Nicholas Mrozinski was toiling away for years, trying to catch a break in the music business, when the Minnesota-based singer/songwriter landed a spot on Season 3 of NBC’s “The Voice” in 2012. Performing under the name Nicholas David for Cee Lo Green’s team, he became a fan favorite before ultimately finishing in third place.
The television audience fell in love with David’s soulful vocals and he showcases more of that old-school sound on latest EP “Make Hope.” It’s a ear-pleasing gathering of six tunes that should please the hirsute performer’s fans and possibly generate some new ones along the way.
“When your dreams turn to reality, the journey takes steam and gathers a new momentum,” David says of the new short-player. “It’s a blessed road to walk and live out your dreams but with that comes great responsibility. I feel to the core of my being that’s what ‘Make Hope’ is all about.”
David flirts with greatness on a six-track release that falls just short of essential. Among the standouts here are “Monsters Sleep,” “Lonely,” “Never Give Up” and “Something Big.” Here’s hoping David’s next project is truly special. (Jeffrey Sisk)