Get To Know: Nicole Mariee
Dallas based songstress, Nicole Mariee has emerged from quarantine with a fresh new sound with her latest single, "breaking the rules" which was release on June 25, 2021. The Austin born singer songwriter, got her start in music at an early age when she began singing in church, and playing by ear. She began her musical training when she went to college. After her time at Dallas Baptist University, she began performing full time at venues like the famous House of Blues - Dallas. Let's get talking to her!
Firstly, who is Nicole Mariee?
I am a singer songwriter, piano, and vocal instructor who was born in Austin but now resides in Dallas, Texas. I began my musical journey around 5 or 6 when I started singing in church and when I began playing the piano by ear. After graduating college, I started releasing music independently, and then a few years later I founded my own indie record label, Underground Lyfe Records.
How would you describe your sound?
My sound is unlike others, I would say that! But I if you compare Solange Knowles with Alicia Keys, I would say that's what my sound is, since I've gotten comparisons to both amazing women! I mix Jazz, R&B, and Pop all together in my music.
What’s a typical day in the studio like for you?
A typical day in the studio for me starts by turning my phone off because I hate distractions when I'm creating! When I go to C.Brewster Productions (Shout out to Cullen! aka June bugg) studio, I love bringing my laptop so I can film those priceless moments for my fans to get a piece of. When I'm in my home studio, however, I love having the perfect setting. I have these led strip lights on, to create the vibe I want. I normally do my recording at night when there's little to no movement outside so that I can really pour out those emotions.
Do you have to be in a certain mood to write a song?
I don't need to be in a certain mood for me to write a song. Whatever melody, idea, or chord progression comes to mind, I instantly hash it out at the piano because I don't want to lose that idea.
Who are your three biggest musical inspirations?
My three biggest musical inspirations are, Marvin Gaye, Alicia Keys, and Musiq Soulchild.
Who is the best band you've ever seen play live?
It's been such a long time since seeing one of my favorite band play live but I did go to a local music awards show in Dallas a few years back and there were some awesome bands there!
What’s the toughest part of the industry for you?
The toughest part of the music Industry is not getting caught up. Everything that glitters ain't gold, it's really important to stay grounded. Another part of the music industry that's so hard is remaining positive! There are days when you feel like you're not good enough, or there may be days when you begin to doubt yourself. When those days come, I have to log off from social media, and spend time outdoors, with friends, or with a good book.
What’s the most enjoyable part of the industry?
The most enjoyable part of the industry is when you receive those royalty checks! But more importantly, THE MOST important part of the industry is when people tells you how your music helped them get through a rough part in their lives.
What’s in store for you for the rest of 2021?
More music and more live shows!