Interview with Canadian Country Singer Lisa Nicole
Today on What On What’s Good with Host Jovin Tardif, I am here with Canadian Country Singer Lisa Nicole. “Do Your Thang” is the second single from her planned 2021 album, Where the Wild Hearts Beat, her first album collaboration with CCMA award-winning producer Jeff Johnson. “Do Your Thang” is written by Lisa Nicole, Jeff Johnson, Jason Thomas. Lisa Nicole’s music also includes ‘Wait on Me’, ‘Mad About it’, and ‘Come Find Me’. In our interview, topics include musical influences, her inspiration when writing music. most sensational experience in the music industry thus far, her latest song ‘Do Your Thang’ and much more.
1. Some of your musical influences include Shania Twain, Martina McBride, and the Dixie Chicks. Can you tell us one of your favourite songs from each artist and why? How did these musical artists and others influence your decision to go into the music industry?
Definitely! Every song comes down to the lyrics and melody.
Shania Twain – funny enough, I love a couple of this song off her first album (1993): “What Made You Say That” – it captures saying I love you for the first time perfectly!
Also, “Come On Over” – another fun song about being in love – hah! I love all her songs, though.
The Chicks – I’m going to have to say their new album is AMAZING! I love “Texas Man” – it’s funky, fun and the lyrics are about finding love again. “Sleep At Night” – this one’s a bit cheeky. She talks about how her ex-husband brought his mistress to one of the band’s concerts. The lyrics on this album are so raw, and even specific to her divorce.
Old Dixie Chicks – “You Were Mine” – a sad breakup song.
Martina McBride – I grew up singing “Independence Day”, and “Concrete Angel”, I just love her power vocal ballads.
2. Where do you get your inspiration when writing music?
From my own experiences mostly, and I’ll write about those from others as well.
Inspiration comes when it wants to. I write when I’m inspired. I’m most inspired in Nashville, there’s something about the energy there. In 2018, I spent the spring and summer writing my new album. My iPhone is full of songwriting notes, one-liners, titles, and voice memos.
3. To those getting into music, any suggestion(s) on where to start or where to learn about the industry?
First, have a consultation with someone in the industry that’s been in it for 10+ years.
Then, write a ton of music before releasing your first EP, and perform as much as possible before trying to perform on the big festivals. You might only have one chance to make a good impression on someone.
You should never stop learning. Go to every CCMA conference, take notes, and ask lots of questions. It’s a big DIY industry, especially for indie artists. Learn how to do it all, but pass off the things you can’t or don’t have time for. Be prepared to invest more than hundreds of thousands of dollars!
4. Most sensational experience or special moments in the music industry thus far. (Before Covid-19)
Singing with Keith Urban in Nashville! It was an impromptu concert where I thought “I’m going to sing with him tonight” and I did! You can check it out here!
Following singing with Keith Urban, I was in a writer’s round with Dave Pahanish who wrote “Without You” by Keith Urban. I asked Dave to write after the round and we wrote two songs on my next album, with my last single, “Wait On Me”, being one of them.
5. What can we learn from your 2020 singles “Wait on Me” and “Do Your Thang”?
You can learn that I’ve got an amazing supportive partner at home from “Wait On Me”. It takes a good partner to wait 3 months, 6 months.. for someone to come home and to support them unconditionally. I’m forever grateful for him (cheesy, I know)!
And “Do Your Thang” is everything I’ve ever wanted to write in a song. I am a huge advocate for kindness, self-love, acceptance, and being yourself. This last year has been a huge year of growth for me, personally and with my music. “Do Your Thang” is kindness and love in 2:30 minutes.
6. Do you have any hobbies you enjoy outside of music?
I love being active and the outdoors! As often as possible, I lease a horse and go riding. The other day I hiked 40KM which was crazy I must admit. And I also Crossfit 4-5x a week. My health is super important, so I invest a lot into it.
I also started a podcast this year called Wild Hearts! I wrapped up a season with 31 episodes and am working on the next season! It’s a bit of music business, entrepreneurship, self-love, and health and fitness. I’ve been pretty raw and real there!