Thursday, May 2, 2019

HEY! LISTEN: Gillian Nicola -- "Half Way"

I recently thought I passed one of my exes on the street. This of course lead to an obsessive Facebook rabbit hole to see if she had, in fact, any reason to be wandering around in my neighborhood. But it was also a mind trip: was there really a moment when I had hoped to spend the rest of my life with her? Why?????

Gillian Nicola's "Half Way" is the story of that relationship in 3 minutes and 21 seconds. In Nicola's case she has a crackerjack backing band that can simmer just as well as boil, a strong melody, and an amazing delivery that is hopeful, sly, and royally pissed off all at the same time.

A classically trained vocalist, Nicola’s 2013 EP “Chasing the Wind” was nominated for two Hamilton Music Awards and a Toronto Independent Music Award. In 2017, her single “Oh Marie” was nominated for the Ontario Arts Council’s Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award. Nicola is also a community organizer, hosting Open Mic Nights and Songwriters Circles, and lends her talents to various non-profit organizations, such as Girls Rock Camp Toronto.

Gillian Nicola -- Official, Facebook, Bandcamp

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