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Nicole-Marie - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboard

Nicole-Marie is a hearing-impaired singer/songwriter from the Seattle/Tacoma area who writes songs in multiple genres ranging from Christian Contemporary to New Age, from Alternative Rock to Dance music, from Hip Hop and R&B to Country music.  Though she has performed in venues such as Jazzbones and Experience Music Project, she enjoys providing creative opportunities to others by writing songs for singers and collaborating with other musicians.  She has had the pleasure of working with the accomplished acoustic guitarist Will Reedy, the electric guitarist Frank Seeberger, drummers Chris Crumpler and Mike Loera, the rapper Abuladon, acclaimed Nashville guitarist Mark Baldwin, multi-talented musician Troy Engle, producer/musician Jeremy Cays and musicians Wayne Bliss, Chris Pyle and Bob Fox.  The first instrument she learned was the saxophone at age 9 and she made the switch to the clarinet at age 13.  She studied piano starting at age 13 under Deanna Dent and she studied guitar starting at age 18 under Kevin Garry, blues guitarist and original member of the Steve Miller Band  James "Curley" Cooke, German Briseno of Los Burbanks and Chris Lund of Loser.  She has released four albums:  Storybook (2003), All the Lights of Heaven (2007), Tragic Romantic (2010) and The Music Our Love Makes (2016).  She has also released a number of singles.  Her song "White Light" won an honorable mention award in the 7th Annual Great American Songwriting Competition.  Her songs "All the Lights of Heaven", "Hymn in Red", "I Smile", and "Grave Love" won bronze awards for being well-written songs by Beat100.com.  Her music has been played on several radio stations.  Her song "Angels Speak to You" reached #12 and her song "Back My Way" reached #9 on maddradio.com.  Her song "Single" reached #11 on newartistradio.com.  She entered the Song of the Year competition in June 2005 and received a "suggested artist" nomination for the genres of "folk" and "Christian" music.  Her influences include Alanis Morissette, Kurt Cobain, John Denver, Michael W. Smith, Eva Cassidy and Prince.  She started losing her hearing in her early 20's and in 2010, she lost all hearing in her left ear and continues to have intermittent hearing loss in her right ear.  She hopes to inspire others to overcome their physical challenges by continuing to sing despite her hearing impairment.