As a Smith College grad and women’s media entrepreneur, I am—not surprisingly—a huge fan of musically talented women who can belt it out. A fraction of my favorites include Sara Bareilles, Katy Perry, Pink, Liz Phair and Aimee Mann; you might as well call my Pandora page my own little Lilith Fair.
One artist I have recently added to my playlist is Nicole Atkins. I had the pleasure of meeting this rising star a few weeks ago and getting an exclusive listen to her album Mondo Amore due out on Tuesday, February 8 (one week from today!). Nicole’s music perfectly exemplifies her journey—the soul of a Jersey girl who grew up listening to hair bands, the savvy of a city-dweller (Brooklyn, to be specific), and the charm of a Southern Belle who studied illustration in Charlotte, North Carolina.
To add to her impressive list of accolades, Nicole has been playing instruments since she was nine years old and jamming at local gigs wherever she was living at the time. In 2007, she released her first album Neptune City, and today, four years later after life-changing break-ups with labels and boyfriends (I always say the most beautiful creations in life come out of broken things), she’s launching Mondo Amore (which translates to “Big Love”) to share a new chapter in her story.
The songs on the album are powerful, sexy and honest—just like Nicole’s personality. Leave a comment and let me know what you think of my interview with Nicole. The 20 best comments* will receive a free copy of Mondo Amore.
WANT MORE NICOLE? Visit nicoleatkins.com and preorder her album Mondo Amore on Amazon ($13.03)>
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