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When I was nine years old, I dreamt of one thing...writing songs like the ones I heard artists such as Amy Grant sing as my Dad would wake us up in the morning by the record player -- the music filtering through the stairwell and into my bedroom. I spent most of my childhood time writing lyrics to express what was important to a nine to sixteen year old pastor’s daughter – like friends you can trust, crying to Jesus, and boys. I went to college to be a music composition major and to marry a cute, guitar-playing boy who could pass for a man. I did earn that degree and my husband is a handsome guitar player, but life turned out quite a bit different from the childhood dream. The person I am inside, though, is still what I see as my purpose -- which is to encourage others. Today, if you climb into my mini van, you’ll discover that I spend much of my career carting my instruments and sometimes my kids to my duo folk band CARLSON WELLS shows with my sister, frequently playing at anything from house parties to festivals. Lately, I invest a lot of time in launching new things on my website at nicolewellsmusic.com, posting new blogs or connecting with fans and musicians through my Facebook page. When I’m not doing that, I’m leading worship from the piano at conferences, speaking at retreats, or in the studio recording my latest project. Each week, over a dozen students will enter my home, where I teach piano and violin. Through it all, I do actually find those moments to write, making every effort to just be an encouraging songwriter in the midst of the chaos and busy living. And now, 20 years since kissing high school goodbye, experience has brought a much deeper meaning into my songs. I've experienced intense darkness, followed by incredible miracles, renewed hope, and freedom. I believe I can encourage others by my story just as others have encouraged me. In a sense, because I have learned intensely about betrayal, forgiveness, faith, and am raising two sons, my songs are STILL about friends you can trust, crying to Jesus, and boys. It’s just that now I know what I’m talking about." - Nicole Wells. (Other songwriter/artist influences in my music include Jon Foreman (of Switchfoot), Katie Herzig, Wayne Kirkpatrick, KT Tunstall, Michael W. Smith, Brandon Heath, Norah Jones, Chris Rice, and Matthew Mayfield)