There’s a lot to say about vulnerability.
The way that we fear how people will see us if we show them. The way we can’t stand to look deep inside if it means we’re to face the demons we’ve buried. Sometimes we write and write and write and nothing comes out but sometimes - just sometimes - we write and something beautiful happens.
Nicotine rose from the stories that Brianna Zepeda had yet to tell. The ones that kept her up at night, the ones that haunted her like the broken record memories that we ignore until they come out in fits of passion. With those stories, An Open Letter was born. Seven full tracks of raw, passionate, and vulnerable sentiments, drawn out from love; From being a pansexual afrolatina; From Houston-meets-New York-meets-paper and pen; From trying to find home when you’ve left the only place you’ve ever called home; From the stories of natural disasters that call us back. A moment in time led to releasing the album digitally and never looking into the past. Soon after, Nicotine performed live in Nylon studios and received critical acclaim from Afropunk, Hilly Dilly, Refinery29 and more, touting Nicotine “provides us with licks of soul, R&B, funk and early 2000s hip-hop. Her sound ranges from laid-back summer sensations to purely honest, soulful sounds.” (HYPEBAE)
Nicotine has more to say, of course, and is currently touring An Open Letter in 2019 and focusing on writing her follow-up EP, set to release late-2019.
Twenty-Three Years In: An Interview with Nicotine - WBRU
Tune-In Tuesdays #17: An Open Letter by Nicotine - The Burgundy Zine
At Noise Pop 2019, the Opening Acts Stole the Show - KQED
Here Are 10 Fiery Female Artists to Follow in 2018 - Hypebae
Meet The Next Generation Of Music Superstars - Refinery 29
NEO-SOUL GROUP NICOTINE’S FAMOUS HONEY’S “THE FIRST TIME” WILL MAKE YOU FEEL NOSTALGIC FOR ROMANCE YOU’VE NEVER EVEN HAD - Afropunk
10 Artists To Listen To If You Love Frank Ocean - Baeble Music
Soundcheck: The 24 Best Music Releases Of The Week - Nylon Magazine
“Pull Up” - Hilly Dilly
New Music: Nicotine's Famous Honey "Pull Up" - Eucalypt Music
NEW MUSIC, NEW GOALS, NEW LOVE: WHY NICOTINE DIDN’T LET DEPRESSION DEFEAT HER - Pink Productions
Underapprecaited Album Alert: Nicotine’s Famous Honey - An Open Letter Trend Prive Magazine
RECENT RELEASE: AN OPEN LETTER
2019 - Touring as main support for SALES. Played official SXSW showcase. Previewed “Running” music video at Austin Music Video Festival. Playlisted on several of Spotify’s monthly “Cosmic Playlists” curated by Chani Nicholas. Song “Bantu Knots and Boudain” used as theme song for web series “GROWN.”
2018 - Added to Spotify’s “Low-key” and “Bedroom Pop” playlists. Performed live in studio set at NYLON.