I’ve been a performer since the age of 4 – acting, writing, singing, poetry… That evolved into helping others through voice teaching and spiritual coaching. I am currently spreading art and consciousness through video and filmmaking.
Chicago-born Nijole (Neola) Sparkis blends the sounds of the Lithuanian choirs and pop influences she grew up with, creating her own dreamy sensual global sound. Acting and singing through childhood, she received a Music degree from De Paul University and toured the Midwest before moving to L.A., where she taught singing at her own studio, and for Disney TV and the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute. Performing in rock clubs and festivals while still acting in performance art shows and college films, Nijole developed a unique style of writing, emphasizing the art of music rather than the formula.
She sang the theme song for the “Timothy Leary’s Dead” DVD, her video was featured on Comcast’s Harmony Channel, and her songs have been played regularly on L.A.’s #1 Rock radio station by legendary DJ Jim Ladd. Nijole co-wrote and sang 3 tracks on the beautiful art DVD “Ritual Path”, which also featured Jon Anderson — lead singer of rock super-group “Yes”. That work resulted in her lush choral harmonies being prominently featured on a collaborative album with Anderson.
A member of the Positive Music Association, Nijole also served as Community Communications Catalyst for non-profit c3: Center for Conscious Creativity, as a licensed Spiritual Practitioner / Counselor for Michael Bernard Beckwith’s Agape International Spiritual Center and also for the Centers for Spiritual Living. Using her spiritual practitioner training, Nijole also ran her own relationship counseling business, creating 48 interviews with other love experts, which can be found on YouTube.
Currently she and her spouse Fritz Heede produce videos and documentaries through their business Nlightning artZ.