When Nick Sterling asked me to photograph his single and CD cover I jumped at the opportunity. I’ve been photographing him for 30 years, so yes, I figured I could handle it. Brittany Adelstein did the makeup to give him that beat up, battered look. Of course the Mom in me said, “Oh no, don’t mess up your handsome face” and of course I lost that round. In truth, we had a blast creating a look of strength, history and vulnerability.
ORDER NOW! Proceeds benefit Lone Survivor Foundation. This is Nick's way of giving back to those who gave so much for him and his fellow soldiers and families.
The Inside Scoop
It was quite an honor to create these portraits. Nick Sterling is a new father, loving husband, a former infantryman in the U.S. Army and Purple Heart recipient and singer/songwriter. You heard it hear first- he is also a wonderful son! I remember when he returned from war. Hawaii was our home state, but I moved to Texas to be closer to family when he was deployed. When he returned, Texas was a totally new experience and quite different from the Hawaiian islands. He struggled with transition to civilian life, to having to live with his Mom while he figured what he would do and also healing his battered body and spirit. It was heartbreaking to sit back and let life, love and time heal. Music was the antidote to war injuries, and it just so happened he is really talented! He learned to play guitar when stationed in Iraq. I’ll never forget the day he heard ‘Hey There Delilah’ by the Plain White T’s on the radio, picked up his guitar and played it by ear. He started to write his own songs and they became his journal of experiences and feelings. When he met his now wife, Jessica he was even more inspired to write beautiful music. He brings songs of loss, struggle and love with a delivery that is as heartbreaking as it is inspiring to the Texas Music scene. He has also combined efforts with me to create some of the background music for my upcoming book Just See Me-Sacred Stories of Dementia videos. You all will have to wait for those though.
Behind the Scenes of the Video Taping
Video recording by Texas Local Live.
Something You May NOT Know about
Like many Combat Veterans, transitioning to civilian life was difficult as Sterling searched for that same sense of purpose he had while serving his country. Realizing that music was the mission he had been longing for, he promised to use his talents to continue serving and is donating ALL of the proceeds from his EP, STAND YOUR GROUND to the Lone Survivor Foundation
“Serving my country was one of the greatest privileges of my life; it was an honor to be among the small percentage that are able to experience it,” said Sterling. “However, for years after the military, I was lost and looking for a mission. Lone Survivor Foundation helped by allowing me to redirect my focus and realize that affecting others with my music was absolutely bigger than myself.”
Our Favorite CD Portraits!
With an Americana/Roots sound that is a perfect fit for the diverse Texas Music scene, Sterling has played Texas Frog Fest 2016 and 2017 and has been singing his way through such notable Texas venues as Cheatham Street Warehouse, River Road Icehouse, Firehouse Saloon and O'briens Irish Pub. Adding to the this impressive roster, he is slated to perform an upcoming CD Release concert at Main Street Crossing. Sharing the stage alongside Zane Williams, John Baumann, Charlie Robison, Jerrett Zoch and the OSR Band, and Bag of Donuts, he has also had the distinct honor of being a semi-finalist at both the 2017 Larry Joe Taylor Songwriting Competition and the 2017 Chilifest Battle of the Bands competition.