Nicole Belanus

Nicole Belanus

 Gainesville, Virginia, USA
SoloFolkSinger/Songwriter

Nicole Belanus loves music. She has eclectic taste and it shows through the types of songs she writes. Never wanting to be shallow or too locked in to one particular style, Nicole is driven by a passion to create good songs and good music that appeals to broad audiences.

Biography

Nicole Belanus is a singer/songwriter whose eclectic musical taste is apparent in her personal style. Using her guitar and voice, she delivers a blend of folk and rock. In the classic singer/songwriter tradition, her lyrics are raw and honest, telling stories from personal experiences, yet undisguised, creating accessible language and images meaningful to diverse audiences. She writes about her feelings, faith, relationships, and her experiences of growing up with raw emotion, maturity and sincerity. Her voice has been compared to such artists as Shawn Colvin and Dar Williams. Growing up in a very musical household, where her mother taught piano in the family living room, Nicole has always had a passion for music. Picking out instruments during the summer months and teaching herself how to play them, she has succeeded in becoming a multi-instrumentalist. Though Nicole began to write songs at a young age, it was not until October 2009 when she released her self-produced debut entitled Notes on Paper, an eclectic album that demonstrates her unique style and dynamic abilities. A local reviewer called it tuneful and polished and it has been a regular pick for local radio shows since its release. Also in 2009, Nicole won a local songwriting contest, which helped give her the motivation needed to record her first album. She followed up her debut release in 2011 with "Tune My Heart", garnering her continued praise and support from the local music scene. She was selected as "Best Vocalist" for March 2012 by SingerUniverse, an online publication based out of Los Angeles, CA. Nicole has performed in various settings including coffeehouses, outdoor music festivals, cultural arts centers, churches, restaurants, bars, and has appeared extensively on local radio and television.  In September 2012, Nicole released her third CD, "Build Things, Break Things", a project recorded entirely in her home studio in which she performs all instruments. Her latest work, "Common Thread" contains some of her best material. Produced and recorded in Asheville, North Carolina, the album features a stellar group of backing musicians and features a polished sound infused with folk-rock sensibilities.

Lyrics

Perfect

Written By: Nicole Belanus

Today is the day when it all disappears
We're walking away from our misguided fears
Perfect
She's a pretty little thing and she loves to have fun
The American dream, always on the run
She's perfect
What would I give to never forget who I am and to make sense
Of who you are and how you fell from grace, came to this place
You're so perfect
He's lying awake, his mind keeps racing
Got his face in his hands, the trouble he's facing
Not perfect
So what would I give to never forget who I am and to make sense
Of who you are and how you fell from grace came to this place
You're so perfect

Broken Things

Written By: Nicole Belanus

If our lives are made from little moments in time, then we're the sum of these isolated fragments. So we build things, then break things everyday, hoping more and more of these moments come our way. And we lie there on the floor, we're broken for sure, with pieces breaking free at every turn. We may never feel whole, but the pieces will grow, and maybe that's the moment of our lives? So let's build things, then break things everyday, hoping more and more of these moments come our way.

Falling Down

Written By: Nicole Belanus

All of the plans, all of the time spent in bed. All of the places you want to go, all of the visions in your head. All of the time you hardly spoke, when it was words you needed the most. All of these things and all of this time. Have to fall down to picked up, have to be empty before a full cup. Have to decide which path to choose. Have to be grateful for more than enough, have to be sober when life gets tough. Have to begin before it will end, and your world comes falling down. All of the heartache, all of the pain. All of the fog, all of the thunderclouds and rain. All of the guilt, all the confusion that locks our minds away all of the nights and all of the days. CHORUS. What if the life you knew was over? CHORUS.

Ordinary Words

Written By: Nicole Belanus

I don't know many heavenly things, but I think there is one for the joy it brings. Cause this world isn't as good as it seems. All I want is to feel so safe and to know I'm headed to the right place, but I can't limit life that way. There are no ordinary words that you will hear me volunteer to patronize you with. When it feels like, it feels like I'm walking on water, it's the best thing, the best thing in the world. But I fall down, I sink down, I'm drowning in water. I realize I've taken the time to look down, I've got to root myself in solid ground. I don't know but I think I do, and that's the hardest part, conceding that the one to blame is you when things just aren't going the way you need them to. CHORUS.

Feast or Famine

Written By: Nicole Belanus

Life's a bitter pill to swallow sometimes, like a cannon to the head. When it's all stripped down you discover that your life's a counterfeit. There may be times of want and need, feels like a flowing tide. Both drifting out and coming back, we start to pass the time in either feast or famine. In a matter of speaking I will hold this nightmare to my chest. About what happens when the well we've dug for disappears without a trace. I'm either living life too fast, or may be slowing down. But either way, they're both the same, I've learned that much by now..life is feast or famine.

Lose Yourself

Written By: Nicole Belanus

Gave up my pride and found humility
Gave up my wealth and found what I need
Gave up my time and never was late --
Plenty of clothes and food on my plate
Why must we measure our lives with things
That won't love us back and won't make us sing?

Sometimes it lasts, sometimes it won't
Sometimes you feel, and sometimes you don't
Sometimes it takes a friend or two
If you'll be one to me, I'll be one to you
'Cause sooner or later you're faced with a choice
You can hide away or you can use your voice
Maybe someday we'll stand as one
But until then, there's work to be done

How do you measure a man by his deeds?
By how he walks, and who he feeds?
But I'm not the best judge of those kinds of things
I hate all the labels and the hurt they bring
So lose yourself a bit each day
That is the way of trust and obey

'Cause sometimes it lasts, sometimes it won't
Sometimes you feel and sometimes you don't
Sometimes it takes a friend or two
If you'll be one to me, I'll be one to you
'Cause sooner or later you're faced with a choice
You can hide away or you can use your voice
Maybe someday we'll stand as one
But until then, there's work to be done
Maybe someday we'll stand as one
But until then, there's work to be done

Discography

"Renewal Artists Sampler 2008" 2008 [with Renewal Artists]
"Notes on Paper" 2009
"Tune My Heart" 2011
"Build Things, Break Things" 2012

"Common Thread" 2015

Set List

Mostly original, acoustic songs
Some acoustic covers of artists such as:
Bob Dylan, Tracy Chapman, Gillian Welch, Patty Griffin, Radiohead, The Beatles, and a variety of others.