Noel ("SMOKE") Hutchinson was born January 2, 1950 in Montego Bay,Jamaica. Jama Sermita Grey, His father was a Jamaican minister and his mother,Lebert was of Cuban descent. She was a housewife. Lebert died in the 70s while Sermita passed away in 2008.
Noel("SMOKE") Hutchinson migrated from Montego Bay to Kingston, in 1960 when he was only 10. He started to get interested in music in 1965 when he was about 15 years old. He uses to run errands and hang around Mr. Dad, known as Cockson. He had one of the top studios in Jamaica back in the 60s. Noel would observe the artists that would work with Cockson, known as Delroy Wilson, the Eptones, and many others. He was really influenced by these artists to get into the music business.
Noel Hutchinson worked with several producers in Jamaica, not really making anything big. He would hang around the local circuit doing small shows until he decided to migrate to the United States in 1980. He moved to Brooklyn N.Y. When he finally started to write music and produce. He started to work with a producer/arranger named John Fada. He did a series of recording with him throughout the 80s and other producers, like Sydney Miles, from Brooklyn to Manhattan, experimenting in all different types of music, expecting he would get a breakthrough in the music business. He thought it would be easy but turned out to be very challenging.
Living in N.Y. he could not dedicate himself fully to music because he had a family to support. Noel had a job being an iron worker on a daily basis working with the iron workers union local 455. He was employed by empire city from 1984-2012. His specialty was building stairs. In September 11, 2001, when the world trade center collapsed, he was an eye witness of the whole thing. He felt very lucky to be alive to see another day. Being a songwriter at the time, he wrote a song called “God Bless America”. He recorded a version in pop reggae never having the opportunity of release it at the time. He hooked up with a great musician/arranger,producer named All Mac Dowell. He worked with several different artistes to form a body of work including the top song to release called “God Bless America”. Over the years he put a body of work together to form an album.