Although her name has a ring to it, Nicole Donatone’s voice has a clarity and character that has propelled her to early success as a performing artist. With a voice that has been compared to the legendary Patsy Cline, her unmistakable talent has earned her opening act status with stars such as Willie Nelson, Connie Smith, John Michael Montgomery, Tracy Byrd, Sammy Kershaw, Restless Heart, and Randy Travis. Nicole has recently performed at the AT&T Pavilion Pre Show before the Keith Urban and Jake Owen Concert in Philadelphia.
Nicole translated the energy and enthusiasm of her live performances into a dynamic studio album in early 2011. Recorded at Ron Fairchild Music in Tennessee, her first original album offers a reflection of her early experiences. “My songs are about the puzzle pieces of life. Both the good and the bad, they make us who we are and inspire who we become. That’s country music. I chose every song on the album because I could relate to it or had special meaning to me. I’m sure they’ll touch the hearts of my fans, too.”
The new album features her first single “Red”. This energetic song features fun filled lyrical imagery, with vibrant and rich vocals that will leave you wanting more. Once you take a listen to this compelling song you just may turn “Red” too! The video was directed by Grammy Award winner Jim Shea.
Nicole grew up in a small rural town and is a true country girl at heart. She loves working with her family at their deli, and always enjoyed feeding the animals at her grandparent’s farm and riding four wheelers around the fields.
She started her singing career at the tender age of four when she would always carry around her mini recorder. Her fondest childhood memories include singing with her mother and belting out the Reba McEntire and Brooks and Dunn duet “If You See Him, If You See Her” as she and her father drove to the deli on Saturday mornings. Her parents were always supportive and involved in her many public singing opportunities. She has performed at many festivals, fairs, charity events, churches, nursing homes, weddings, school choir and singing competitions. She even won a new car in a Philadelphia contest called “Gimme the Mic.”
Nicole earned her degree at Northampton Community College, majoring in Radio/TV Communications and received the prestigious Marconi Award for Academic Excellence. She presently hosts her own radio show at pennspeakradio.com.
For this country girl with unique talent and a strong voice, one thing is for sure: the name Nicole Donatone won’t soon be forgotten.