Daily Discovery: Nick Russell, “On the Water”


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ARTIST: Nick Russell

SONG: “On the Water”

HOMETOWNSayville, New York


AMBITIONSTo become a touring songwriter and connect with as many people as possible while getting to see more of the world. Make music that is important to people and will hold its worth with time, and eat pizza..at least once a day.

TURN-OFFSLoud chewing noises. I hate loud chewing noises.

TURN-ONSCoffee, beer, dreamers.

DREAM GIGI would love to play an old, small room filled with people really seeking out and listening to the music…Or of course Jones Beach on a summers night would be out of this world.

FAVORITE LYRIC“I took month long vacations in the stratosphere, and you know its really hard to hold your breath/I swear I lost everything I ever loved or feared, I was a cosmic kid in full costume dress…” –  “Growin’ Up”  Bruce Springsteen

SONG I WISH I WROTE: “These Days” – Jackson Browne. This song just never gets old to me and will always be relatable for everyone.

5 PEOPLE I’D MOST LIKE TO HAVE DINNER WITHBill Murray, Keith Richards, Jim Carey, Paulo Coelho, and Warren Zevon.

MY FAVORITE CONCERT EXPERIENCEDead and Company this past Halloween night at Madison Square Garden. The air in the entire room was electric.

I WROTE THIS SONG BECAUSE…I knew this song would be able to hit home for so many people, as it did for me. What started out as a song about my College being shut down my freshman year, really transformed into a bigger picture of just losing a place in your life that you loved. I also loved the concept of having a song that is lyrically heavy, yet the chorus ended with something as simple as someone staring out at the water. It was something that just jumped out at me and painted a picture.


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