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.