This month’s student spotlight belongs to Nico Barboza. Nico is a Senior Music Business Major with a heart for not only worship but also jazz. We had the opportunity to talk with Nico about his life and plans for his future career.
Q: Tell me a little bit about your experiences at Lee.
Nico: During my time at Lee I have had many opportunities to grow as a musician. I have been a part of LeeU Worship for almost four years and was also part of Campus Choir for three semesters. After that I decided that it was time to focus more in my technique and truly dive into what my emphasis consisted of, jazz. That was when I joined Small Jazz under Dr. Nathan Warner. By that point I had been learning jazz concepts, but when I joined the ensemble it was time to finally put into practice all the information I had been given for the last three semesters. There are three people at Lee that I owe everything to for investing in me, believing in me, and above all teaching me everything I need to know for when I graduate and go into the real music business. Those people are Nathan Warner, Shawn Perkinson, and Alan Wyatt. They played a huge role in my music career, as well as personal life and I am forever grateful for them. Because of their guidance and by the grace of God I have had incredible opportunities to work with some of the best musicians in the industry.
Q: What are your plans for your future career?
Nico: The plan is to move to Nashville and work as a musician, whether it’s touring or session work. I have been blessed to work frequently with some of the best musicians and artists in the business, as well as being mentored by them, so I am really excited for that time to come.
Q: What are you doing right now to make these plans happen?
Nico: I am working a lot and networking with different people. I am currently part of a project called The Circle Session, which has been pushing me to be the best musician I can be and has already opened doors for the next chapter in my life. It is in my nature to constantly want to learn something new and discover new things, so it has been the perfect place to find my sound and who I am as a musician while being able to share music and learn from the best around. I am also currently playing for Chris Blue, so that has been a lot of fun. He is easily one of the best artists I have worked with and such an awesome guy. Really, that whole team is awesome. They are like family. There are more things that I can’t quite talk about just yet but should be able to soon!
Q: What has been your favorite Bible verse this school year?
Nico: My favorite verse has always been Colossians 3:23-24. In everything I do, especially music, I just want to glorify God and be used by Him. After all, it is all because of Him; from what I do and the talent that He gave me to everything that has happened and continues to happen in my life.
We are so thankful to have students like Nico here at Lee, and we can’t wait to see your success!