Nicole De Fino

Nicole De Fino

 Washington, New Jersey, USA
BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

Inspiring, poignant, funny. Each of these words can describe the songs of Nicole De Fino. With songs featuring both clever word-play and catchy tunes, this up-and-coming artist will play her heart out for anyone who will listen.

Biography

She began her life as we all do. After a complicated and delayed birth, the world was introduced to Nicole Marie De Fino. Music and songwriting came naturally to Nicole. She began her career as a songwriter making up songs about things both silly and scary. At the age of 16 Nicole received the gift of music in the form of a guitar. That's when it all became a serious venture for the young songwriter. Though at first her songs lacked professionalism and structure, Nicole kept at it. She kept writing and eventually she perfected her style. The music you hear today was only possible through the persistence of one girls dream to sing and play for anyone who would/will listen. Listen to any one of Nicole's songs, and you will immediately crave to hear them all.

Nicole's influences span many different genres and each brought a different aspect of singing and songwriting to the table. She lists Michael Nesmith, Neil Young, Barenaked Ladies, Guster, The Who, and Kevin Hearn all as influences. Her music does not truly sound like any complete combination of these artists, but each of them has inspired Nicole in one way or another.

To sum it all up -- Nicole doesn't sing to impress people with cute, trite, fabricated songs; she sings from the heart. Every song is sincere and loaded with emotion, and she really tries to make you feel where she's coming from. That's what music should be about. Inspiring yet with touches of subtle humor; Nicole's songs tell the stories of lost loves, people you'd do anything for, and perhaps just about anything else you could possibly think of. From Aliens to the end of the world, to impotent boyfriends and secret lovers. Complicated yet completely simple; these are the songs that you wish you wrote.

Equally at home playing for small intimate crowds and large rowdy ones; Nicole has performed with: Jim Creeggan (Barenaked Ladies), The Dan Emery Mystery Band, and members of Oakhurst.
She has opened up for: Jaded Son, Settle and a lot of local artists (too many to name)

Lyrics

I Could Say

Written By: Nicole De Fino

I could say I'm sorry a hundred times
But right now I've forgotten what we fought against
You said goodbye and though it's not a crime
I still say everynight-- a penance.

I could turn your smile into a frown
and though the opposite was also true
Would you save me if I were to drown
It was never innocuos and I knew you knew

'cause I was there for you
Where you there for me?
I don't think so.

People who pretend are never real
Are never really what they intend
What were you when you would conceal
You might say friend but how can you contend

'cause I was there for you
Where you there for me?
I don't think so.

How can I even begin to feel
You were not worthy, a person I'd defend
So I have to assume you were ideal
But you are a person I cannot amend

'cause I was there for you
Where you there for me?
I don't think so.

I don't think so

Open Letter

Written By: Nicole De Fino

I sat down today
To write you a letter
Almost forgot what I was gonna say
Only everything with my eyes I've seen
Images like this are never free

Ask me how much I love you
Ask me how much I care
Don't measure it in the things that I do
Because I do everything with an indolent hand
Please judge it by the honest words I say

I wrote you a song
It was catchy
Then I changed it to be different
Then my hand hurt
as it always does
So I put my mind to something else

Ask me how much I love you
Ask me how much I care
Don't measure it in the things that I do
Because I do everything with an indolent hand
Please judge it by the honest words I say

I took you a picture
A scene so nice
But my flash wasn't on, oh well
When I write you that letter
and enclosed is this song
I'll make sure to describe the non-existent photo

Ask me how much I love you
Ask me how much I care
Don't measure it in the things that I do
Because I do everything with an indolent hand
Please judge it by the honest words I say

Ask me how much I love you
Ask me how much I care
Don't measure it in the things that I do
Because I do everything with an indolent hand
Please won't you judge me by
the honest words I say

Turning Back

Written By: Nicole De Fino

One day you'll find out that what you're living for, is what you're dying of
But if you don't do it now, you'll never do it ever
Maybe you're right, maybe you're wrong, but all of this just hides above
What is it inside of you that makes you feel so clever
But it just won't last forever

If you gave it just one more chance
If you only just tried again
But if you can't I'd understand
So give it another shot
and If you mess it up this time
There's no turning back
There's never a turning back

Opened bottles and ripped up dreams
Lies you have to die with
Honesty is easy but truth is a pain to know
Destructive behavior is fine
But living forever's a myth
I give you take and when I try to forget you, you go
Hand me an object to throw.

If you gave it just one more chance
If you only just tried again
But if you can't I'd understand
So give it another shot
and If you mess it up this time
There's no turning back
There's never a turning back

Out the door and in a rush
To a store to see your crush
Had it made, missed the curb
Life will fade when ghosts disturb
Warning signs and flashing lights
Flashlight shines last minute rights
Last minute rights

If you gave it just one more chance
If you only just tried again
But if you can't I'd understand
So give it another shot
and If you mess it up this time
There's no turning back
There's never a turning back

There's no turning back
There's never a turning back
Turning Back

Discography

Valve Radio -- EP released October '05
Nothing Is Forever -- TBA '08 full length

Set List

I can accommodate a set of 20 minutes all way up to 1 hour and a half. Originals, with one or two covers if allowed.