I had the pleasure of interviewing Nick about his music journey and was encouraged by his passion and humility. His voice, which I heard by scrolling through his Facebook posts, is soulful and sincere. I’m excited to see where God takes him and also look forward to attending his future concerts in Nashville, at Belmont University.
In the following interview for Pursue Magazine, Nick shares his journey from aspiring musician to student artist and offers advice to those pursuing their dreams.
Nick Boyd was born and raised in Rock Island, Illinois, a small town on the border of Illinois and Iowa, in the heart of the Midwest. Nick currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee, working as a singer/songwriter. Nick’s ability to capture an audience with his robust voice, dynamic tambour, and mysterious demeanor is both refreshing and distinctive, leaving people wanting more.
Currently, Nick is pursuing a degree in Commercial Music and a minor in Music Business from Belmont University. In other words, Nick is a full-time musician. His passion for music is reinforced by his drive to learn all he can about music and ‘hone his craft,’ heightening his perception of the industry and its product. Dr. Kelly Garner, an Assistant Professor of Commercial Voice at Belmont University, and a nationally distributed recording artist says, “Nick is a very talented young man and impressive musician. His ambition and determination will lead him to a very bright future.”
One thing Nick is know for is his version of ‘The Star Spangled Banner,’ and has been featured in Sports Illustrated, among other media outlets for his talents. Nick boasts National Anthem performances at over 35 Major League Baseball games. He has performed at Wrigley Field (Chicago Cubs), U.S. Cellular Field (Chicago White Sox), and Soldier Field (Chicago Bears). Nick is also a member of Belmont University’s premiere country ensemble, Southbound.
Growing up in the Midwest, Nick absorbed music of all genres. During his childhood, Nick would listen to the likes of the Eagles, Michael Bublè, Frank Sinatra, Justin Timberlake, Jason Aldean, and Keith Urban. He accredits his musical talents to his family, friends, and upbringing in the Church. He remembers going to his grandparent’s house and listening to his grandma play the piano and sing, or listening to his grandfather play the trumpet. His first CD was an NSYNC cd, and his dad even bought him the live performance of the group at Madison Square Garden. Nick received a keyboard for Christmas at the age of 7, and the rest was history.
Nick continues to add grandeur to his repertoire and resume. Nick’s music resembles his pop/rock/country vibe and gives insight to the good, bad, and ugly times in his young life. Nick has always turned to music to deal with what life throws at him. He wants to be able to share with others in heartache, love, pain, loss, and fun! That is why he is an artist.
The coming years are promising and highly anticipated. Nick has only reached the tip of the iceberg in his forthcoming musical career.
When did you first become interested in music?
I first became interested in music at a very young age, probably about 6 or 7. My grandma used to be a music teacher and I remember watching her play the piano and sing. Also, my grandfather used to play the trumpet, which also fascinated me. One of my favorite childhood memories was going with my family to watch local bands play at the park. I would bring my plastic trumpet and pretend to play along with the band
How did you break into the music scene?
I’m stilling trying to break into it. Currently I study Commercial Voice and Music Business at Belmont University, where I have learned a lot about how the industry works while ‘honing my craft.’ Belmont is in Nashville TN, so it doesn’t get much more ‘music scene’ then that! I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some amazingly talented people, which have helped me grow as an artist and musician.
What are your future goals as a musician?
As far as future goals, I want to be on the stage. I’m currently focusing on writing songs and finding that ‘sound,’ but my heart is on the stage as a performer. Connecting with people and performing is such a high for me — it’s my passion.
Besides music, what else do you like to do? Favorite things?
Besides music, I like to drink lots of coffee, eat Mexican food, and go to outdoor concerts. I also am a sports fan. The Chicago White Sox are my favorite baseball team!
How has God shaped your life and career?
God has been a part of my life and music career since the very beginning. The Church is where I got my start in music. I sang in a children’s choir at age 8, and my choir director was very encouraging to me. I also go home every year and direct the Christmas Eve Mass at my parish. For me music is spiritual, it is powerful. It’s more than someone just singing for the sake of themselves, its about connecting with others — achieving more than self glorification. Some may call that the ‘God’ factor.
Do you have any advice you’d like to give those pursuing their dreams?
Advice I would give to those pursuing their dreams is to do as much as you can to be the best you can be at whatever your dreams are. Work hard, enjoy it, and then work harder. Be self-disciplined but also push yourself. Take advantage of every opportunity and see yourself where you want to be.
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Caroline George – Column: Music
Caroline George published her debut series, The Prime Way Program, at age fifteen. Since publishing, she has been nominated twice for the Georgia Author of the Year Award, gained readership worldwide, and has spoken at various libraries, schools, tradeshows, and coffeehouses. Caroline grew up in Georgia but now resides in Nashville, Tennessee. She spends most of her time writing, eating too much sushi, playing guitar, and spreading her passion for young authors throughout her community.