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Meet Nicole Greenwood of Neon in South Central

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nicole Greenwood (Neon).

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Well, I’m Neon a local artist born and raised in south central La, right near the Crenshaw mall. I’m a singer-songwriter and dancer. I started off as a rapper but the music lead me to singing. Something about singing just completes me. It gets me emotional, it calms me and brings me peace. I couldn’t turn my back on it even if I wanted to, it’s apart of me and it’s apart of my family. At 18, I spent a great deal of time dancing and choreographing at West LA college where I also took some vocal classes and met lifelong friends.

I always sang but I didn’t have anything to say it was like I didn’t know who I was or who I wanted to be. I was forcefully trying to put my self into a boxes I didn’t belong in. I didn’t realize that who I was naturally was my wave and I didn’t need much to ride it. I started going back to the studio at 26 after a couple of years of playing around. Took me a while to get comfortable in my skin. Last year, I was able to finally finish my first album titled PAUL every track is personal, all written by me and inspired by the person who inspired me to find myself.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Definitely been a bumpy road. I’ve had issues balancing out what I like from what sounds the best. For some reason, I thought I would be accepted by others if I had a hard image. This was influencing my sound and my look. I’m glad I pushed pass that and was able to get comfortable in my skin.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I specialize in making music that you can just vibe to something anyone can sing along to. Both guys and gals can just vibe to each track. I think what sets me apart is my spirit on the track, making the love songs not be predictable.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Being recognized by others outside my circle. Being approached to do features and having people want to work with me.

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