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Nickey McMullen / Press

"I’m paraphrasing but my brief part of my conversation with songstress Nickey McMullen before her Easter Sunday night set at the Camel went something like this: Cheats: Are you nervous? Nickey: No. I’m doing what I love to do…I’m just going to go up there and have fun with it. And have fun she did! There is no doubt that RVA has a lot of talented singers BUT Nickey McMullen possesses intangibles that go beyond just vocal ability. I believe it’s the difference between, what I consider, “young adults” and “grown folks.” It comes down to knowledge of self, knowledge of musical direction, and happiness. On stage, Nickey knows who she is, she knows where she wants to go (and takes the audience), and she is having a great time performing. She has found her pocket, mixing original Jazz, Blues & Soul numbers with her unique contemporary versions. Her voice has the power that you expect but when she hits particular notes – there is a genuine moment of whoa….I didn’t s

"And then...there was Nickey! As soon as the video ended there was a brief pause followed by this amazing voice! It was Nickey! This woman can sang! She performed her set and the words to her songs were so appropriate!! Folks sitting around me couldn't help but comment on this great gift that Nickey possessed. Repeatedly, you could hear folks 'whisper' "Oh, she can sing!". Way to go planners and organizers on setting the tone for the event."

“Key members of the Tuesday Verses Crew share the origins of the critically acclaimed event and what the open mic personally means to each of them. Vocalist Nickey McMullen joined Verses in 2004 and from that nourishing soil, her musical career planted roots and grew into what it is today and it continues to rapidly flourish. Listen to what she and the Crew have to say.”