Who: Lori Nuic
What:** Alternative Soul
"Lori")The mention of her name doesn’t generate instant recognition yet but there’s a good chance many of you have already heard what Toronto’s Lori Nuic can do to a piece of music with those very impressive pipes of hers.
In a relatively short time, Nuic has racked up some serious credits, winning both the Flow 93.5 Honey Jam Hook-Up Prize and the Canadian Music Week Urban Star Quest. She nailed down a spot singing back-up vocals on Canadian Idol and caught the right ears at the Rhythm of the Future talent search.
Now she’s coming after you with her debut CD Red Book Chronicles, a gutsy, groove-driven set of soul, R&B, funk and rock tunes that showcases her talents not just as a singer but as a songwriter too.
Nuic co-wrote 10 of the 12 songs on this set, collaborating with a team of writers that included Nelly Furtado’s guitar player, Adrian Eccleston, hip-hop star Saukrates, and Colin Munroe, all of whom also played a role in producing this record.
Lyrically her material focuses primarily on the ups and downs of love and relationships. But that merry-go-round isn’t her only focus. One of the album’s best songs looks at how to make the best of a bad situation over which you have no control.
That others have already begun to recognize that is evidenced by some of the opening spots Nuic has secured. Simply Red, Raul Midon, Jully Black, Shawn Desman, and Divine Brown have all used her to open for them. And why wouldn’t they? At various times her voice reminds me of Chaka Kahn, Angie Stone, and the aforementioned Nelly Furtado. If you’ve got a pulse, Nuic will find it.