Nicole Issa is an Indie-pop singer, songwriter, and session vocalist born and raised in Sydney, Australia. Starting from humble beginnings busking and performing around the Sydney live music scene, Nicole began to pick up traction when it came to her musicality and songwriting. This brought her to work with council organisations (Blacktown Youth Services Association) writing songs for their youth campaigns. 'Relevant' was created to bring awareness for domestic violence victims and currently has over 70 000 views on youtube.
Alongside songwriting, Nicole has undertaken singing backing vocals professionally, performing alongside Australian artist Odette's Sydney and Melbourne shows, Triple J's Like a Version (Magnolia; Gangs of Youth cover), Triple J's Live at the Wireless (Corner Hotel in Melbourne alongside Gretta Ray) and Splendour in the Grass 2019. This taste of the industry has led Nicole to focus on her career as a Solo Artist.
In 2020 Nicole was selected as a finalist in the X-Change Songs program, a songwriting mentorship curated by Lynley White Smith (Operations Manager, Studios 301). During this experience, she worked collaboratively alongside other talents including A.Girl, JamarzonMarz, Mr. Rhodes, ANGE, and ALPHAMAMA. She was also a part of the FREQUENCY Live Jam in Sydney where Nicole featured on the lead single "Sunshine" with fellow Sydney-based artists Nardean, ALPHAMAMA, JËVA & Tess Aboud.
Recently Nicole released her debut single ‘Home’, which gained immediate support from blogs such as 'The Western' 'Milky' and notably 'Life Without Andy’ where Nicole’s heartfelt songwriting abilities were appreciated.
“Nicole’s power as a storyteller at its strongest as she utterly outlines her acknowledgment of her need to move on along with the ensuing pain that results from such an action”- Life Without Andy
‘Home’ was also Premiered on Sydney’s FBi Radio station and landed #14 on the Triple J Unearthed Pop Charts in its first week.
Nicole's next single 'Feel Ok' will be out on Feb 9.
"I just want to write my truth and have people hear my story. I hope this small part of my story brings joy to other people lives"