About

Nich Mueller, a dynamic and multifaceted artist from Kalamazoo, MI, now rooted in the vibrant cultural tapestry of Brooklyn, has been passionately entwined with music since childhood. His musical journey began with a gift from his aunt Sandy, who recognized his innate connection to the piano and gifted him the family instrument when he was eight years old. This early start set Nich on a lifelong path of musical exploration and expression.

Nich’s formal training is a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Piano Performance from Western Michigan University, where he honed his craft under the tutelage of esteemed mentors Stephen Zegree, Fred Hersch, Ed Simon, and Jeremy Siskind. His education was enriched by influences from great pianists and composers like Scott Joplin, Fats Waller, Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, blending classical precision with jazz's improvisational freedom.

Nich as a singer-songwriter draws inspiration from a diverse array of essential songsmiths including Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Nick Drake, Elliott Smith, Randy Newman, Harry Connick Jr, among others. His work is a tapestry of rich melodies, thoughtful harmonies, and poignant lyrics steered by an alternative spirit. Nich’s creative process is an improvisational journey, where the essence of the surrounding world cumulates into songs that resonate with both strangeness and familiarity. Whether starting with a compelling musical phrase or a lyrical idea, Nich Mueller crafts songs that are both deeply personal and universally relatable.

Nich's artistry extends beyond the piano bench. As a member of the vocal jazz quartet Four Corners, he released an album that showcases his versatility as both a vocalist and arranger. In the theatre world, his notable performance in the role of Stephen Hoffman alongside actor Keith Baker in the award-winning production of Old Wicked Songs by Jon Marans further highlights his range as an actor and musician, blending dramatic narrative with classical music performance. In 2022, Nich music directed for the inaugural award-winning production of A Swinging Christmas: The Holiday Music of Tony Bennett where Nich performed piano on-stage, leading a jazz trio in the particular style of accompanists for the great Tony Bennett, Bill Evans and Ralph Sharon. In 2023, Nich composed the Flamenco– & Chick Corea– inspired film score for The Man In the Blue Suit, a short film written and directed by Evan Patrick Adams that is currently taking independent film festivals by storm.

Nich’s work is driven by a desire to find connection in a chaotic world. The lyrics of the songs he writes offer listeners moments of reflection, a glimpse of fulfillment in everyday experiences, and a reminder of the spirit that flows through all things. This philosophy is deeply woven into his artistic goals as he continues to write and record, always chasing the next song with an urgency that echoes his perception of time's accelerating pace.

In addition to his musical journey, Nich is a professional web developer. Learning programming and coding languages serves as additional exercise for his brain and fingers. More practice for bridging the analytical and the creative. Nich built this website in fact, mostly from scratch. To learn more about Nich’s work, look here.

Nich Mueller’s art is a testament to the power of music to capture the fleeting moments of life, to offer solace, and to connect us to the deeper currents of our shared human experience. His journey is a continual pursuit of authenticity, a relentless commitment to the craft of songwriting, and a profound exploration of the world through the lens of music.