The BFTV Interview: Nicholas David

Nicholas David

Nicholas David

As The Voice gears up for another season, it’s time for us to fill you in on what some of the show’s great artists are up to now. Season 3 finalist Nicholas David has kept pretty busy since being a member of Team Cee Lo, and BFTV snagged some time with him recently to chat about the success of his Say Goodbye EP and the charity work that this awesomely down-to-earth performer has been doing abroad.

Nicholas has racked up plenty of travel miles since the June release of his EP, touring with the Avett Brothers on the West Coast, then visiting the East Coast and Texas. With successful shows behind him, he’s now focused on making even more new music. “We’ve been doing some recording in Los Angeles and Minnesota,” he told us. “When I got back from Mexico, I had my heart just blown wide open by working down there with the kids, and I was just so inspired I just started writing all this music. I came back and I couldn’t not write.”

The work to which he’s referring is the time he spent in Mexico with the Smile Network, a nonprofit organization that organizes groups to travel to third world countries to help those with cleft lips and palates. Nicholas pitched in by doing everything from visiting the homes of these folks in need, to literally carrying children in to surgery.

“It was a huge dose of perspective,” he reflected. “I was down there for like a week with some of the world’s finest surgeons and pediatricians and nursing assistants. And I’m down there like, ‘What am I doing down here?’ But then also I heard spirits like, ‘You’re down here to be yourself and by being you that’s enough.’ I’d play music to the different villagers that were waiting in the hallway. I was playing music for the kids.

“We got to go to one of the villages,” he continued, “and it was crazy. This guy, he has two kids and he makes seven dollars a week. To see that, but then to see in their eyes true happiness, and to hear the translators say they have everything because they have each other, that’s the real treasure. I walked away from that like a new man.”

In addition to working with Smile Network – he’s since been asked to be an ambassador for the organization – Nicholas is also involved with another charitable group, Blessings In A Backpack. Devoting time to helping others is important to him, and that’s no surprise when we’re talking about one of the most humble and kind people ever to have been on the Voice stage. In everything he does, he just radiates warmth and goodwill, and he’s someone that we’re proud to count as part of the show’s family.

Of course, there’s still professional work to be done, too. “I’d like to [tour] the Southeast, and I know we’re slotted to go to the South by Southwest Festival in Texas,” said Nicholas, who also performed at the historic Metrodome prior to its closing. “I’d like to try and get overseas. I’d also like to try to be in a Disney movie.”

And even with everything he’s doing in the world, with making music and playing shows and doing good deeds for the less fortunate, he’s still putting his family first. “With as busy as this has been, I’m trying to spend a lot of time with my kids,” he told us. “We’re playing a lot of Legos.”

You can download Nicholas’s EP on iTunes, visit his official website (thefeelin.com), which contains his personal blog, and follow him on Twitter (@thefeelin).

The Voice returns to NBC on Monday, February 24; for more on the show and all of its past artists, you can visit our sister site (bigredchairs.com) and follow us on Twitter (@bigredchairs).

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The BFTV Interview: Nicholas David

The Voice

The Voice - Season 4

Nicholas David is coming back to Los Angeles. The singer-songwriter, who captured America’s attention as the third-place finisher in Season 3 of NBC’s The Voice, has been on a roll ever since his time on the series ended. He’s released an EP (produced by Voice bandleader Paul Mirkovich), toured steadily, and even returned to the hit reality show’s stage for an encore performance. BFTV caught up with Nicholas on Monday to preview tonight’s gig at the El Rey Theater, and look forward to the future.

Fans who come to the show can expect “a lot of new material,” Nicholas told us. “We’re getting ready to work on a new album. [There are] some of the things from the EP. [Also] touching on some of the stuff from The Voice. We pay tribute to that – but we add a little spice on some of those songs.”

He’ll be supported by his own band, The Feelin. “I’m so excited to bring them out here,” he gushed. “I’m super-excited to be back, back in California, back in LA, back in Hollywood. But it’s fun to be back with my band. This is a dream come true not only for myself but for a lot of them too.” Fellow Voice alum Mackenzie Bourg (who, like Nicholas, was part of Team Cee Lo Green in Season 3) and Amber Rubarth will also be joining him on the bill.

The performance at the El Rey is just step one for Nicholas, with the announcement coming earlier this week that he would be joining The Avett Brothers on tour from October 4 through October 20. He’s also still enjoying the positive reception to his EP, Say Goodbye, which arrived in June. “How the majority of people got to know me was kind of like soul music. So putting out some of the more folky stuff, I didn’t know how people were going to take it,” he said. “It’s been really good. A lot of people have been commenting on it. It’s really cool just to see that people are responding to it in a positive way.”

Yet while he appreciates his present situation, he’s wasting no time looking towards his future. “I’m already kind of on to the next music project. I love recording and I love that process and I love creating. I like to say the tunes, they’re born and then they age,” he explained. “We’re actually doing some recording with the band while the band’s out in Hollywood. Recording some new material and getting that ready to go for the new record. We’re working up some stuff for September, but it’s not solidified yet.”

Here is Nicholas performing the title track from his EP in June.

The buzz has multiplied since Nicholas’s time on The Voice last fall, during which he surprised America by making it all the way to the finals, behind only Terry McDermott and eventual winner Cassadee Pope. Looking back on the experience, “I didn’t really have any expectations going into it, because I never really knew what to expect from it,” he told us. “I really didn’t know how to take it. It was a total leap of faith. I remember before the chairs turned [during his blind audition], I was like ‘If the chairs turn, awesome. If they don’t, awesome.’

“It just kept going [and] I just kept that open mentality. It was more an opportunity which turned into an adventure,” he continued. “People still recognize [me] and say thank you, and say they loved it and this and that. It’s cool to get recognized and I love that stuff. Without any of that. I wouldn’t be going on these adventures.”

“I give back as much as I can. I believe we’ve all been given gifts and we’ve got to use them,” Nicholas added. “What’s really important is that these people, [I’m] touching their hearts. Sometimes they have tears in their eyes when they speak about it. I definitely say I’m enjoying the ride.”

Nicholas David performs at the El Rey Theater tonight, August 14; you can purchase tickets here. You can also find out more about Nicholas by visiting his official website (thefeelin.com) and following him on Twitter (@thefeelin). His new EP, Say Goodbye, is available on iTunes by clicking here.

(c)2013 Brittany Frederick. Appears at Starpulse and Examiner with permission. All rights reserved. No reproduction permitted. Visit my official website and follow me on Twitter at @tvbrittanyf.