Nicole Edwards

Nicole Edwards

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“Her voice can portray many emotions and convey the joy that she feels for the songs presented on her new CD titled "Sparkin'". Nicole's delivery is at times sultry, always bluesy and full of life." Steve Gedrose, CBC radio jazz columnist

Biography

Yukon-based Nicole Edwards blazed her musical trail as an unplugged songstress with a voice equal parts grit, smoke and confection. The ability to sink her voice to the low end of the musical register and rocket it back up to the top of the scale has served her well while grinding gravel-tinged songs from the stage.

Her first solo CD, “on with my day,” released in 2001, earned her a West Coast Music Award nomination and an invitation to perform at the event’s gala ceremonies, in Vancouver. Her second effort, Joy Seeker, in 2005, solidified her reputation and marked her territory as the Yukon’s premiere folk-rock diva.

Nicole’s elastic-like vocal range and intrinsic curiosity led her to explore other musical flavours on her third CD. With the 2008 release of Sparkin’, a collection of jazz standards, Nicole has added one more genre to her repertoire and another adjective to join the several that commonly precede her: folk-rock-blues-jazz singer.

Musically fluent in both English and French, Nicole has entertained small, intimate crowds with her acoustic guitar and stirred hundreds of people to shake their rumps on the dnace floor with her high-energy, amped-up sets. She’s shared stages at the Dawson City Music Festival, Hugh’s Room in Toronto, and the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver with Bif Naked, Sylvia Tyson, Ken Whitley and 54 40. Nicole recently opened for the Sam Roberts Band at the Whitehorse Convention Centre, after which Sam described Nicole as “the bearer of gifts” (for the stout beer she bought for the band in Haines, Alaska) and as the “singer of beautiful songs.”

When Nicole isn’t in the studio or performing, she can be found at her home in Mt. Lorne, a pocket-sized community of 380, a half hour’s drive from Whitehorse, the Yukon’s capital.

Her reviewers tell you about Sparkin’:

“Edwards’ voice croons over these tunes with a supple purr. Her voice enunciates the flavour of each song, bringing the listener into the world of each song to expert effect…… Edwards’ voice is unique in the music of the Yukon. She is a real singer of songs, which is to say she not only sings the words, she expresses them. Her voice is supple in the lower register and able to reach the heights of a soprano at will. This ability serves these songs well, allowing Edwards to call these songs her own by virtue of her vocal skill. “Bill Polonsky, What’s Up Yukon

“The album was recorded live and perhaps for this reason it conjures up images of a smoky jazz lounge. Although it was recorded in the studio, you can almost hear the clinking of glasses and whispers from the tables around you. Then the spotlight shines on the singer at centre stage who draws you in as she croons soulfully, adding her own fun and flavour to each standard she sings.”
Chris Oke, Yukon News

“Her voice can portray many emotions and convey the joy that she feels for the songs presented on her new CD titled "Sparkin'". Nicole's delivery is at times sultry, always bluesy and full of life. Her ability to switch between French and English so readily adds another dimension to her performance. I was also impressed by how well her original tunes fit with the other songs presented on this recording. That is no mean feat considering the pedigree of songwriters including Dorothy Fields, Johnny Mercer and the Gerswhin brothers. Equally comfortable on ballads and up tempo numbers, Ms. Edwards has put together a set of songs that holds something for everyone in her audience.” Steve Gedrose, CBC radio jazz columnist

“Warm, rich, playful and wonderfully animated in Edwards’ expressive, clear voice, Sparkin’ is sure to please Edwards’ fans, jazz listeners and music lovers alike.”
Keely Grasser, Almaguin Forestser, Ontario

“Then there are the guaranteed hits such as Nicole Edwards. Jones (DCMF Producer) says she is “such a highlight of music festivals” and she has just released a “terrific” jazz CD, Sparkin’” What’s Up Yukon

Presenting the band:

Annie Avery, piano, a music educator and celebrated jazz performer for over 30 years, who studied jazz at the University of Tennessee and worked with Jerry Coker.

Jon Heaton, stand-up bass, a professional jazz musician and music educator for 10 years who obtained a Bachelor of Music in jazz studies from St. Francis Xavier University and studied with distinguished musicians: Dave Young, Skip Beckwith, and Neil Swainsen.

Ed White, drums, recipient of two Jazz Report Awards (1997 and 1999); two Maple Blues Awards for electric act of the year (1997 and 1999); a Maple Blues Award for drummer of the year in 2000; and a 1997 Juno Award for best blues album.

Sabastien Bujon, saxophones, studied music at Concordia University and currently plays saxophone and flute in a variety of combos, including Montreal’s Brazilian jazz band, Bombolesse.

For CDs or bookings contact Nicole Edwards at:
Berry Pickin’ Productions
Box 10439 Whitehorse
Yukon Territory Y1A 7A1
Phone: 867-63

Lyrics

Sparkin'

Written By: Nicole Edwards

Sparkin’ Nicole Edwards

A little spark to light my fire
To reawaken my desire
To make me feel alive then take me higher
A little sparkin’ is gonna do me some good

We’ll plan a little get away, just for us two
some doctor-prescribed lovin’ is what’ll do
and pretty soon I’ll be feeling good as new
A little sparkin’ is gonna do me some good

If you’re feelin’ low without motivation
Let me give you a little education
Grab your sweetie, take a vacation
A little sparkin’ is gonna do you some good

A little spark to light your fire
To reawaken your desire
To make you feel alive then take you higher
A little sparkin’ is gonna do you some good

Sparkin’ in the mornin’, in the afternoon
Sparkin’ in the kitchen, in the living room
Sparkin when you’re listening to this tune
Sparkin’ is gonna do you some good

The world is way too full of anger
Grumpy people acting like strangers
Don’t they know that love is the answer
A little sparkin’ is gonna do them some good

A little spark to light their fire
To reawaken their desire
To make them feel alive then take them higher
A little sparkin’ is gonna do them some good

Love is the answer
Love is the answer
A little sparkin’ is gonna do us some good

Beautiful Man

Written By: Nicole Edwards

Beautiful Man
Nicole Edwards

He’s got beautiful strong feelings
and he’s not afraid to show them
He holds me in his arms
And there’s nothing up his sleeve
He’s got beautiful strong words
He’s not afraid to say “I’m proud of you”
And when I’ve got something to say
I know he will listen

I will honour how I can
the feelings of this beautiful man
I will honour how I can
my feelings for this beautiful strong man

He’s got beautiful strong hands
and he’s not afraid to use them
He doesn’t build any walls
when there’s something on his mind
he’s got a beautiful strong heart
he’s not afraid to be a friend
There are no strings attached to his love
There is strength in letting go

I will honour how I can
the feelings of this beautiful man
I will honour how I can
my feelings for this beautiful strong man

bridge: He has given me energy
He has given me motivation
He has given me beautiful strong feelings

I will honour how I can
the feelings of this beautiful man
I will honour how I can
my feelings for this beautiful strong man
I will honour how I can
the feelings of this beautiful man
I will honour how I can
my feelings for this beautiful strong man

Beautiful Man

Spit

Written By: Nicole Edwards

SPIT Nicole Edwards

You see a dirty little girl with my mouth full of mud
Left here just to chew my cud
I’m going to spit at you.

I’ve got sand in my teeth and gravel in my voice
It was fed to me, it wasn’t my choice
I’m going to spit at you.

Just one look my stomach drops
The fire rages, it doesn’t stop
Just one word is all it takes
Then something inside me breaks

It’s not supposed to be this way
How am I supposed to get on with my day
Nothings ever good enough you say
I’ll just try to stay out of your way

I’m a snotty-nosed girl with my mouth full of noise
I’ll be out throwing rocks at the boys
I’m going to spit at you

My dress is clean but it hides
The sticks and stones stuck in my side
I’m going to spit at you

Chorus

I’m a bitter little girl with my mouth full of pride
I fake it ‘til I make it God knows I’ve tried
I’m gonna spit, spit, spit at you

I’m an angry little girl with my mouth full of smoke
I’m going to let it all out now before I choke
I’m gonna spit, spit, spit at you

Dirty little proud little, bitter little angry girl (repeat)
I’m going to spit at you

We've got love

Written By: Nicole Edwards

We’ve Got Love

Don’t worry baby
We’ll get through these trying times
Don’t worry baby
Just put your hand in mine
Don’t know where we’re going to
But we’ve got love to see us through

There is sadness baby
There is sadness deep down to the bone
There is sadness baby
But you don’t have to live with it alone
Don’t know where we’re going to
But we got love to see us through

You can cry now baby
You can cry out all your fears
You can cry now baby
and when the flood is over
I will be right here
Don’t know where we’re going to
But we got love to see us through

We’ve got love
We’ve got love to see us through
The sun is gonna shine and the flowers will bloom
Don’t know where we’re going to
Don’t know what we’re gonna do
But we’ve got love
We’ve got love to see us through

Don’t worry baby
We’ll get through these trying times
Don’t worry baby
Just put your hand in mine
Don’t know where we’re going to
But we got love to see us through

Berry Pickin'

Written By: Nicole Edwards

We go berry picking every year, my ma and me
She says that I’m a Good Picker, that we’ll wait and see
Some are for the “Bread Basket”, some are for the bowl
And if it starts raining we’ll have to sing that song:

Des fraises et des framboises
Du bon vin j’en ai bu
Des fraises et des framboises
Jamais je me suis tant plu

Come time for cleaning, my hands and mouth are stained red
And I won’t have had my fill until it’s time for bed
These ones are for freezer and these ones are for jam
These ones are for short cake, crumble, pie or flan

Des fraises et des framboises
Du bon vin j’en ai bu
Des fraises et des framboises
Jamais je me suis tant plu

Ick c’est bon, c’est delicieux
Going down, going down the “red lane”
J’ai dit: Ick c’est bon, c’est delicieux
Going down, going down the “red lane”

Des fraises et des framboises
Du bon vin j’en ai bu
Des fraises et des framboises
Jamais je me suis tant plu

Discography

2008 Sparkin' CD
2005 Joy Seeker EP
2001 on with my day CD

Set List

On The Sunny Side Of The Street
My Heart Belongs To Daddy
Black Coffee
I'm Gonna Sit Right Down & Write Myself A Letter
We've Got Love
Autumn Leaves
Besame Mucho
Five Foot Two Eyes Of Blue
Some One To Watch Over Me
La Vie En Rose
Sweet Georgia Brown
Ain't Misbehavin'
Ain't she sweet
After youv'e gone
All of me
Autumn Leaves
Besame Mucho
Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered
Beyond the Sea
Blue Moon
Bye Bye Blackbird
Everytime we say goodbye
Fever
Five Foot Two
Fly me to the Moon
Girl from Ipanema
Cheek to Cheek
Hello Dolly
Honey Suckle Rose
How insensitive
I can't give you anything but love
I'm a fool to want you
It's a sin to tell a lie
I've got my love to keep me warm
Love letters straight from the heart
Lover man
Mack the Knife
Makin' Whoopie
Margie
Mean to Me
Misty
Moondance
Moon River
Peel me a grape
Red sails in the sunset
St James Infirmary
Sentimental Journey
Side by side
Show me the way to go home
Stormy Monday
Storm