Nicole Maguire has been writing music since she was twelve years old Nicole is 24 years old now so in essence she has been writing songs half her life. Having her first original gig at fourteen where she was playing opening slots to anyone who would let her, it wasn’t long before Nicole knew that her lifelong journey would be in music.
Some time back I was sitting down opposite this young talented songwriter chatting about music and how her career has gone to date. Surrounded by musical instruments recording equipment and an array of guitars in all shapes and sizes she talked about music and as she spoke one could see that it was a subject which was more then a hobby, a lifestyle, it was her life. As we spoke she would pick up an instrument and play a piece from a song without thinking about it.
Nicole went on to study Music Management and Sound engineering at Cork’s Colaiste Stiofain Naofa when she finished school. All aspects of the music industry were covered and the course created a deep foundation for Nicole’s career. By the time Nicole was twenty one, she had already released her debut single ‘Lipstick Girl’ independently. The song received rave reviews all over Ireland as well as ‘best single’ in independent magazine ‘Backstage Traffic’. The Star newspaper stated that ”Maguire will make the rest of the country sit up and take notice”. In August 2008, Nicole released her next single ‘I’m Gonna Be’ and the following March her debut album ‘Fight the Score’ hit the shelves.
She has over the years developed her own unique style and can sit there and sing with confidence that only comes with constant touring and working. Her earlier work, while talented was aimed at a younger audience but as time has passed she writes with a more mature thoughtful insightful style. One she finds very comfortable.
In February 2010 Nicole toured Ireland with Nanci Griffith which was great. She gained many new followers and in turn was invited across the water to Nashville to write and record some of her songs. In between her trips to Nashville she is constantly touring and to date has toured in Europe and America, worked with renowned producers Karl Odlum The Frames, Gemma Hayes, Ciaran O Shea Cyclefly .When I asked Nicole about her recent tour with Songwriting legend Nanci Griffith she replied that it was a highlight for her and as an experience it was one of the best things she had ever done.
More recently Nicole has begun working on her new album with Thomm Jutz, Nanci Griffith’s producer and guitarist. She has also written with award winning songwriters from Ireland, the UK and The USA. To date she has released two singles and an album. She is currently her new album which is due for release over the next few months keep an eye out for Nicole in your local area or check out her dates and latest news on her website www.nicolemaguire.ie