Award-winning songwriter and vocalist who Billboard described as "Nicholas uses her stellar pop/R&B sound to address issues like labels ("Light"), social inequality ("Side By Side") and much more, all while showing off her incredible vocals and her natural acumen for songwriting."
Autumn's pop swagger style of songwriting coupled with her ability to deliver haunting, soulful melodies keep audiences enthralled and engaged. A sought after addition to writer rooms in Nashville and LA, she has the ability to find the right lyrics to tell the story in a way that makes it everyone's story. As a demo singer, she can create a vocal track to fit almost any format - pop, R&B, soul, country, gospel, Americana or rap.
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Interview with Autumn Nicholas
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I was hired by The Diversity Project to write a theme song for the company. The song touched on issues that are important to me - inclusion, equality, and how we all add value to what we do.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: singles and a full-length album, as well as projects for other artists/clients
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Sinclair Productions, Travis Ference
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I love the sound that analog brings but the way digital as changed the game is undeniable.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That together we'll create something of value.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The creativity and the ability to create something no one has heard before.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: What inspires me - people and their stories do. I'm constantly amazing and impressed by people that make a difference in their community, that give back and want to have a positive impact.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That this job is easy!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What genre are you looking to develop? Are there artists you'd like to emulate? Are there key lyrics or messages you want the song to deliver? How will the song be used?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Know the story you're trying to tell and the style you want to tell it in. Have reference tracks ready that have a similar lyrical or musical style.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: three guitars (one Martin, two Taylors), unlimited strings, solar powered Apple computer with Logic Pro, Shure vocal microphone.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been a performing artist for over 10 years as a full-time career. I've released two EPs and several singles. I moved to Nashville in April and have been writing with a lot of amazingly talented people.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: At the center, I'm a pop soul artist. I like to create music that moves, shakes and slides around a story with a healthy bit of swagger.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: JP Saxe, Dermot Kennedy, Ryan Tedder
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Come with reference tracks so that we start the project on the same page.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: pop, pop soul, country and R&B
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: storytelling, both with lyrics and my voice.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I specialist in writing lyrics that spark emotions, that tell a story that people feel is their story. I can write to any genre's format. As a vocalist, I can deliver a timbre and depth to the song that will add layers to it that will be invaluable as you pitch to music industry professionals and music supervisors.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It all starts with a conversation to discuss your goals, message, timeline, style and genre. We discuss how you want the music to make the listener feel, what's the story you want to tell, and the pulse of the song. If I'm working with you as a songwriter, I'll turn around a first draft of lyrics within 3-4 days of receiving your track. If we're working together as a vocalist or background singer, I will have a first cut to you in 3-5 days. Once you approve the lead track, I can add dubs and fillers as needed.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a studio in my home with professional grade recording equipment and microphones. Living in Nashville, I also have access to some of the best recording studios in the world.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Michael Pollack, Adele, Whitney Houston, Julia Michaels, Justin Tranter
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I'm often hired as a songwriter, either as a topline lyricist or to help create the entire song. As a demo vocalist, clients appreciate my ability to sing to a variety of genres as it helps them find the right sound to get that cut.