Former tenor 1 music director of a world-renowned acapella group, Smith St. Nicholas provides an extremely versatile range of tones from angelic falsetto / head voice ✨to gritty and intimate Harry Styles chest 👊🏻to powerful Chester Bennington belts 🙌🏻 https://tinyurl.com/SSN-singing-sample
What's good! I'm Smith St. Nicholas, a professional vocalist, songwriter, and producer based in New York, NY. If you're looking for angelic highs, vulnerable baritone mids, or heartfelt power belts, you've come to the right place.
An experienced songwriter with numerous production courses under belt [Louis Bell Monthly, Andrew Huang Monthly, Sell Music Masterclass w/Adam Ivy, Holistic Songwriting Academy w/Friedemann Findeisen, Berkeley Songwriting w/Pat Pattison, formal counterpoint instruction, etc.], I'd be delighted to contribute to your song's vocal track in whatever way you need, whether that's just laying down the vocals you wrote or finding the right vocal melody and lyrics for your song. I absolutely love finding the right words for complex feelings and painting cinematic visuals with lyrics. Let's turn your story into a kickass track replete with harmonies, layers, and ad libs! Ask me about packages.
- turnaround 1-3 weeks, talk to me about your deadline :)
- public credits must list me as a songwriter, performer as negotiated
- I retain the right to decline a name feature, determined upon project completion
- free minor revisions for one month after completion
- equal splits (publishing, neighboring rights/performing rights, royalties)
- buyouts offered on a case-by-case basis
- any questions please contact my team: email@example.com
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Interview with Smith St. Nicholas
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I'm doing what I was born to do — how could I ask for more?
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am working on releasing my first EP for Smith St. Nicholas.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Check out Mary Sweet if you're looking for a female vocalist. She's badass.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: The future is a marriage of digital and analog. I'm lucky to be ahead of that curve with the UAD Apollo Twin X (unison preamps models impedance) and the Townsend Labs Sphere L22.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: 1. Will you write lyrics and sing vocals for free? Answer: It depends; you can always ask! 2. Will you sing my pre-written lyrics? Answer: If there's no room for improvement, yes! That said, songs will always land better if they feel honest and raw, like an expression of the voice singing them. I want to make dope music. Dope music has unity of timbre, meaning, and story.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Do you have lyrics and/or a vocal melody already written? If so, are you okay with revisions? Is there a particular theme you envision for the track? Do you have a deadline for this track? What is your budget? What is your plan for royalties?
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to write a song with Rostam of Vampire Weekend. Just think we would vibe 🤷♂️
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I'm an award-winning film director and former National Geographic cameraperson, so I bring a totally unique artistic perspective! I studied English literature in college and have a deep understanding of storytelling from my film hustle.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Typically, a client will send me a finished or near-finished track that needs vocals. I'll give the client a time estimate for both starting and finishing the project. Once I get started, I'll send over a short demo to show the client my idea for both lyrics and vocals. When the client gives me the "thumbs-up," I finish the project over the next 2-8 days with updates every couple of days or so. I always ask questions and check in!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I use Logic Pro X to record into UAD Apollo Twin X with a Townsend Labs Sphere L22 (this is an insane microphone — https://townsendlabs.com/products/sphere-l22/) [let me know if you have a specific microphone you'd like me to model as I record!]. It's a more professional setup than I've seen in a lot of studios.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I think Lil Nas X is doing really cool work right now. I'm a massive fan of Glass Animals, Phoebe Bridgers, and Flyte lyrically and love what Harry Styles, Taylor Swift, and Phil Collins do vocally. St. Vincent, Polo & Pan, Billie Eilish, Post Malone, Ariana Grande, Above & Beyond, Gang of Youths, The Strokes, etc.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: In a typical arrangement, I'll write the lyrics and record vocals. I create all of the melodies, harmonies, and ad libs myself. Of course, I can work with pre-written melodies at the client's request!