Earlier this week Nicole Atkins visited for a Live from Studio M session. She's another up and coming artist who has some interesting stories from the past. Atkins may not be a household name, but she has appeared on David Letterman's show and Conan O' Brien's shows as the musical guest. A lot of musicians will have a song featured in a commercial, but Atkins did a lot more when it came to this American Express commercial. It's about her.
Atkins was a great guest in Studio M because she not only played great music, but she had great stories too. She used to deliver singing telegrams and one job required her to dress as one of the Teletubbies. She wanted to get the part right so she watched the show and realized they don't sing they squeak. Atkins says she took the job seriously so she squeaked.
She also spent several years as a muralist, which is what she studied in school. She didn't paint the next Sistine Chapel. She did paint a lot of Italian restaurants and says she's really good at painting a grape vine on a wall. Atkins got to meet Stevie Nicks recently, and says the conversation was great. Although, it started rather awkward. She was so excited to meet Nicks that she said, "Hey man!" Atkins says she probably could have come up with a better opening statement, but ended up having a great conversation about singing.
Atkins has a rather unique sound. Imagine if Roy Orbison, Chris Isaak and filmmaker David Lynch created a musician. That's Atkins' sound. Here's a one song from her Studio M session: