.