One of the best parts of being a journalist with a passion for music is the joy of finding new talent. Such is the case with Whitney Nichole, a San Francisco based singer/songwriter.
Her recent single, “Hard Enough,” earned her an honorable mention in the West Coast Songwriters International Song Competition. The single captures her sincere, personal nature and her emotional performance. With distinguished piano parts, clever hooks, powerful chord progressions, moving lyrics, and belted vocals, “Hard Enough” acts as just one gem on the San Francisco singer/songwriter’s debut full-length album 100 Strong, scheduled to be released next Tuesday, March 8.
“100 Strong makes it perfectly clear that Whitney [Nichole] has the talent and inner beauty to win over legions upon legions of music fans. What impresses us most about Whitney is how genuine she seems. At a point in time when so many artists are pushing mindless crap and/or churning out computer generated junk to please the masses, 100 Strong comes across like a sincere and real statement from a real person.” — babysue.com
Her debut full-length album centers around the hesitancy and fear of loving someone, and taking the jump despite all risks. “It comes from my experience of mourning a loss of a relationship that wouldn’t work no matter how hard we tried, recovering on my own, and letting myself love again,” says Whitney. Produced by Adam Rossi (Megan Slankard, Luce, Brad Wolfe), 100 Strong brings Whitney’s piano playing and singing to life, placing her among the likes of Sara Bareilles, Adele, Ingrid Michaelson and Carrie Underwood.
The album’s title track is perhaps the best introduction to Whitney’s genuine nature and sound. Lyrically, it has a theme that many of us can relate to; the hesitancy and fear of loving someone – and taking the jump despite all risks. Sonically, the song is recorded with vocals only, a six-part harmony by Whitney, with no reverb and very little production at all. “I wanted it to feel really natural, intimate and organic,” says Whitney.
“When I was love-sick this record would have been my best friend… The music is good, the arrangements are simple and it’s all piano-driven with a decent backing band.” – Rock N Roll Experience
03.06 San Francisco, CA @ Yoshi’s
03.22 Laguna Beach, CA @ Marine Room
03.24 San Clemente, CA @ The Cellar
**more dates TBA soon
To find out more about Whitney Nichole, check out her websites or contact her publicist, Laura Goldfarb at Red Boot Publicity, [email protected] / 617.407.7284.