Nicole Lisa Craig (formerly Nicole Coward)
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Nicole Lisa Craig (formerly Nicole Coward)

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2011 | INDIE

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2011
Solo Alternative Singer/Songwriter




"The World According to Bliss - Nicole Coward"

With the approach of the August 23rd release of the Strong Enough For Love EP by Nicole Coward I grow anxious for the public to enjoy the same musical poetry and simple story telling in song that I have always enjoyed by this beautiful Songbird. Following Nicole’s career over the last year has been an absolute joy for me as a writer, a musician and a woman. Fearless in her commitment to her art and integrity as an artist. Unapologetic in her decision to keep her music simple and expressive. A role model for women everywhere as a true example that you don’t have to sex it or shock it to share it with the world and make it have a strong impact.

Beautiful Flower is gripping, haunting and powerful. An expression of the fragility and the endurance of womanhood. Night-Time Sunshine is a sweet and fanciful offering that shares how it’s the simple things that make life and love beautiful. Pussywillows Cat-tails for me is a shining example of her folk roots. As a Canadian girl I spent many of my formative lnicole 1istening to many Gordon Lightfoot folk songs. Her lovely rendition of this song is reminiscent of some of those cultural gems I enjoyed as a child. Seasons proves that a voice, an instrument and something to say is enough. A gloriously pure and simple pleasure. Through My Window, another melodic poetic piece that brings peace to the mind and the soul while listening.

nicole with guitarThe title track Strong Enough For Love is my favourite track on the EP and the stand out, stand alone, stand strong song. The poetry is moving and meaningful. Easy to identify with on a very personal level. The music brings the rich folk history into the 21st century in a comfortable and compatible way. Rich in tradition, it still has an essence of contemporary that makes a wonderful variation to modern music. Oh, and I love singing along. Who doesn’t love a song that makes you just want to sing along.

Nicole Coward’s EP Strong Enough For Love is an overall breath of restorative fresh air. - Rogue Music Zine

"Review of Nicole ‘Songbird’ Cowards New EP, ‘Strong Enough for Love’"

Nicole ‘Songbird’ Coward is releasing her upcoming EP entitled “Strong Enough for Love” in the next few weeks. Nicole is a Folk Singer/songwriter from Toronto, Canada. I am humbled to have been asked to listen first to the EP and review it from my perspective. Immediately upon listening to the first track ‘Beautiful Flower’… will have you lost in the moment. ‘A beautiful flower cannot last forever.’ Is this a metaphor for the cycle of life? We are born, we live, we die, we are returned to earth. The longing for immortality with attributes to the late Karen Carpenter. On ‘Night-Time Sunshine’, Songbird brings up the tempo a bit from the previous track. It is a short melody about the appreciation of each day. A prelude to a lover’s heart. This song reminds me of Loreena McKennit – ‘The Mummbers’ Dance.’ ‘Pussywillows Cat-Tails’ is a song written by Gordon Lightfoot. Nicole brings this song to life with her soft tones and melodic harmonies which resonate deeply within. She knocks this song out of the ball-park ‘Strong Enough for Love’ Songbird’s voice is simply amazing and heart-felt on this title track. It evokes a sound from 1960’s. It is here where you can feel the influence by female vocalists of the 60’s like Joan Baez and June Collins. ‘Seasons’ is another ballad that is soft and rich with lyrical content. Again, the hint to the circle of life is heard in a sensuous harmony bliss. Lastly, ‘Through My window’ is easily my favorite track on her new EP. This song is about how people come in and out of our lives. ‘Through My Window’ is telling us a story. We see people come in and out of our lives all time. It’s like looking through a window. A window of time. A window of Change. Some folks leave a lasting impression, some just drift away. In short, Songbird should be on a stage in front of thousands of folks sharing her music with them. She has a flame that won’t burn out. Her voice will carry on. When I look through my window, I see time slipping away. The circle of life. We are born, we live, we learn, we die. We are returned to the earth from which we came. ——> Review Written by Aaron D. Young of Hangout Records. - Hangout Records


Lift (14 tracks) released - January 2017

I Love Me single released - February 2016

Strong Enough For Love (6 tracks) released - September 2014

  • Strong Enough For Love (promoted by The Planetary Group) - added to playlists in over 60 stations across North America and the UK
  • Strong Enough For Love - November 2014 given a CMJ ADD in its first week of radio promotions

Why Dont You Care (10 tracks) released - June 2012
Answers To Why (single) released - August 2013

  • Why Dont You Care - played in over 20 radio stations across Canada 2012
  • Various tracks from the album "Why Dont You Care" - played in Glasgow Scotland on "Folkal Point" October-November 2014



Nicole Lisa Craig is a compassionate  musician who lends her angelic voice to ENTERTAIN,  INSPIRE, and LIFT people to a better state of mind.  Her performances feature ethereal vocals and smooth guitar picking, blending elements of Indie Folk, New Age, Classical, and Alternative.  Nicole's three studio albums have been added to over 150 radio stations across North America, South America, Australia, and Europe and her track "City At Dusk" was the #1 Canadian Indie song of 2017 at Q108Kingston.  Nicole has collaborated with Chris Hess who recorded members of Sass Jordan, Kim Mitchell, and Honeymoon Suite. And Derrick Downham who has performed/recorded with  Serena Ryder, Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo), Kevin Drew (Broken Social Scene),  Ron Sexsmith, Rik Emmett (Triumph), and many others.  She has been the featured act in places like The Orillia Opera House, Winterfolk Festival, Niagara Lavender Festival, Old Church Theatre, Utopia Hall, Lindsay Academy Theatre, and Hughs Room.  Nicole has performed with Canadian Folk Legend VALDY and Rick Dutkiewicz Haynes (GORDON LIGHTFOOT's Bass player since 1969).  Nicole is often accompanied at concerts by JUNO AWARD winner, CANADIAN MUSIC HALL OF FAME member and co-founder of ARPIL WINE David Henman. Get ready to be taken on an emotional journey of creativity with songs that have content beyond the typical song topics, offering messages of self empowerment, global awareness and universal connectivity.