The IMC Magazine Issue 14/April 2016 - Page 20

Sitting in the backyard on early summer mornings , sipping on my coffee and listening to the songbirds is one of the more peaceful and enjoyable moments I enjoy. Especially if it's a solitary songbird singing away, the tweets echoing off the trees around me. There's a feel of 'loneliness' of the sound. It's a simple sound yet expressive. Soft, yet powerful. And I can even find inspiration and motivation as the bird expresses itself, not caring if anyone is listening or not.

There's another type of 'songbird' I find motivational and uplifting. However, this one has no wings, does not live in trees, yet her voice is just as moving and powerful.

Let me introduce to you Nicole 'Songbird' Coward, an INDIE FOLK artist from Toronto, Canada. Don't let the Folk genre label deceive you. Nicole spent 7 years studying classical music, playing the French Horn and Flute, performing in Symphony orchestras before concentrating on the acoustic guitar. Listening to Nicole's powerful vocals is reminiscent of the Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez days with a sprinkle of Gordon Lightfoot thrown in. She can be found performing where she's most comfortable. In her special 'trees', or Cafe's (as they are more commonly known) across the GTA(Greater Toronto Area).

She released her 1st self-produced 11 track album 'Why Don't You Care' back in 2012 and it was heard all over the world. In 2014, she released 7 more tunes on the successful EP 'Strong Enough For Love'. A remake of her song 'Why Don't You Care' was put out last November and she released her new single 'I Love me' in mid-February.

As a testimony to her growing success, over 100 community, commercial and online radio stations across Canada, the United States, Mexico, Europe and Australia have her music playing in their rotations (including your’ s truly’ s Q108 Kingston).

Nicole was kind enough to take time out of her hectic schedule and sit down for a quick chat.