Nicole Cooley's music spans a variety of styles. Also known by her childhood nickname "Nico", Nicole's voice has been called "ethereal" and "smooth like glass." With haunting ethereal vocals she sings enchanting traditional folk music with a medieval flavor as well as her own originals.
Nicole Cooley, known by the nickname of Nico (pronounced NEE-ko) performs a variety of music accompanying herself with rhythm guitar and playing traditional and original folk songs. Called a "soothing addition to cozy acoustic venues." Nico has also worked in larger ensembles and is always looking for new environments to create and play music including recording opportunities and performance opportunities.
Nico is local to southern Virginia but also travels the Eastern Seaboard to North Carolina, South Carolina, as far north as Pennsylvania, and as far south as Georgia, Alabama, and Florida.
Nico's independent CD release is titled "Postcards From Floyd." Currently in 2012, she is creating a new CD of purely original and traditional music for her ongoing new band project "Creative Oasis" currently forming.
Nico says, "The inspiration for my collection of songs can be traced throughout my life."
Born in South Alabama she grew up with a musical family surrounded by traditional songs and great album collections. As a child, she loved music and was always singing and trying different instruments at home and in school band.
Also around 15 years of age, Nico began to learn to play rhythm guitar as an accompaniment. She says, "I taught myself Beatles and Joni Mitchell songs... and traditional songs. My lifelong affinity for Scottish and Celtic music might be guessed by looking at my red hair."
In New Orleans in the late 1980s Nico played music in the New Orleans French Quarter both as a busker and in cafés. She was sometimes called "Joni Junior" due to her frequent renditions of Joni Mitchell songs.
Life led her to Maryland, where she performed with several bands including the Washington (DC) Area Music (Wammie) Award nominated group KIVA where she was a strong presence on many of their albums. At that time Nico began to perform at a myriad of venues including festivals, coffee shops, and wedding receptions.
In 1997 Nico passed a vocal audition to sing for "The Washington (DC) Revels" a great accomplishment even though she wasn't able to accept the position due to other creative obligations.
In summer of 2004 Nico was drawn to the music and art culture of Floyd, VA. She's been enjoying playing local venues there, and meeting and collaborating with other musicians in the Shenandoah Valley area and along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Nico was voted "Best of Floyd County Virginia! The Floyd Press readers' choice 2006 category Music/Entertainment." Nico is listed on FloydMusic.com along with quite a few other local artists and has a song featured on "The Music of Floyd" (FMS World) Compilation CD.
Nico is also listed in the April 3, 2008 "New River Voice" magazine as one of the "10 Musical Acts You Should Know." For more information go to: http://newrivervoice.com/archives/1097
Nico performed with KIVA on Saturday, August 8, 2009 which was be KIVA's 20th Anniversary Reunion Concert. KIVA has also featured Nico's original song Sea Called on their new album. You can visit Kiva's website mentioned at the end of the discography below for audio clips of older material from when Nico was in KIVA - credited as Nicole Cooley.
Postcards From Floyd
with Atticus Stoval - lead guitar. 2006
The Music of Floyd Compilation
with Connie Kolb - native flute. 2006
Folk Remedies (Demo)
KIVA, Live At the Forest Inn
(Nicole Cooley) 1997
KIVA, Finding the Balance Within
(Nicole Cooley) 1994
KIVA, Mother Wisdom
(Nicole Cooley) 1994
(Nicole Cooley) 1993
Tribe of Spirit, Voice of the Drum
(Nicole Cooley) 1993
(Nicole Cooley) 1991
www.KIVAsong.com (For audio clips of recordings Nico participated in with KIVA. You'll hear Nico singing high harmonies and co lead vocals as well as playing rhythm guitar and C flute. Check Nico's sonicbids press tab to see what parts she played on which KIVA albums.
Cycle of the Seasons - Original
She Moved Through The Fair - Traditional
The Mountain Sprite - Words by Thomas Moore, original melody
East Virginia - Traditional
Shadows Dreaming - Original
The King of the Faeries - Traditional
Shue Agra - Traditional
Twa Corbies - Traditional
To Drive the Cold Winter Away - Traditional
Om Song - Traditional influenced original
In the Pines - Traditional
The Wayfaring Stranger - Traditional
Creole Girl - Traditional
Henry Martin - Traditional
Sea Called - Original
The Star of the County Down - Traditional
I Climb the Mountain - Traditional
Tom of Bedlam - Traditional
Brentzel Gay - Claude Gervaise (a 16th Century composer)
La Rotta - Traditional Italian 14th Century estample
The Earle Of Salisbury - William Byrd (a 16th Century English composer)
Samanthra - Traditional