Canadian artist Nick-e aka Nicole Pratt demonstrated her diverse musical sound on the recently released mini album Mosaic which takes listeners from soul to jazz to urban/R&B to electro. The good news is that she’s already working on a full length album which will include a healthy dose of organic and electronic sounds and textures as she mentiones in her jazz-not-jazz interview.
So continue reading to learn more about the story behind her song Muse, Nick-e’s influences and the Canadian black music scene amongst others.
Q: Please tell me something about yourself. When did you start singing and writing songs?
Nick-e: I began singing close to the age that I began talking. Probably around 3 years old. I used to sing with my cousins and perform for our parents on holidays. As I got older, I joined school choirs and pretty much stuck with it all the way through high school and then went on to get my diploma in music production in college. Growing up I wrote a lot of poetry and short stories and as I heard music in my head I would turn some of my poetry into songs. The more I did it the more comfortable I became with the idea of song writing and I just continue to try to improve with every new song I write.
Q: Who has influenced you and how would you describe your music? Where do you see your niche in today’s market?
Nick-e: I was surrounded by a lot of music growing up. My brother was a DJ which exposed me to a lot of new music along the way such as R&B, Hip hop & Reggae and being close with my cousins, my uncle would listen to a lot of music like motown, The Stylistics, Al Green, Prince, & Anita Baker. I was influenced by these artists and also gained other musical tastes like Sade, U2, Janet Jackson, Ella Fitzgerald, Donny Hathaway. I think because of this exposure, I’ve learned to appreciate a lot of different types of music and incorporate those diverse musical styles into my own music. Kind of like a Soul/Jazz/Pop fusion. It may not be deemed the most popular style of music in relation to today’s current market, but I find that the market today is very fickle. I’ve never tried to mold myself into what the industry wants me to be. Today’s gem is tomorrow’s trash. I’ve always just tried to be more concerned with being honest and loving the music I create for me first and then hoping that others can appreciate it as well.