With a voice equal parts grit, smoke and confection, Nicole Edwards has garnered a reputation as the Yukon’s premiere jazz-blues-folk-rock diva. Nicole Edwards is originally from South River, Ontario, but has been based in Mt. Lorne, Yukon since 1997.
Nicole’s 5th album ‘Genre Bender’ is a deeply moving and personal album that shines with beauty and conviction. It’s ambitious, thrilling, at turns funny and heart-breaking. Audiences are uplifted and inspired by her positive and playful songs, performed in English, French and Spanish. Instead of being locked into one category, she plays with different styles and chooses a genre to best serve each song.
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. In December 2016 Nicole received a Meritorious Service Medal from the Governor General.
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:
“Genre Bender: Uplifting, Fun and Sassy” “The playful woodwinds and piano bounced me through the song, putting a smile on my face, like I was a kid on a carousel again.” Erin Evangeline Brost, Whats Up Yukon
“The CD release party was the most uplifting and fun concert I have ever experienced! I say “experienced” because it was engaging, natural, thought provoking, and so much fun! Just a fantastic musical delight appealing to the senses…all of the senses!” Sylvia
“I wanted you know that I am spending time with your new cd. I think it’s really wonderful. You are one of the gems of the Yukon. Gifted songwriter. Gifted singer. Gifted performer with drive and generosity. You have something magical that not many performers have. The whole package. Truly.“ Kim Beggs, musician
“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