“This 17-year-old native North Carolinian proves here on this wonderful 12-track debut album titled A Journey of One that he’s more than up to the task of going the distance. This is just not another wannabe who’s confusing some of the nuances of R&B with the finer touches of real contemporary jazz or who has a slight feel for his instrument–just enough to get by, but maybe not enough to quite make that serious mark. This young man marches in the door with chops that are demanding and indicative of one who’s totally confident and proud to strut his skill and knowledge in both playing and songwriting (by the way, the project is completely written and produced by Cole and executively produced by his songwriter dad, Leon. Since the young man has deep spiritual roots, the tunes often bear a nice blend of secular and spiritual musical influences in a unique and oh-so-appealing way).”
"People tend to forget that Brian Culbertson started out as a brilliantly talented young man recording his breakthrough solo album by himself in a home studio. The amazingly diverse, talented, inventive and melodic keyboardist Nicholas Cole is several years younger than Culbertson was when he launched his career, but is similarly poised to become a keyboard star, if the self-produced, instantly infectious A Journey Of One is any indication. On first listen his approach to melody and groove will remind listeners of the elder keyboardist, but digging deeper reveals a gospel heart at the center of Nicholas' seemingly endless artistry. As years go by, it will be interesting and exciting to see how he brings smooth jazz to church and vice versa. This is a great breakthrough album and shows that there's a bright future for the next generation of contemporary jazz artists."
“I been listening to smooth jazz, and various other styles of music for some time now. I will honestly say I would not have expected to hear the type of keyboardsmanship from someone who appears to be quite young. A excellent easy listening C.D. I classify him with the new breed of keyboardist, Oli Silk, Jonathan Fritzen, all outstanding in there own right. Waitin on the next one. D”