With a voice equal parts grit, smoke and confection, Nicole Edwards has garnered a reputation as the Yukon’s premiere folk-rock-jazz-blues diva. Originally from South River, Ontario based in Mt Lorne, Yukon since 1997, Nicole blazed her musical trail as an independent, unplugged songstress.
In a career that has taken her to barrooms and ballrooms, Nicole has shared the stage with the Sam Roberts Band, Ken Whiteley, Bif Naked, John Mays, Scott Merritt & Brandon Isaak. She’s been a featured artist at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, Hugh’s Room in Toronto, and the Dawson City Music Festival. Nicole also earned a West Coast Music Award nomination for her work and an invitation to perform at the event’s televised gala celebration.
For Sage and Wild Roses, her fourth album, Nicole assembled a well-crafted combination of musicians to back her up for 45 minutes flecked with soul, funk and more groove than a stack of LP records. The group call themselves The Joy Seekers, but with the musical arrangements Nicole pens with co-writer Dave Haddock, they didn’t have to look far—all the joy they need is found in each of the CD’s fourteen songs.
Despite the fact that Nicole has been forced to live with scleroderma (an auto-immune connective tissue disease) she continues her musical path undaunted with a renewed and unexpected focus towards her songwriting and a deep appreciation of the joy and healing music has always produced in her life.
What people are saying:
“On her fourth independent album, smoky-voiced Nicole Edwards delivers funky, upbeat R&B tunes fit for getting down with on the grass. The Yukon singer has moved through folk rock and jazz and is now knee-deep in blues, funk and soul.” NOW Magazine, Toronto
“Nicole Edwards’ tremendous talents are a must hear. Whether singing jazz or blues, she’s a powerhouse. Smooth, soulful and sultry, Nicole’s voice packs in a ton of emotion and it’ll leave you wanting more!” Vince Vitacco CHRY, Toronto
“Edwards’ complex voice ranges from fiery grit to sweet warm honey and her lyrics will move your soul, inspire, and make you giggle.” Leslie Ross, KHNS, Alaska
“a fabulous singing voice. High and soft when she speaks, her voice becomes throaty, huge, expressive and honest when she sings. Sage and Wild Roses, her fourth CD, is my favourite so far…. With Sage and Wild Roses, Edwards is back in singer-songwriter mode, creating catchy jazz-blues songs”. Barry “Jack” Jenkins, What’s Up Yukon
“Singer-songwriter Nicole Edwards has the most amazing voice. Her voice, songs, amazing spirit, and her ability to connect with her audience inspire me. I think the whole world would benefit from listening and dancing to her tunes.” Bev Gray, Yukon North of Ordinary magazine
“Nicole delivers a spirited show with energy, rhythm and joy.” Duncan Sinclair, president Jazz Yukon
“Attending a Nicole Edwards show is like walking into a passionately kept tropical garden. Everywhere you turn, there’s another wonderful discovery” Grant Simpson, musician, President of MusicYukon.
“Nicole Edwards has a wonderful, warm voice that has the clarity of good Northern air and sparkles with soul.” Ken Whiteley, musician