By Lauren Eedy
There is no shortage of musical talent when it comes to St. Marys. Pre-COVID-19, the opportunity to listen to live music at local establishments, in parks, or during festivals was an almost daily if not weekly occurrence. Lately, our musicians have been offering their skills via social media and streaming platforms and recently, the Independent had the opportunity to speak with one such artist who is bound to make big waves in the music scene.
Nicole VanMassenhoven is Williams Daughter. A singer-song writer and guitarist, she has recently been accepted into a Canadian music and artist development competition via The Shot: Remastered. The latter is an incredible learning experience which focuses on giving selected Canadians the opportunity to learn about the music industry as a business and career. There is a panel of esteemed judges, who will take into account the Williams Daughter brand and EPK (electronic press kit, which is a professional music resume of sorts) and in order to advance to the top 40, she will require your votes!
A little background on this charming artist and what drives her:
LE: What first got you into music?
WD: “I’ve always been in choirs (St. Marys Children’s Choir, church choir, school choirs) so I had a passion for singing from a young age. I started learning guitar and song writing at 15.”
LE: Who inspired you to make music?
WD: “My family has always supported my musical endeavours. I took an 8-year break but had to come back to it.”
LE: What is your creative process like?
WD: “At the moment, it’s incredibly quiet. It often starts with an idea that I have written down. Sometimes it’s based on world events, sometimes personal experiences and sometimes it’s a purely fictional source.”
LE: Where have you performed?
WD: “Gordy’s, private events at Wildstone, the Army & Navy Air Force, Red Lion Room in Stratford and before COVID-19, I was hitting up music jams in London.”
LE: How do you feel the internet has impacted the music industry (especially lately)?
WD: “Hugely because I have lost physical venues. The competition I was accepted into is helpful because it is based online through Instagram, Facebook and YouTube. For example, I hosted a Facebook Live concert through the PRC recently which garnered a lot of attention.”
LE: What is the best advice you have been given?
WD: “Don’t go into the music industry unless you have to! I am at a point where I had to and I’m putting everything into this. Initially I tried not to but music for me is more than ‘fun’ for me. It is a passion: like a burning flame.”
LE: What is next for you?
WD: “The Shot: Remastered competition! Having local support on my media platforms will help boost my visibility and gain much needed votes.”
Another wonderful thing about St. Marys is the ability we have to support our own, let’s show Nicole just that by voting for her in this fantastic opportunity!
Facebook: Williams Daughter
By Lauren Eedy