Featured in issue 3 of Marker
Nuela Charles conquers many different styles of music with her voice. From rock to soul to alternative roots, all genres fit the tone of her voice and make her the expressive artist she is. She’s one who can make you feel emotion through the tones in her voice. As Nuela continues developing her smooth and soulfully alternative music, she’s taking her sound outside of Edmonton and sharing her gift with audiences throughout Canada and worldwide at different music festivals. Who knows what the future will bring for Nuela, but it seems safe to say that at this moment, the only way for her to go is up as she draws-in fans with the sincerity of her music.
How do you describe your music style?
I call it alternative soul. I’m heavily influenced by alternative rock, and that definitely makes its way into my music with the electric guitar and electronic elements.
Do you remember the first album you listened to that made you think, “I want to be a musician”?
I grew up singing along to Mariah Carey’s Emotions album and Whitney Houston, but when I heard Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill, I wanted to have a band!
What bands/musicians do you like to listen to today?
I listen to a lot of everything. What’s been on repeat lately are: Lianna La Havas, The Neighbourhood, Local Natives, Selah Sue, Kimbra and Justin Timberlake.
What does Edmonton have to offer musicians compared to bigger Canadian cities?
I think Edmonton has a great community of musicians. I also think it allows you to find your niche and to flourish within it.
Where’s your favourite spot to unwind in this city?
I enjoy Transcend and ROAST, but my favourite thing to do is chill at home and listen to music.
What’s your next big project?
I have two major showcases coming up, CMJ in New York City and Halifax Pop Explosion in October. Then I’m heading to Switzerland for a small acoustic tour. I’ve been starting to write for the new project, but no dates have been solidified yet. I’m definitely going to take my time with the next one.