Nico Padden is a one-woman folk-rock riot. Ben Folds said she has “a big voice, gorgeous voice,” and that her song Pirate Queen is “original and classic at the same time.” Her 2016 album A Light in the Dark,’ with songs about finding hope amidst difficult circumstances, was a Long Island local sleeper hit, selling over 1,000 copies and streaming over 3,000 times. Her songs have been compared to Alanis Morisette’s work in Newsday, and Smithtown Matters News called her a “soulful singer & lyricist.” Her newest album, recorded & mixed by Kevin Kelly at The Workshoppe East in Huntington, is due for release in 2021. Entitled, “Pirate Queen,” the work is a mix of Americana, vintage pop/rock, and folk that celebrates the strength of the fierce, brave women in her life. Pirate Queen is about taking back the crown that is rightfully yours, even if by slightly unorthodox means.