This month it is great to see so many music venues back up and running! I've been experimenting with percussion explorations and improvisation using a large metal pan which really resonated with me from the day I bought it! I will share some short clips with you soon! x
The past few weeks have been quite liberating for me as an artist. So happy to hear the UKSC songwriters competition judges specially commended three of my songs this year! Also, I am the American Songwriters Spotlight artist of the month! Was thrilled to be mentioned and have a little feature about my work and my mentioned admiration of the artist Nina Simone. So biggest thanks to the UKSC Songwriters team and the American Songwriters team! Also enormous thanks to my streamers and listeners who have been enjoying my tracks around the globe. I also thank Tune Distributor, Graeme Holdaway, Sky Production Studios for enabling everything to happen! If you'd like to stay in touch with me, don't forget to signup to my mailing list to get the latest info about my gigs, ad hoc shows, releases etc... love J x
This year, I'll be doing online guest gigs and talks. Thanks to the virtual world, it's easy to travel around the globe and connect with musicians, audiences and enjoy the spark of creativity in a different form! Don't forget to signup to my mailing list to keep in touch, I'd love to hear from ya! x
Hi Y'all! This past month I moved to the outskirts of Shanghai, close to the sea! It has also given me fresh inspiration to compose new ditties!
I'm playing at the opening of the L’Etincelle Gallery in Shanghai, a creative arena bringing musicians and visual artists together. When this happens, it creates a special kind of synergy! Join us if you are in Shanghai, from 4pm! @18 Jinhai Road, Pudong
This year, I have found it liberating as an independent artist to continue to do my own thing despite COVID! Thanks to the internet, it's still possible to reach communities in different and inspiring ways under lockdown! I've really enjoyed the chance to work in a new way, connecting with musicians and listeners worldwide. Could this be the "new normal?"
Happy Summer solstice! This summer, I have been gathering with small groups of poets, and writers from all over the world to spark new songs/poetry, and give new inspiration to my shows! I hope that you and your friends, loved ones are keeping safe and healthy at this time. Don't forget to join my mailing list to keep in touch and I can send you live links to shows, songs and videos! x
Nearly Spring! Fascinating that 2020 is becoming a year of unique and unexpected pathways which maybe resonates with many! I have found myself returning to my older ways, a slower pace and following a gentler rhythm, frequently without wifi! Slowly I am piecing together fresh compositions and songs that feel finished and sometimes unfinished!
This winter, I traveled to Bangkok for fresh inspiration. I was interested to research more about Thai instruments and explore some of the musical pentatonic scales that create a beautiful effect musically. This next couple of months, I'm working on developing my own musical patterns and improvisation to give new meaning to my songs. I look forward to sharing some video with you soon! x
Shanghai life keeps me busy with new arrangements of old and new songs, this time I've added folk classical improvisations that add a different flavour to the show!
Jane Nicola Douglas
Jane Nicola is an independent Soul-Folk Singer- Songwriter, International Music Educator with a curious traveling spirit currently in Shanghai Originally from the UK, Jane Nicola has gigged and recorded in Hong Kong, Singapore, China and the UK. Many say a reminiscent touch of Joni Mitchell, Nina Simone and Joan Armatrading combined!