Nicole Prescovia Elikolani Valiente Scherzinger , known mononymously as Nicole Scherzinger , is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, choreographer, record producer, model, television personality and actress. Scherzinger is well known as the lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls. Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, she enrolled in various performing arts schools and was first exposed to singing and dancing competitions as a child. Previously, Scherzinger was a backing vocalist for the late-1990s rock group Days of the New and was a part of reality TV girl group Eden's Crush. After the disbandment of the group, she joined the Pussycat Dolls and became the group's lead vocalist during their transition into a career in music.