The following article is from Strum, and was written by Rick Amburgey, and it’s about one of my favorite new artists, Nick Nicholson. You have all heard me mention Nick a time or two (or three, or four…..). Now read what Rick had to say about him in an article published in Strum Magazine.
Hot newcomer Nick Nicholson recently released his first national single “Stronger Than Whiskey” on April 19th.
The song is currently climbing the country charts, and is just outside the top 100. Written by Nicholson’s producer David Norris, along with C.J. Watson, it is an inspiring description of Norris’s personal struggle with the alcohol demon. The song fits the Gray, Tennessee native and Phoenix Arizona resident’s soulful vocal style, which allows him to connect with the audience in an authentic way.
Growing up with a musical father Nick was introduced to many forms of music including rock, jazz, and rhythm and blues. Starting to perform at 12, he spent many years behind a drum kit before moving out front as a lead singer in the early 90’s.
Moving to Arizona after spending a decade in the Air Force, where he played all over the world in various rock bands, Nick set his sights on Nashville in 2001. Even though he’s now a country artist, fans can still hear a strong rock influence in his music and live shows.
“Elvis was a big influence on me as far as my performance ability." Another of his major influences is Conway Twitty. "My grandmother was a huge Conway fan." He also cites Ray Charles as a major influence. Today Nick’s music can be best described as “Rockin’ Country”.
To appreciate Nick you have to see him live. He has become THE MAN promoters call when they need an energetic opener for national touring artists appearing in Arizona. Currently Nick is performing regularly in Phoenix, Flagstaff, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, and San Diego as well as numerous other towns across the western part of the country.
Norris said the reviews of the song have been stellar and country radio is starting to jump on the bandwagon. Doug Flint “The Ol’ Coyote” long-time country radio personality at WNUS 107.1 in West Virginia has stated “it’s one of the strongest ballads on country radio in a decade.” Nick is set to start a national radio tour soon in support of the single.
Personally, Norris said people have thanked him as a writer for the song’s message. "I actually had somebody congratulate me when they found out what it meant to me as a recovering alcoholic, knowing that it’s a brave step to take when you’ve finally realized that you have hit the bottom.”
The partnership between Nicholson and Norris is helping to make Nick’s vision of his career into reality. "He knows exactly what his identity is as an artist, and I’m the perfect guy to help him see it through and help give his songs life and sonic energy," said Norris, adding it’s not the last people will hear from the Nicholson/Norris camp because he thinks he and Nicholson will be working together for years to come.
“Stronger Than Whiskey” can be downloaded from ITunes and rave reviews have given it an average rating of five (out of five) stars. Nick’s 2008 self-titled debut is also available there. Video of the release can be found on YouTube.
There’s the article – now guys, you all know what to do. Head on over to YouTube, and listen to “Stronger Than Whiskey,” and then – make that call to your favorite radio station and get this thing played. It’s a great song, by a great new artist.
I’ll talk to you guys tomorrow. Have a great Thursday!