Asbury Park, New Jersey’s Nicole Atkins performed four songs with her band The Sea and sat for an interview in a session for Musicians@Google that was recorded on January 22nd at Google’s New York City headquarters.
Interviewed by ABC executive producer David Saltz, Atkins was very forthcoming about many aspects of her life and career. Interview topics included a recent video shoot in Los Angeles, her teenage affinity for Robert Plant, having Donnie Osmond sing “Puppy Love” to her at age 7 at a show in Atlantic City, her rediscovered love for her home state of New Jersey, having drinks with Bruce Springsteen at a local bar, going to college at UNC-Charlotte and being turned on by alt-country music for the first time, going to Australia for her last year of college in part to get out of a bad relationship, painting murals at Italian restaurants at the Jersey Shore in order to pay her rent, recording an E.P. and then signing with Columbia, recording her debut album in Sweden during the winter when it is dark almost all of the time, her upcoming headlining tour, and doing an American Express TV commercial, Atkins also took some questions from the audience at the end of the session. The session runs about 55 minutes.
Atkins has a beautiful voice, and her Neptune City album is really fantastic. I will certainly make it a point to see her perform live at some point in the near future. Atkins’ first headlining tour begins next week, on February 14th in Manasquan, NJ, and concludes on March 25th in Philadelphia.
To watch Nicole Atkins’ Musicians@Google session, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwaElvKpKKE or click below:
I saw the photo of Atkins above on her MySpace page and knew right away that I had to use it with this article. It’s a great photo of her, full of Jersey attitude. You gotta love it, as we say here in Jersey.