Nikki O'Neill

Nikki O'Neill is an insightful journalist and editor celebrating music, design, food, and travel with compelling interviews, engaging writing, and skillful editing across multiple platforms.

Her work is seen in the Chicago Tribune, Guitar Player Magazine, PRINT, ELLE, national newspapers and magazines in Sweden, and the music services of a Fortune 10 company in Cupertino.

Her cover stories and interviews include celebrity chef Marcus Samuelson; musicians Neil Young, Robert Plant, Carlos Santana, Peter Frampton, Warren Haynes, Tal Wilkenfeld, Pearl Jam, Mary J Blige, Questlove, D’Angelo, Zakk Wylde, Bad Religion, Brian Blade, and Daniel Lanois; songwriter Lamont Dozier, and many more.

Nikki is also the author of Women's Road to Rock Guitar (Alfred Music), a rock guitar instruction book.

Nikki O'Neill
Photo: Deb Morrison-Littell/Shots by Morrison

My name is Nikki O'Neill. I’m a journalist, editor, and author in Chicago. I write about music and food. 
I was born in LA, but grew up in Sweden, so I work professionally in English and Swedish.

My work can be seen in Guitar Player Magazine, Chicago Tribune, PRINT, Guitar Girl Magazine, the Swedish magazines ELLE Sweden, Musiker Magasinet, and major newspapers Aftonbladet, Svenska Dagbladet, and GöteborgsPosten. I've also done radio stories for Sweden’s National Public Radio. 


I'm the author of Women's Road to Rock Guitar (Alfred Music), an instruction book on rock guitar playing. It's available as a print book and ebook.

Songwriting and Creative Non-fiction

I’m a singer-songwriter with Blackbird Record Label (, and I teach songwriting workshops at The Old Town School of Folk Music. I also write creative non-fiction.

Content Writing and Editing

While in Los Angeles, I worked in the music division for a Fortune 10 company that's based in Cupertino. I wrote about artists and albums, and edited copy for artist release campaigns, TV shows, banner ads, e-mail and digital campaigns, product promotion, and even a guitar learning app.

Translation work (Swedish-English, English-Swedish)

I'm the English translator for Songwriting: Get Your Black Belt in Music & Lyrics (Iphigenia Publishing). It's an ebook series on songwriting and music production by the Swedish authors Jan Sparby and Johan Wahlander.

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