Christmas Day is almost over. I spent most of the day driving listening to music. Amy Grant was the queen of Christian music in the 80’s. Britt Nicole is most certainly destined to be an icon of the 10’s. She is easily the most talented young artist in Christian music. She’s the real deal.
I first encountered Britt Nicole a couple of summers ago at a Christian Music festival called Spirit West Coast Monterey. This festival is held every year at the Laguna Seca raceway, near Monterey. I was searching for a Newsboys t-shirt to buy for my daughter when I had to move so some workers behind me could bring in a large portrait of Britt Nicole to set up at the booth on the other side. I had never heard of her. Looking at the picture they had, her hair style made me immediately think “Country” artist. Since I’m not into Country music, I gave it no further thought.
Our foremost goal in coming to the festival was to see the Newsboys. They were headlining the main stage that night. We knew from experience at a previous festival that if we wanted to get close to the stage, we needed to get there early in the day. It’s a large open area. People come and lay down blankets or setup folding chairs, then camp there.
The Newsboys are an exciting band to see. This tour was for their Go album. Part of the show involved the drummer and his kit rising up 10 feet or so via a hydraulic lift, tilting completely forward, and spinning 360s while the drummer solos. Very cool. It’s traditional for fans to bring boxes of Captain Crunch to this concert every year. When the band plays a song called Breakfast thousands of people suddenly start throwing Captain Crunch at each other. This came as a huge surprise to us the first year!
We wanted to get close to the stage for this year’s show, so we camped out all day at the main stage. We saw several performers over the course of the day. Britt Nicole was the first. She is not a country artist. She’s a pop artist. It was just her and a keyboardist. She sang our socks off. We knew immediately, whatever she had recorded we wanted it.
Her freshman effort was an album called Say It. It became a guilty pleasure of mine. I say that because the arrangements on that album are tilted towards teens. Her voice is incredible on it. The lyrics are excellent, but the sound is a little less mature than what I’m used to. Still, I was impressed. She showed a lot of depth for someone so young.
Her second album came out a few months ago. It’s called The Lost Get Found. The arrangements on this release take things to a new level. The lyrics are powerful. Her voice is amazing; a great sound that is uniquely her’s.
Britt also has a flair for fun. In that, she reminds me of Shania Twain, who has some playful songs like That Don’t Impress Me Much. Holiday on the Say It album is all about fun. Welcome To The Show on The Lost Get Found is another good fun song.
What really stands out to me about Britt Nicole is that her faith has weathered real storms of life. She’s young with an old soul. This is not an artist singing lollipop lyrics from an untested, substanceless faith. She’s had real trials and experienced the real power of God in her life. God has truly equipped her for the ministry he has given to her and she is full of his Spirit. She’s a gift of God’s love. Great listening for a Christmas Day.