Touted by many as the new ‘Queen of Aussie Rock’, Nicole Hawkins, frontwoman and singer-songwriter of GRANDHOUR (who were recently crowned ‘Australian Independent Rock Artist of the year’), will captivate you with her emotive vocals. A blend of sensitivity, storytelling, power and raw emotion makes Nicole a vocalist who demands the attention of her audience.
As one of the country’s most talented emerging songwriters, there is a refreshing honesty in Nicole’s emotionally thoughtful lyrics, whether written from a place of heartbreak or hope. Nicole’s influences stem from artists such as Carole King, Jeff Buckley, Queen, Led Zepplin, INXS, Chris Cornell & U2 to name a few. Writing songs since the age of 12, at 18 she was selected as a winning songwriter for the International Year Of Tolerance National Songwriting Competition and her original song was included on a commercially released CD with the likes of Kate Cebrano & Died Pretty.
Nicole was immersed into the world of music at a young age with a father who is a Jazz musician. Her first instrument was piano, and although she began with the Suzuki ear training method and performed at the Sydney Opera House, Nicole didn’t continue with formal classical musical training, instead opting for guitar as her instrument of choice to accompany her songwriting; preferring the freedom of basic training and self-experimentation. Vocally, Nicole has worked with various teachers including David Jaanz and studied under Ken Taplin’s rock vocal method.
A born performer, Nicole has performed her original music in venues around Melbourne and supported the likes of Bic Runga, Shawn Mullins, Russel Morris, Dallas Crane, Karnavool, performed as backing vocalist with Christine Anu on National television and performed the Australian Anthem to a crowd of 35,000 people at the Drag Racing Nationals to a standing ovation. Although she loves recording in the studio, Nicole’s favourite place is on the stage performing – it is her happy place – whether performing on a large stage with a rock band or in an intimate solo or duo setting.
Nicole is currently recording the second album with her band GRANDHOUR and is working on a new duo project ‘DIAMOND & NIGHTHAWK’ which promises to display another side of Nicole’s songwriting and musical style.
What others have said:
“You can’t help thinking of some of the female legends of rock like Lita Ford or Pat Benatar when you hear Nicole sing”
- Black Velvet Magazine – UK
“[GRANDHOUR’S] sensational debut sits nicely alongside other female-fronted rock acts such as Halestorm, NR, RD & Benetar.”
– Mark Donnelly, Rocktopia
“Fabulous diverse vocals from Nicole Hawkins, a lady who has a set of pipes up there with the best of them.”
- Fireworks Magazine – UK