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Nick Hickman Releases "Let Em Speak" and Discusses His Vulnerable Side

Updated on April 1, 2017
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Shannon is a passionate country fan who enjoys getting to know the artists and their music. She loves spreading the joy through interviews.

A lot of musicians head to Nashville with big dreams only to find disappointment and heartbreak instead. However, Nick Hickman is not one of those artists. He may have the same big dreams many musicians have, but unlike them, he does not expect to be among the richest or the most famous. Oddly enough, though, that might be the very thing that helps him find his success.

You see, Nick's ultimate career goal is to sell out arenas so that he stands in front of 20,000 fans singing his songs along with him. Of course, he wouldn't turn away any other special moments that may come is way, say a Grammy or two. And it's entirely possible he will earn such an award because his songs are catchy. They invite the listener to come back for more time and time again. But the music is what he lives for and filling up areas means he is reaching people with that music no matter how famous he may become.

Nick's latest EP Let Em Speak, featuring songs like "Tipsy" and "Bottle Away," is releasing soon. He describes this project as 100% authentically him. This sophomore country release allowed the singer to show a more vulnerable side. He also shared some of that vulnerability in an interview discussing the release of his EP and latest single. Read on to discover Nick Hickman and his music for yourself.

Tell Us About Yourself Please

I've been in Nashville for two years doing the country thing. I was a worship pastor when I first started music many, many years ago. And then it led me down this road. This will be my second country EP. It's not out yet; it comes out in April. But I'm super excited about it. I think it shows a lot of growth. It's been really good for me to be more vulnerable in my writing. It seems like this EP is happening a lot faster than the last one. Things seem to be going better.

Nick Hickman - Tipsy

There Is a Picture on Your Website, but the Tattoo on Your Arm Is Not Completely Visible. What Does It Say?

The one on the upper arm says "faith" and the word "faith" is coming out of the roots of the tree. It's supposed to be symbolic. My faith is rooted in the tree.

What Is the Story Behind Your Latest Single "Tipsy"?

Well, it's just about a tough situation. I had an ex that I couldn't seem to shake, just couldn't get over. She kept calling me up at 2:30 am. So, yeah, everything in that song really happened to me in my life. So people get a chance to see this is what really happened. This is what went down.

What Made You Switch to the Country Genre?

It just felt right. Once the Christian band disassembled, this is just where I found myself. I'm from a small town where country music has always been predominate. You know, when you're playing music, you just want to play music. So after the band disbanded, I sat down and thought about what I wanted to be doing and where I should go, it was a pretty easy transition to country. It's what I know. It's what I'm good at.

You're Definitely Good at It, and Your Songs Are Catchy. Do You Have a Particular Writing Process?

Thank you. That's what I go for. I want songs that are catchy, hooky. I want songs that last. I'm a huge fan of not writing filler songs or using filler songs. Although, I didn't write "Deuces." But that song is super catchy and super good. I love it.

Nine times out of 10, I have a melody ready to use, or I have a hook idea before I start writing. I could write down a story as if I were writing a book or a poem, but once you have a catchy melody, you have to find a way to make the words fit. For instance, let's say I want to say, 'I like going to the beach.' Well, the wording may not fit fluently within the chord progression or the melody that I have. And I have to find a way to say that so that it fits into the song. So, you know, coming up with a melody is probably the easiest for me. Just because I can write a story, but I have to figure out how. I can say, 'I like going to the beach' so that it works within the song. There may be ten other ways to say that sentence that work better with the song so that it flows in that pocket. I have to find the right one.

Who or What Inspires You?

Boy, that's gonna be a long list. Justin Timberlake is for sure number one. Travis Tritt, The Fray, Boys Like Girls, U2, Baby Face. The list goes on.

I Don't Hear Any Country Artists. . .

Well, Travis Tritt, but that's the thing. That list is long. Garth [Brooks], Allen [Jackson], George [Strait]. The artists I grew up on. Randy Travis. That stuff is predominate. Travis Tritt is the forerunner in country music, though, besides now. Like I love Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett, Brett Eldredge. I love them all. I can't really pinpoint one, but those are the ones that really stick out to me. Like, I had Travis Tritt's first three records, and they were on repeat day after day after day. I think that the list of artists that I don't like you can probably fit on two hands and two feet. I just respect talent and appreciate music and ability.

Who Inspires You Personally?

Well, I don't necessarily want to get too religious and say Jesus, but he is definitely a forerunner. My grandmother; she's pretty bad ass. Actually, my grandmother and my grandfather are both pretty bad ass. They're 84, but they pretty much raised me. So now she still asks things like, "Have you been to church? Or been drinking that alcohol?" But I love them.

Do You Have a Favorite Concert Memory? Is It Country?

No! No, no, no. The best concert I've ever seen was Coldplay. It was incredible. I've never seen anything like it. There was so much showmanship and theatrics. It was incredible.

Do You Aim for Something Like That With Your Own Concerts?

Yeah. I try to keep as much energy as possible. I feel like the more energy you have, the more energy the crowd will have. The crowd feeds off of you. Sometimes people will say that the crowd isn't into it and I think, "Well, probably because you don't seem that into what you're doing and they're feeding off of you." So I try to keep as much energy as possible for the shows.

What's It like on a Concert Tour With Your Band?

Fun. We play pranks on tour all the time, but we're mostly just having fun. I've never been on tour with a big artist and experienced those end of tour pranks they pull on each other. But I have some great ideas, and I can't wait until I am involved in one of those.

Is There Anything Else That You Would like Your Fans to Know That I Haven't Asked?

I'm pretty good at golf. No, really, what you see is what you get. I don’t have a filter sometimes, and I say stupid things, but I don't want to edit myself. I want people to see me for me, and I want to be real. I want people to know that if Nick Hickman said this, it's probably for real. If that makes sense. I am pretty good at golf, though. Most people don't associate golf with artistry, but I've been known to play a good game or two.

Nick has been kind enough to say that if you send him a message on Facebook or through his website, you may score a link to some of his music. Check it out; you'll be glad ou did. And to read more about what Nick had to say during this interview, head on over to the Country Music Notes website. The links are below!

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      shanmarie 6 months ago

      Thank you, Larry. I hope you take a listen!

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      Larry Rankin 6 months ago from Oklahoma

      Great report!

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      shanmarie 6 months ago

      Paula, I don't know what you're going to do with me either. Take me or leave me, I guess. Other than that. . ..I shrug. LOL. I wasn't really serious, you know, about taking that as some kind of insult. It's true that I'm not as talkative as you may think I am most of the time. I am when I need to be and I get along well with most people. But I'm not as outgoing as people think I sound. Hahahaha. That said, your comment reminded me of when I was younger and I used to get in trouble in elementary school for talking. My parents and my best friend's mom had to request that we stay separated from each other. In fact, I think one year we were purposely placed in different classrooms. And I vaguely recall annoying a bus driver in kindergarten by singing jingle bells in the springtime over and over again with a friend just to annoy him. I was a bad kid. LOL. But then by the time I reached high school I was much more quiet and reserved and rarely spoke out about anything. Now, well, it just depends. But, anyway, trust me, I'm not offended by what you said nor was I ever. I was in my own world, I guess. haha

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      shanmarie 6 months ago

      Bill, when someone figures out the mysterious ways of HP I hope they let everyone else know! Sometimes I don't even get a notification when someone comments. Now I wonder if I don't get all the new hub notifications I'm supposed to. . .Hmmmmmm? Not that I can possibly keep up with it all anyway. I've been crazy busy and I'm so far behind everything! And I do mean everything!

      BUT---- so glad you did stop by and glad you're going to go check out Nick's music. I think you'll like it, especially if you like country music.

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      Paula 6 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Shannon Marie....I haven't decided what I'm going to do with you yet, but beware, I see you're ready for a crash course in my famous tutorials. Why on earth would my comment be anything BUT a compliment? More importantly, no matter how or from what angle U read it, it can't possibly read as anything less than positive reinforcement. Just read the words, Ms Henry....don't dissect & diagram the sentences...There is not a single reason why you would need to "defend" the fact that you love to talk. Communication is a GOOD thing. Enough said.

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      Bill Holland 6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      For some reason I wasn't getting notifications of your hubs. Hmmm! HP at play again. Well I'm here now. I've never heard of Nick Hickman, so thanks for the review. I'm heading in his direction as we speak.

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      shanmarie 6 months ago

      Hi, MsDora. Yes, a very fun personality. I really enjoyed that interview. :)

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 6 months ago from The Caribbean

      Good job! Quite an interesting personality. Thanks for presenting him.

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      shanmarie 6 months ago

      Thanks, Ruby! I like Keith Urban too. "Raining On Sunday" is one of my favorite songs by him. Glad you like Nick's music, too. Request him on your local radio station and you'll likely hear more of him soon.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I like the way you showcase new artists. I think Nick Hickman will go far in the country music business. He mentioned some of my favorite artists. My new favorite is Urban Keith. ( I love every song he's ever recorded, especially, ' Blue Ain't Your Color ' I listened to his video, Tipsy and he's got a real counter voice. Good Luck Nick!!!

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      shanmarie 6 months ago

      I think we will be hearing a lot more from him, Paula. That "Tipsy" song stays in my head awhile after I hear it. Those are the kinds if songs that keep people on the radio.

      As for the rest of what you said, I hope that's a compliment. Because I choose to take it that way. LOL. It's not the talking I enjoy. I actually don't talk that much to most people and sometimes govthrough phases with those that I do speak with often. It's connecting with people that I like.

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      Paula 6 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Shannon Marie....Another superb interview. You're becoming quite the professional! This young man must have been interesting to interview. Seems to me we'll be hearing a lot about him in the near future.

      This is what I call a girl's "dream job." You love Country music......you love to talk! and you have excellent writing skills. Can't think of anything better for you. It's even good for your readers!!! LOL....Peace, Paula

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      shanmarie 6 months ago

      What can I say, Eric, I love my country! LOL. But his songs are catchy. Glad you like his music.

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      Eric Dierker 6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks for bringing a new artist to my attention.

      A bit different genre but he reminds me of my son.

      Thanks to God for Artists.