Up-and-comer Nicole Atkins may have arrived
The girl looked just like Nicole Atkins, an up-and-coming singer who performed at Jayne Marie on Cross Lake in September. I couldn't be too sure until her name appeared on screen. It seems Atkins is a pretty fast climber. Anyway, look for the commercial and here's the story that ran a few months ago when Atkins performed here.
Nicole Atkins inspires romance through song
Nicole Atkins has been a woman waiting on a loved one to return home from war. She's been frustrated by long-distance romance and devastated by change. Named one of Rolling Stone's Top 10 Artists to Watch this year, Atkins captures listeners through her stories.
"One day I was watching footage of the war in Iraq on TV. The footage was in black and white so when they fired into the sky it looked like bleeding diamonds. So I started to think about a housewife sitting on her couch, watching the footage, and I sing the song ("Bleeding Diamonds") from her perspective," Atkins said.
"Every song has to have some sort of story or it wouldn't make any sense. Sometimes the story is premeditated or sometimes I'll come up with a line that I have to interpret and figure out what it means."
The Columbia Records artist will perform (Sept. 14) at Jayne Marie on Cross Lake with her band the Sea "” guitarist Dave Hollinghurst, bassist John Flaughter, drummer Dan Mintzer and keyboardist Dan Chen.
"The album is very orchestral, but our live shows are a little more rock 'n' roll. They are very energetic and kind of emotional," Atkins said.
"People also get to slow dance, and a lot of romance has been forged at our shows."
The 26-year-old singer/songwriter's major-label debut, "Neptune City," expected to be released Oct. 30, and her EP already earned her praise from USA Today, Jane, Spin.com and Playback Magazine. However, Atkins feels little pressure from the buzz her EP has created.
"My only expectation is that people will actually get to hear it and like it, and we can tour for a year or two and get to make another one," Atkins said.
"I've already got the next three records written."