Nicole Atkins kicks off the 2014 Mad. Sq. Music: Oval Lawn Series. Atkins, a New Jersey native, was recognized shortly after her debut by Rolling Stone as one of the top ten artists to watch in 2006. Known for her “smoky vocals and dishy delivery,” Atkins has been the recipient of three Asbury Music Awards in 2002 for “Top Female Vocalist”, “Best Solo Act”, and “Song of the Year”, as well as an ASCAP award in 2005. The New York Times aptly states, “Critics began to fall for her darkly laced, almost surrealistic songs and her soaring, dramatically powerful voice,” making her a force to be reckoned with in the blues, rock, and pop scene. Atkins’ newest album Slow Phaser was recently released in January of 2014 and has received critical acclaim from The Daily News, The Boston Globe, American Songwriter, Paste Magazine and many others.