Rock’n Beach Cities – Nick Daugherty at The Lighthouse
by Shaun Hague | Original Article
Los Angeles-based singer/ songwriter Nick Daugherty will be performing tracks from his debut album, “Movin’ Higher,” Saturday, May 23, at The Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.
The 28-year-old has had quite an unusual musical path. By day, he works as a hi-tech software engineer and by night takes to the stages of Hollywood. Growing up in Louisiana, Daugherty spent his days listening to Green Day, playing the 3 guitar chords his grandfather taught him. Unlike most singer/songwriters who tend to name James Taylor or The Beatles as influences, Daugherty’s are far vaster and touch upon many genres. Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Mayer and Sam Cooke all fall into his list of inspirations; and one of them had a lot to do with his quest for being a musician.
“I heard John Mayer back in 1999 and instantly knew he was something different,” Daugherty said. “He had great songs and sang them well, but it was his guitar chops that dumbfounded me. It smacked me in the forehead and made me realize I had a lot of work to do.”
After high school, Daugherty enlisted in the military and was stationed at Los Angeles Air Force Base.
“I was working on satellites for the military in this vault with no doors or windows or anything,” he said. “Nice work if you can get it, but it wasn’t for me.”
Eventually, the Air Force came around and was asking for volunteers to leave the service as they had too many people working in his field. Raising his hand, Daugherty opted to opt out and focused intently on his much-desired music career.
This Saturday at The Lighthouse, Daugherty will be giving the South Bay crowd a taste of his debut CD. The album is almost three years in the making and was produced by Mandi Martin, who formerly managed Ray Charles’ publishing company and worked with some of the biggest soul artists of the 1960s and 1970s. The Hermosa Beach show, which opens at 1 p.m., coincides with the release of “Movin’ Higher” on iTunes.
“There’s so much diversity on this album,” said Daugherty. “Songs range from sounding like Foo Fighters, Jack Johnson and Otis Redding.”
When he is not performing, Daugherty still works for a tech company in which he consults quite a bit with NASA, JPL and various other aerospace engineering companies. The 9-to-5 day job doesn’t seem to be affecting his pursuit of a career in music. Music Connection just named him one of the “Top 100 Unsigned Artists of 2009” and he is playing all around Los Angeles.
For more information, visit www.nickdaugherty.com