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Paige Nichols

Nashville, TN | Established. Jan 01, 2010

Nashville, TN
Established on Jan, 2010
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"AXS exclusive: Paige Nichols premieres cover of Blackstreet's 'No Diggity'"

1996 "No Diggity" became a number one hit for the R&B group Blackstreet. 20 years later, singer Paige Nichols is putting her own spin on the song with a fresh cover, and AXS has the exclusive premiere. You can listen to Paige's version of "No Diggity" now by using the media player included with this article.

Originally from Ohio, Paige has traveled to New York and now Los Angeles to build her career as one of music's developing singer-songwriters. Last fall you may have heard her single "Burn" which she co-wrote with Ian Sloane and that featured Jacob Luttrell. From the sensitive, lilting sound of that song it probably seems surprising that she'd take on a Grammy Award-nominated R&B track, but she has and she has infused it with something completely different.

Her version of "No Diggity" is less a tribute and more a throwback to before the original was even recorded. Rather than try to vocally replicate the efforts of an entire group, Paige has turned the song into a slow jam that sounds like it could have come from the 1960s instead of 1996. It's a very surprising and yet captivating take on a fan favorite single.

It's more interesting if you know the story behind the cover. Per her official biography, shortly after she moved to New York Paige began having vocal issues and was diagnosed with a severe form of acid reflux that had eroded her vocal cords. She was told that she might never regain her full voice again, but spent two years in recovery and emerged to become a bi-coastal and multi-talented performer. Her debut EP, Little Men, was released in 2010.

The original recording of "No Diggity" topped four Billboard charts including the overall Hot 100 in 1996 and was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of more than 1.5 million units. It's also become a music fan's favorite, with numerous other cover versions over the years, including by Anna Kendrick, Cher Lloyd and Tyler Ward. But Paige Nichols' version should stand above the rest as it's completely unique from the field. Based on the strength of this song, her next album should be one to watch for.

If fans have enjoyed the new single, there are plenty of opportunities to hear Paige live. She currently has a Sunday night residency at Harlowe Bar in West Hollywood, California; you can find more information about the venue here.

For more on Paige Nichols, visit her official website. - AXS


"A Haunting Affair In Paige Nichols’ “Burn” Music Video: BreatheHeavy Premiere"

There’s a beauty behind the madness.

Paige Nichols is chained to love in her Beauty & The Beast-inspired music video for “Burn” where she explores the Stockholm-syndrome phenomenon plaguing a woman chained to a love that’s grown too tumultuous to control.

Grammy-winning songwriter Jacob Luttrell, who’s also featured on Zedd’s newest track “Done with Love,” co-wrote “I Don’t Like It, I Love It,” by Flo Rida ft. Robin Thicke, “Marvin Gaye,” by Charlie Puth ft. Meghan Trainor and Enrique Iglesias’ “Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You),” lends his smooth and unmistakable voice and presence to the song and music video directed by Jacob Johnston.

“Sometimes fires grow so out of control, you have no choice but to let them burn themselves out,” Nichols tells BreatheHeavy.com about the song. “I think the same can be true in a relationship, and that was the inspiration when I wrote ‘Burn.’ I was trapped in a tumultuous back and forth relationship at the time, and though part of me knew I had to break free from the cycle… neither of us could let it go. It had to end in flames.”

She adds the video captured the spirit of the song, but “also something larger than life, as toxic relationships can feel sometimes.” She continues, “We found that by taking a dark twist on the ‘Beauty and the Beast’ fairytale. Here’s this girl, held captive by someone… literally in chains… but she can’t help but fall for him. It’s like Stockholm syndrome… Even as he’s holding her hostage, she sees the man she loves in him, not the monster. I think so many people can identify with that, letting your feelings cloud your judgement.”

“It’s really only when you get out of the relationship do you think back and wonder what was truly real, what exactly just happened and if you really even knew that person at all. I hope when people watch, they can relate to the feeling and emotion of the song, and know for sure they’re not alone in struggling to break free of something.” - Breatheheavy.com


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