2021 Burlington Discover Jazz Festival

Resistance Revival Chorus Vermont

Church Street in front of City Hall


Nicole Nelson is an accomplished singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist of half Trinidadian and half Norwegian descent. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Nicole recalls performing onstage for the first time at the age of three. “I remember feeling so good about the whole thing. I had zero stage fright. I felt completely at home.”

Nelson began her professional career in music in the mid 2000s, playing shows up and down the East Coast and mastering her craft. Her voice is an impressive instrument, and it always drew crowds, but she first received National acclaim in 2012 as a finalist on NBC’s The Voice. Her powerful rendition of Leonard Cohens “Hallelujah” was a hit, breaking the Billboard top 40 and climbing to #22 on the iTunes pop charts. Today, Nicole tours in the popular indie-soul band Dwight & Nicole with gifted singer-songwriter & guitarist, Dwight Ritcher.

Nelson is currently serving her second term on the Vermont Arts Council, which has deepened her mission of activism through art and creativity. In 2019, Nicole founded the VT chapter of the Resistance Revival Chorus in response to persistent police brutality and ongoing racial injustices. In the summer of 2020 she began offering free sound healing sessions to Vermont’s BIPOC community. This led her to begin developing alternative healing courses, offering strengthening techniques using sound/vibration medicine (particularly one’s own voice) as a balancing tool through chaotic times.

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