Nikka Costa says her forthcoming Nikka & Strings, Underneath and In Between “wasn’t even meant to be an album.” But the success of her residency at Largo in Los Angeles, where Costa sang with a small rhythm section and, as the title suggests, some strings led to the decision to make her first full-length release in nearly a decade.

“I guess it’s been awhile, but time moves so fast for me I don’t notice how long it’s actually been,” Costa, who premieres a video of her aching rendering of Prince‘s “Nothing Compares 2 U” below, tells Billboard. “This kind of came into its own. It just plopped down and the ball just started rolling. It was really just a gig I was doing in the interim between albums and people were responding to it so well we decided we should record this. It’s pretty special.”

Source : Billboard