February 1st, 2015 Last Updated on: February 1st, 2015
Social Media fans know Nicole Lybarger as the founder of “Natives Got Talent”, which spotlights talented Natives throughout the USA and Canada. Yet, this skillful singer is a popular songwriter and songstress in her own right. Nicole honors her Ojibwe/Sioux/German heritage, while she unifies talented artists from various tribes.
Interview by Dawn Karima, Native Culture Editor
DK: Natives Got Talent! You're great about showcasing Native musical artists and telling the world about the talent in Native America. Now, please tell us about you?
NL: Hello, I'm Nicole Lybarger and I am enrolled at the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa and right now living in Mission South Dakota. I am Ojibwe, Sioux and German. I love singing and writing my own songs, but I find free instrumentals online. I only rap to get the words I want to say out. I also want to learn to play the guitar this year.
DK: Super exciting! Have you been singing all your life?
NL: I'm not sure when I first started my passion of singing, but I know when I first heard Whitney Houston's “I will always love you” and I bought the “Bodyguard” I was 8 years old and I wanted to sing like Whitney. I guess, I learned to sing listening to Whitney Houston. I never had singing lessons, but I wish I did. In 1997 I moved to South Dakota. I sang at a church “The Red Hall” in Parmelee with my sister and her friends in I think 1999. I really loved singing there and I miss it. I Love singing for the Lord! I wrote poetry and tried turning them into songs.
In Middle School/High School, I would be in plays, such as Sleeping Beauty. I acted as Sleeping Beauty and I played the Clarinet and sang “Oh Holy Night” at a Christmas Program at St. Francis Indian School and would later graduate in 2003. I met my wonderful husband,Eduardo in 2004 and I got married in August 2006. I would just sing at Karaoke bars and anywhere I could sing, but in 2011 is when I started actually writing songs that I would sing and later on perform. I try to learn how to make my own beats and I write and perform songs, which are available on my Facebook page and youtube
DK: What's new in your life and music these days?
NL: In April 2013, I had my beautiful baby boy Israel. Having my son changed my life for the better and I got closer to God. I thank God for all my blessings! I was asked to perform at the “For The Love of Hiphop Show” in Mission South Dakota on November 22, 2014 I performed one of my songs for the first time “He's On His Way” and sang a cover of “I Have Nothing” by Whitney Houston. I was nervous, but it was fun! Then, I got asked to have a Conversation with the Lovely Dawn Karima on her Radio Show! Blessings after Blessings, The Lord is Good! right now I plan on making more music!
DK: You will! Why do you think you're so motivated to make music?
NL: Music makes me happy and I love writing my own music. Natives are all about Love! I started performing in Church; because I love singing for God! I won some Karaoke Contests haha… I guess my love for singing and supporters gives me confidence to keep on going and then maybe I will get to where I'm supposed to be.
DK: How does your Tribal heritage appear in your music?
NL: I sing about Love and Helping others, praying, forgiveness, and I sing about our Lord Jesus Christ. I was taught by my Grandma and Mother to help others and I think by sending good messages in my music, maybe it would help at least one person. I pray my music is good enough to help others and to fill them with Love and hopefully Repentance and to change their ways and Love, Forgive, and Help one another. I want to teach the young people about God and that he had a son, Jesus and that he came to this world and died on the cross for our sins, so that we can go to heaven. Jesus is alive and He is coming for His people! Jesus is Lord!
DK: You help so many others and I thank you for that, by sharing the songs and skills of other Native Artists! How have you overcome the tribulations in your own career?
NL: We all have many obstacles that we have to overcome and mine was partying and drinking too much. Now that I have a son my life is better, but there are temptations and I think a glass of wine is ok, but being drunk is condemned. I have strong beliefs, but I think a performer should never think they are better than others. They should interact with fans and help others.
DK: Who are some of your favorite musicians? Why?
NL: Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Lauryn Hill, Beyonce, Selena Quintanilla, Aaliyah, Alicia Keys! Great Performers and Amazing Voices! Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Prince! In Native country, Jana Mashonee, Second Hand Socialites, Lost in Irrelevance, Gabe Night Shield and Frank Waln has great energy and is helping the Natives to rise! They all help in some way and they are great people!
DK: If you could offer any advice to someone who would like to learn more and possibly start performing,what would it be?
NL: Write music of importance. Write from the heart. You can do it yourself, don't sign any contracts! Don't be prideful; be humble!
DK: I'm sure we're all eager to hear your songs! What would you like us to know that we don't already know about you?|
NL: I have a page an Artist page on Facebook, if you want to Like it! https://www.facebook.com/NativeAmericanSinger Instagram and Twitter http://instagram.comlov/voicene https://twitter.com/VoiceNLove
I do covers of songs and share them on my pages for fun! I have a page for sharing Native Talent and I am an admin for Native America's Got Talent at
https://www.facebook.com/natives.gottalent ! Thank You for your time! Love, Forgive, Always Pray and Repent! Get Baptized Immersion! Jesus is coming and we are living in the endtimes if you don't already know! Read the Bible! THANK YOU SO MUCH!
DK: Thank you for sharing our beyond beautiful Native talent!
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