Derek Nicoletto and Kat Solar Set for Le Poisson Rouge, Aug 23
Following the debut LP release of Kind Ghosts, Derek Nicoletto has bundled seven different versions of the hit, “Champion” in a maxi-single that will be available on iTunes on August 28th, 2012. In addition to the album version, the maxi will also feature a variety of remixes by DJ Gomi, Dave Cortex & Josh Harnois, and Mirrortone.
Most notably, the “Champion Remixed” maxi-single begins with an acoustic version performed with Platinum-selling producer Jamie Siegel (Taking Back Sunday, The Roots, Joss Stone, Lauryn Hill). Knowing Siegel performed a similar moody guitar on Whitney Houston’s “My Love is Your Love,” Nicoletto approached him with the concept and the result was an on-the-spot recording session. “Sometimes the best work comes in the shortest amount of time, just getting in the studio and letting the ideas fly. With our acoustic version of 'Champion,' it was done in one afternoon and it’s one of the best pieces we’ve made,” Nicoletto explains. Siegel produced Nicoletto’s entire debut album, Kind Ghosts.
Nicoletto is in riding some serious creative momentum, and will be performing at Le Poisson Rouge with Kat Solar on August 23rd. Attending fans and friends will receive an exclusive musical advance from the maxi-single to be announced live at Le Poisson Rouge. September will see Nicoletto performing at Delaware Pride as he transitions back into the studio to record his sophomore effort.
Champion - Remixed
1. Champion (Acoustic Version) feat. Jamie Siegel
2. Champion (Album Version)
3. Champion (Mirrortone Radio Remix)
4. Champion (DJ Gomi Vocal Mixshow)
5. Champion (Dave Cortex and Josh Harnois Mix)
6. Champion (Mirrortone Extended Remix)
7. Champion (DJ Gomi Remix Dub)
8. Champion (DJ Gomi Radio Remix)
With his first-ever solo album, "Kind Ghosts," (2011), Billboard-honored singer/songwriter Derek Nicoletto flaunts his knack for infusing unique pop hooks, vivid lyrical imagery and evocative instrumentation into what could be called full-bodied electropop collection of singles. Shaped by Platinum-selling producer Jamie Siegel (Taking Back Sunday, The Roots), Nicoletto’s new direction in “Kind Ghosts” highlights his pure vocal talent upon a backdrop of bubbly, yet sensitive electronica with a signature flair of rocky soulfulness.
Charting on hundreds of FM and college stations or live on Sirius radio, Derek's songs have reached millions of people on the radio waves. His songs have been used in over 25 television programs and several commercials. Most recently: MTV (several shows), Vh1, NBC, CBS, NBC Dateline, FuseTV, E!, A&E, Sports NY, Spike TV, LOGO, Lifetime, OWN.
Comm: KMart, Levi's, L'Oreal, Radio Shack, Hyundai, State Farm, PGA Tour, and more.
Nicoletto shares, "Making “Kind Ghosts” meant examining and taking the best of what’s created me to this moment, all the joy, pain, beauty, humility, and then baring myself in a new sense of self. I could only trust Jamie Siegel to help me accomplish this task. We are so proud of the result. Today, I know that there are powers greater than myself looking out for me. Sometimes they are clear angels, like my grandfather, sometimes they are visions that I can’t explain. I call these my “kind ghosts.” They are reflected through the snapshots of these songs and the people or experiences that have shaped me into the artist, father, son, friend, lover and stranger I am today,” Nicoletto explains. “Most of all, I’ve realized that the residue of my past contains a gorgeous, bright and child-like innocent love, incorporated here in the musical atmosphere of all the songs on “Kind Ghosts,” no matter the specific theme of each song. And looking at this constant in my life as I created this album, I realized I’m going to be all right, no matter what life brings my way. Thus, the theme of the album, as an entire piece, is the lyric from the title track. “Remember your name, sing it to the sky, go out and dance for yourself tonight. Let go, or be dragged behind. Kind ghosts will carry you home tonight.”
Having penned scores of pop/rock songs for his own bands, other artists and commercial projects, Nicoletto has become a well-known voice in the independent music scene and a voting member of the Grammy Awards and now begins his long-awaited solo career with an electropop bang, as glowing and raw as the “Kind Ghosts” album cover itself.