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Britt Nicole discovers style

Many contemporary Christian singers struggle to find a place amid loads of secular bands. They often fall through the cracks of the music industry due to lack of innovativeness and generic topics.

Britt Nicole, however, begins to carve out her own niche with her debut album, Say It.

Nicole, a native of Connecticut, released her first CD in May. The CD fuses pop and rock undertones to bring a fresh look to contemporary Christian music.

Nicole originally planned to attend Belmont University on a scholarship. However, she felt God telling her to wait. Nicole turned down the scholarship and soon after signed a record deal with Sparrow Records.

Say It features the hit single ?You?, an upbeat song that describes her search for fulfillment. She talks of futile attempts at finding love and finally realizes that God provides the only constant, true love. Her vocals intertwine with the soft guitar, creating a memorable song.

The soft ballad ?When She Cries? deals with a touchy subject. The lyrics put her story of a cutter rather bluntly, failing to add the gentleness most would require for such a topic. Britt sings: ?She says, ?? maybe making me bleed will be the answer that could wash the slate clean??, a confusing lyric adding to the jumble of music and meaning.

Throughout the disc, Nicole demonstrates her knack for penning catchy tunes. Co-writing every song, she adds a personal touch other singers often lack.

Talking to a young generation, she employs the use of culture-friendly lyrics. She relates to teen through lines such as ?Venti Chai, you?re my closest friend/Lack of sleep is what I do/Starbucks will rescue me again? and ?Skip the talk, can?t you just text me?. Nicole then connects it with her spiritual message. Her ability to communicate with the younger generation sets her songs apart from seasoned Christian artists.

While many Christian artists choose to use metaphors, Nicole doesn’t shy away from using the Lord’s name. Blatantly mentioning God in several songs, she freely spreads His message of hope and redemption.

Nicole tends to stray toward the pop genre, but does add a little variety. She covers a small range of styles, from the soft “World on Fire” to the atypical harmonies of “Good Day”.

If her debut is any indication, Nicole’s fan base will readily multiply. With plenty of musical originality, her presence in the music industry will continue to grow.

Say It is avaible at Berean Bookstores. For online buying, check out Amazon.

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