Inspired by her dad’s love of prog rock, songs that place you in the moment and artists who change sonically with each album, Hurworth-on-Tees soloist Jodie Nicholson subtly blurs the lines of genre expectations with warm soundscapes of indie, electro and folk-pop.
Nicholson’s songwriting explores what it means to feel alone in a familiar world, cradling vulnerability and loss with aching keys, pensive lyrics, mellow electronics and atmospherics from everyday, solitary moments. Musical influences including Daughter, Warpaint, Lucy Rose, Pink Floyd and Laura Marling underpin Nicholson's creative process, with her ethereal vocals remaining constant over a diverse, explorative ground.
Awardee of PRS Foundation’s ‘Women Make Music’, Help Musicians’ ‘Do it Differently’ and Sentric’s Academy Fund, her career excelled throughout the pandemic with releases produced remotely with Tim Bran (London Grammar, Aurora, Birdy).
Signature rich harmonies, soothing textures and pensive lyrics have earned Nicholson a deserved place on the BBC Radio 6 Music playlist, Best of BBC Introducing 2020 on Radio 1 and Amazing Radio’s A-List, alongside spins across BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Introducing, solidifying her status as one of the UK’s most exciting emerging artists. Alongside support on the airwaves, Nicholson's releases have featured on Spotify editorial playlists including 'Fresh Folk', 'Infinite Indie Folk' and 'Most Beautiful Songs in the World'.
Bouncing back to live shows in 2021, Nicholson's first run of festivals included Wilderness main stage, All Points East in London, Liverpool Sound City, Live at Leeds, Long Division and Twisterella, not to mention sold-out dates supporting Emeli Sandé, Tom Rosenthal, Bernard Butler, The Howl & The Hum, Nathan Ball, The Futureheads and Benedict Cork.
In 2021, commissioned by Sage Gateshead x Northern Music Trust, Nicholson headlined Sage 2 with a band as their debut show. The four-piece were the first to perform at Sunderland's new venue, The Fire Station, and played Nicholson's first ever headline UK tour in February 2022 as part of Independent Venue Week.
“The Teesside songwriter is crafting her sound, one impressive release at a time... her goal isn’t so much to sound like her influences, but rather to create like them” - NARC. Magazine
“Nicholson is shaking off the shackles of genre expectations and coming into her own” – American Songwriter
“Jodie Nicholson has beautiful tone to her voice, and if she keeps the quality up it’s only a matter of time before she is a household name” – Fresh On The Net
“Nicholson has consistently showcased herself as a songwriter of increasing quality, and a powerful performer” – Record of the Day
“To say that Jodie Nicholson faces a bright future would be doing her a disservice… she is all set to make a very big dent in the music world” – Maverick Magazine
“My new obsession... harmonies to die for!” - Sian Eleri (BBC Radio 1)