Born in Cork city Nicole Maguire’s frequent performances across Ireland led to a tour with Texan singer Nanci Griffith. ‘ learned an awful lot from those gigs. It was just me and my guitar and a theatre full of people.” At twenty five years of age, after over ten years of writing songs, Nicole sent a demo of two of her self-penned tunes to producer Mitchell Froom which led to an invitation to Froom’s Santa Monica Studio to record her debut album ‘What You Really Mean’. The studio band included Elvis Costello’s drummer Pete Thomas, Crosby Stills and Nash’s Bob Glaub and Val McCallum, Sheryl Crow and Lucinda Williams guitarist. Backing vocals were by Vonda Shepard. The album was engineered by Grammy award winning David Boucher. Maguire recalls an incredible energy and momentum to the sessions. ‘We did it live. We just went in and played ’till we loved it. I hoped to create something that I could be proud of. I think I did that.’ The album is profoundly emotional with a homespun lyricism that recalls Lucinda Williams & Bonnie Raitt’s early 70’s recordings and Christine McVie song craft in Fleetwood Mac. Since recording the album, Nicole has performed at the INEC Killarney opening for Don McLean, shared the stage with Damien Dempsey, Vince Gill, Glen Hansard, Kenny Rogers, Donovan, Lucinda Williams, Paul Brady, plus a host of others.
In September 2013 Nicole toured the U.S with Damien Dempsey. In March 2014, her album was launched in Ireland along with the release of the single ‘Hard Love’ which was play listed on radio stations nationwide. Nicole also appeared on several radio shows including Newstalk 106’s number one show hosted by Pat Kenny. Nicole and band also performed live on Ireland’s flagship T.V show, The Late Late Show in early April. Two Irish tours and a tour of Switzerland followed this TV appearance and towards the middle of May Nicole was invited back to the U.S again in the company of Damien Dempsey to share the first half of his summer U.S. tour. This trip was to include some fabulous Nicole performances in Boston, New York and San Francisco. Nicole is now back in Ireland planning a string of dates for later this year to support the upcoming release of her next single. Including a trip to Switzerland in early December.