Back at Rockwood NYC! 

Hey friends!  I'll be playing on a songwriter round with the Ladybeast Collective again on Saturday, February 3rd at 6pm Stage 1!  Can't wait to see your faces again.

In the meantime I've got holiday music for your listening pleasure.  Hope you have a warm and cozy end to 2023.


Pirate Queen is available anywhere you get your music and for purchase on Bandcamp!Pirate Queen is about taking back the crown that is rightfully yours, even if by slightly unorthodox means. To write the album, I drew both from personal experience as well as reading extensively about real pirate queens from history, particularly Grace O’Malley, Mary Read, and Anne Bonny. I also spent some time sailing on New York’s Great South Bay. The ocean and references to sailing are prevalent, and provide a connecting thread to all of the material.   Pirate Queen is ultimately an uplifting celebration of my strength as a woman who steps outside of the lines, much like the pirate queens of history I was inspired by.   I hope the album is a comfort, salve, and battle cry to woman-identified people who also wish to claim their rightful crown as well.The sound palette is a mix of Americana, vintage pop/rock and folk.  To record the album, I worked with Kevin Kelly at The Workshoppe East recording studio in Huntington, NY--Kevin Kelly who, among a string of other major label and movie credits, recorded Blondie's earliest demos.

The album will be available for stream & download everywhere you listen to music.  I'll also have CD copies available for purchase on my website for you CD-philes out there.

I'm so excited for you to hear what I've been working on for the last couple of years!  


<3 Nico

'Pirate Queen' single comes out October 22nd! 

Pirate Queen is a love song to my friends.  It's a promise that I'll let my freak flag fly as high as I can, to give you permission to do the same.  I think/hope you're going to love it.  Smash that link at the top of the page to pre-save on Spotify so you can hear it right when it drops.


Love you guys.



Pandemic Sale & Weekly Livestream 

I hope you are relatively healthy, safe, and sane from wherever you're sheltering in place right now.   So, I've started a weekly  Livestream Series every Sunday from 7:30-8:30pm EST, where I'll be broadcasting a concert from our living room on Facebook Live. 

My goal is to keep your spirits up and comfort you by singing whatever you want to hear in this time of uncertainty. I've been mixing in piano, ukelele, mandolin, and live looping, and we've been having a great time.  I hope you'll sing along in your pajamas and enjoy a break from the news with me. If you feel so inclined and are able, I'll have a link to my virtual tip jar for you to drop some love into. 

And, if you're so inclined and want some Nico Padden merch, check out the store.  I've now got handmade guitar string bracelets in a variety of sizes and colors (y'all I have too much time on my hands right now, I literally made them all myself.)  Everything in the store is 40% off with code PANDEMIC.

Love & light to you all.  


"A Merry Little Christmas"- listen & share! 

I hope you are having a great start to your holiday season.  Over the summer & fall I recorded a few of my favorite Christmas tunes to give you something fresh to listen to this holiday season.  If you've had a little too much Mariah, head on over to your favorite streaming or download service and check out "A Merry Little Christmas" right now.  




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