The singer and songwriter of modern soul and R ‘n’ B known as Noel has released his latest EP album, “Authentic Love & Pain.” The record comprises six original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 15 minutes. It has been proudly published on the singer’s own Noel Records independent music label entirely without the financial or managerial support of the corporate music industry. Smooth, stylish, melodic and rattling with unstoppable back beats, “Authentic Love & Pain” stands as proof that Noel is a master songwriter and five-star performer steadily climbing toward the top.
Noel originally hails from New York City’s hip-hop hotbed of Brooklyn. Asked to name some of his main artistic influences, he cites a long and distinguished list including Drake, Stevie Wonder, Esperanza Spalding, Dwele, Michael McDonald, Craig David, Al Green, R. Kelly, Amy Winehouse, Frank Ocean, and Luke James.
Noel’s current official bio describes his sound as “a concoction of classic soul and modern-jazzy R&B over hip-hop instrumentals.” Accessible to fans of any music genre, this combination strikes the ear as mellow and cool, yet with strong undercurrents of passion and intensity which rise up in the flawless vocal performance of Noel, himself. Adding to this a healthy dose of Motown-style groove and lyrical earnestness not often found in any category of music arrives at a place listeners will want to visit as often as they can.
The honesty of his lyrics on “Authentic Love & Pain” stems not only from the nature of Noel, himself, but also from the heart of the music. Aptly titled, the EP record acts partially as a romantic chronicle.
Noel describes it, “After I broke up with my first love in high school, I would write poems to vent. Eventually, I linked up with a friend who was making instrumentals but struggled with the lyrics. I offered my poems and the rest was history. Or rather, her story.”
The album acts as both a parable and a question, he says.
“What if love isn’t as easy as we’re taught to believe? It’s hard work. It’s an investment. It’s difficult and often times painful. But fruitful for those who dare to sacrifice their convictions for the greater good, for those who dare to be vulnerable.”
“Authentic Love & Pain” by Noel is available online worldwide. Get in early. Very early.
[The following is taken from the artist’s current official bio.]
Noel is a Brooklyn, NY songwriter currently residing in Ann Arbor, MI who has been songwriting for various up-and-coming artists and producers for over a decade. Noel spent six years in Nigeria, and shortly after his return he met a high-school sweetheart and heartbreak. This relationship set off a series of poems Noel would use to vent his emotions. A friend and up-and-coming producer had trouble writing finding lyrics for his songs. The two friends teamed up and shortly after Noel collaborated with local producers in the NYC. His lyrical content focuses on vulnerability, exposing the joys and tragic imperfections of love.
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