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Nicole's Career Highlights | Festival Appearances

2003 Nominated Best Electric Guitar and Best Female Vocalist and Best NW Recording for "Not Forgotten" by the Washington Blues Society
2002 Nominated Best Electric Guitar and Best Female Vocalist by the Washington Blues Society
2002 Released her second CD of all original songs, Not Forgotten
1999 Summy Award winner "Blueswoman of the Year"
1999 Featured performer at Sunbanks Blues Festival
1999 Nominated for Washington Blues Society "Best NW Recording" & "Best Female Vocalist"
1999 Performed at Benefit Bash III for St. Leo's Food Connection
1998 Self-produced CD of original songs, "From The Beginning"
1998 Month long tour of Hawaii as featured performer
1998 WBS nominee for "Best Electric Guitar" and "Best Female Vocalist"
1998 Toured as guest performer with Bill Englehart's "Little Bill's Blues Revue"
1998 Stage and production manager for Pierce County Aids Benefit
1998 Performed for Nortwest Kidney Center Benefit
1997 Featured performer at Bumbershoot
1997 Featured performer at Winthrop Blues Festival
1997 Co-producer and stage manager for A Bluesman's Benefit (benefit for noted blues performer Richard Molina)
1996 Won Summy Award for "Tacoma Blueswoman of the Year"
1992 Sat in with John Lee Hooker at sold-out show in the Moore Theater, Seattle
1992 Nominated for Bay Area Blues Awards "Best Female Vocalist"
1990 Opened for Lonnie Brooks, Joe Louis Walker and Elvin Bishop

Nicole Fournier

SUMMY Award-winning "Blueswoman of the Year" in 1999 and multiple nominee by the Washignton Blues Society for her singing, guitar-playing and her two CD's, Nicole has been entertaining audiences for many years with her "searing, stinging guitar and heart-felt vocals." She has a strong following performing at clubs, festivals and concert venues throughout the Northwest, California, Alaska, and Hawaii. Nicole has performed wth such blues notables as John Lee Hooker, Big Bones, Deacon Jones, Harvey Mandel, and she has opened for such performers as Elvin Bishop, Joe Louis Walker, Curtis Salgado and Lonnie Brooks.

Nicole's two CD's, 1998's "From the Beginning" and 2002's"Not Forgotten" display Nicole's talent not only as a performer but also as a songwriter. Nicole's songs range from good time, get up and dance numbers like "Let's Roll" and "Baby Loves Me" to songs that talk about what's happening in our hearts and in our society, songs like "Not Forgotten" and "Big Something." She also knows how to attract the Northwest's top musicians, as the lineups on both of her CD's show.

Originally from San Francisco, Nicole began playing the blues in earnest after sitting in on a jam session with Bay Area musician Johny Nitro. Nicole played in Bay area clubs, and in 1992 she was nominated for Best Female Vocalist for teh Bay Area Blues Awards. While in San Francisco, Nicole met and jammed with Keith Richards, who encouraged her to pursue her trade.

Nicole was introduced to the Northwest in 1992 when John Lee Hooker invited her to sit in at a sold-out show at Seattle's Moore Theater. Since then Nicole has set her roots in the Northwest and has performed wth the best of the Northwest's blues musicians, including Duffy Bishop, Jerry Miller, Nick Vigarino, Dick Powell, "Little Bill Englehart," Fat James, Jay Mabin and Charles White, to name a few.

Nicole's inspired energy and dedication has not gone unnoticed by her peers. In 1996, she won the Summy Award for "Tacoma Blueswoman of the Year." In 1998, the Washington Blues Society nominated her for "Best Electric Guitar" and "Best Northwest Recording." She also won the 1998 "Songs of Freedom Award" for her participation in and organization of several benefit performances in the Tacoma area. Nicole also received the Washington Blues Society nomination for "Best Female Vocalist."

 

 

 

Recent Festival Appearances

2004
2001
1997
Wintrhop Rhythm & Blues Festival
Wintrhop, WA
2004
2003
2002
1999
1998
Sunbanks Blues Festival
Grand Coulee, WA
2004
1997
Tacoma Old Town Blues Festival
Tacoma, WA
2004
Rendezvous R&B Festival
Oroville, WA
2004
2003
2002
Rockcut Blues Festival
Rockcut, WA
2003
1997
Bumbershoot Arts Festival
Seattle, WA
2004
2003
1997
Kettle River Blues Festival
Republic, WA
2003
Lava Love Run
Soap Lake, WA
2003
Bronze, Blues & Brews
Joseph, OR
2002
Ritzville Blues Festival
Ritzville, WA
2002
Blues in the Park
Caldwell, ID
1999
Sunbanks Blues Festival
Grand Coulee, WA
1998
Juan De Fuca Festival
Port Angeles, WA
1998
Waterfront Blues Festival
Portland, OR
1998
Bite of Portland
Portland, OR
1998
Seattle Peace Concerts
Seattle, WA


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