Artist: Nicky Egan

Album: The 45 Homestead Project

Release Date: 2014-03-26

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about the album



The 45 Homestead Project is a tight collection of songs that are rooted in storytelling tradition, giving the listener a glimpse of the world from the eyes of the artist. Six videos accompany the release, showcasing Nicky's sexy and confident poise and furthering the stories in the songs. Tales of love and loss, of joy and bitterness, all with a little bit of gravel in her voice. Nicky Egan is on to something, like an urban Lucinda Williams with all the right hooks.

The 45 Homestead Project includes 7 videos, all directed and filmed by Dani Barbieri at Little Lou Productions.

about the artist

Dubbed a "soul songstress" by Phillyburbs.com, Nicky Egan is an accomplished songwriter and keyboardist who commands the stage with captivating energy. Originally from Philadelphia, Egan grew up in a home where the sounds of Richie Havens, Bob Marley, Bonnie Raitt, and The Rolling Stones were frequently buzzing on the stereo. "My folks say, as soon as I could shower, I was singing". Her grandfather, a jazz saxophonist and clarinetist, encouraged her to explore jazz and blues and introduced her to vocalists like Sarah Vaughn and Etta James. Having been influenced by modern popular music as well, Nicky's influences expanded and she began writing around the age of 13. Upon receiving a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music, Egan moved to Boston in 2006. Encompassed in the musical haven, she took advantage of the many opportunities Berklee had to offer, specifically regarding composition, where she was able to showcase much of her work. Egan's compositions were recognized by visiting producer, Barry Eastmond and world renowned drummer J.R. Robinson, who she was fortunate to work with during a week-long clinic. Also while in school, Egan directed Berklee's Entrepreneur Action Team (The B.E.A.T.). Inspired by a performance she and her band did as part of Penn State University's THON, Nicky proposed a project that the student-run organization would dub, "Keeping the Heart B.E.A.T." In April 2010, The B.E.A.T. brought over 600 people to the House of Blues Boston for an 8-hour dance marathon that featured continuous live music. A hugely successful evening, the B.E.A.T. ended up donating over 12,000 dollars towards pediatric care and research at the Jimmy Fund. Egan formed her band in 2007 while studying at Berklee; four guys conveniently living in a house together in Allston, Ma. They developed a dedicated following throughout the east coast, frequenting clubs such as The Middle East, Bowery Poetry Club and Philadelphia's World Cafe Live. The group traveled west entertaining enthusiastic crowds at the Hotel Cafe, along with stints at the famed Whiskey A Go-Go. While living in Boston, Egan and her band of gentlemen had crafted an electrifying show and were widely embraced in Boston's soul and funk music scene. It was in the northeast where she also began recording her first album and touring with Brooklyn-based funk powerhouse, Turkuaz. With a degree in Contemporary Writing and Production, Nicky packed up and moved back to Philadelphia. Commuting in and out of New York City, Egan began interning under the composers at Sticky Audio (formerly Pirate Audio), whilst touring on and off around the country with Turkuaz and finishing her debut album. "I'll never forget the beginning of that summer, sitting in the pool at my parents house on a raft holding a beer, when my dad walked outside, laughed and said, 'This is just way too much like the scene from 'The Graduate'." says Egan of her nine month, post-college stay at home. She then emptied her bank account and put two months rent down on an apartment in Brooklyn. On January 7th, 2011, Nicky Egan independently released her debut album, a 12 song LP, she co-produced with band-mate Johnny Simon Jr. The album, Good People, was received with rave reviews. Performer Magazine described the LP as being "garnished with funk and marinated in soul." Radio Boston described Egan as having "a voice that sounds more soulful and world weary than her 23 years might suggest." With the release of her debut album, and a bittersweet departure from Turkuaz to focus on her band, Egan's career has begun a steady rise. She's shared the stage with other soul acts like Boston's Eli "Paperboy" Reed, and New Orleans' Charles Neville, continuously leaving audiences in awe.