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Country Barnyard 305

My song Movin' On will be playing at Country Barnyard Radio 305 starting 7/18/17.  Listen at:  http://countrybarnyard305.com/home.html

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Nicole-Marie Orchestrates a Symphony of Sound on Her Latest Album

 

Nicole-Marie is a hearing-impaired singer who has absolutely destroyed any preconceptions that may surround anyone who is faced with such a hardship. She is proficient in saxophone, clarinet, piano and guitar and if that weren’t enough, she is a fantastic singer and songwriter to boot. Not only does she write and perform her own music, but she enjoys collaborating with other artists in creating their music as well. Her newest release is the fourth album in her repertoire entitled The Music Our Love Makes is a fusion of folk, country and alternative rock that meshes beautifully well. To top off the number of genres she’s incorporated into this LP, she’s incorporated a myriad of instruments and musicians as well. With multiple guitarists, drummers and even rappers, The Music Our Love Makes is a modern symphony for the ears. But enough of my gushing, on to the review.

The first song to stand out is “Movin on.” The song starts off as a piano driven country song: very simple ballad sound with classic melancholy fiddle accompaniment. She cheekily sings “I’m getting strong/and writing songs about movin’ on,” which demonstrates that she has a sense of humor about the situation despite it hurting initially. Moreover, the song reflects that as it shifts from a lament to an upbeat hoedown, showing that she is in fact, “getting strong.”

“All it Takes to Fly” is a more contemporary ballad. This song heavily features acoustic guitar played in a Latin style and very simple percussion. The chorus builds up into a beautiful crescendo of string instruments and Nicole-Marie leading the way with her subtle vocal performance. She has a rather soft tone to her voice, which makes it easy for her to come across as genuine in her lyrics.

As such, it is unsurprising that her voice is so well suited for country style music. For example, “Forever an Ocean,” reminiscent of a Rascal Flatts hit, brings forth feelings of regret but cherished memories. The electric guitar gets its chance to shine between choruses. What is most impressive are the harmonies Nicole-Marie performs with herself. Not only are they beautiful harmonies, but then you remember that she is hearing impaired and is mopping the floor with the vast majority of current country acts. Honestly, modern country music needs to take a page from this woman’s book.

“Loose End” is a much needed, upbeat track that provides the warranted break from the previous string of slow, emotional ballads. It’s a feel-good song where we get to see the funnier side of Nicole-Marie. You can definitely imagine yourself driving down a country road with the top down to this song; with wind in your hair, and a cowboy hat of course.

The album’s last song follows the theme of modernizing country-folk music but it does so the best in my opinion. There is a clear connection between Nicole-Marie, California, and her begotten lover in “When California’s Gone.” However, it is unclear whether or not that is a positive affiliation with lyrics like “I hope it won’t be to long/ Till you finally come to love me/ When California’s gone.” Either way, it is very soothing despite the possibly depressing connotations behind the song.

My only complaint with this album is that it all melds together a bit too well. This can be good in some ways, like the fact that songs like “Loose End” stand out more as a result. However, the problem is that it makes the songs seem to have less meaning if they are all slow and gloomy. Nevertheless, this is a great album that puts a great spin on classic country/folk music. Nicole-Marie’s ability to bring together these amazing sounds is evidence of her passion and talent when it comes to music.

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Nicole-Marie Orchestrates a Symphony of Sound on Her Latest Album

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Pros
Amazing arrangements in terms of the instruments and Nicole=Marie's voice ties it all together beautifully.
Cons
The majority of the tracks are slow ballads, and while beautiful, their meaning gets diluted since there are so many of them.
Summary
The Music Our Love Makes is a depiction of a deeper understanding of sound and how, when you bring a bunch of great artists together, you have a recipe for something awesome.
Production & Mastering8.5
Engagement7
Content7.5
Delivery8.5
Continuity7.5
Involvement9

WROM Radio

My track, The Music Our Love Makes, will air on WROM radio on 7/20/2016 at 7pm ET with a re-broadcast at 1am on 7/21/2016. After that the show containing this track will archive on the Youtube channel below. Listen to the broadcast at this link:

Broadcast: http://wromradio.net

Archive: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCScv-2FtwRyAeCbAqAm-CTQ

Beyond the Dawn

My music will be aired on the BTD Radio’s New Music Hour today 5/23 at 2pm and 9pm pst.

 www.beyondthedawnstudios.com

 

Listen to Seattle Wave Radio

My songs All it Takes to Fly, The Music Our Loves Makes, and When California's Gone are now spinning on SWR. These are the channels:
 
Acoustic
Northwest Prime
Lifestyle
 
The songs have been placed in the "Featured Artist" playlist which cycles about every hour or so. There are several other complimentary artists in the playlist, so it makes for a great 50 minute set. All 3 songs play sequentially. My songs will be heard very often while in this playlist.
 
Here are the links for you to listen, and please share all these links with your friends and family to help increase the audience on Seattle Wave Radio for all the artists wanting to reach a wider local and global audience thru Seattle Wave Radio:
 
Seattle Wave Radio Website:  http://seattlewaveradio.com/
 
 
 
 
 

Listen on your mobile devices ( this is really a cool way to listen with your ear buds or even a full headset the sound is awesome! )( this is our personally developed app ):

Download the iOS App at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/seattle-wave-radio/id645075267

Download the Android App at: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.seattlewaveradio.app

 
SWR is very supportive of independent artists and had three of my songs in their rotation 3 years ago.  These songs were: A Song For Peace, Miss The Most, and Strobe. Thank you Seattle Wave Radio for all of your support to independent artists over the years!

Enter the Underworld

Request my song, The Music Our Love Makes, at http://www.underworldmixradio.com

 

 

 

 

 

Seattle Wave Radio

Starting on Monday 5/16/16, Seattle Wave Radio will begin playing my song "All it Takes to Fly."  They may also incorporate my songs "The Music Our Love Makes" and "When California's Gone" into one of their shows.  Support local independent musicians and listen in at:

http://seattlewaveradio.com/player/

http://seattlewaveradio.net/

 

 

 

Support Women in Music!

Vote & request my song All it Takes to Fly on Women of Substance New Music Radio Show which airs May 2-6, 2016 at 5 PM ET (2 PM PT)

My song is on the Women of Substance Radio New Music Show all week at 5 PM ET (2 PM PT). Listen at http://www.womenofsubstanceradio.com

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You can also tune in on Mobile Devices by downloading our FREE Mobile App. Just search for "Women of Substance" in your App Store or use these links to download for FREE:
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Or using the TuneIn App
You can vote "thumbs up" for my song by clicking the "thumbs up" icon while it is playing on the desktop player. You can also request the song right from the desktop player top menu (each song request counts as a vote). After this week, my song will enter heavy rotation on WOSRadio for 2 weeks. Songs that receive votes and requests will remain in heavy rotation for an additional month if they make it onto the Top 20 which is posted on WOSRadio website and linked to their player and included in their newsletter all month. Songs without votes will be in rotation for 2 weeks and then go into WOSRadio library of Indie music that is played on a random basis.

Local Northwest Radio

My song, The Music Our Love Makes, will be playing at www.nwczradio.com

Listen to independent artists at this local northwest radio station!

Flying into England

On Friday 22th April, my song All it Takes to Fly will be featured on Sophie's Spring Board Show 2pm - 3.30pm at www.thesourcefm.co.uk/listen

This radio show comes to you from Cornwall, England.  More information about this radio show can be found at:  https://www.facebook.com/SophiesSpringboardShow/

 

 

Indie Castle

My new song, All it Takes to Fly, has been accepted for rotation at Indie Castle Radio.  Request the song at http://www.indiecastle.net.  

WOAFM99 Radio Show

My new song "All it Takes to Fly" will begin rotation on the WOAFM99 Radio Show the 2nd or 3rd week of April.  Listen in at:  www.woafm99.com

Women of Substance

Women of Substance radio will be playing my new song "All it Takes to Fly" starting May 2nd.  Listen to this radio station at:  http://www.rdo.to/wosradio 

Check out their website at :  http://www.wosradio.com

They will also be featuring the song on an upcoming episode on their #1 Music Podcast on iTunes. Here is the link so you can listen and subscribe, Rate & Review: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/women-of-substance/id939201604?mt=2

Their Facebook link is:  http://www.facebook.com/wosradio

Their Twitter link is:  http://www.twitter.com/wosradio

On the Radio

Check out this website that is playing my song "All the Lights of Heaven":

http://www.radioways.com/radio/wrps-webradiopugetsound-playing-the-cream-of-the-c.html

The Bug Cast

My original song "If You're in Heaven" was featured on The Bug Cast, an award-winning podcast that supports independent artists such as myself.  Check them out at: 

http://thebugcast.org/2015/08/01/bugcast-370-the-sheets-on-the-floor/

WNJR Radio

Listen to WNJR Radio, an online radio station that supports independent artists and is playing my song All the Lights of Heaven.  Here's the link:  http://wnjr-radio-com.webnode.com/

www.strutterzine.8m.com

Out of the US state of Washington comes singer/songwriter NICOLE-MARIE, who releases her 3rd CD with "Tragic Romantic."  Musically speaking it is clearly influenced by 1990s female fronted singer/songwriter Alternative (light) Poprock that reflects influences of ALANIS MORISSETTE, LIZ PHAIR, FIONA APPLE, JOAN OSBORNE, TORI AMOS, SHERYL CROW, but also pre-1990s stuff of MARIANNE FAITHFUL, SUZANNE VEGA, PATTI SMITH and especially THE PRETENDERS comes to mind when hearing the high quality material of Nicole.  She has a good voice and the 9 included songs rock sometimes harder than the aforementioned similar acts.  Although an independent release, any fan of female alto poprock will appreciate this, so go check it out for yourself at http://nicolemariemusic.com.  (8.2 out of 10)

Roman Midnight Music

Style: alt rock
Label: self-released
Year: 2010
Home: Tacoma, Washington

Members: Nicole-Marie ~ vocals/acoustic guitar/keyboards
Chris Pyle ~ electric guitar
Bob Fox ~ bass
Mike Loera ~ drums


"What A Letdown", "Bury Me", "Love Me Still", "Why Can't I Be The One?", "Grave Love", "Dead End", "Miss The Most" & throw in the pot for good measure the two remaining songs opener "Angels Speak To You" & "Back My Way" & it should be obvious that N-M has composed an album of a tragic romantic or at least recalling tragic romance. N-M's third release is a alt rock little piece moving from singer-songwriter styles, highlight "Angels Speak To You" could be out of the repertoire of Jewel, while other songs (i.e. "What A Letdown", "Love Me Still", "Why Can't I Be The One?", "Miss The Most") are poppy little alt rock sing-alongs that are more Liz Phair & Michelle Branch. Tragic Romantic is more than just a collection of songs with a shared theme but N-M in her PR she calls herself the tragic romantic in question, based on a personality type of psychology's Enneagram classification system. N-M is a modest singer, or maybe she just keeps it modest on this release, with a slight country style slur but because of that the mood stays personal & intimate ... & tragically romantic. Though, note, tragic romantic isn't necessarily about love. "Miss The Most" draws from N-M's day job as a clinical social worker having to say goodbye to patients while "What A Letdown" is about relationships that haven't reached their full potential in light of the myth of romantic love. So, don't expect boy/girl he left me/where is he songs. Do expect some enjoyable little songs laced with woe.

Victory Music Review

Nicole-Marie puts out this collection of personal rock songs. ‘Angels Speak to Me.’ As with most rock songs, lyrics give you a partial picture of the meaning but I suspect this is a song which will resonate with someone trying to relate to someone who occupies or thinks they occupy a higher space. ‘What a Letdown’ love is. ‘Back My Way’ is a nicely framed ballad. Here the lyrics, at the beginning, are not obscured—these are blues in rock format. “I finally see why you left me that day…” ‘Bury Me’ and ‘Love Me Still’ are polar opposites. ‘Love Me Still’ is nakedly open, always questioning whether love is real. ‘Why Can’t I be the One?’ speaks to the pain of watching the one you love in love with someone else. I recognize the rock medium usually calls for twisted words, and a bit of screaming vocals. I like Nicole-Marie’s songs and delivery best when she sings with less electronics for competition. Here she delivers a painful wish. ‘Grave Love’ has the words “..let us die together..” This is a song recalling Romeo and Juliet or some such star crossed couple. Granted I’ve tried to focus more on the lyrics in reviewing this CD. Nicole-Marie sings, plays guitar and keyboards. Musically it’s quite adequate. From the lyric standpoint, this is an honest effort for those moments in time none of us can stand to be in for very long. [Bob Riley]

Girls Rock Radio

Request my song "Back My Way" on Girls Rock Radio.  It's an awesome online radio station that features women in rock.  It's kinda cool to hear my song in between Pink and Gwen Stefani. 

Victory Music Review

MySpace has become a new outlet for unsigned artists to get their music out there for people to hear, enjoy, and possibly get noticed by a record label.  One only needs to to look at the success of Colbie Caillet and many others to see that this approach can work.  Although she is not yet signed, young Washington local Nicole-Marie is doing her best to get her music heard, with a MySpace page and a seven-song, self-produced CD, All the Lights of Heaven.  Clocking in at less than 28 minutes, this CD is more an introduction than a full-fledged display of Nicole-Marie's talents and abilities, but it's enough to give the listener a pretty good idea of what she can do.  The songs are primarily acoustic Christian folk music with simple, earnest lyrics about Heaven and beliefs, accompanied by spare instrumentation.  The tunes could be a little overly earnest and simple at times, but her clear, beautiful voice carries them through.  For me, everything truly comes together and shows her true potential on the song "Single," which is catchy, memorable and the best match of music and vocals.  According to her Web site, she likes to dabble in all styles of music, including even hip-hip, and she even lists Prince as an influence, although these interests aren't apparent on All the Lights of Heaven.  Mostly, the CD feels slightly monochromatic in tone.  Letting some of those other styles peek through on future songs would definitely add more flavor.  I tend to dislike an artist who favors stretching single syllable words into five or six, but Nicole-Marie shows enough here for me to hope she gets a chance to show what all she can do.  (James Rodgers)

Tacoma Weekly

Nicole-Marie has been involved with music for much of her life.  A Tacoma native who now lives in Kent, Nicole-Marie is watching her career playing folk pop rock take off.  Nicole-Marie started singing as a young child, but didn't begin performing until five years ago.  She plays several instruments, starting with saxophone in fourth grade.  She then picked up the clarinet and piano.  She began playing guitar while attending the University of Washington, where she earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in social work. 

Nicole-Marie released her debut album, Storybook, in 2003.  One of her biggest influences is Alanis Morrisette.  "My whole writing style changed because of her," she remarked.  She likes Jewel because she isn't afraid to experiment with different musical styles.  Other favorites include John Denver and Sarah McLachlan. 

She began writing poetry in junior high.  Thus, her songwriting process begins with words, then the melody, then guitar chords.  "So really I'm a poet first, then a songwriter."  She recently finished a demo of Christian music.  She is also collaborating with Cooper Edens, an author of children's books, and several others on a project called "Here is a Haven" which includes a song written by cousins Richard Ian Greene and Lawrence William Greene.  The song was partly inspired by Childhaven, a non-profit agency in Auburn, where Nicole-Marie works as a case manager, that provides services to abused children. 

It has been a busy summer.  Nicole-Marie played five gigs in July.  "I like connecting with the audience in an emotional way," she says.  Nicole-Marie will play during the Proctors Farmers Market in Proctor District on Saturday, July 30 at 11 a.m.