Premiere: Singer/Songwriter Autumn Nicholas Elevates Equal Rights in New Single “Side by Side”

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A passionate acoustic performance full of warmth and light, Autumn Nicholas’ “Side by Side” is a stirring, timely song of unity and equal rights.
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We are all uniquely beautiful, beyond our gender, circumstance and skin, no one more than the other.

Tender and sweet, Autumn Nicholas’ new single rings out with dazzling conviction and heartfelt intent. A passionate acoustic performance full of warmth and light, “Side by Side” is a stirring, timely song of unity and equal rights.

Side by Side - Autumn Nicholas

Side by Side – Autumn Nicholas

Secretly, it’s inspiring
The uncertainty keeps us circling
And abiding by old smoke screens
Their withholding
The fear is really not knowing
I can’t understand why
We all just keep taking sides
why can’t we sympathize?
if we really care
about each other’s lives
Then let’s go and make it right
Standing side by side
Oh for equal rights

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “Side by Side,” Autumn Nicholas’ second single of 2020 following May’s release, “Light.” A singer/songwriter hailing from Raleigh, North Carolina, Nicholas debuted nearly a decade with a groovy electro-acoustic soul-pop sound and has been dazzling local audiences throughout the East Coast ever since. Her debut EP Chapter 1 was released in 2016.

Autumn Nicholas © 2020

Autumn Nicholas © 2020

A black and queer artist, Nicholas has “made it her mission to highlight the differences that make us all beautiful,” according to her latest press release; “Side by Side” finds that mission coming to life with profound resonance, with direct lyrics that speak to our common bonds. Uplifting and positive, Nicholas’ message is nothing short of inspirational.

anxiety seems puzzling
Our history books really don’t mean nothing
This oppression got me feeling like
We’re divided by
A million questions why
Should we be color blind
All this hate inside

“This song is about fighting for the right to be YOU without fear, or feeling uncomfortable in your own skin,” Nicholas tells Atwood Magazine. “To Love and respect without judgment. We ache for the liberty and justice for all and ‘Side by Side’ is the anthem about it.”

Diving deeper, she shares, “‘Side by Side’ is a song focused on how we are all uniquely beautiful, beyond our gender, circumstance and skin, no one more than the other. This song is about both sides of understanding, unifying our differences by never seeing a difference…”

There will never be enough songs about equality. Stripped down and still full of strength, Nicholas’ anthem is a particularly special listen: To hear the artist raising her voice in a charged “oh“, soaring over her acoustic guitar, one is reminded that it is on each of us, individually, to do our part in speaking up and speaking out – of speaking truth to power in recognizing everyone’s right to live, and live in peace.

Autumn Nicholas © 2020

Autumn Nicholas © 2020

Feverish and unapologetic, Autumn Nicholas stands by her strong, uplifting words as her music does the talking.

“Side by Side” is a unifying outpouring of love and kinship; it’s the reminder we all need that we are one, in body and spirit; that all of us are created equal.

Stream “Side by Side” exclusively on Atwood Magazine! The track is out everywhere this Friday, September 18, 2020.

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