B I O G R A P H Y
As one of Australia's most talented emerging songwriters, there is a refreshing raw honesty in Nicole’s emotionally-charged lyrics, whether written from a place of heartbreak, darkness or a place of inspired hope. In 2016, her band GRANDHOUR won ‘Best Australian Independent Rock Artist’ at the MusicOz Awards the song ‘All In Or Nothing’ written by Nicole.
In 2018, Nicole walked away from her life as she knew it, after coming out as gay. This time in her life brought about a collection of new heart-wrenching songs inspired by the internal struggle to be true to her self, to be transparent in the world and about the challenges and darkness felt during this period of time.
As an emotional and soulful artist, Nicole comes from a folk-pop background, but also loves being on stage with the power of a full rock band. Nicole has been touted by many as the new ‘Queen of Aussie Rock’ and wowed audiences with her powerful and emotive vocal performance in the ‘Whole Lotta Love’ Led Zeppelin celebration at theatres around Sydney (including the finale at the State Theatre) in 2018. 'Whole Lotta Love' showcases the best musicians and singers from around Australia in a tribute to classic rock legends Led Zeppelin. Opening the show with her rocking rendition of ‘Rock and Roll’, it was Nicole’s captivating performances of ‘Four Sticks’ and ‘Battle of Evermore’ (duet with Steve Balbi (Noiseworks)) which showcased the true versatility and power of her voice and made her a crowd favourite.
A born performer, Nicole is an all round entertainer and at home whether on a stage, on screen as a presenter, or off screen as photographer, videographer, director and editor. She has performed her original music in venues around Melbourne and supported the likes of Bic Runga, Shawn Mullins, Russell Morris, Dallas Crane, Karnavool; performed as backing vocalist with Christine Anu on national television; and performed the Australian National Anthem to a crowd of 35,000 people at the ‘Drag Racing Nationals’ to a standing ovation.
During COVID-19 isolation, Nicole has done live performance recordings of a selection of her new original songs, and is currently working on studio recordings of her new solomaterial to be released in 2020.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
“You can’t help thinking of some of the female legends of rock like Lita Ford or Pat Benetar when you hear Nicole sing”
- Black Velvet Magazine – UK
"Blessed by the rock-gods in heaven, Nicole’s voice is exceptional. The mood and emotion Nicole oozes when working those vocals will have you aroused and entranced."
- Talent Raters Magazine - USA
“Fabulous diverse vocals from Nicole Nighthawk, a lady who has a set of pipes up there with the best of them.”
- Fireworks Magazine – UK