imageNicole McCloud (born Lillie Arlene Nicole Jade McCloud on December 7, 1958 in Rochester, New York) is an R&B\dance singer.

In 1985, Nicole released her first single “Always & Forever” which peaked at #66 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks. imageIn 1986, Nicole released her debut album “What About Me” on Portrait Records. It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts.
imageHer second single “Don’t You Want My Love” became an international hit, peaking at #7 in Belgium, #18 in France, #15 in the Netherlands and #8 in Sweden.

In the U.S., the song peaked at #10 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart, #9 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #66 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks. imageThe third single from the album “New York Eyes” (featuring R&B singer Timmy Thomas) peaked at #36 in Belgium and #41 on the U.K. Singles chart.
imageThe fourth single released from the album “Housecalls” failed to make the charts at all.
imageThe last single “What About Me” peaked at #52 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
imageIn 1988, Nicole released her sophomore album “Jam Packed.” A year later, the album was re-released in the United States under the title “Rock the House.”
imageThe first single from the album “Jam Packed (At the Wall)” peaked at #34 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #93 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 2 weeks.
imageThe follow-up single “Rock the House” peaked at #21 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #62 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks.

The single was re-released in 1992 (featuring musician The Source) and managed to peak at #63 on the U.K. Singles chart.

In 1994, Nicole provided vocals on Italian music dance group U.S.U.R.A.’s single “Drive Me Crazy” which was successful in Italy. imageDuring that same year, she released the single “Runnin’ Away” which peaked at #3 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #29 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.

The song also managed to peak at #69 on the U.K. Singles chart.
imageIn 1996, Nicole released the single “Long Train Runnin’ (Without Love)” which peaked at #35 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
imageIn 1998, she released her third album “Love Town” on Aureus Records. Like her two previous albums, it’s unknown how or if the album charted.
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imageTwo singles “Missing You” and “I Ain’t Crazy” were released from the album, but didn’t make the charts at all.

During the late ’90s, Nicole was a member of a house music project called Voices of Freedom. imageIn 2002, she released her fourth album “So What?” on the 24 Seven Recordings label.
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imageThe singles “One Good Reason” and “Search’n” managed to make Billboard’s dance charts.

Nicole and her partner, Gunter Kronsteiner (who is a football trainer) moved to Kosice, Slovakia in the mid-2000s.

In 2006, she performed at the Kosice International Jazz Festival where she performed with jazz musician Peter Lipa.

In 2010, Nicole provided the title song for the Czech\Slovak version of the Got Talent Series “Cesko Slovensko ma talent.”

In 2013, she made a comeback by taking part in the third season of the U.S. version of “The X-Factor” under her birth name Lillie McCloud.

She made it to the Top 8, but was eliminated from the competition on November 28, 2013.

These days, Nicole (now Lillie) resides in Orlando, Florida with her partner Gunter (who was signed as the head coach of soccer team, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the North American Soccer League).

She is the mother of three children (a son & two daughters) and the grandmother of seven.

To see Lillie’s Facebook page, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/LillieNicoleMc

To follow Lillie on Twitter, go to:
https://twitter.com/LillieNicoleMc

To see a fan-made video for “Always and Forever,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FlmzgjTb7Q

To see a fan-made video for “New York Eyes,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUQmJvZd3ms

To see a fan-made video for “Housecalls,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFvMDmg3r6M

To see a fan-made video for “What About Me,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dp8xNaUy5uM

To see a fan-made video for “Jam Packed (At the Wall),” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlQdEIxVtsA

To see a fan-made video for “Rock the House,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yudY1_DlAnQ

To see a fan-made video for a remixed version of “Runnin’ Away,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qy-e7-INHG4

To see a fan-made video for “Long Train Runnin’ (Without Love),” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2LsWPJN-pg

To see a fan-made video for “One Good Reason,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkS0YS9qGyA

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