Soul Train Awards 2023: 7 Things You Should Know About Nicci Gilbert

From her musical prowess to her noteworthy contributions, dive into the world of this industry veteran.


Singer and actress Nicci Gilbert joined a lineup of musical powerhouses for the "Soul Train Awards" 2023 "Soul Cypher," featuring talents like Arin Ray, Eric Bellinger, and Marsha Ambrosius. This group delivered a series of soul-stirring performances that exemplified the essence of R&B and soul music.

As a founding member of the Grammy-nominated R&B group Brownstone, Gilbert has long been recognized as a vocal powerhouse and influential figure in contemporary R&B. Her soulful voice, combined with her songwriting prowess and production skills, has cemented her reputation as a respected artist whose influence transcends the stage. To commemorate her remarkable performance at this year's show, here are some intriguing facts about Nicci Gilbert you ought to know.

  • She co-founded a legendary R&B girl group

    She co-founded 90s R&B girl group Brownstone in the early 1990s alongside Monica “Mimi” Doby and Charmayne Maxwell. Together, the trio rose to fame in 1994 with their hit single “If You Love Me,” which ultimately earned them a Grammy nomination for “Best R&B Performance.” 

  • She signed to a musical icon

    Gilbert and her sisters formed their group, eventually earning a record deal with the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson.  Under MJJ Music record, the ladies released their debut album, “From the Bottom Up.”

  • She’s an actress

    Gilbert appeared in notable projects in the 1998 cult classic “Woo” starring Jada Pinkett-Smith. She also appeared in movies like “Meet the Browns” and shows like “Martin.”

  • She’s dabbled in reality television

    Outside of being a member of Brownstone, Nicci also appeared in the TV series “R&B Divas” and “From the Bottom Up.”

  • She’s a fashion designer

    Gilbert launched Curvator, a fashion line catered to “women in double-digit [sizes], from 10 to 30” in August 2012. 

    “Soul Train Awards” 2023 premieres Sunday, November 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on BET and BET Her.

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