In the past five years, Angie Nussey has earned her stripes as an independent artist. The upcoming release of her 2nd full-length album, 'Paint and Turpentine', represents the culmination of her remarkable accomplishments with the potential to reach even greater heights. To date, Nussey has attained impressive first album sales, radio, television, and web-based success solely through her strength as a performer and the magnetic candour of her music. In an industry that generally covets glossy image over human substance, Angie Nussey is defying the laws of commercial success by garnering the attention of music critics, record companies, mainstream media and amassing a devout following all as an independent artist who writes and performs without gimmick or pretence.
Her diverse fan-base can be linked to the strength of her intense tour and performance schedule, playing over 250 dates a year including festivals, clubs and private venues across Canada. Oscillating between powerful story telling, poetic heartbreak, comedy and confessional, self-deprecating honesty, Nussey has crafted a unique songwriting style that is accessible to her listeners, who respond to her music with remarkable devotion. With sales of over 3000 copies of her first full-length album, 'Circumstantial Overload', and nationally televised performances and regular play on CBC and College Radio across Canada, Angie Nussey has only just begun to make her impact on the Canadian music scene.
Born in 1976, and raised in the small northern town of Lively, Ontario, Nussey began songwriting and composing on the piano at the age of 7. Continuing this personal pursuit through adolescence, Nussey carries with her years of private experience as an artist with the delicate and captivating quality of humility, having written and composed over 100 songs before her first public performance. Intending to work towards a career in medicine, one year of University, one summer of tree-planting, and one near death experience resulting in heart surgery, concluded with Nussey shedding all illusions about becoming anything other than a professional artist. Picking up a guitar and enrolling in Opera lessons, Nussey started to seriously work on her craft. Her stage experience began in 1998 as lead singer with the band, "Soakin' Wet", playing rock cover tunes in bars in and around Sudbury, Ontario. The same year, Angie gained her first experience in a recording studio and released a 10-track demo of original songs aptly titled, "Here's my Demo".
A move from Sudbury to Guelph, Ontario in 1999 marked the beginning of Nussey's career performing as a solo artist. One year devoted to writing, composing and crafting her stage show, earned Nussey regular gigs and the beginning of her loyal fan base. In 2000, Nussey made the move to Toronto to further her musical aspirations and began work on her 1st album, 'Circumstantial Overload' while performing solo-shows across the city and singing back-up for the band "Bunkhouse Romeo". Soon after arriving in Toronto, Nussey's music was brought to the attention of Albert Botha and Roadhouse Productions, who signed her to a management contract and produced a video of her song "No Choice" which was donated to 'Save the Children Canada' as part of their TV campaign initiatives. Since the release of "Circumstantial Overload" in 2001, Nussey has continued writing and performing as a solo artist both in Toronto and touring across Canada, recently, accompanied by her band "Her Pants". Having laboured over her upcoming album for over a year along side her producer/drummer Brain Lahaie, "Paint and Turpentine" is set for release on October 21st, 2004.
Hard-pressed to define her music or it's influences, Nussey's style has been classified by critics as "folk-rock", but she cannot attribute her characteristic stream of consciousness writing style to a single artist, or even music genre. When asked to specifically describe her influences, Nussey frankly responds, "People always want me to say where my writing style comes from and I search for names to throw out, but the truth is I don't really know. I've never "obsessed" over any one band. I get bored quickly and I like to be surprised."
Nussey's affinity for surprise is likely to be well catered to following the release and promotion of "Paint and Turpentine" under her own label, Dragonfly Distribution. With a title highlighting the extremes of opposing liquids, the songs within the album embody not only two ends of an emotional spectrum, but everything in between. The music inspires instant recognition, encompassing issues of love lost and found, the rarely articulated truths of self-doubt, the fear of choices questioned, and the moments of humour that leave us giggling in our heads. 'Paint and Turpentine' will likely represent to Angie Nussey the formal acknowledgement by the music industry of what the thousands of people who own one of her albums are already aware.