Grand View Drive
Physical CD with extensive artwork and liner notes in a jewel case. Download
Début CD from South African non-conformist singer-songwriter-guitarist whose themes range from social commentary to introspection, with fingerstyle acoustic guitar and full band accompaniment including cello, violin, piano, bass and drums.
The physical CD contains in-depth liner notes featuring paintings by Nicolette Aubourg. Music from this album has been featured on NBC's "Passions", several independent movies, and received multiple songwriting awards. The songs, all written by Nicolette Aubourg, apart from the poignant lyrics to “When I Was Old” written by Nicolette’s late mother, Anne Aubourg, are diverse in subject matter: the title track, "Grand View Drive" is named after a street in the Laurel Canyon hills of Los Angeles; track two is inspired in part by Kahlil Gibran's book "The Prophet"; track seven, "Lay Down Your Arms" is a plea for peace. Vocals vary from starkly solo to choral, complementing the rhythmic fingerstyle guitar parts. Instrumentation includes cello, violin, piano, B3, electric guitar, drums, bass and percussion from accomplished musicians Adam Chester, Bob Sheehan, Charlie Bisharat, Doug Baker, Frank Simes, Gavin Lurssen, Jorgen Carlsson, Neil Sebba, Robert Fedeli, and Stefanie Fife. The CD was produced by Steve Holroyd, Bob Sheehan and Nicolette Aubourg. Nicolette Aubourg was born to British/South African parents in South Africa where she was raised and educated, studying classical and jazz guitar, piano, vocal performance and music theory, and acquiring a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and English, before relocating to Los Angeles.