By Michele Stevens Bernard, TSB Lifestyle Editor
While the popular docudrama Troubadour, TX did a wonderful job shining a light on McKinney favorite sons Zane Williams and Jon Christopher Davis, it went one step further. It introduced us to the likes of Kylie Ray Harris, Kirk Thurmond, and the subject of today’s feature, San Antonio songbird Nicolette Good.
Described as one who “plays at the intersection of Americana and indie-folk,” Good’s unique, soulful sound stands out when compared to her peers. To go along with her memorable voice is Good’s award winning ability to weave a tale through song. In 2012 alone, Good counts among her many accolades first place honors at the Kerrville Folk Competition. She is also the 2012 winner of the Wildflower Performing Songwriter Contest and named Best Singer/Songwriter by the San Antonio Current. An honorable mention for the American Songwriter Lyric Contest and a finalist slot in the Songwriter Serenade Competition round out Good’s stellar 2012 season.
“I started playing music at five with piano,” Good said. “I continued through college. I didn’t get a guitar until I was 15 after one of my girlfriends got one.”
A native of Houston, Good continued her piano study as a student at Trinity University in San Antonio, but the guitar was the instrument, along with her voice, and her love for writing is what really captured her attention.
“I started plunking around on the guitar and writing,” Good said. “The first couple of years the songs were horrible. I always liked to sing, its joyful. I don’t consider myself a studied vocalist. I consider myself an honest vocalist.”
After graduation, Good decided to make San Antonio home. With what she describes as a vague yearning to perform, write and create, Good continued to hone her skills.
“I charged my way through open mics,” said Good, “I earned my chops that way, but was still a closet singer-songwriter. I didn’t have much of a direction.”
Eventually, Good found herself as a back-up singer and keyboard player with the Melissa Ludwig Band. The education proved to be a valuable one even beyond the opportunity to sing and play.
“I learned things like how to get paid and how to set up a P.A. [system] without shocking yourself,” said Good with a smile in her voice.
In 2011, Good, became a cast member of the documentary-reality television show, Troubadour, TX.
“Troubadour, TX had an audition in San Antonio,” said Good. “I sat in a room full of other singer/songwriters and I had this decision to make: play something up tempo, or the song I’m most proud of. I took the chance on the one I’m most proud of. It’s not your typical song. It’s called Marathon. I’m glad I trusted my gut because that’s what got me on the show.”
Good describes her Troubadour, TX experience as nutty, fun and exhilarating.
“I got to meet and know so many different kinds of songwriters,” she said. “That is what is most valuable to me.”
Good’s first full-length album, Monarch, was released in July. The song Marathon is one of the featured cuts on this 10-track album. Good is currently on tour sharing her new work on stages throughout Texas. And, while burning up the highways across the Lone Star state, Good will continue to write songs.
“I’m playing around Texas and working on songs for my next project,” said Good, “I just joined the Real Women, Real Songs challenge, where 14 female singer-songwriters write one song a week and post a YouTube video. My goal with this project is to stop editing myself so much. As a songwriter I listen and observe. I like to listen to people tell their stories and then try to put that in a story my songs can mirror back for the people around me.”
Good’s tour brings her to North Texas when she plays Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse on North Central Expressway in Dallas on October 19, 2012, when she opens for Carrie Rodriguez. Tickets are $15-$18 with the show starting at 8 p.m. To purchase your tickets now, click here.
“Uncle Calvin’s is a listening room,” Good said. “It has a great stage, great lighting and great sound. People come to listen, so as an artist you really have to bring your A-game.”
To learn more about this true Texas Troubadour, check out her website at NicoletteGood.com. To get a taste of what’s in store at Good’s upcoming Uncle Calvin’s show, be sure to watch the video below.