One thing that is extremely important in this world (at least in my opinion) is the ability to show compassion for others. It’s very easy to get so wrapped up in own life that you forget to take the time to do good for others.
When I visited Steve Nick’s web page, what stuck out to me first was the “Charity” link at the top. It was something I’d never seen before on an artist’s website. When you click on that link, it states that all proceeds from his album “unplugged” will be donated to prevent malnutrition and fight hunger that children in Africa are facing. It was truly touching to see that someone who takes time to put copious amounts of effort into their music still has the time to donate to an important cause.
Steve Nick, as described in his artist bio, is an “emotionally charged Rock/Pop singer, songwriter, and philanthropist.” Tackling covers of famous songs, Nick released his first solo album in late 2015. His latest album, the EP Steve and Friends, was just dropped on April 8 and features five new tracks.
Steve Nick — Life, and Music, with Heart
The first track from the album, beautifully titled “Angels,” starts off with that acoustic guitar that I can’t get enough of. Whenever I hear acoustic guitar starting out a track, I immediately feel giddy. There’s a raspiness to his voice that blends perfectly with the tempo of the song and the vibrations you can feel from just listening to the strumming of the guitar strings. You can feel the intense emotion that is being portrayed here.
I’m going to have to say, it took me a while to realize that this was a cover, because Nick really just made it his own. While I love the original track, it seems like there’s a harsher tone to his, which gives a very unique and intriguing twist to the song overall. Tambourines kick in by the second verse, and play very well with the rest of the aspects of the song. A harmonica comes into play toward the end , something that I wasn’t quite expecting. It’s a very nice touch, and is an instrument that I don’t hear very often anymore.
Steve Nick showcases his ability to hit those high notes throughout the track, and manages to keep that raspiness to his voice as he does so. The rest of his 5 track album follows suit, and you can definitely tell that Steve has true talent here. With the rest of the tracks, he covers “Zombie” by The Cranberries, brings a gravelly sound to “Heaven” originally by Heart, performs his rendition of “The Second You Sleep” originally by Saybia, and puts a spin on “Imagine” by John Lennon. I was quite impressed by this one, as I am a very big fan of Lennon and the Beatles, and it is somewhat hard to tackle a track by such a world renowned artist.
Again, I have to stress the importance of the work that Steve Nick does. Not only is he a very talented musician, he is quite the humanitarian. Equally, if not more important, than the amazing music he performs is his dedication to causes like Save the Children.
Single: “The Shadow Of Your Eyes”
Reviewer: Matheson Kamin
Singer-songwriter Steve Nick is an up-and-coming artist that is currently gaining speed as he releases his music to the world. Having already written over one hundred songs, Nick is currently promoting a new acoustic release that will be entitled “Unplugged”. As a way of promoting the new release, Nick has released the first single off of the release entitled “The Shadow Of Your Eyes”. The track comes with a very simple acoustic rock approach to its sound. With the track being acoustic, “The Shadow Of Your Eyes” consists simply of Steve Nick and his guitar and no other instruments. With only vocals and guitar, the simple track allows the song from Steve Nick to come through. The clear delivery in the vocals from Steve Nick may remind some of rock and roll singers from the eighties. Because of the simple nature of the music on the track, the music for the track finds Nick borrowing from any number of musical eras for the song. It is the strong guitar work on the song that shows off the talent of Nick as a musician. His guitar work for the song feels very timeless. As a result, the music for “The Shadow Of Your Eyes” could have come from the eighties, nineties or today and could fit onto any number of radio formats. Together, the guitar work from Steve Nick, his vocal ability and the feel of the song itself all come together to create a track that is simplistic in nature and yet also gives the listener a really nice indication of what the entire “Unplugged” release sounds like.
Reviewer: Matheson Kamin
Rating: ***** (five stars)
Reviewed by indiebandguru
There is more to being a rock star than just singing songs in front of cheering crowds. You must also be a person who can connect with fans and support causes that you feel strongly about. Our recent find Steve Nick seems to have this all wrapped up into one package.
The emotionally charged Rock/Pop singer,songwriter and philanthropist is known for his highly energetic style which has engaged the crowds and created a strong relationship with his ever growing fanbase. Born in Greece in 1982 he has been writing songs with the ease of breathing and has composed over 100 songs.
Steve Nick is very passionate as well especially about fighting some of the poverty of Africa. His solo Unplugged album released earlier this year has been raising donations to fight hunger,prevent malnutrition and improve the lives of boys and girls in Africa. The 5 song cover record provides Steve’s touch on some extremely popular songs such as Rihanna’s “Umbrella”, Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep” and “Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye.
The latest release by Steve Nick is his single “The Shadow Of Your Eyes”. The song bleeds of emotion with his vibrato vocals pushing forward over a steadily moving beat. The chorus crescendos into an acoustic anthem that will have fans singing along.http://indiebandguru.com/steve-nick-compassionate-singersongwriter-with-a-mission/
Reviewed by Jamsphere
Steve Nick has just recently released his brand new, acoustically driven single, “The Shadow of Your Eyes”. More assured and less precious, but more evocative and alive than his previous work, which included covers of some megahits, this track presents a perfect balance of Steve’s talents. It is straight-ahead, bright-sounding, energetic acoustic rock and roll. We are in the early XXI century and many songs circa 60’s, 70’s and 80’s still keep on playing in our heads and lives. Steve Nick’s is an example of how to make simple, good and everlasting music.
It doesn’t rely on electronic beats, walls of synthesizers, samples or tons of effects; instead, Steve lays it on the line with an acoustic guitar, vocals, and not much else. The track is earthy, organic and raw, combining a powerful melody with vivid storytelling. It is quite simply the art of the modern day troubadour being brought back to life.
Steve Nick’s music ferments your senses and meshes your emotions. It is an entry into an ineffable and fragile dimension where music travels under the skin, warming your bones one moment, chilling them the next. “The Shadow of Your Eyes” offers straightforward musicianship and crystal clear messages. It sparkles with Steve Nick’s innocent and beautiful songwriting craftsmanship.
Reviewed by sleepingbagstudios
Steve Nick – “The Shadow Of Your Eyes” – Single Review
You can say all you like about any artist or band’s music as a music-journalist…but the bottom-line is 99% of those of us out there still want to BE the musicians that we write about – and that’s no matter if the sounds we’re hearing pass or fail our personal litmus tests – we’d still trade places in a heartbeat with those brave enough to put themselves out there like solo-artist Steve Nick does. I might be writing this alone, but I know for a fact I’m speaking on behalf of pretty-much the entire music-journalism community in making that comment…we write about what we love…because largely, doing it for real would make us crap in our pants.
As some of you will remember, we’ve just recently reviewed Steve’s music on an Unplugged EP full of cover-songs that demanded his very-best X10…and it was a tough review. What I took away from that experience…was so much more. In talking with Steve post-review I found an artist determined to find his path in music and willing to fight for it – but also one willing to accept valid criticism in order to develop, learn and grow. I’d be the last to tell Steve that I think I told him anything new about the music concerning his EP that he didn’t already know, but it was awesome to know that this was a sincere artist who truly wants to do the best that he can and find what works best for him through the listener’s perspective as much as his own. And I respect that – big time. I felt even though there were points to be made that I came out perhaps harsher than normal…you would think that would scare most people away…but not Steve. Steve is built of a courage that most are not…it shows in his song-choice, his vocal approach…it shows in the fact that he is here again today on our pages in review and ready to accept whatever might come his way when I begin to dissect his latest original single “The Shadow Of Your Eyes.”
You see people? It’s like a two-for-one bonus special today – you don’t need to Wikipedia ‘strength of character’ today at all for its definition – we’ve got it personified with Steve Nick right here.
I had a theory that listening to music written originally by Steve would work potentially better than trying to fit within the context & energy of someone else’s ideas in cover-tunes. I like to think that “The Shadow Of Your Eyes” proves me right for the most part on all that…to me this sounds more authentic to Steve’s style & sound.
Largely the song itself relies on Steve to pull it all off. There’s a subtle acoustic guitar that plays along behind the vocals…but for the most part he’s so far in front he barely requires it – it’s the vocal melodies that carry the tune almost entirely. He’s done a good job…and at times flashes the brilliance of the potential that exists within him in-full. I’d be doing him a disservice by claiming it’s completely spot-on in tone, but the passion and determination of this artist is a magic that he seems to always be able to get across completely clearly in his recordings…and I can sincerely appreciate that. Steve has an exceptionally courageous approach to the microphone and isn’t holding back on “The Shadow Of Your Eyes” whatsoever…he’s a confident & competent singer.
My current theory is this: One of the reasons that Steve is so willing, ready and able to accept feedback in all-forms is because he’s still finding HIS voice as a singer – and that can happen when you have the ability to cover different styles, sounds, genres and vocal-tones. It’s not that he hasn’t found his singing-voice – he certainly has – it’s just a matter of which one of them to choose at the time of kinda-thing. As singers in ‘the moment’ – we often make those choices in less than a split-second, out of intuition and instinct…and sometimes we can audibly be heard getting caught stuck in the gears as our brains make those choices in a somewhat automated way. As time marches on…a singer like Steve Nick is still the kind I’d put money on to get there in the end – again, determination, effort, refinement, evolution…these things matter much more in terms of longevity that any amount of natural talent. Artists like Steve never burn out, never give up, never put a halt to the creative process and are always looking to improve on what they did on the last time out – and that’s what you need to truly make it.
I think a single like “The Shadow Of Your Eyes” shows Steve Nick in a light more suited to him, and I think it reveals much, much more of the potential that will one day fully butterfly itself right out of its cocoon into full-scale ability & awesomeness. He’s got a lot of power in his voice…but it’s like they say – with great power comes great responsibility…and I think once he’s fully harnessed his ideas, tone and style in complete harmony – he’ll be making memorable music for years and years to come.
Find out more from his official page at: http://stevenickmusic.com