BWW Interviews: Award-Winning Singer/Songwriter Nichole Nordeman Talks THE STORY TOUR, Playing Patriot Center, 12/10
Nichole Nordeman is an author, recording artist and songwriter with numerous number-one and top ten singles to her credit and cumulative CD sales of over one million. A two-time Gospel Music Association winner for Female Vocalist of the Year, she has won a total of nine Dove Awards, including one recently as the lyricist on the best-selling album, Music Inspired by The Story.
Together with award-winning producer/musical director Bernie Herms who provided the music for The Story, her collection of songs provides insight into the human experience of Biblical characters. The successful album is now the basis for the successful multi-year The Story tour featuring some top names on the Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) scene - including Nordeman herself, very, very recent Grammy Award nominee Natalie Grant, the ever popular Casting Crowns and Steven Curtis Chapman, Matthew West, Selah, and Rawsrvnt. These artists are accompanied by a full orchestra, spectacular multimedia elements, and much more giving way to a unique event that allows the unparalleled stories to unfold and be experienced anew through music and more.
Local appreciators of theatre and music can experience this impressive event on Tuesday, December 10 at the Patriot Center on George Mason University's campus in Fairfax, VA at 7 PM. Tickets can be purchased online or at the venue.
In advance of what promises to be an exciting night of music suitable for the whole family, the musically gifted Nichole Nordeman was gracious enough to answer a few questions from BroadwayWorld DC about how she became involved in the project, what inspires her, how she approaches her songwriting craft and much more.
As a longtime fan of Nichole's intelligent and thought-provoking music and lyrics since she burst onto the music scene while I was in college, I look forward to seeing and hearing firsthand what she - as well as the other artists - bring to the evening. Look for a review of the concert later this week.
Jennifer Perry (JP): How did your involvement in The Story tour come about and what do you want audiences to take away from the experience?
Nichole Nordeman (NN): My involvement on the tour was an extension of my involvement as the lyricist on the original project. After spending over a year writing these songs, it was a thrill to hear a virtual "who's who" cast of Christian artists sign on to record them. The small team of people who gave birth to the idea of the musical recording of The Story, always envisioned a live performance as well and experiencing the power and passion of these same songs on a stage, along with the thoughtful narration and video component is even more compelling. And so humbling.
My hope is that the audience might consider these Biblical characters differently then they have in the past. On the page, it is our tendency to treat them as heroes and icons and less like the deeply flawed and fragile humans they were. Like us.
Our vision was always that these songs would cast them in that light...making Scripture seem more relevant and finding some connective tissue from these ancient lives and our own.
JP: It's a bit of a rarity to see so many CCM artists at work on a single event. How does this experience differ from what you usually have/had on your own concert tours which may not have involved so many creatives at work and as many theatrical elements?
NN: It is, indeed, a rarity for so many CCM artists to collaborate on a project of this size and scope. It was astonishing to me that nearly every artist on our 'dream list' agreed to sing on the project. Given the demanding tour schedule of so many of these artists, not to mention the demands of the holiday season, it's pretty amazing that so many of these gifted performers would commit to this tour as well. This is certainly not a traditional tour with a headliner and supporting act. All the artists are seen multiple times throughout the evening, portraying the roles of various characters in The Story.