Blessed with a searing three octave vocal range, Rebecca Noelle has had the privilege and versatility to try her hand at just about every musical style she wanted to over the years. But it’s her natural afnity for Soul, that has set this stunning singer apart.
With a sultry voice that is simply unforgettable, Noelle brings to mind some of the artists of whom she has been infuenced by over the years – Etta James, Jay Kay (Jamiroquai) and k.d. Lang. Noelle also has a natural charisma and confdence as she struts around onstage that bring to mind performers like Tina Turner and Mick Jagger.
At the beginning of her working career as a musician, Rebecca toured and recorded with Juno-nominated blues/rock stalwart David Gogo, throughout Canada and the U.S. – Opening for acts such as ZZ Top, B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt and a tour with legendary blues master Johnny Winter. Rebecca performed an extensive European tour with Gogo, which included live sessions for BBC Radio 2 in London, UK. and Germany’s Radio Bremen.
Stepping out as a solo artist, Noelle – backed by her 5-piece rock band, began warming up crowds for artists like Hawksley Workman, Boz Scaggs and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Rebecca shifted to jazz music in 2012 and kicked of 2013 with the release of her debut solo jazz collection “Rebecca Noelle: A Night at Maggie’s”. This was quickly followed with the blockbuster release of “Revenge of the Vinyl Café” – an album by Rebecca’s musical comrades; The PepTides. This was a soundtrack written and recorded by The PepTides (thepeptides.com) in collaboration with Stuart McLean, and CBC’s The Vinyl Café. “Mixing their stunning vocals with funk beats underneath a soulful sound, an abundance of theatrical dance moves, and kitschy quirks, they defy any genre or description. One must simply see them to believe them.” – Much More Music on Ottawa’s favourite 9-member troupe, The PepTides. After collaborating with Stuart on that full-length album to accompany his most recent book, The PepTides were the featured act on the 20th Anniversary Show of Vinyl Cafe (CBC Radio, 2013). They were awarded ‘Album of the Year’ by Peter Simpson of The Ottawa Citizen in 2010, voted the ‘Best Live Show’ in The Ottawa XPress Readers’ Poll 2011, and named ‘Best Band’ in The Metro Ottawa News in 2012. In 2013, under the direction of composer and saxophonist Brian Asselin, Rebecca co-arranged and recorded backing vocals for Delbert Nelson (lead vocalist of Motown Records’ legendary Funk Brothers) in his release “Delbert and the Commotions: Let Me See Ya Dance.” Founding members Brian Asselin & David Gaw were an integral part of The Commotions project, writing and performing with various featured vocalists. Rebecca began to work closely with the duo, coming from an eclectic background, creatively drawing from their roots in jazz, hip-hop, funk and pop. This union became the launchpad for the Rebecca Noelle project.
In December 2015, The Canadian Armed Forces invited Rebecca, with celebrated Canadian comedian Shaun Majumder, to the northernmost inhabited place in the world. This show tour to Alert, Nunavut, was established as a means of boosting morale, and entertaining those currently stationed at the most remote corner of our country. “Celebrating the people who serve our country from afar, and coming to know those individuals on a personal level, was a life-changing event that I hope to experience over again during my career as a performer.” says Rebecca of her time in the north. In Spring 2016, Rebecca will be fnishing up her second full-length solo album. Scaling her band up from the trio on a collection of original urban jazz delivered with a funk-driven fair. In the meantime, Rebecca tours with The PepTides, promoting their latest double-disc release: Love Question Mark and as a solo jazz act, promoting “Rebecca Noelle: A Night At Maggie’s” Rebecca currently resides in Ottawa, Ontario.