Nicole Belanus is a singer/songwriter whose eclectic musical taste is apparent in her personal style. Using her guitar and voice, she delivers a unique blend of folk, rock and americana. In the classic singer/songwriter tradition, her lyrics are raw and honest, telling stories from personal experiences, yet undisguised, creating accessible language and images meaningful to diverse audiences. She writes about her feelings, faith, relationships, and her experiences of growing up with raw emotion, maturity and sincerity. Her voice has been compared to such artists as Shawn Colvin and Dar Williams. Growing up in a very musical household, where her mother taught piano in the family living room, Nicole has always had a passion for music. Picking out instruments during the summer months and teaching herself how to play them, she has succeeded in becoming a multi-instrumentalist. Though Nicole began to write songs in her early twenties, it was not until October 2009 when she recorded her self-released solo debut CD entitled Notes on Paper, an eclectic album that demonstrates her unique style and dynamic abilities. A local reviewer called it tuneful and polished and it has been a regular pick for local radio shows since its release. Nicole has performed in various settings including coffeehouses, churches, outdoor music festivals, cultural arts centers, restaurants, bars, and on live radio. She has been a resident of the Williamsburg, Virginia area since 2007.