With the release of her single "Nightmare" and accompanying music video, last summer Nikita Karmen was named a CMT Discovery Artist for 2018. As a native of Australia, Karmen's songwriting passions ignited while listening to singer/songwriters' music featured in popular American television shows such as Dawson's Creek, One Tree Hill, and Grey's Anatomy. She first began writing poetry to express herself, but when she was 14 or 15, her dad taught her a few chords on the guitar, and she translated her poetry to songs. Karmen made the move to Nashville, Tennessee after earning a spot alongside Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots to open for, and be a part of, the radio great's comedy band. In 2017, Karmen released a self-titled EP featuring five tracks all written or co-written by Karmen.