A successful artist, wife, and mother of three, Nicole C. Mullen took a few moments
out recently from her crazy schedule to answer a few questions about life on the road, multi-tasking,
and her new record Everyday People...
This interview took place in August, 2004
Jesus freak Hideout: When did you know you wanted to get into music and how did you get started?
Nicole C. Mullen:
I grew up singing in church with my family starting around the age of 2. When I was about 12 years old, I started
writing songs and later started recording demos which led to my first recording contract.
JFH: So we hear that your nickname is "Bubbles". Can you tell us the story behind it?
When I was little I was chubby. One day I got stuck under the sink and my dad said, “Come on out from under there Bubbles, come out, come out!” So after that, the name just stuck. :)
JFH: How are you able to balance being a professional musician and a mother of three?
With a lot of prayer.
JFH: What do you do to stay Spiritually focused while on the road?
Pray, read my bible, have good people around me keeping me accountable.
JFH: Your brand new record "Everyday People" releases September 14th. What were some of your musical influences for the project?
Mostly I was influenced by everyday people. Often when I’m writing, the people I’m seeing in my head are the people
I’ve seen at my concerts—people who have e-mailed me or sent me letters afterward. It definitely let’s me know that
I’m singing for a hurting audience—vulnerable people who are crying out to God, people who are going through
circumstances, people who are ‘everyday’. Songs like “Bye, Bye Brianna”, “Valorie” and others show this.
JFH: How, if at all, did you approach the songwriting and recording process of this record differently than on previous projects?
Nicole: As far as songwriting—I wanted to write a message of hope. Creatively, this was the first time
I got to produce a number of the songs myself.
JFH: What is the story behind the song "Bye Bye Brianna"?
Nicole: Two years ago, we were in Michigan, and after a concert, I was fortunate enough to meet this little,
blind girl, Brianna. I was telling her how cute she was. I said, ‘Girl, your mama has your hair looking good, and your
clothes.’ I took her fingers and let her feel my face, and I was saying, ‘Girl, I got a big ol’ nose don’t I?’ She was
laughing. After leaving, she stayed in my heart for several weeks. She wound up drowning at a blind camp. The thing
that sparked me about Brianna—it hit me hard that there are things that we don’t know about, because we can’t see.
There are things that we, with our natural bodies, we can’t know about. So to say that we can’t believe something
because we can’t see doesn’t make sense. If you limit things only to what you can see then really you’ve limited
JFH: What inspired "Valorie"?
It’s about a combination of people. Valerie is a lady we knew that was in our church and she had three kids.
David and I are like, ‘Let’s say something off the word Valerie’—Valorie, with the spelling from the word meaning
valor, or bravery. So we did a play on words there and we saw in this Valerie that we knew some strength, just even
in the midst of her being on welfare or whatever it was, she was developing character. She had one child that was
handicapped and two other kids, no father in the house, and she was determined to get off the system. We chose to
write about that and in the midst of it, it became more than just Valerie. It became other women. It’s a mantra for
JFH: What is your favorite song on "Everyday People" and why?
Nicole: I can’t choose my favorite! That’s like someone asking you to choose your favorite child.
They all have a special spot in my heart from ‘This This’ about how I gotta be myself to the struggles of a single
mom on “Valorie” to the mantras of every person on “Gon’ be Free” to the declarations of who God is on “I Am”— I like
JFH: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Nicole: Hopefully smack-dab in the middle of God’s will whatever that may be.
JFH: What is your ideal day off from being on the road?
Nicole: Going out to a good movie, reading a good book, hangin’ out with my kids, husband & good friends.
JFH: What is your favorite movie?
Nicole: Count of Monte Cristo, The Wedding Planner, The Last Samurai, The Passion of The Christ
JFH: Favorite book?
Nicole: Anything by Francine Rivers and Bock & Bodie Thoene
JFH: Favorite Bible verse?
Nicole: John 3:17
JFH: How does it apply to your life?
Nicole: It helps me to remember that God did not come to condemn me, but to save me and in that, I see His mercy.