Following the philosophy “Write what you know,” Luke Nicholson’s new single,“All Your Dresses” fully displays his gifts for melody and poignant storytelling. The first single from the Toronto singer/songwriter’s forthcoming album, Shape and Sound, pays tribute to two significant relationships for Nicholson. Through the metaphor of clothes, the special moments shared between a husband and wife are beautifully illustrated, while the ideals his father instilled in him, to be a good man and father, are captured through the simple image of a tie.
This album’s journey not only inspired Luke to “find his sound” true artistic identity, but encouraged him to take the reins of the creative process. “Marty Skrzypczyk and I played every instrument and co-produced it from the beds up. Howie Beck did an amazing job mixing and Joao Carvalho did his usual excellent mastering work. I look at this track as my artistic fingerprint, instead of outsourcing parts or players it truly is one voice speaking and it’s really made making music exciting again.”
Nicholson points to his first trip to Nashville in the fall of 2015 as the catalyst to this intrepid approach. Although he had songwriting sessions lined up, his mission became to hit Music City with everything he had by playing every open stage and introducing himself to as many people as possible. “I was a complete stranger with only my guitar as a companion, it was so exciting and inspiring to start fresh in such a historic music city”. The results were instantaneous; he received invites to writer rounds and was soon spending time with Canadian songwriting legend Eddie Schwartz who committed to championing “All Your Dresses” leading him to Bluewater Publishing President Brownlee Ferguson; who has since taken Luke under his wing, arranging co-writes with some of Nashville’s biggest songwriters further nurturing his songwriting talents.
Originally from Lakefield, Ontario, Luke Nicholson had his first major breakthrough in 2008, when the track “Breathe” from the film Poor Boys Game earned a Genie nomination for Best Original Song. Nicholson’s debut album Mad Love, debuted on 2012, which spawned three CBC Radio 2 Top 20 singles and earned glowing reviews in Europe, most notably from Rolling Stone Germany who described Nicholson as a “young Elton John or Billy Joel.”
Nicholson released the follow-up, Frantic City, in 2015 following a whirlwind year on the road, touring and performing at vaunted European showcases Midem and Reeperbahn. The material on that album reflected Nicholson’s life as a new father, and his regrets over the time spent apart from his newborn daughter while on tour.
Shape and Sound is proof that pop music still has the capacity to be intelligent yet catchy, mature but fun, and above all, talk about experiences to which we can all relate.
*2017 Finalist ‘John Lennon Songwriting Competition’ ‘All Your Dresses’
*2017 Semi Finalist ‘International Songwriting Competition’ ‘All Your Dresses’
*2017 Nashville Songwriters Association Top 40 ‘Baby I Believe’
* 2015 Finalist in ‘International Songwriting Competition’ ‘Hello’
* 2015 SOCAN- SOCAN’S song of the week ‘Sadie’
* 2015 Music 311 Toronto Playlist with ’Maggie’s Song’
* 2015 Alan Cross -Top 11 Playlist ‘Love Song’
* 2014 IFA- Headlined Berlin’s IFA Gala
* 2014 Named ‘ One to watch’ Rolling Stone Magazine (Europe)
* 2014 ‘Wouldn’t it be nice’ added to Rolling Stone Wild Flower Compilation
*2014 Semi Finalist ‘International Songwriting Competition’ ‘We All Need’
* 2014 Reeperbahn – Industry Showcase for CIMA
* 2013 MIDEM- Industry Showcase for Canada Blast
* 2013 CBC–CBC Radio 2 Top 100 songs of 2013 ‘We all Need’
* 2013 – ‘Best New Artist’ New Music awards
* 2013 CBC Radio 2 – Four Top 20 singles
* 2008 Genie Nominee – Best Original Song ‘Breathe’