Amber-Dawn Nicholas

Amber-Dawn has been performing worldwide for many years as a violinist/fiddler and singer with the now disbanded Arista Sony Nashville signed group, Jypsi. Known well for her enthusiastic stage presence, smooth vocals and dynamic fiddle playing, AD was sought after by other Nashville musicians and acts to perform when scheduling would allow. With Jypsi, she has had the opportunity to play many prestigious venues including Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, South By Southwest (SXSW), Stagecoach, and a host of venues across North America and Europe.

She has made several appearances on the Grand Ole Opry and at the Ryman Auditorium and has toured and performed with several major artists including Darius Rucker, Ronnie Milsap, and Hootie &the Blowfish. She has also gained invaluable experience working in the studio with many of the world’s top record producers such as Don Was, Nathan Chapman, Tony Brown, Blake Chancey, Frank Liddell, and Cowboy Jack Clement. Amber-Dawn says the time spent collaborating with other artists and musicians including Tara Nevins of Donna the Buffalo, Sarah Lou Richards, and the late Vassar Clements helped to broaden her musical chops and perspectives as well as performing and writing songs with her husband, Bobby Nicholas.

They still write and perform as the duo BAD Nicholas on occasion. Born in Northwestern Illinois, Amber-Dawn has lived all over the United States, and after making her home in Nashville Tennessee for many years, she is thrilled to live in Canada and has settled in the fabulous city of Toronto. AD has several degrees, including a Bachelor of Arts in English and Music and is passionate about teaching children. “I am very excited about being a part of Big John and look forward to many fun, musical adventures with this band.” While she directs her energy toward teaching and performing, her most important work is being a mom to her twin daughters, Emily and Olivia.