A self-described “wrestling poet,” singer/songwriter Nichole Nordeman has never shied away from life’s messier realities in her lyrics. Always unflinchingly honest with content-rich, Nichole has a sizable catalog of tracks including “To Know You,” “This Mystery,” “Holy,” “Legacy,” “Brave” and “What If” that candidly explore the Christian life, faith and the finer points of theology.
A multiple Dove Award winner, including two for “Female Vocalist of the Year,” Nichole’s career officially started back in the mid ‘90s while the Colorado Springs native was waiting tables in Los Angeles.
“I was in a place where I was struggling to reconcile some things that I knew about the Lord with some things that were happening in my life. I was having some trouble lining them up,” Nichole recalls. “‘To Know You' came out of this really personal moment in my little one bedroom apartment in LA, behind my cheap little keyboard. It was written, like so many of my songs, as kind of a journal entry. I felt like going back and looking at some of the people that walked with Christ—Thomas and Nicodemus. They were so open with their confessions about their doubt. Thomas said, ‘Prove it’ and Nicodemus said, ‘Explain it.’ And Jesus didn’t hesitate to. So as Christians, I feel as though we sometimes miss out on those raw and honest moments and ‘To Know You’ was really born out of that freedom I felt to really come to God and say, ‘I need some help with these issues in my life.’”
Since the release of Brave in 2005, an album that produced several of her aforementioned hit singles, Nichole has largely been absent from the music scene. In 2007, her first greatest hits collection, Recollection: The Best of Best of Nichole Nordeman released, followed by three other best-of projects in 2008, 2009 including Nichole Nordeman: The Ultimate Collection.