"Fat, gorgeous melodies; lyrics you can read like poetry, or that sound like whispered confidences. Understated, elegant arrangements and playing. Lovely vocals from Noelle Hampton. It’s a near-perfect package of words and music, of soul and inspiration." --Ben Fong-Torres (Former Editor/Rolling Stone)
Frustrated with college, Noëlle Hampton left San Diego and headed back to the San Francisco Bay Area. While on vacation she picked up her dad's guitar and taught herself 3 chords and by the time everyone came back into the cabin she was singing them a Dylan song. She bought her first guitar at age 19, began writing music and about a year later she got up on stage at an open mic to sing in front of an audience for the first time. She was hooked.
Only a few years later she won a coveted slot at the Lilith Fair by competing against almost 1000 entries and got to perform onstage with Sarah McLachlan, Natalie Merchant, The Indigo Girls and so many more. She found herself in a media whirlwind and had the amazing opportunity to open for huge National Acts including Chris Isaak, Richard Thompson, John Hiatt, Wilco, Jewel, Pat Benatar, Sarah Mclachlan, Train, Joan Armatrading, Paula Cole, LeAnn Rimes, Garrison Starr, Graham Parker and others. Amidst all of this she was nominated for a California Music Award for Outstanding Female Singer along with Gwen Stefani and Tracy Chapman. She was asked to perform at the event with Chuck Prophet and Green Day. Being an independent artist, all this seemed pretty miraculous to Noëlle, however, the most amazing event was yet to take place.
She arrived home one day to a message on her machine asking if she would like to open up for Bob Dylan that next weekend. "At first I thought someone was messing with me," she says, "then I thought...HOLY *#!@, this is real!" It was an unbelievable experience and the “Bob Dylan audience” embraced her right away. She felt as if had arrived into a pretty amazing place in her career, and all on her own.
Noëlle has always been an artist with a huge spirit and love for being on stage. "It's amazing when you can get hundreds or thousands of people to feel the same emotion at the same time" she says. She writes real, emotive songs that tell stories taken from all of the experiences within her own life. People of all ages and backgrounds can relate to the simple, yet poignant lyrics and the beautiful melodies that this artist generates.
She met her husband/guitar player, André Moran, fairly early on in her career and they realized right away that they had a sound together that was huge and lush and set them apart from other songwriters. Their influences come from artists like Patty Griffin, Tom Petty, U2, Daniel Lanois, Mark Knopfler and more, and they blended all of that love for a big, beautiful sound with their own rootsy-rock. This combination has been a juicy delight to audiences all across the country. After touring for a while, Noëlle and André settled down in Austin where they set to work rebuilding the musical spark they had created in San Francisco.
Their latest CD,“THIN LINE”, was just recently recorded and produced by Mark Hallman (Eliza Gilkyson, Ani DiFranco) at Congress House Studios in Austin, TX. They had the best studio experience of their life and feel ecstatic with the outcome. Noëlle plans to release it in Spring 2009.
Her music has been heard on AAA stations, college and satellite radio, and her song,“ Here On The Ground” was featured prominently in the Prime Time television show, Men in Trees. Noëlle and André also created the entire score for two short films, including “ Big Love” featuring Sam Rockwell, Mary McCormack and Emma Roberts. She was also featured in an all-star musical cast for Apple's iTunes first commercial.
This independent artist has broken into the mainstream just by pure talent, desire and an absolute love of music itself.
"Thin Line" has turned out to be one of the best representations of this artist that you have heard yet. It was made with joy and happiness and rock and roll and love and sweat and tears and all other good things.
Listen. Enjoy. Love.