Nick grew up in Brier, Washington, and was introduced to bluegrass music at a very young age by his dobro-playing grandfather. He often listened to his grandfather’s country gospel band rehearse and was so inspired by the fiddle player that he started learning to play the violin in his school orchestra class when he was 12 years old. Nick soon began taking private fiddle lessons and then joined the family band The Three Generations, formed by his grandfather, his mother and his aunt.
After learning to play mandolin, guitar and banjo and to sing lead and harmony vocals, Nick became a co-founder of the popular Northwest-based bluegrass band Northern Departure. He soon became known as a highly respected mandolin player and singer in the region and co-founded another very popular bluegrass band called North Country Bluegrass, touring both regionally and nationally.
In 2015, Nick was very pleased to relocate to become the new Special Consensus mandolin player. He made his Special C recording debut on the 2016 Compass Records band release “Long I Ride,” which received the 2016 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year Award for the tune “Fireball.” Nick also appeared on the 2018 Compass Records band release “Rivers And Roads” that won two IBMA awards (one for Album of the Year) and a GRAMMY nomination for Best Bluegrass Album.
In late 2019, Nick released his first ever solo recording called "Story of a Beautiful Life". Joinging Nick on the album are some of the best musicians and singers in the industry today! Also in late 2019, Nick decided get off the road with Special C to stay home a little bit more with his new wife Hana.
He is focusing more on teaching mandolin lessons on Skype and in person lessons. He is also part of The Fiddler's Farm at his home in Sturgeon Bay, WI. A stunning century old barn that has been restored into a music and wedding venue. He is part of the house band at the Farm now which consists of his wife, Hana, on fiddle, his father in-law, Dan, on guitar, and his mother in-law, Teri, on bass! Along with other fantastic musicians that join in! More information on The Fiddler's Farm can be found at www.thefiddlersfarm.com. Keep an eye out for Nick on the road as well! He will be filling in with various artists along with building tours with good friends!