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Movin’ Higher #1 Rated CD in Music Connection Magazine!!

Posted: Jan 16, 2010

The Music Connection review is finally here, and we couldn’t be more pleased.  Nick got the highest rating of the month (and so far the highest of the year) with his debut release, scoring a whopping 8.2 out of 10 points.

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Movin’ Higher Review on Mossip

Posted: Jun 3, 2009

by Andrea Guy, writing for Mossip | Original article

Nick Daugherty has a pleasing voice so its no surprise that he was chosen to be one of the “Top 100 Unsigned Artists” by Music Connection. His songwriting is uplifting and fun. Perhaps the only downer about the guy is that he’s almost interchangeable with artists like Gavin Degraw, Jason Mraz and John Mayer. That doesn’t matter because Nick’s debut Movin’ Higher is so good, you’ll keep playing it until the disc is worn out.

You’ll cheer him on as he tries to muster up the courage to speak to the girl of his dreams in “Out Of My League.” And you nod in agreement as he calls off on “Sick Day,” which is one song that just about everyone except maybe Paris Hilton can identify with. It is the every man style of his songwriting that makes Nick’s songs stand out from his peers. Perhaps it’s the 14 years of guitar experience he has and the 8 years writing songs, but whatever it is, Nick’s songs have a certain appeal, because they are open and honest and sometimes even painful.

Nick paints a picture with each song, especially Jaime. You don’t need a video to accompany the song to picture a loving relationship unfolding. The lyrics do that for you. Just as you can feel and see his heartbreak as he sings “Giving You Up” a song about the painful breakup of a not only a lover but also another friend. I Won’t Stand For Watching You Fall Down a song about an attempted suicide will break your heart as you listen.

There’s no glitz or gimmicks to Movin’ Higher, its just great songwriting and a voice that seems familiar and that’s what will draw people in. You’ll listen to one song and say, isn’t that….and with a shake of the head of someone else, you’ll ask…well then isn’t it? Until someone finally says “That’s Nick Daugherty.” and you scramble off to find Movin’ Higher because you’ll want to hear more and more of his unforgettable and so true to life lyrics.

Its not often that an album can really touch a part of you so completely, but this one does. Nick writes about life and love in a way that so few can, and he does it beautifully so that you savor each moment of the music hes sharing with us. You go through the ups and downs and all those moments in between on Movin’ Higher and you’ll love every minute of it.

If you try one new artist this year, let it be Nick Daugherty. He may not have a new sound but the music he’s giving us is too wonderful to be passed over.

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Rock’n Beach Cities – Nick Daugherty at The Lighthouse

Posted: May 20, 2009

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.

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Music Connection Review, Nov 2008 issue

Posted: Nov 1, 2008

My first review just came out in the November issue. Can I get a woot woot?

Witty musician with a strong work ethic

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Review from Heartland Public Radio

Posted: Sep 5, 2008

Nick just got a great write-up from Roweena Muldavin of Heartland Public Radio!

As though waiting for the other shoe to drop, songwriters often await the anticipated visit from the Muse, and it often comes in the middle of the night. Artists don’t always have the luxury of devoting all their time to their craft and take on various day jobs to pay the bills, thus finding themselves immersed in two worlds.

With the stream of consciousness flowing continually, sometimes these worlds collide. Which brings us to Nick Daugherty, a most stunning songwriter who, in the song, “Sick Day,” wakes up tired from loss of sleep the night before and decides he needs some time for himself, even if it’s just to veg out for a day.

Nick’s lyrics are keenly articulate and clever. For example, in a line from the song, “cause my back aches, I’m in dire straits,” though unintentional, serves as an excellent metaphor for this collision of worlds as the stress (aches) of one’s job invariably collides with the music (dire straits) playing in the songwriter’s mind.

What a gift this young man has — I can’t wait for his debut CD!

Rowena Muldavin
Heartland Public Radio

Thanks Roweena and HPR, and the check’s in the mail! 😉

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My First Music Review –

Posted: Jul 25, 2007

I just got some really cool news that I just had to share.

Seems my podcast with Dave Jackson has generated a bunch of interest around the net, and has earned me my first music review before my CD even comes out!

I bet this song [1000 Times Tonight] could melt just about any woman. Under the right circumstances like a first date, anniversary, romantic surprise, etc you could really fan the flames with this tune. I just know there are love scenes everywhere just begging for a song like this.

»Click here to read the article.

Just wanted to say thanks to Corey from for the kind words and review. You made my day, man.

Whether you are a musician, music fan, entrepreneur or human being you will appreciate Nick Daugherty’s story. He is a musician who decided it was time to be proactive in the search for his dream. His story is inspiring and a great life lesson for us all. He reminds us all that dreams are not something that come looking for us but something we must actively seek out.

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