Singer, composer, musician Nikolai Noskov was nominated 5 times for the Golden Gramophone award. Unfortunately, now his songs can only be listened to online, in recording. The artist is recovering from a severe stroke. How much does Nikolai Noskov earn now and what does he live on?
Nikolay Noskov is a singer with a unique voice, we understand music, style and special charm. He is able to perform a composition of any genre - from a romance to a song in the style of "chanson", at his performances the halls are jam-packed, tickets for his concerts are sold out in a few months. This was the case before the stroke. How and how does Nikolai Noskov make a living now? Who supports him in such a difficult period?
Nikolay Noskov - singing with his heart
Nikolai Ivanovich calls music his life buoy. He is sure that you need to sing with your heart, as he does it himself. But if his parents were told that their son would become one of the country's iconic rock musicians, they would never have believed it.
Nikolai Noskov was born in January 1956 in a small town in the Smolensk region, into a family far from art in any of its manifestations. The boy's father worked as a cutter at a meat processing plant, his mother milked cows in the morning and evening at a local farm, and during the day she worked at a construction site. In the family, besides Kolya, there were 4 more children, and all of them were engaged in the household while their parents worked - they fed the cattle, weeded the garden.
Creativity captivated Nikolai when his family moved to Cherepovets. The boy at that time was only 8 years old, but he gladly poured into all school holiday concerts. He did not have a "relationship" only with singing in the choir. When the boy was asked why he refused to sing in the collective, he replied - I will only perform solo.
But Nikolai Ivanovich was able to become a solo performer only in the 90s. Prior to that, he performed in the youth group "Peers", then in the group "Nadezhda", in "Singing Hearts", auditioned for the place of the lead vocalist of "Aria", spent several years in the legendary group "Gorky Park", performed in America.
Nikolay Noskov and Gorky Park
He joined the Noskov group almost immediately after its formation - in 1987. The goal of the young team was initially a foreign audience. Nicholas was attracted by this - from his youth he liked to perform English-language compositions.
The very first song of the Gorky Park group called Bang became a hit in America, for several months it held the leading positions in the charts.
The history of the group at the very beginning resembled a fairy tale - the team signed a contract with a leading US studio, performed as an opening act for cult rock musicians, but the fairy tale ended quickly. Seeing that the musicians are young and trusting, American managers began to hide the true income from their performances, to understate their fees. Against the background of stress, Noskov began to have problems with his voice, he left the group. After his departure, "Gorky Park" did not last long, all members of the team returned to their homeland.
How much did Nikolai Noskov earn in the USA?
Despite the popularity and demand, the musicians of the group lived in America very, very poor in the literal sense. In their interviews, Noskov and his former colleagues recalled that sometimes they had nothing to eat.
But their former managers and producers have repeatedly denied this information, claiming that the musicians had accounts with large sums. How much Noskov earned while working abroad is still unknown.
It is only known for certain that the producers of foreign rock groups for one performance asked at that time from 13,000 dollars and more. What percentage of this amount went to the accounts of the performers and musicians themselves is classified information. So it was with the Gorky Park group.
Nikolai Noskov's income in Russia
Noskov's solo career began with a collaboration with Russian producer Iosif Prigozhin. The new producer revised the singer's repertoire, his work included romances, songs in the "pop" style, several compositions on the verge of a thieves song and chanson. Both the public and music critics reacted positively and even enthusiastically to such changes in the style of Nikolai Noskov.
After the start of his solo career, Nikolai Noskov's income increased significantly. While still in America, after leaving the Gorky Park group, he recorded several compositions together with leading solo rock singers, who are still often heard on American and European radio, and generate income.
Performances in Russia also brought profit to the singer. He was nominated several times for leading music awards and became their laureate. He received only the statuette "Golden Gramophone" 5 times. Everything changed after the stroke.
The state of health of Nikolai Noskov
In March 2017, the singer's fans were shocked by the terrible news - Nikolai Noskov was hospitalized with a stroke, underwent surgery. The trouble with the artist happened in his house near Moscow, and at that time he was alone. For almost a day, the man lay without help. This greatly aggravated an already difficult situation.
Now Noskov has almost completely recovered and is even recording songs. Relatives and numerous friends helped him to get back on his feet, their moral and financial assistance became truly invaluable for the singer and musician.
Nikolai Ivanovich's rehabilitation lasted more than 1, 5 years, but the results are simply stunning - he not only walks, but also speaks clearly, without hesitation, the stroke practically did not affect facial expressions. Now he himself and his relatives - his wife and daughter - willingly answer questions about his state of health.