2022 predictions: Los Angeles musical artists to watch with Nick Pagan

Penetrating deep into the spirit of California’s Hispanic roots – classic low riders, pomade-firm hair and crooning oldies – LA-based musician Nick Pagan sets a nostalgic tone in his music, sticking firmly to the sound.” new-wop” that ties him to the past while making him seem like a timeless traveler adrift in an endless stream of music that will never go out of style.

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With catchy hooks, swaying melodies, and a voice that sinks low and rises high to hit all the sentimental tones, Pagan’s music combines some of the best elements of old school doo-wop with a unique, modern perspective. Playful and dynamic, his music follows the crackle of a heartbeat of a man navigating the world and all its ups and downs. Whether he’s reeling from heartbreak or romantic exuberance, he finds a way to serenade us with a sultry voice and charismatic lyrics.

Pagan combines musical history with his current experiences by traveling through California and getting to know it and its people from many angles. A true “Californio,” Pagan touts musical prowess with a storytelling propensity that captures the rich tapestry that is California.


After releasing two new singles this year, Pagan was scheduled for a New Year’s Eve double show in Los Angeles at the Moroccan Lounge opener for fellow crooner Nick Waterhouse. Like many concerts over the past two weeks, the scheduled performance was canceled due to COVID. But that doesn’t stop Nick Pagan. Expect more new music and new shows to come for 2022.

“I plan to hit the studio hard this year and release some new singles. I plan to play in LA so people will see my name for sure,” says Pagan. “My goals are to play festivals, land a tour, to collaborate, to collaborate, to collaborate with artists of all different genres and media, and to further develop my Yellow Stucco House label.”

Lyrics: Patti Sanchez

For more from Nick Pagan, be sure to follow him on Instagram and Twitter. Stream his music on Spotify.

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