We had the good fortune of connecting with Zoe Nichols and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Zoe, what are you inspired by?
I find that I am most inspired by my faith and those around me. Seeing the battles that people go through and knowing that they are a common experience among people gives me fuel to write music that can shed some light and bring hope to those hard situations that everyone faces. I also know that when I find myself fighting these battles, I am always led back to God, in whom I find my rest and my salvation. This guides me and inspires me to share that comfort through the words that I write and the melodies that go with them. There have been countless situations where I take something hard that I have been facing or see others facing to God and come back with a song. Through this, I find answers to big questions and help shed some light on them for others as well.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a musician starting out at 17 years old. I just released my first EP, thanks to all of my friends and family who support me. I’ve been described as alternative singer songwriter and my music has touches of a rock sound. The EP, Submerged, has five songs that I wrote and recorded toward the beginning of high school and finally released last month, as a senior. It’s taken a lot of time and learning to get my music to where it is now as I knew next to nothing when I started out. Help from the people around me enabled me to get where I am now through their patience and teaching. Through this process, I’ve learned that having a solid group of people is incredibly important and that God’s timing is better than I can understand. He truly works things out for the good of those who love Him. You can find Submerged under my artist name, NewHaven, anywhere that you listen to music!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Phoenix has a lot of really amazing places but my favorites tend to be out in the desert. I would recommend a morning hike up Westwing mountain followed by breakfast at Well Coffee Company. As a senior in highschool, my friends and I end up there all the time. I personally like the blackberry mint julep lemonade and the chai latte there. Another great place in the area is The Haymaker, a homey restaurant just down the street from Well Coffee. As for music, Elevate coffee is a great place to hang out, get some work done, and hear some great music. On the third Thursday of each month, they do an open mic which is always a good time!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I dedicate my shoutout to those that helped me get my first EP, Submerged, released. There were friends and family who cheered me on and validated the hard work I was putting in as well as people who stepped in to help with instrumental parts. A family friend, Jeff Orr, helped me to take my songs from an idea to a reality through his artistic view and his production skills. So thankful to him for mixing it! Mudshark, a recording studio in Flagstaff AZ, mastered my music and made it sound so professional. The biggest thanks of all goes to my mom who believes in me and my dreams. She puts in time, energy, and money to help me succeed and points me back to my purpose and my faith through all of it. She is my biggest fan and my best friend.