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Interview with Paige Nichols; soulful songstress chats about her collaborations

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Artist, Paige Nichols has been compared to Sara Bareilles with her raspy vocals and detailed songwriting, yet has made a distinct niche for herself. Having worked with producer Mikal Blue, who's produced high-quality records for Colbie Caillat, OneRepublic and Carrie Underwood, she's recently released her EP, Little Men. Shortly after, she made her Los Angeles music debut at the classic and renowned, The Hotel Cafe. Additionally, her other collaboration has been with Jacob Luttrell with her new single that debuted November 19, 'Burn'. Luttrell was the writer for Flo Rida and Enrique Iglesias' hit singles, 'Wild Ones' and 'Loving You'. She is anticipating her multi-city tour in 2014 and listeners and readers can listen and watch the video for her single, 'Watch Out' by clicking the video tab located on the left of this article. To discover more about Paige and her music, and gain some in-depth insight, read our interview with Paige:

What was the recording process like for your debut EP, Little Men? How did the title come about?

Paige: My favorite song on the album was called "Little Man Big Gun" so I got the title from that. I think it was probably indicative of how I was feeling about men at the time. haha.
The recording process for my first EP was much different than the process for my most recent. When I went in to record I had written all the songs alone, so it was more of a simple, straight-forward singer-songwriter sound and approach. My most recent recording process for my sophomore release was what I'd always imagined being in the studio would be like. It was a really collaborative, intense, and inspiring experience that resulted in songs I'm super excited about.

How did you meet with your well-known collaborators, including Jacob Luttrell? If and how did they influence the direction of your music?

Paige: I was living in NYC and going to L.A. for writing sessions and shows. After being there a few times, I had this overwhelming feeling that I needed to be there. I threw a couple things in a bag and bought a one-way ticket and once I committed to being in L.A. and following my intuition, things really began to happen. I met Jacob because a friend brought him to one of my shows. Then I met more and more people at writing sessions and in the studio and it just kind of fell in to place. I've been fortunate to work with some really talented, amazing people. Watching them love what they're doing (and being so incredible at it) inspires me daily.

If you weren't doing music, what would be your back-up plan?

Paige: Well I never had a back up plan. I feel like if you truly believe something is going to happen, then saying you have a back up plan is saying that you don't actually think it will. At times, I've thought about other options, but music is my passion and nothing else feels right. When I was super young though, I remember telling everyone I was probably going to be a singer and also a lawyer. So if music falls apart I'll probably go into law... Just kidding.

What was your first concert, and what concert has been your favorite so far?

Paige:My first concert that I remember going to was Dave Matthews Band. I've been to so many amazing concerts, I don't know that I can name just one, so I'll go with a recent favorite- Sara Bareilles. I love seeing someone who can really, really sing and exudes passion and love on stage. You can't help but be inspired by it.

What was your first album on cassette, vinyl and/or CD?

Paige: I'm not sure what my first ever was, but the first I remember being obsessed with was my Mariah Carey cd. I mean- I was obsessed! I remember sitting in the back of my parent’s car, not speaking to anyone and listening to every song over and over again.

What are five bands or artists you wouldn't want to live without?

Paige:

Stevie Nicks
Led Zeppelin
Grace Potter
Sara Bareilles
Mary J Blige
Stevie Wonder

Do you have a guilty music or entertainment pleasure?

Paige: Oh yes! The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and The Real Housewives of NYC. Love them! Can't get enough. My friends and I love to have wine, laugh and watch the Housewives together on Monday nights.

What's your overall goal with music and your audience?

Paige: I just want to continue making music that my fans can connect with and love.

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