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Interview: Indie singer/songwriter Thomas Nicholas

Some live shots of Thomas Nicholas performing live at shows in Orlando
Some live shots of Thomas Nicholas performing live at shows in Orlando
Kat Coffin

Thomas Nicholas may be more well known for his acting roles in the movies “Rookie of the Year” and the “American Pie” series, but he is also a talented singer/songwriter. He has been writing and performing his original music for over 16 years, including a 10 day UK tour last April and more recently, the Downwrite Tour that wrapped up July 12 in Chicago.

Thomas Nicholas throws out the first pitch
Thomas Nicholas throws out the first pitch
Photo by David Banks/Getty Images

The Los Angeles based Indie musician has released several EPs and CDs, including his “Security” EP released in April. Nicholas even covered and released the single “Laid”, the song made popular by the “American Pie” movie series. Strangely enough, it wasn’t until “American Reunion” that one of his songs was approved to be included on the soundtrack.

Nicholas is as much a music fan as he is a performer. “I’m still a really big fan of the Foo Fighters and I always will be,” he said in a recent email interview. “In recent years I’ve gotten into indie rock bands like Phoenix and Temper Trap which explains the influences on my ‘Security’ EP that I released this year.”

“My biggest music moment happened in June of this year,” he said. “I had the honor of writing a song with John Popper and recording it with the entire Blues Traveler Band. To top it all off, we recorded part of it at Dave Grohl’s studio.”

His tour stop in Chicago also included a visit to a Cubs game where he got to throw out the first pitch. According to his Facebook page, his pitching has improved since the first time he had the honor, “in 2008 I lobbed it, 2010 I threw it outside, 2013 I floated it [and in] 2014 I threw a strike,” he posted.

His acting career is going strong as well. He portrayed Walt Disney in the upcoming film “Walt Before Mickey” and this fall he will be part of the cast of a new drama on FOX, playing a rock star. “The character that I play on the upcoming ‘Red Band Society’ is a bit different than myself,” said Nicholas. “It’s difficult to describe the differences without giving away any spoilers but let’s just say that my character ‘Nick’ has an underlying guilt that doesn’t exist in my optimistic personality.”

How does the married father, actor and Indie singer/songwriter balance everything? His response was, “I don’t really sleep that much and I drink a lot of coffee so that I have more time in the day to balance everything in my life and careers.”

Indie music fans can follow along with Nicholas’ music career on his official site, Facebook, ReverbNation, You Tube and Twitter. His CDs, EPs and singles are available on iTunes, Amazon and other on line retailers.

Thomas Nicholas discography:

“Without Warning” CD released 2008

“Without Warning Acoustic” CD released 2009

“Heroes Are Human” CD released 2010

“Laid” single released 2011 (also appears on “TNB” EP)

“TNB” EP released 2012

“Security” EP released 2014