Nick Motil
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Nick Motil

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"Review of 11.18.05"

(Nick) Motil was a pleasure to work with, very cooperative and flexible
in the booking process, during set up, and after the performance. His
show was spectacular; all of the students present were taken away by
his catchy guitar playing and vocal abilities. He was extremely eager
to work with our program board to make the most of our promo, even
sending songs to us, so we could make promotional CD samplers.

Nick was very pleasant with our staff, and was even patient and
considerate when we had difficulties with the sound-check. After the
performance our students were extremely eager to buy CDs and t-shirts
and Nick was willing to take the time to meet with and sign autographs
for any of the 200+ people that attended the show.

Nick's live show was pleasantly blended with both witty humor, and songs that leave you feeling addicted after the first listen. Filling
a set with original tunes that any student would enjoy, and adding in
the occasional cover that makes the original seem somehow superior, Motil's live show is one not to be missed (and his autograph is
definitely one to save).

Students on campus constantly ask when he will return, and his songs
can be heard playing on a regular basis in both our residence halls and in our student center. We all decided we would book the show again in a heartbeat, and be willing to pay twice as much

~Todd M Jarzenski

live performance coordinator
campus program board,
University of Indianapolis

- Todd Jarsenski - music coordinator for the University of Indianapolis

"Nick Motil, New England College (fall '07)"

College has resumed, and with it the frequent stops of up and coming talent at the Charter Coffee House in Henniker. Motil’s music is a tasty David Gray/Bob Dylan cocktail; he’s enjoyed success as an opening act for the likes of Jason Mraz, Duncan Sheik and others. Selling thousands of CDs at his shows, the singer/songwriter is one of the many DIY success stories conspiring to make the big labels obsolete.
- Michael Witthaus
- Michael Witthaus - local rhythms

"Nick Motil Strums Barefoot"

Village Club Series' second act of the year exhibited unique sense of humor and heartfelt lyrics

Issue date: 9/18/07 Section: Arts

Nick Motil came to rock the Village Club Series, and he did just that with his entertaining and energetic performance last Thursday night at the Benjamin Mays Center. The added bonus of chai and cookies made the night only that much sweeter for the singer/songwriter from Las Vegas.

A native of Toledo, Ohio, Motil has been touring the country promoting his three albums and teaching the world that it's okay to be barefoot. He has toured with such greats as Jason Mraz, The Verve Pipe and Chantal Kreviazuk, and he has sold 5,000 albums to date. With no formal representation, he is "all ears" to any sort of management or label representation, but he has become used to doing all the work by himself and that is fine by him.

His single "Perfectly Connected" has recently hit the radio and continues to climb the charts. He hopes anyone who enjoyed his performance at Bates will call local radio stations to help elevate his song to the next level. With influences from artists such as Paul Simon, Dave Matthews and James Taylor, his captivating style turns any new listener into a new fan.

As soon as Motil walked on stage he lit up the room with his dulcet voice and bright smile. His voice was reminiscent of a young Paul Simon, his guitar brought Dave Matthews to mind, and his rhythm could have been found in any Jason Mraz tune. Yet, something makes him unique from all of the above - his lyrics hit the listener on a personal level. Whether it's anticipating love or regretting the one you lost, anyone can relate. He poured his heart out in "Home," a song inspired by his brother and now sister-in-law, and he captured the audience with the catchy "Perfectly Connected."

His acoustic set proved his passion, drive and ability to put on a great one-man show. He also added his own flare to covers of tracks, such as "3 a.m." by Matchbox 20, "Hallelujah" by Martin Sexton and a personal favorite, "0% Interest" by Jason Mraz. What made the performance for me was Motil's ability to enjoy the show as much as his audience did. He cracked jokes as he tuned, he told stories "that he swore did not get any better," he sang a melody of some songs like "Hollaback Girl," and he even rapped.

Before and after the show I was able to chat with Motil, who was more than happy to shoot me a few answers and make me laugh. He enjoys playing at the Double Door in Chicago and dreams of playing at the Nightclub 9:30 in D.C., the House of Blues in Cleveland, and Schubas in Chicago.

When Motil is not on tour, he is hanging out with family, traveling to Phoenix or just being lazy. If you're wondering about his constant barefeet, he used to play a lot of shows in the summer and never wore shoes. Plus, his mom was not keen to scuffs on her carpet. He is also sorry if any readers were looking for a deeper meaning; he was on the spot and could not exaggerate one. But don't let that stop you from buy any of his music, now available on iTunes, or from visiting his websites at either or . Listen to Nick Motil and remember, "Everything's better barefoot."
- Bates College Newspaper (Lewiston, ME)


My Life - 2003
My Dreams - 2004
One of These Days - 2005
live from the black box - 2007
Everything's Alright - EP - 2008

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With countless shows already under his belt, (over 100,000 miles of touring!), Nick Motil is an experienced performer and storyteller. “It’s really, for me, all about lyrics and the story-telling,” says Motil. “I feel the best songs come from the best hearts.” From campus to campus, he’s carried a quietly hopeful message of love and life to thousands.

Currently, Motil is the most-booked singer-songwriter on the college market. Distinctively, Motil plays all his shows barefoot. He started simply enough, with a self-released 7-song CD called “My Life” that reverberated from his Ohio home to Europe and beyond. Since, Motil has released three full-length albums, and the most recent 6-track, "Everything's Alright EP" with producer Bill Bell (Tom Cochrane, Jason Mraz, Justin Nozuka).

“Nick Motil creates songs you can relate to. His songs take you to a place you’ve never been, but feel like you’ve lived there all your life. His live performances capture you, draw you in, and make you sing along…even if you’re unsure of the words. The humor Motil displays on stage breaks the ice to an evening-long conversation in which the stage becomes a living room. Kick off your shoes and enjoy.”