Nicole Atkins (born October 1, 1978) is an American singer-songwriter best known for her work with the band Nicole Atkins & the Sea. Her sound is known for its mix of traditional vocal styles and introspective lyrics. She has been compared to Roy Orbison and singers from the Brill Building era, as well as more contemporary artists like Jenny Lewis. Atkins has called her work "pop-noir." Atkins was born in Neptune, New Jersey to Arthur “Dutch” Atkins and Constance Atkins. She grew up in Shark River Hills, a middle class enclave within Neptune overlooking the Shark River.