Nicole Chambers

FRESH: ‘I’m Fine’ – Nicole Chambers

Nicole Chambers says “I’m Fine”

Introducing an essential new voice on the R&B scene, Nicole Chambers is the self-proclaimed perfectionist who after three years of work is ready to release a collection of skilled, emotive and honest songs in her upcoming album. Released via Escape Tracks Records, “I’m Fine” is a simmering slice of classic R&B, swerving soul and a warm production that sets the tone for the rest of Chambers’ work.

Nicole tells us: “‘I’m Fine’ is about me suppressing my emotions. I walk around telling everybody that I’m fine, in a high pitched voice followed with a huge grin on my face, when in reality I am not. The inspiration came from my group of friends as I started noticing they were doing it too. We are so called pros at pretending that we are handling everything so well, when we clearly aren’t”.

Nicole adds: “Yes, our emotions are heavy and messy but without them we wouldn’t be able to clear so many blocks. I feel my generation is slowly realizing that, It’s okay to not be okay, it’s okay to suffer from anxiety and depression, but it’s not ok to suppress your thoughts and feelings”.

Nicole is a Canadian songwriter making music that speaks of truth, love and self growth. Raised by the sounds of gospel via church, she never considered music as a career until a high school teacher encouraged her to pursue it, taking a leap of faith she went to college to study jazz. With a new set of refined technical and songwriting skills, she felt much more confident stepping into music, reflected on her debut EP How Could I Forget. Since then, Chambers has emerged onto Toronto’s R&B scene by collaborating with various producers and artists building a loyal community of fans around her music.

Nicole’s upcoming album release, “Voice Of A Virgo”, presents a body of work three years in the making. A dreamy, soul-filled ride influenced by the lyricism of Jill Scott and artistry of Erykah Badu, Chambers waxes and wanes about the rollercoasters of life and love. The ten-track project embodies the traditional sounds of classic R&B and, in true Virgo fashion, the artist kept tweaking it in a strive for perfection. Finally satisfied, she feels it’s a true reflection of who she is. Nicole concludes: “I know my ability to sing is a gift and I’m lucky to have it. ‘Voice Of A Virgo’ is like my inner spirit saying be true to you”.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!