Singer/songwriter/speaker. A blend of Brene Brown and Bruce Springsteen.
Biography – (58 words)
Angie Nussey has released 6 award-winning original albums, acted as an advocate for mental health, and is an active supporter of Citizen’s Climate Lobby, Voices for Women, and the YWCA. Her self-produced newest CD is aptly called “I have no idea what I’m doing.” The album represents her life and musical style: poetic, curious, and sometimes hilarious.
Angie Nussey grew up in the small town of Lively, Ontario where she learned to play piano at the age of 6. Soon after she was writing and recording her own songs.
She released her first demo CD in 1999 and by 2007, had released 3 new albums, “Paint and Turpentine”, “Silly Songs” and “Little Tragedies” to widespread acclaim. From movie placements to radio support, to Ontario Female Artist of the Year Awards, Angie Nussey became a household name and must-see performance along the Canadian Folk circuit.
Her 2012 album, Still Hope, brims with the essence of optimism and global change. Over the next 8 years, songs from Still Hope have found their way into numerous climate change, self-actualization, business, and sporting events. Four choir groups from around the world have covered the title track “Still Hope” and her song, “Warm Hands” won for Best Country Song in the Great American Song Contest. Her Still Hope album marked a new beginning for Nussey’s career and sent her deeper into songwriting and storytelling. She began speaking publicly about mental health and she found a hybridized way of performing using multimedia promoting key messages of love and compassion while integrating songs and stories. In 2014 Nussey presented at TEDx Nickel Centre’s Think in 3D and in 2018, Still Hope became the theme of the Global Citizen’s Climate Lobby International Conference held in Ottawa where she spoke and performed intermittently throughout the weekend. She will present again in 2020 with her song “Whisper in the Air.”
Angie’s 2021, “I Have No Idea What I’m Doing” project is a collection of 13 songs and stories (she releases one song and story per month) that have been brought together to represent a variety of topics and experiences that the songwriter has observed over the past 8 years. It is honest, witty, heartfelt, and hilarious.
Biography (748 words)
Angie Nussey’s songs speak like a Brene Brown talk. She has the musicality of Bruce Springsteen mixed with the compassion of Xavier Rudd and the authentic depth of Sarah McLachlin. Her stage humour has similar qualities to Jann Arden and she performs with the comfort and freedom of an artist who has nothing to lose. A multi-instrumentalist and producer, Nussey oscillates from guitar to keyboard to looper pedal with the skill and ease of a 21-year music veteran.
Angie grew up in a small town in Northern Ontario where she learned to play piano at the age of 6. Not long after she began writing and recording her own songs. Although best known for her emotional, philosophical and at times autobiographical ballads, Nussey doesn’t miss an opportunity to poke fun at everyday situations, the human condition, not to mention herself.
In 1999, Nussey’s demo CD caught the attention of movie producer, Albert Botha, who helped launch her music career with a studio album called Circumstantial Overload released in 2001. Nussey independently released her second album, Paint and Turpentine, in 2004 followed by Silly Songs and Little Tragedies, both released in 2007.
After the release of Little Tragedies, Angie experienced an emotional breakdown which started a commitment to mental health and, consequently changed her life and writing style. Her new music was now being influenced by thought leaders such as Eckhart Tolle, Wayne Dyer, Nelson Mandella, and Marianne Williamson.
Her 2012 album, Still Hope, brims with the essence of optimism and global change. Over the next 8 years, songs from Still Hope have found their way into numerous climate change, self-actualization, business, and sporting events. Four choir groups from around the world have covered the title track “Still Hope” and her song, “Warm Hands” won for Best Country Song in the Great American Song Contest. Her Still Hope album marked a new beginning for Nussey’s career and sent her deeper into songwriting and storytelling. She began speaking publicly about mental health and she developed a hybrid way of performing using multimedia promoting key messages of love and compassion while integrating songs and stories. In 2014 Nussey presented at TEDx Nickel City Think in 3D and in 2018, Still Hope became the theme of the Global Citizens’ Climate Lobby International Conference held in Ottawa where she spoke and performed throughout the weekend. She presented again in 2020 with her song “All Your Courage.”
In 2012, as Still Hope was being released, Nussey noticed her balance of spiritual well-being was being challenged again. After 15 years of living in Toronto, she and her partner decided to move to Oro-Medonte, a small township North of Toronto, Ontario where they began a more simple life in a cozy cottage on a lake.
I Have No Idea What I’m Doing was an album that began in 2017. The original title was “Wisdom and Foolishness” named after a chapter out of Richard Rohr’s “Falling Upward.” But as time passed, Nussey saw a pattern emerging around her new album. “The combination of songs seemed like perfectly orchestrated chaos,” says Nussey “I didn’t want to question or interfere with the process so I just kept on saying ‘I have no idea what I’m doing’…and the name eventually stuck.” While writing and recording songs in her home studio, Nussey began journaling. Many parts of her journal revealed deeper explanations of her songs, so she began to refine some of the stories. This led to an album and book combination where each storied chapter corresponds to a song.
It would take over 2.5 years for the project to be completed. Nussey worked tirelessly in her home studio ensuring every part of every song was meticulously crafted. “It is the album that turned me into an engineer,” laughs Nussey. All the while collecting her concepts at night and in the early morning through journal writing. “I’ve always loved hearing the stories behind the songs, so it wasn’t a big leap for me to actually put it to paper. It made it easier to remember the emotion behind each song…which was helpful when recording.”
In 2019, Nussey joined the songwriting trio, Boreal, with Canadian folk stars Tannis Slimmon and Katherine Wheatley. The trio tours once a year in December and Angie was thrilled to pick up the third spot as singer/keyboardist/songwriter.
Nussey has been releasing I Have No Idea What I’m Doing on a song-by-song basis, once per month with the story attached starting January 2021.
“In November 2014 we had the pleasure of hosting Angie Nussey at our house concert, she totally exceeded expectations. Our crowd latched on to Angie and her music, it was like finding your long lost friend. We will definitely host her again and again”.
~Cecilia F, A.D. Rickk’s Room Montreal,Quebec
“Angie is one of those special gems – an incredibly talented musician, coupled with a truly compassionate, authentic soul – who brightens any room. She took our audience on a powerful journey, and her message resonated in a genuine and meaningful way. We’ve already hired her back for next year… I can’t recommend her highly enough!”
~ Carol Schulte, founder Women Living Big
“Angie was the perfect musical guest for our fitness retreats. She captures the heart and soul of the audience for a truly magical musical experience. A gifted musician, songwriter, singer and storyteller. We were searching for a Jann Arden type of concert and Angie was the perfect fit! What an absolute gem!”
~ Kim Turley-Smith- founder Fall Fit Womens Weekend
“Every festival I perform at I look for someone I don’t know about who knocks it out of the park. That someone at Live From the Rock was Angie Nussey. First it was her wonderful vocals that caught my attention and drew me to her concert and then when I really listened, I discovered an innovative, courageous performer who knows all too well when we speak of the truth in our own lives, it will resonate with our audience. Her command of the stage and her rapport with her audience was nothing short of masterful. Nussey’s songs are both powerful and entertaining and I for one would go to a festival just to see her.”
~Heather Bishop, CM, OM, LLD(Hon)