Nicole Russo

Nicole Russo

BandPopRock

Energetic Female fronted Pop-Rock with catchy hooks and great songwriting.

Biography

Nicole Russo’s most recent project is a five song EP with producer/guitarist Brian Fechino and drummer Chris Williams (Both from the Pat McGee Band) that will be available soon. “Working with Brian and Chris was amazing, the way they took my sound and enhanced it. The ideas that popped into their heads and the excitement that came over them was so much fun to watch,” Russo shares.
“I learned that I had so much more inside of me that needed to come out. From my mouth and from my heart, I learned to sing my songs with more emotion,” she explains.

Being honest through her music is something that Russo prides herself on. “Nothing is off limits,” she explains. Her willingness to share her deepest feelings makes fans not only relate to her but also rally around her. “People always feel sympathetic for me ‘cause they listen to the words and say to me, ‘How could he have done that to you?’ Russo says. “I was in a five year relationship that I tried to make work out. I wrote a lot of songs about that experience -- a lot of great songs. The message in my music is about strength – getting angry and getting over it. Each song depicts a lesson learned and I always come out of the end of the song a stronger person.”

Part of being strong is knowing what you want, and Russo is clear on what she hopes her future holds. When asked about her long-term goals, she says simply, “I want to perform music for a living and to be happy.”

Looking back, Russo’s first love was the piano. At nine years old, she began taking lessons and writing songs, but it wasn’t until she was a teenager that her love affair with another instrument – her voice – changed her life forever.

“I was fifteen, and it was on a Royal Caribbean Cruise,” Russo recalls. I sang ‘I’m Your Baby Tonight’ by Whitney Houston. The host actually made fun of me, saying I must have practiced too much in the shower.” Kidding turned to kudos later in the vacation, when a fellow guest complimented Russo on her voice and asked if she was a professional singer. She wasn’t…yet. But all that changed just five years later, when Russo met vocal coach Danny Richard (The Holland Brothers, Nine Inch Nails), with whom she studied for six years.

During that time, Russo focused her attention on writing and performing original tunes. Along with voice lessons, she continued to develop as a pianist and songwriter, inspired by her favorite female piano player, Tori Amos. Russo realized quickly that piano wasn’t conducive to the local coffeehouse setting, and determined to perform her own material as a solo act, she learned how to play guitar and took pleasure in mastering another instrument. Russo credits her favorite female guitar players, Kaki King, known for her percussive, fingerpicking style, and Butterfly Boucher, a multi-instrument master, as inspiring her playing.

Appearing live for the first time as a solo singer/songwriter, Russo was energized by performing her own music in front of a crowd. As a music fan, she already knew how powerful the concert experience could be for artist and audience alike. “I saw Natalie Merchant perform ‘Thank You’ at Lilith Fair,” Russo recalls, “and she actually started to cry during the song. I thought it was so touching. I always get emotional when Sarah McLachlan sings. She’s the artist I’d most like to perform with; she’s like an angel on stage.” That’s not to say that Russo doesn’t know the value of raising a little hell under the hot lights. “I saw the Foo Fighters rockin’ it on stage, and I was like…I gotta rock on stage! The power Dave Grohl had and the energy he got from the crowd was amazing!”

Although her time on stage was satisfying, Russo’s life away from the spotlight was not, and she decided to make a change. “I was not happy living at home with my mom, sister and brother. I was not happy with my job, I just got out of a 5 year relationship and felt lost,” she remembers. “I met a Boston band in New York City at an open mic night, and they invited me to see a show in Boston. I went to visit, fell in love, and moved 5 months later.” In her new hometown, Russo met many wonderful musicians she credits with leading her on the path she’s on now.

Lyrics

Difficult

Written By: Nicole Russo

DIFFICULT – NICOLE RUSSO

VERSE 1
Your coming off here as the good one
You tell them you don’t care that I’m here
In the same room as you

BRIDGE
How sweet you are to introduce me to her
Was that for the comfort for me or you

CHORUS
Does it kill you to see that
I’m so much better off with out you
And I knew that you would not get over
Does it kill you to see that
I’m so much better off with out you
And I knew that you could never get
Over me

VERSE 2
I’m I making you feel uncomfortable
Cause I can read you
And I can see that your thinking about us again
And again and again

BRIDGE
How sweet you are to introduce me to her
Was that for the comfort for me or you

CHORUS
Does it kill you to see that
I’m so much better off with out you
And I knew that you would not get over
Does it kill you to see that
I’m so much better off with out you
And I knew that you could never get
Over me

BRIDGE
Stop making things so difficult

Cause were revolving
Everything
Oh every thing around you
With your uncomfortable stare
And your uncomfortable stand
I just don’t understand
Anything, About you - Oh

CHORUS
Does it kill you to see that
I’m so much better off with out you
And I knew that you would not get over
Does it kill you to see that
I’m so much better off with out you
And I knew that you could never get
Over me

With no heart and no soul
It must be hard to cry
And sad to know
Know that I’m so over
you

Move On

Written By: Nicole Russo

MOVE ON – NICOLE

VERSE 1
I could sit here
And feel sorry for myself
Or I can get up
And move on

And if I lost love I said I’d
Get up and be strong
Well I tried
And baby I was wrong

PRE-CHORUS
Cause I cant breathe
And I can’t feel

CHORUS
And I don’t know if I have the strength
To look on and walk away
And I don’t know if I have the strength
To move on

VERSE 2

Walking with my head down
Every breathe I’m in pain
Wishing I could touch your face again
Thinking I see you, hear you, feel you
But only when my eyes are closed
Waking up has never been so hard

PRE-CHORUS
Cause I cant breathe
And I can’t feel

CHORUS
And I don’t know if I have the strength
To look on and walk away
And I don’t know if I have the strength

BRIDGE
To move on
To move on

CHORUS
And I don’t know if I have the strength
To look on and walk away
And I don’t know if I have the strength
To move on
To move on
To move on
To move on

This Time

Written By: Nicole Russo

THIS TIME – NICOLE RUSSO

Your leaving me this time this time

VERSE 1
You didn’t talk to me this time
You didn’t even look at me this time this time
You turned the other way this time
I don’t think you think about me this time this time

CHORUS
Your leaving me this time this time
Your gonna miss me this time
Your leaving me this time this time
Your gonna miss out this time

VERSE 2
I left you once
Left you twice
But I had good reasons
There was nothing wrong
With breaking my heart in two
You only thought of yourself
You never thought about me

CHORUS
Your leaving me this time this time
Your gonna miss me this time
Your leaving me this time this time
Your gonna miss out this time

BRIDGE
So just turn around
Just walk away
It took time to see
That it wasn’t me
This time

CHORUS
Your leaving me this time this time
Your gonna miss me this time
Your leaving me this time

You didn’t talk to me this time this time
You didn’t even look at me this time this time

Discography

Nicole Russo Ep:
1) Difficult
2) No Warning
3) This Time
4) Move On
5) Brand New

Set List

Originals :
Become Yours
Brand New
Difficult
Move On
This Time
Alone
Love You That Way
No Warning
Where did your love go?

Covers:
Butterfly Boucher
Sarah Mclachlan
Aerosmith
The Corrs
Chantal Kreviazuk