Nicole was born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida. A creative from a very young age Nicole started singing at age 8 and has pursued an every expanding range of musical interests ever since. Taking a very strong interest in classical voice and opera Nicole attended both Middle school and High school of the Arts studying voice and has had the honor of studying at such prestigious summer programs as The Washington National Opera, Boston Tanglewood Institute, and Brevard Summer Music Festival. Nicole has won several well known vocal competitions such as the Hal Leonard Vocal Competition, and a finalist in the Classical Singer Summer Competition. She also studied as an apprentice in the Palm Beach Opera Apprenticeship program for two years (2016-17), working with the Palm Beach Opera staff and professionals in the industry to hone her craft and perform along side some incredible voices. After returning home winter break of 2018 she worked as an Intern with the Palm Beach Opera Education and Community Outreach department to organize community outreach events, and promote music in the community.
Not only studying voice, Nicole has 5 years of classical and electric guitar, piano, and composition experience and 8 years of music theory. After moving to Chicago to study musical composition at DePaul University. As culmination of these interests Nicole has been working very hard to put together a psychedelic indie EP that her band will release at the end of 2019 with her on vocals and guitar as well as an eclectic collection of percussion instruments. She has also written compositions for a wide range of ensembles ranging from solo cello, vocal duet, trio fro voice piano and violin, full SATB choir, and wind ensemble + percussion strings and voice.
Nicole’s creative endeavors have dramatically expanded since moving to the city. She started taking a particular interest in the visual arts including painting, pen work, and digital design. Building on a creative endeavor Nicole started in 2015, she has greatly expanded her online Etsy shop to sell her original artwork and develop a professional brand, Totally Wicked Wear. After only 6 months she had produced creative projects in collaboration with a handful of other artists, photographers and companies in the Chicago area. She has had her art displayed at multiple DIY venues such as Caliwaukee and at festivals such as FEMIfest Music and Art Festival (Chicago) and Wonderland EDM & Flow Festival (Florida). She has also done commissioned poster design work for music promotion companies such as Notion Presents and created beautiful original album cover design for ChaseOF a pop artist in West Palm Beach.
“ I believe in a particular way of developing the mind of a young creative and only a very small portion of that process should focus on the dry rattling off of applied techniques. That is only a foundation from which the true artist emerges. It is about making that individual feel comfortable with expressing themselves, building a vocabulary and style that is unique their personal experience, and convincing them their artistic voice is worthy of being heard. So often I find young musicians and artists alike who’s growth is stunted because they are trying to reproduce someone else sound or style, and many teachers spend little to no time exploring the unique sound of each individual. That is my goal, to let that unreplicatable beauty shine through and produce more artists who are unafraid to be themselves.” - Nicole Kelly