Nia is a 20-year-old Country and Pop Singer/Songwriter from the South of England, who has been performing and writing songs since she was just a child and started playing the guitar and performing publicly at the age of 10.
“Every Friday night I would go into the lounge and play a new song to my parents, I actually still carry on that tradition now! I then had a new obsession…Nashville!”
Nia knew what genre she wanted to be in, becoming heavily influenced by Country artists such as Shania Twain, Taylor Swift and Kacey Musgraves.
Whilst still only 13 years old, she took her first trip to Nashville and has been back almost every year since. Performing in well-known locations, co-writing on music row and recording her own songs with session musicians who have worked with the likes of Faith Hill, Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw and more.
She says it’s really interesting to see how different the atmosphere is compared to performing in the UK.
She said in one interview:
“I spent the past two years recording over there and performing at local songwriter venues and open mic nights. Nashville and Memphis are so different to one another, but I feel just as at home in each city.”
Nia also filmed her past two music videos on Beale Street and the banks of the Mississippi River.
Back home, you may have seen Nia performing at country festivals in the UK. Following the release of her first single ‘Nervous’, she was invited to perform at the Buckle and Boots 2018 Country Festival in Manchester, where she sang “He’s Not You”. This became one of the stand-out songs from her set at the Paddock Stage and was later released as a single in July 2019.
It was at this festival that we first heard Nia, and she really did make quite an impression.
Nia has received recognition for the 5 singles she has released. All of which have received airplay on BBC Music Introducing, as well as US stations, where her song “I Chose You”. Recorded at Beaird Music in Nashville, this reached Number 4 on the Florida Indie Country Top 20 Charts on WBCW back in 2017, and was made Track of the Week on Wandsworth Radio, London
The song’s lyrics had also been quoted by artists such as Larry Raspberry from the 60’s band, The Gentry’s, who said he wished he had written the line ‘Why would you want vintage when you could have new?’
She has also received compliments and advice from the likes of Kenny Roger’s manager, Gary Numan’s friend, Dean Friedman and country singer, Dylan Scott. Who in 2016, had his first Number 1 single “My Girl” in America
In March 2020, Nia released a brand new single called “Back Up” in Bath, UK and had country singers such as Dylan and Sunny Sweeney promote the track. They also expressed their interest in Nia’s music, even helping her promote her music by making promo videos.
She also tells us that:
“Back in January, just before this craziness with COVID came about, I was invited by a producer to record a few songs in San Diego.”
While under lockdown, Nia has been Facebook Live streaming and preparing for touring at the end of the year in Southern England and Wales. And back in May, we saw the release of her latest single “Jessica”.
Recorded in Nashville, “Jessica” tells the story of two people, Jessica and the singer, who are in love with the same man.
With such emotion and relatable lyrics, “Jessica” is a beautiful release accompanied by a classic country feel that tugs at your heartstrings.
The BCA would like to thank Nia for her time and we look forward to hearing more from her in the future
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“That’s as good as any country music I listen to, from any artist in the world.” ~ Forest FM
“Please keep it up, because you’re amazing!” ~ Sunny Sweeney
“Y’all need to go support my girl, Nia Nicholls.” ~ Dylan Scott
“I feel Nia has a really bright future ahead and is becoming more endearing to her audience with every release.”
Belles and Gals
“As the song unfolds, it turns into an almost Shakespearean drama.” ~ W21 Magazine
“Nia’s songwriting skills are impressive, not just the same “three words” repeated for three minutes, but real stories, like a real song, should be!” ~ Andrea Penna Photography
“As the lyrics are sung by Nia, I can feel the voice of Taylor Swift as she sings ‘All Too Well’.” ~ Forever British Country
“Nia Nicholls has a unique vocal talent and is able to bridge musical genres for audiences in the UK and USA. Jessica is a beautiful emotive song from a singer destined for starry success.” ~ Encore Lifestyle (Features & Reviews)
Nia Nicholls is being showcased all this week on the following shows:-
Steve’s Country Road with Steve Taggart
This Is My Country with Alan Hare
British Country Music Show with Roger Peck
Country In My Veins with Ali Donowho
Red Rose Country – Joe Singleton (Temporary Off Air)
Rock ‘n’ Rodeo Therapy – Pierre Petrou
Black Cat Rodeo – Pierre Petrou
The Country Music Show with Sally D
The Sean Doherty Country Show – White Cliffs Radio
Belles & Gals
Bring Country 2 UK
British Country Music Association
UP Country Magazine
Your Life in a Song
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