My Story

Award Winning Classical Artist,  Nicola Cassells, “The Girl with the Golden Voice” is a talented Contemporary Soprano from Scotland. Her Repertoire includes Classical Arias, Modern Popular Songs, Musical Theatre, Hymns, and Traditional Scottish Music.

“I remember my Gran teaching me the lyrics to Somewhere Over The Rainbow. As a young girl I fell in love with the music and from then I just felt that I had to sing.” At the age of 14 Nicola had her first experience singing in public as a soloist in local choir Ayrshire Voices, where her signature song with the choir became the one her Gran taught her.

Music became the biggest part of her life throughout her teenage years. “I couldn’t get enough and used to practice songs in my bedroom all night long. I spent hours and hours in my room pouring over every vowel, sound and note until I could perfect them.”

Nicola Cassells

At the age of 19, Nicola caught the attention of the public when she featured on a Scottish television show called ‘The Hour’. It was while working in her local Jewellers, during her lunch break that she plucked up the courage to get up on stage in the local shopping centre and perform Time To Say Goodbye. It was later broadcasted on the show. The reaction from the audience and from the TV presenters was wonderful, and her performance was aired several times in the few weeks that followed.

Nicola has had the great privilege of performing at many events such as The Grosvenor in London at the Retail Trust Search for a Star Final competition in which she was crowned the winner after a ‘virtuoso’ performance of the Sarah Brightman classic Time to Say Goodbye, in front of a 1200 crowd which included celebrities from TV, music and the leading figures from the retail industry. She then went on to perform in a few interesting and diverse places such as a shop window of The House of Fraser in Oxford St, Heathrow Terminal 5, and even performing on top of a double-decker bus at a fireworks show!

In 2011, Nicola performed the Andrew Lloyd Webber classic Love Never Dies at The Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow, backed by a 50-piece orchestra. That same year she performed at The New Scottish Awards in The Classic Grand in Glasgow and very proudly performed Flower of Scotland live in front of 17,000 people at Ayr Racecourse for the Scottish Grand National. In the same year Nicola successfully headlined her own Christmas Concerts with Smooth Radio at Kelvingrove Art Gallery/Museum in Glasgow and at Dunblane Cathedral.

Nicola has performed on stage alongside many artists such as The Saturdays, Olly Murs, Joe Elderly, Darius Campbell, Diana Vickers, The MacDonald Brothers and Kassidy.

In 2012, Nicola signed her first publishing and Recording Contract to make an EP with Guardian Angel Records. During this time Nicola worked with label founder and Scottish Singer/Songwriter Sandi Thom and collaborated with the Aberdeen born hip-hop duo SHY&DRS on their track ‘Heart Of Stone’ (which features on their debut album Before Too Long).
”I absolutely loved doing that,” Nicola said. ”I teamed up with SHY & DRS because I wanted to do something different, the mix of Hip-Hop and Classical works surprisingly well.”
Nicola’s first ever EP ‘Somewhere In Time’ was then released by Guardian Angel Records and made available to download on iTunes and Amazon.


A few of the highlights in 2012 for Nicola was having the honour of performing her dream role, Christine Daae from ‘Phantom Of The Opera’ for an evening at The Enable Scotland Ball in Kelvingrove Museum alongside Jonathan Collins who played the Role of ‘Phantom’ and also having the opportunity to perform Parla Piu Piano (The Love Theme from The Godfather) at the Sage in Newcastle.
As well as her love of singing she dedicates a lot of time to being a part of various Charity events. Among these are a variety of children’s charities and organisations supporting our armed forces, such as Combat Stress.

Nicola is an official Ambassador for Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland alongside Patron Duncan Bannatyne, to whom she had the privilege of meeting after singing at The Duncan Bannantyne Ball. Having performed at a few of their Fundraising events, such as their annual Burns Supper, Nicola was very honoured to be asked to be Ambassador. She has recently been involved in their new campaign ‘Duncan’s Dirty Deeds’ in which she featured on the front page of The Evening Times after being photographed cleaning up with Glasgow City Council in her Marigolds!

2013 was another exciting year. She started it off with a very busy January singing at Various Burns suppers, performing classics such as Ae Fond Kiss, My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose and Flow Gently Sweet Afton.

Nicola was thrilled to perform at the re-opening of the Local Gaiety Theatre in Ayr, having grown up singing there. “I was honoured to perform in the Gaiety again, it feels like home”. She then performed again at one of their monthly Studio Sessions in April.

Highlights of 2013 encompassed performing for an inspirational group of women including Olympic Champions at The 50th Scotswoman of the Year awards in association with The Evening Times and The Herald newspaper. Another highlight of the year was performing at the prestigious venue The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall accompanied by a 52-piece orchestra as part of Tom Daniels Classic Musicals in September and The Christmas Concert in December. Nicola performed the classics Falling In Love With Love, Many A New Day and Till There was You.

The year came to a fitting end with a festive performance at The Glasgow City Chambers for the Scottish Spina Bifida Christmas Celebrations Event.


2014 also brought various singing engagements including various concerts at The Ayr Gaiety Theatre, Trump Turnberry Hotel, Kelburn Castle and Kelvingrove Museum, with events such as Charity Balls and awards ceremonies. Some of the years highlights included performing live on the STV Riverside show where she sang Nessun Dorma and White Christmas. Nicola also featured in the special Festive Edition of The prestigious Ayrshire Magazine.

Nicola kicked of her year at singing at Trump Turnberry, a venue in which Nicola has became somewhat of a regular! Throughout the year Nicola appeared at  Venues such as Sarti’s Resturant, Loch Lomond Shores, The Hilton and The Beacon Arts Centre where she appeared alongside and dueted with Keith Jack.

In July, 2015. Nicola was inviyed to one of the biggest para swimming events in the world, The 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships where she sang our national anthem ‘God Save The Queen’.

To Top of an amazing year, Nicola also had the incredible honour of meeting her idol Katherine Jenkins!

This brings us to the present year 2016, (where does the time go?!), which looks set to be another busy year! It has began with a special performance of ‘My Love is Like A Red Red Rose’ on STV’s Live at Five Show. With lots of bookings all ready in the diary right up until January of next year we are excited to see what the year will bring!

Nicola is currently working on new collaborations with Hip-Hop Duo SHY & DRS and also on her new album which will be available to purchase soon!

For more information on past and  future events and news please check out the ‘Updates’ section.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all so much for all your continued support. It means a lot!! Lots of love, Nicola xx”


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