Noah Gabriel, a mainstay in Chicago’s suburban scene since 2004, is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist from Aurora, Illinois. Drawing from the musical styles of Stevie Ray Vaughn, Ryan Adams, John Mayer, Lucinda Williams, Chris Whitley, and BB King, to name a few, Noah’s music rests uniquely on blues/rock with nuances for R&B/soul, folk, and alternative country.
By age twenty, Noah had his first record deal, releasing In Aurora on Batavia based Hidden Track Records – a label one of his mentors, Dana French of Deluxury, was under, and run by good friend Dennis Kintop. On this album, co-produced by Gary Belniak, released in January 2005, Noah met his band, and recorded a duo with local legend Greg Boerner called “Tonight.” The album received great reviews and airplay on local radio.
The year 2007 was a significant milestone in Noah’s career. He left Hidden Track to put out his second album, independently, with the help of his band, including Gary Belniak (Tyrant), Michael Addyman, Tim Polite (The Byrds, Acoustcity), Bobby Scumacci (High Infidelity, Dave Mason), and their sound engineer Craig Whitaker. They pulled together, releasing Noah’s second album, Truth, Love, Faith and Soul. It obtained airplay in Chicago (97.9 The Loop) and overseas. While working on the CD/DVD compilation “Acoustic Chicago” that year, Noah was also privileged to record and work with Ernie Adams, drummer for jazz legend Al DiMeola and Howard Levy, founding member of Bella Fleck and the Flecktones.
In 2008, opportunity arose when Noah met notorious local Chicago artist MER and spent a year as a guitarist for the band, playing numerous Chicago venues, in addition to his own songwriting and performing. In April 2009, Noah also accompanied MER in playing on U.S. Cellular Field before thousands of White Sox fans.
Noah’s most raw and diverse album to date, Crooked, was released in 2009. Again, with the support of his band and the addition of drummer Andrew Szymanski, Noah wrote, recorded, and took a more involved role as producer for this album. For mastering, he put it into the hands of Chief Engineer Rob Ruccia, a collaborator on the Grammy nominated Miles Davis “Miles to India” project, at Uptown Recording in Chicago, owned by Matt Denny. Off the Record was thereafter released in April 2010 and is a compilation of acoustic recordings originally demo-ed for previous albums; just Noah and his guitar.
Noah’s was honored this past March 2011 to be a part of a collaboration of 30 local musicians on a vinyl album, Made in Aurora, the brainchild of Kiss the Sky owner Steven Warrenfeltz. The album marked the beginning of Steve’s new label Waterloo Sunset Records, in conjunction with the production and mastering genius of Backthird Audio.
His newest endeavors include a solo vinyl album, Mercy Street, released in late September 2011 on Waterloo Sunset Records, under the audio production of good friend Mike Bowen, and mastering by Aurora’s Backthird Audio.
The band is also looking forward to the release of a long awaited Ghosts of Tomorrow. Noah, Gary, Michael, Andrew and Craig have pushed through studio rebuilding and juggling their five busy schedules again to bring it to fruition. For the fourth time, friends and band mates Noah and Gary put their heads together and ran with their titles as co-producers. The album release party is set for January 2012.
Noah seems to be in constant evolution as a singer/songwriter/guitarist. Already a prolific songwriter, and never wanting to be comfortable, he keeps on pushing himself.