A little over a year ago, I received an email from a European manager, to work with his client, who was preparing to record a CD. I was asked to sign a confidentiality agreement, because of his celebrity. The name of the student wasn’t revealed to me, yet. I signed the confidentiality agreed and sent it back to the manager. It was all a bit cryptic… a bit of a mystery.
Not long after, I received a call to schedule two 3-hour evening sessions with someone who would become one of my dearest friends.
The limo pulled up to my studio and this great looking model, Nick Hissom was standing before me. I said, “Oh, I know who you are!“. I just happen to read every fashion magazine out there, and recognized him. What I also recognized was his last name, His mother, the beautiful Andrea Hissom, had recently married Steve Wynn, here in Las Vegas, the same day as the Royal’s wedding of William and Kate.
Nick is natural, and down to earth, and we got on beautifully from the start. We dug in right away. I gave him breathing and stamina exercises, and we went through them hour after hour. Because of his traveling, the lessons were intense, marathon experiences.
Nick is not only a model, but a student in Pennsylvania. If he had a week here, he would come to my studio every night, and we started writing songs as well. He has a natural voice. What was so sweet was that he wanted to video tape himself doing a Sinatra song for his stepdad. How sweet that was, so we did it, and he was pretty good!
Then he called and said “Steve and mum want you to have dinner with us.” I met them at the Japanese restaurant at the Wynn Hotel, I sat next to Mr. Wynn, and we talked music non-stop. I felt that we were ignoring everyone, but when you are a guest of Mr. Wynn, he knows his music, and by the end of the meal, I believe he knew that I knew my music also. I passed the approval test and enjoyed it, thoroughly.
Nick and I continued to see each other when he is in town. He would take me to dinner, and we wrote a song together. When I was inducted into the Las Vegas Rock Hall of Fame, Nick was so happy for me.
By year’s end the Hall of Fame Concert was crafted into a rockumentary DVD. Nick attended the première and sat with me. It meant the world to me. By then, he had recorded his first single “Killin Tonight”, a collaboration with Manufactured Superstars.
Now, he is signed to a record label and going on tour. It kicks off at Tryst at the Wynn, May 27th, Sunday night, and then a stop in New York . Kenny Ortega is directing his video. Nick is quite the dancer; so worthy of Ortega. He recorded with “Fingadelic Fingazz” at night while rehearsing with Ortega during the day.
- Nick is on the cover of the new Vanity Teen magazine, May issue.
- For tour info and tickets
- Nicks Official website
I cannot tell you how proud I am of him. I wish him all the luck in the world. Nick is a special, nice, caring person whom I am proud to have as a friend and student.
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