Nicole C. Mullen's ability to relate her experiences and celebrate her relationship with God in a way that has universal appeal has been a hallmark of her distinguished career. A Cincinnati native who got her start singing in church, Mullen has won multiple Gospel Music Association Dove Awards including the female vocalist of the year and songwriter of the year honors as well as song of the year awards for her hit "Redeemer" and the Jaci Velasquez hit "On My Knees," which she co-wrote with her husband David and Michael Ochs. Her acclaimed album "Talk About It" was recently certified gold by the RIAA, signifying sales over 500,000 copies.
Before coming out with her first nationally released album in 2000, Nicole C. Mullen worked as a vocalist with Michael W. Smith and the Newsboys, as a songwriter for Jaci Velasquez, and as a dancer and choreographer with Amy Grant.
Nicole C. Mullen's love of music began well before then, though. From the age of two, Nicole recalls having a mic in her hand on most occassions. During much of Nicole C. Mullen's childhood, she spent time singing with family and friends in the Cincinnati area. "It was something that I loved to do, that I felt called to do," she says. "I didn't know how I was going to do it, but I always knew that if doing music was the Lord's will for me, then I wouldn't have to strive for it."
When Nicole C. Mullen was 12, she began writing her own songs. One of the songs she co-wrote for Velaszuez, "On My Knees," won the 1998 GMA Song of the Year award. When Nicole C. Mullen describes her songwriting style, she often refers to it as "funkability." She likes to blend many genres of music, including R&B, folk, gospel, disco, hillbilly, and pop. Many of her songs are in story form and are about her faith, her childhood, her family, and her friends.
Nicole C. Mullen's musical career began when a man at her church hired her to work as a background singer at his recording studio for $6 an hour. This eventually led to her first recording contract, although the label did go under. While with the label, she was recommended to work with David Mullen on a recording project. Three years and quite a few disagreements later, they decided they were better together than apart, and were married.
David helped Nicole C. Mullen "stay in the business" during the 1990's through background singing, songwriting, and dancing. After the success of the song, "I Get On My Knees," Nicole C. Mullen signed with Warner Bros./Curb/Word Records, becoming a perennial awards nominee and an advocate for numerous causes. Her self-titled debut album came out in 2000. Since then, she has released four more albums, a live recording, a Christmas cd and two best of compilations.
Nicole C. Mullen views her opportunity to be on stage "not as a vehicle for self-glorification but as a chance to connect with everyday people from other walks of life." Nicole desperatly wants to give hope to a hurting nation and show her audience the overwhelming joy that can only be experienced through knowing Christ Jesus.
Nicole C. Mullen is involved in many types of activities and ministries besides singing. "Sometimes we think we are what we do," she explains. "We are not. I am not a singer. I sing-that is what I do. But I am Nicole-the mother, the wife, the friend, the daughter, the mentor, the mentee-that's who I am."
Together David and Nicole act as youth leaders in their local church, tutor inner-city kids on a weekly basis, and participate in the Kids Across America summer camp where they model the family unit to inner-city kids.
Nicole C. Mullen has also established a group called "The Baby Girls Club." Through this ministry, she mentors to girls that live in her area, often opening up her her home to them.
"When I was younger," Nicole C. Mullen says, "somebody from my church that I really respected-that I thought was gorgeous and very talented-spoke into my life. She would take me to her house at times and she would comb my hair or encourage me in my singing. In her belief in me, she gave me belief in myself, so I love doing that with other young girls." Another of Nicole C. Mullen's passions is her work with the International Needs Network Ghana to work at freeing Trokosi slaves.
Great songs not only reflect the life of the person who wrote them, but also serve as a mirror in which others see their own reflection. Nicole C. Mullen is an artist who creates those kind of moments. "A lot of ideas come from conversations that I've had after concerts," Mullen says of the inspiration for her songs. "That's always been my favorite part of the night, singing on stage and then being able to talk to those who are actually listening and get feedback from them. I live a similar life to them. I have a different job, but there are things that are common. I have heartache. I have pain. I have laughter, the same emotions. These songs are my way of saying that in the midst of the routines of life, this is where I see God walk in. These are my experiences in life. These are my victories and hopefully they can help you."
Listen to Christian Music Artist Nicole C. Mullen
|Nicole C. Mullen||2000||Epic Records|
|Talk About It||2001||Word Records|
|Following His Hand: A 10 Year Journey||2001||KMG|
|Christmas in Black & White||2002||Word Records|
|Live From Cincinnati: Bringing It Home||2003||Word Records|
|Everyday People||2004||Word Records|
|Redeemer: The Best of Nicole C. Mullen||2006||Word Records|
|Sharecropper's Seed, Vol. 1||2007||Word Records|
|A Dream To Believe In, Vol. II||2008||Word Records|
|The Ultimate Collection||2009||Word Records|