From Colombia to Florida to Marietta: Country singer-songwriter Lala Nicole
Colombian-born country singer-songwriter Lala Nicole, who now lives in Marietta, yesterday performed a half-hour set at the Welcome to South Cobb festival at the Eddy at Riverview Landing, on a stage overlooking the river Chattahoochee.
Like the lyrics to many country songs, Nicole’s lyrics revolve around relationships, and two of the songs she performed at the festival were about breaking up a toxic relationship.
After her set, the Courier spoke with her, standing on the boat landing on the river.
We asked Nicole to tell a little about her life and her music.
“My name is Lala Nicole and I’m a singer-songwriter,” she said. “I was born in Colombia, the country, and moved to the United States when I was about 12.”
“And that was the first time I took up the guitar as well, and I taught myself to play the guitar and also the piano afterwards,” she said.
“It was kind of like how I coped with being in a new country.” she says. “And I didn’t have many friends when I came here, in fact, not at all, like maybe one.”
“And so my guitar became my best friend, and then the songs that I was learning and singing became kind of a part of who I am,” Nicole said.
“I was really inspired by country music,” she said.
“I didn’t like my accent when I came here,” she says. “I didn’t want to be any more different from how I already felt. So I learned the quote-unquote American accent by just listening to a bunch of country music.
“So if you hear me say ‘you all’ or something like that, it’s because it’s very natural for me to say it now,” Nicole said. “There’s a bit of rock in it just because I’m a little anxious.”
When asked where she had lived in the United States before moving to Marietta, she replied: “I first moved to Florida and then I stayed there almost all my life, in college, in the high school and all.”
“And then I went to Nashville for a year and a half. And that’s where I really got to know the music industry as I know it now,” she said.
“And that was my first meeting really, with a lot of artists. It was the first time I really saw artists so close and I was like, I was extremely dazzled like crazy,” she said. “I’m like the biggest fan girl, that’s what really makes me love music, obviously.”
“It was crazy for me, like seeing my idols that I like just walking around, like going to a coffee shop. And I was like, Oh my God, that’s like Shania Twain like just walking around!
When asked about her musical influences, she mentioned Taylor Smith, Miley Cyrus, Shakira, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris and “a lot of Spanish artists…it’s something I grew up with” .
She talked about the process of building her self-confidence as an artist.
“I never thought I could do this kind of genre or this kind of music. Honestly, I was limiting myself, just because I didn’t see people like me in the genre,” she said. “And it wasn’t until I left Nashville, and I kind of worked on myself and really started to improve, gain confidence.”
“But I realized, wait, wait, it doesn’t matter what I look like, it just matters that my music is good,” Nicole said.
To see and hear more performances by Lala Nicole, visit his Youtube channel by following this link.