Singer-songwriter Nicolé is no stranger to the music scene. A seasoned background vocalist for some of the biggest names in the Jamaican music industry, she released her independently-produced Christian CD, ‘Journey’ to critical acclaim in 2001.
After many years singing backing vocals and then finally stepping away from the music industry entirely, Nicolé is preparing for her re-emergence as a solo artist. “I’ve gone through major life-changing events since my debut album,” she asserts. “I want to capture my experiences and the lessons I’m learning in songs that are authentic. I’m re-discovering my writing voice which is definitely not preachy – my life has taught me MUCH humility. So I’m not preachy, but I definitely want to communicate that at the end of the day, God’s way is the best way.”
Nicolé is coming with a fresh, new perspective from some unique life experiences, including donating her kidney to her husband Junior. “Donating my kidney was an easy decision to make, but it taught me a lot about courage. Courage has nothing to do with the actual fear, and everything to do with whether we let our actions be dictated by that fear. If I had listened to my fear and doubt, my husband would be living a very different life right now, with dialysis every day. Or maybe he wouldn’t even be with us. Because his father died of the same disease after 10 years on dialysis. And I would always be wondering ‘what if?”
Worship leading is another experience that is shaping Nicolé’s musical journey. However it is not an experience that she welcomed. “I’m definitely a reluctant worship leader,” she admits. “And I definitely didn’t want to be leading the worship ministry AND leading worship. It’s a lot of responsibility, standing there and praying that God uses you to set an example of worship that the congregation will follow. The responsibility of it weighs on me heavily. It has made me much more consistent about my devotional time. And I scrutinize my life more. I want to be an obedient and willing vessel the Lord can use.”
Nicolé is looking forward to writing, recording and performing new songs. In the meantime, she is re-surfacing songs she had recorded but had never released officially, like the jazz-tinged “Quiet Conversation” and the reggae-flavored “What You Do”. She was waiting on the right time. But she’s not waiting any more. “Now is the right time,” she nods. “Now is the time to seize the moment, take a step of faith and let God do the rest.”