Nicole Atkins

Nicole Atkins(born October 1, 1978)is an American singer-songwriter . She has been compared to Roy Orbison and singers from the Brill Building era.

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 Nicole Atkins's Early life

Neptune City.She started playing piano when she was aged nine and taught herself to play guitar at 13.She eschewed more popular acts of the day for musical groups her parents listened to, such as The Ronettes and Johnny Cash . She has cited The Sundays ’ Harriet Wheeler as a major early influence.

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 Nicole Atkins's Career

North Carolina and New York[edit]

That same year, Atkins moved to the neighborhood of Bensonhurst in Brooklyn , New York .She began performing at open mic night at the Sidewalk Café in Manhattan’s East Village . Influenced by the artists on Rainbow Quartz, the independent record label specializing in guitar heavy pop music and traditional songwriting for which she worked, she moved away from the louder rock music she’d played in North Carolina and toward the songcraft style of Wilco and Roy Orbison .She returned briefly to Charlotte, living in a wood shopand playing with several bands, most notably a group called Virginia Reel. At this time, she started writing what she termed “a mix of Americana, 60s, and indie rock.” She also recorded her EPBleeding Diamonds.

Party’s Over. They recorded most of the album in Atkins’ parents’ house using a Casio keyboard, a ProTools rig, and a mini recorder. Drum parts were recorded at Muller’s apartment in Manhattan, with further tracks recorded at the Dietch Projects gallery in Brooklyn.

The Sea andNeptune City[edit]

In late 2006, Atkins and the Sea traveled to Sweden to record her debut album,Neptune City,at Varispeed Studios in Kalgerup and Gula Studion in Malmö with producer Tore Johansson . The album was originally scheduled for a July 2007 release, but at the behest of Columbia co-chairman Rick Rubin ,it was pushed back until October 30, 2007 to accommodate re-mastering the album. It debuted at number 20 on Billboard ’s Top Heatseekers chart and reached number 6 on the Heatseekers Middle Atlantic Chart.

The Black Sea andMondo Amore[edit]

Several other musicians joined Atkins in the studio to record the tracks for what would become her second album,Mondo Amore, including guitarist Irina Yalkowsky, drummer Mike Graham, and bassist Jeremy Kay. Graham, Oklan, Yalkowsky and Kay would form the core lineup of the The Black Sea with whom Atkins would tour in support ofMondo Amore. In June 2010, Atkins signed with New York-based independent label Razor & Tie.The label releasedMondo Amoreon February 8, 2011.

Slow Phaser[edit]

and a peak position of 143 on the Billboard 200. The album's first single, "Girl You Look Amazing" was premiered by Paste (magazine)and the video for the album's second single, "Who Killed the Moonlight?", was premiered by NPR 's First Watch.

Other work[edit]

Nicole Atkins Digs Other People's Songs, which included the tracks: " The Crystal Ship " ( The Doors ), " Dream a Little Dream of Me " ( The Mamas & the Papas ), " Under the Milky Way " ( The Church ) and " Inside of Love " ( Nada Surf ). In 2009, Atkins' backing vocals were featured prominently on AC Newman 's second solo album,Get Guilty.

Atkins provide vocals for the track "Solano Avenue" (as Estrella Cumpas) on David Byrne and Fatboy Slim 's 2010 album,Here Lies Love.

Dead Man's Town, a tribute to Springsteen'sBorn in the U.S.A.LP.

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 Nicole Atkins's Discography



with Los Parasols[]

  • 2002:The Summer of Love(EP)


(Atkins contributed a cover of The Doors' Crystal Ship

  • 2008:The Hotel Café Presents Winter SongsEpic

(Atkins contributed a cover of Billy Hayes' and Jay Johnson'sBlue Christmas)

  • 2009:Scott Walker – 30 Century Man

(Atkins contributed a cover of Scott Walker'sThe Seventh Seal)

  • 2010:Dear New Orleans

(Atkins contributed a cover of Led Zeppelin's When the Levee Breaks)

  • 2012:Tim Adams and Mike Viola's HAREM: Songs from the Movie "That's What She Said"

(Atkins contributed the track All Wrong)

  • 2013:College Radio Day: The Album, Vol. 2

(Atkins contributed the track The Stranger)

(Atkins contributed a cover of Bruce Springsteen's Dancing In the Dark)

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 Nicole Atkins's Awards and nominations


  • Asbury Music Awards Winner: Top Female Vocalist
  • Asbury Music Awards Winner: Best Solo Act
  • Asbury Music Awards Winner: Song of the Year – "Neptune City"


  • ASCAP Foundation winner: Sammy Cahn Award – "Neptune City"

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 Nicole Atkins's References

  1. "Nicole Atkins at, presented by Independent Artists Company | Unsigned | Band Site". Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  2. "Nicole Atkins". Retrieved 2012-01-31. 
  3. "NICOLE ATKINS PERFORMS IN THE CURRENT STUDIOS". Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved 2012-01-31. 
  4. "Nicole Atkins & the Sea Perform 'War Torn,' Chat 'Neptune City'",, January 22, 2008 Accessed January 29, 2008 "But the neighborhood I live in is called Shark River -- it's part of Neptune -- I live right across the street from the river, and there's a bird sanctuary."
  5. "American FactFinder". Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  6. "Nicole Atkins Journey Through Neptune City Vol. 1". YouTube. 2007-11-05. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  7. "Press Play, Record interview", February 7, 2007 Accessed January 18, 2008
  8. "Gothamist interview", March 13, 2007. Accessed January 18, 2008 "I'll never forget the first time I…played my first gig. It was in the cafeteria of St. Rose High School in Belmar, NJ. We...did "The End" from the doors for our encore. I was so out of it I screamed...right in the vice principal's face and the place went wild. I had weekend detentions for way too long after that one."
  9. "Nicole Atkins on Virb". Accessed January 18, 2008 Atkins studied illustration while at UNC Charlotte, and still has her own mural business, with that artistic sensibility transferred to her songs.
  10. "Interview With Nicole Atkins", BROAD Magazine. Accessed January 21, 2008
  11. Schneider, Laura. "Nicole Atkins: Catch Her If You Can", Upstage Magazine, Accessed January 21, 2008
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  13. "Nicole Atkins: The Interview", September 29, 2005, Accessed January 21, 2008
  14. [2] Archived March 14, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  15. "Journey through Neptune City, Part 2" 1:50 "So we were recording my EP there and just during that time I was singing backup vocals on pretty much every record you made there."
  16. "Born In New Jersey and (Now) Proud of It", The New York Times, July 29, 2007. Accessed January 18, 2008
  17. Donnelly, Tim. “Shore Of Herself”, Asbury Park Press, December 10, 2006. “She couch surfed with friends in the city and rode the North Jersey Coast Line back and forth to make her dream happen.”
  18. Dollar, Steve. "The Jersey Girl Takes On The World", The New York Sun June 5, 2007 Accessed on January 21, 2008
  19. [3] Archived December 9, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  20. "Nicole Atkins". Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  21. "NICOLE ATKINS: Homeward Bound", "CMJ", Accessed January 18, 2008
  22. "Atkins & The Sea release CD", "Asbury Park Press", November 11, 2007. Accessed January 18, 2008
  23. "Top Heatseekers (Middle Atlantic)", from Billboard December 1, 2007 Accessed January 18, 2008
  24. Brown, Janice "In-Session: Phil Palazzolo With Nicole Atkins & The Black Sea" January 27, 2010. Accessed May 1, 2010.
  25. "Label press release." June 21, 2010. Accessed May 2, 2011.
  29. "MARS". Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  30. "Mars". Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  31. "AC Newman". AC Newman. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  32. "2010 Judges". Independent Music Awards. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  34. "Nicole Atkins at the "Songwriters by the Sea: Special Edition" show at Light of Day 10, McLoone's Supper Club, Asbury Park, New Jersey". 2010-01-17. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 

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