Nicole C. Mullen

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Nicole C. Mullen
Birth name Aileen Nicole Coleman
Born (1967-01-03) January 3, 1967 (age 49)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Origin Rockwall, Texas
Genres Contemporary Christian, contemporary gospel
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, choreographer
Instruments Voice, guitar
Years active 1991–present
Labels Frontline, Word
Website www.nicolecmullen.com

Aileen Nicole Coleman-Mullen, known professionally as Nicole C. Mullen, (born January 3, 1967)[1] is an American singer, songwriter, and choreographer. She was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Music career[edit]

While studying at Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas, she joined a vocal group called Living Praise and began pursuing a music career.[2] Under the name Nicole, she recorded her first solo album, Don’t Let Me Go, in 1991 with the independent label Frontline Records, and produced by Tim Miner. She continued her singing-songwriting-choreography career in the 1990s, singing backup for Michael W. Smith and the Newsboys, writing for Jaci Velasquez, and working as a dancer and choreographer with Amy Grant. She also provided backup vocals for the music video at the end of the VeggieTales program, Larry-Boy and the Fib from Outer Space! and the opening of the VeggieTales presentation, Larry-Boy and the Rumor Weed. She was signed to Word Records in 1998 by VP of A&R Brent Bourgeois. Her fourth album, Talk About It, was certified gold for sales in excess of 500,000 copies on April 15, 2008.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Mullen has been married twice. During her first marriage, she endured physical and mental abuse.[3] In 1993, she married singer, songwriter and music producer David Mullen. They divorced in 2014. In a Facebook post, she cited "Biblical reasons" for the divorce.[4] They have three children, one daughter and two sons, one of which was adopted.[2]

Activism[edit]

Mullen established a mentor group for girls called "The Baby Girls Club" where she mentors youth through the arts. Mullen has also been active with the International Needs Network Ghana, an organization that works to free Trokosi slaves in Ghana.[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

Mullen was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame[5] on November 5, 2011. Mullen is the only African-American artist to win the Dove Award for Song of the Year, and Songwriter of the Year.[citation needed]

GMA Dove Awards[edit]

Year Category Work
1998 Song of the Year "On My Knees" (co-writer)
2001 Song of the Year "Redeemer" (songwriter)
Songwriter of the Year
Pop/Contemporary Record of the Year "Redeemer" (singer/songwriter)
2002 Female Vocalist of the Year
Short Form Music Video of the Year "Call on Jesus"
2005 Female Vocalist of the Year
Urban Album of the Year Everyday People

Grammy Award nominations[edit]

Year Category Work
2002 Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year Talk About It
2005 Everyday People

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