Original artwork by Dina Farris Appel ©
An official participant in the 60th, 61st and 62nd GRAMMY Awards, Guitarist-singer-songwriter Nicolette Aubourg was born to British/South African parents in Durban, South Africa where she studied music, performed at many venues and received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and English Literature before moving to Los Angeles. She has independently released three albums of original songs: “Wild Horse Running Free” (2016) produced by Jorgen Carlsson (Gov’t Mule) and Nicolette Aubourg, “Songs from Willow Glen” and “Grand View Drive”, as well as releasing four singles, "Take the Guns Away" which addresses the tragedy of mass shootings and gun violence, "#Freebilly (Where the Elephants Roam)" which advocates the release of Billy the Elephant from the Los Angeles Zoo, “The Invitation” (lyrics by Oriah Mountain Dreamer) and “Madiba, dedication to Nelson Mandela”. Her songs have received many awards, including two from the Billboard World Song Contest, and her music has been heard on radio and TV around the world. Nicolette’s music integrates acoustic finger-style guitar-playing with her vocals and vocal harmonies, and her recordings include cello, piano, violin, organ, percussion, bass and drums from some of Los Angeles’ most sought after musicians. With social commentary on subjects such as war, Apartheid, suicide prevention, the crisis in Darfur, the 9/11 terrorism, the out-sourcing of jobs, as well songs about animals, life in the Laurel Canyon Hollywood Hills, online dating, grief, and poems by Yeats and Shelley put to music, her lyrics are diverse and thought-provoking. Nicolette performs her music at various venues in Los Angeles, has played at the South African music festival “Splashy Fen” several times, and performed her tribute to Nelson Mandela in Cape Town on the day of Mr. Mandela’s funeral. She is also an artist and uses her paintings in her CD liner notes and digital song representations.
Quote: “My goal is to make a positive contribution to the world - whether it be through social commentary or by merely presenting music/art that someone can identify with – and in some small way alleviate someone’s suffering. I write songs from inspiration. My latest studio album, “Wild Horse Running Free” is a compilation of socio-political subject matter that has impacted me emotionally, including Apartheid, suicide prevention, the humanitarian crisis in Darfur/Sudan, the suffering of animals in captivity, the global apathy to the Ebola epidemic, the Bush administration’s inadequate response to the victims of Hurricane Katrina, the loss of employment and local cultures due to job outsourcing, and Nelson Mandela, whose autobiography “Long Walk to Freedom” was the inspiration for my tribute song, “Madiba”. (I was deeply honoured that my song was heard by Mr. Mandela during the last few months of his life, and that I was able to perform the song at a venue in Cape Town on the day of his funeral.) Songs from my two earlier albums include “Garden of Remembrance” – written in response to the “9/11” terrorism; “Ode to a dog” (dedicated to all dogs); “Be the One” – a love song featured in NBC’s “Passions”; “Grand View Drive” and “City of Angels” – both inspired by life in the Laurel Canyon hills of Los Angeles; “I never meant to change you” which was inspired in part by a chapter in Kahlil Gibran's book "The Prophet"; an anti-war song called “Lay down your arms”; “Gratefully” which is a song about grieving a loved one; “When I was old” featuring poignant lyrics written by my mother, and two sonnets (Yeats and Shelley) put to music.