About Nicolette

Nicolette Good is a Texas singer-songwriter and 2012 Kerrville New Folk winner. In a voice that’s at once refined and raw, Nicolette sings with penetrating insight about hope, wrenching love, and the mysteries of everyday life. Her effortless storytelling shines on her latest release “Little Boat on a Wave” (2015) in toe-tappers like “Union Jack,” “Tehuacana,” and the title track, which was inspired by actual events. Several cuts from Little Boat were composed during an artist fellowship at The Lighthouse Works in Fishers Island, New York. Critics have called her “a songwriter to follow” and “a poet of the first order.”

Based in Austin, Texas, Nicolette released her first full-length, “Monarch” (2012), recorded at Ramble Creek Recording Studio. It includes songs like "Hurricane Caroline" and “Pretty Clementine,” which tell intimate stories of enigmatic, tragic characters, as she sings with penetrating insight about hope, wrenching love, and the mysteries of everyday life.

A Houston native, Nicolette is also a staff musician for Home Street Music, an Austin non-profit using music to empower people who have experienced homelessness.

Critics have called her “a songwriter to follow” and “a poet of the first order."

"Good is an insightful and unsympathetic observer of the world she sees around her ... and imagines for us." - D.c. Bloom, Lone Star Music Magazine


Excellent mix of self-penned Americana and Post-Folk songs from and for the heart.
— Alan Harrison, NoDepression

Biography

A music student since the age of 5, Nicolette Good got her start as a singer-songwriter in San Antonio, Texas, playing open mics and performing on friends' musical projects after graduating from Trinity University. After earning her Bachelor of Arts in Music and English, she began performing solo, and the San Antonio Current named her its Best Singer/Songwriter in 2010.

In March 2011, Good was picked to perform as a Regional New Folk Ballad Tree Performer at the Kerrville Folk Festival, and was a semifinalist during the 2011 Songwriter Serenade competition in Hallettsville, Texas.

Her first full-length album, Monarch (2012), includes tracks like “Marathon” that earned her a spot on the docu-reality TV show, Troubadour, TX in 2011. The album, which was recorded in Austin, Texas, at Ramble Creek, was named a top 12 album of 2012 by the San Antonio Current.

Songs from Monarch earned her a win in both the 2012 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk competition and the 2012 Wildflower! Performing Songwriter Contest.

In 2013, Nicolette Good was selected for a residential artist fellowship in Fishers Island, New York, called The Lighthouse Works. There, she spent six weeks working on new material which would end up on her sophomore full-length album, Little Boat on a Wave (2015).

In 2014, Good launched a Kickstarter to fund that record, which included a custom song, "Union Jack" written for Kickstarter backer Craig Gonzales as a proposal to his now fiancee, Gillian Rollason.


Good is a poet of the first order.
— D.c. Bloom, Lone Star Music Magazine

However, just before the release of Little Boat, a fluke illness required her to undergo multiple surgeries following a bacterial infection in her brain. She spent two years away from the stage healing and doing physical therapy to regain use of her left hand, which became partially disabled during the ordeal. But Little Boat on a Wave’s title track (which was inspired by actual events) served as a hopeful premonition of a triumphant full recovery. The album was recorded in San Antonio, and co-produced and engineered by Joe Reyes, (Demitasse, Buttercup, Mitch Webb & The Swindles, and Lara & Reyes).

Nicolette Good embarked on her first tour abroad in 2018 with fellow songwriter Erin Ivey, performing in The Netherlands, Germany, and France.

She’s shared bills with Mason Jennings, The Flatlanders, Caitlin Rose, Carrie Rodriguez, David Ramirez, Lincoln Durham, and Juanita Stein, to name a few. Good can be heard as a solo, duo, or full-band act in listening rooms, and house concerts across the country.


Accolades

2014

  • Southwest Regional Finalist - Mountain Stage NewSong Contest

2013

  • Honorable Mention - American Songwriter Lyric Contest

2012

  • Winner - Kerrville New Folk Competition

  • Winner - Wildflower! Performing Songwriter Contest

  • Best Singer/Songwriter - The San Antonio Current

  • Top 12 Local Albums - The San Antonio Current

  • Honorable Mention - American Songwriter Lyric Contest

  • Finalist - Songwriter Serenade Competition

  • Top 36 Songs of the Year - Independent Clauses

 

2011

  • Reader’s Choice for Best Musician - San Antonio Magazine

  • Semifinalist - Songwriter Serenade Competition

2010

  • Best Singer/Songwriter - San Antonio Current