We were first introduced to Nicole Sheahan on EFY’s 2010 album, “Courage to Stand Strong” where her silky lead vocals won our hearts on the now-classic, “I Am His Daughter.”
Nicole was featured again on 2014’s EFY album, “Anxiously Engaged” delivering another Stephanie Mabey gem, “I Am Enough.” Now this precocious redhead is back with an upbeat and introspective 5-song EP that looks inward without getting weighed down for a second. The five “chapter” collection is a distinctive blend of acoustic instruments - guitar, piano, even banjo - and electronic dance pop elements, and the result is a wind-in-your-hair, heart-racing sound that never loses momentum. On the title track, Sheahan exhibits an ability to be both lively and thoughtful, both dynamic and pensive, and this knack for turning inward without losing a sense of movement, defines the entire release. Throughout the EP, her sometimes full-bodied, sometimes whispery vocals address heartbreak and triumph, doubt and euphoria, with the same sense of exhilaration. And it’s this willingness to be fascinated by both grief and glee that end up at the core of “Chapters of My Heart.”
One half of all proceeds from this EP will go to benefit a cause that Nicole Sheahan strongly supports -- Operation Underground Railroad (ourrescue.org).