I talk a lot about the need to write with younger artists, and the difficulties inherent in that. Nichol Wild is an 18 year old VERY cute big voiced female singer our of Montanna. She has been singing since she was 8, and her voice can tell it. She has as much stuff as you want in a singer and is a joy to be around. Very adaptable and very polite, she is a joy to be around. On this tour, I invited her Grandparents along. I like people to know what I do, and they were very helpful.
Her Grandfather, invented a cart that is used in the coal industry so he is retired and travels all the time with his wife. They are often joined by his kids, Nichol's parents and Nichole. They love Nashivlle and country music. Actually her Grandfather used to play music and one of the things he has done on his farm in Montanna is build a LARGE barn that they have converted into a concert venue. They have shows there all during the summer. I hope I get to go there sometime.
Nichol is new to actual writing and her songs were what happens a lot with younger people. Very emotional, all about breaking up with boys. Very cute. But we needed to expand her subject matter. Also she doesn't have too many songs, so we have to work on that as well.
In the stories that she told me, she had been a victim of what we hear all too often in today's world. Bullying. She was really treated badly by people in her school so much to a point she had to do her last two years online. But she felt she was getting through that and that became the basis of the song. Again, WOMAN EMPOWERMENT.
LOVE HELPED HER RISE ABOVE IT
She did her last two years of high school totally online
To escape the crushing blows of those who tried to control her mind
They say sticks and stones can’t break bones
But they can kill a willing spirit
And if wasn’t for her family
There’d be no way to get through it
Wondering when that nightmare finally would end
She found bullies sometimes look a lot like friends
SHE…. FINALLY ROSE ABOVE IT
FOUND OUT LOVE…. COULD GIVE HER WINGS
THE POWER THAT SHE FELT
WAS INNER STRENGTH WITHIN HERSELF
NOW SHE KNOWS SHE CAN DO ANYTHING
SHE’S IN THE LIGHT, OUT OF THE DARKNESS
CAUSE LOVE…. HELPED HER RISE ABOVE IT
This is almost verbatem her story. She said most every single line. I just wrote it down. But you get feeling sorry because someone had to go through that. Again, with a 21 year old daughter I feel it acutely. She is so cute and sweet, you find it hard to understand how people could do that, but they do. AFter I played it, her Grandmother and her teared up, her Grandfather was right there. I think I hit the mark. The music, was very Carrie Underwood/Martina McBride, which works good for that age.
1800 Miles divided her from family and home
As she sat in that new dorm room on the first night alone
She wondered what awaited her when tomorrow came around
Was this a brand new start or would history repeat again right now
At first she never felt more by herself
But all those fears were conquered when she took that first step
She wouldn’t take back the challenges she faced
Cause they brought her right to where she is today
Most everything in this was her life verbatum, although she is just looking at colleges now. She wants to go to Belmont, where my daughter goes. I hope to introduce her to my daughter on subsequent tours. A great experience. Hope to see them all again soon.