Lucinda Nicholls is an emerging singer/songwriter, whose voice has been described as 'breathtaking' and 'enchanting' by music reviewers. Her first single, "Inside and Out", was recorded at London's famous Abbey Road studios in 2012 after the song was discovered by a UK Ad executive on YouTube. The song went on to win a division of the West Australian Music Industry's WAM Song of the Year award. And in 2014 Lucinda was a finalist in the ACMF Songwriting Competition for her song "Sheep Eyes" and was invited to perform at the State of the Art Festival hosted by Celebrate WA in association with WAM.
Here she shares with us a little about her music, dreams for the future and why she believes mentors can make a huge difference in young lives.
How long have you been playing music?
I've been singing and playing music, clichéd as it sounds, my whole life. I came from an extremely musical family, and so as a kid my love for music was nourished and encouraged. I penned my first song when I was three years old, a largely improvisational number called 'You're My Little Fluffy Angel', which my dad was kind enough to record and occasionally use as blackmail.
What dreams and goals do you have for your music?
I'm studying opera next year at uni, so my musical goals are predominately focused around improving technique and bagging the odd gig - but as for my songwriting, I'd like to just keep making connections and putting myself out there.
Given that 12 Buckets is involved in mentoring kids, I'm wondering who have been your mentors and their impact on you?
My older sister Julia, my parents and my singing teachers Cathryn Burgess and Ashlyn Tymms. These women have been strong, talented role models for me, regarding both singing and general confidence. Their support has made me want to keep going in times where I'd rather give up. I think a key facet of the mentor/mentee relationship is the sustained, regular support and encouragement that accompanies learning any task.
Any specifically musical influences?
David Bowie, Kim Gordon, Benjamin Britten, Debbie Harry, Freddie Mercury, Morrissey, Kevin Parker, Kendrick Lamar, Lou Reed and Britney Spears.
What do you do when you're not playing music?
I like video games, walking my dog, doodling and writing.
I believe you've just finished year 12 exams - where to from here?
Uni! I'm going to study classical voice and also hopefully get my licence.
Why have you jumped on board to perform at Bassendean on the Green?
It's a chance to have a sing for a great cause ... how could I possibly refuse?
What would you say to people about what 12 Buckets does, and why they should support this event?
As I mentioned earlier, sustained mentorship can really help young people feel important in a society that's maybe telling them they aren't. I know myself that having someone to look up to and chat to or learn a skill from makes you want to keep going and grow as a person, even in tough times. 12 Buckets is a fantastic organisation that is actively finding ways to help those at risk or who lack confidence.
Thanks for being part of Bassendean on the Green, Lucinda. We can't wait to hear you perform at Bassendean on the Green, and look forward to following your musical career in the future.