Every once in a while a musical collaboration happens that is so right, that one wonders how the universe could have been so perfectly aligned as to put these two together, but that is the case with Noëlle Hampton and her husband/guitar player André Moran. Their emotive live shows and passionate recordings are proof every time. Their latest CD, THIN LINE, produced by Mark Hallman (Eliza Gilkyson, Ani Difranco, Colin Gilmore) in Austin, TX is a perfect representation of the love and honesty they bring to their craft. Noëlle’s songs carry a personal intensity that somehow everyone can relate to, her voice soars melodically and makes you feel like you are a part of the story, while André’s lush and vibrant guitar playing is the signature that ties it all together.
With songs like ‘Thin Line’, ‘Blackwing Butterfly’, and ‘Always The Same’, this CD has already seen a ton of radio airplay on everything from AAA, Commercial and College Radio to Internet Radio, and Europe has embraced this artist as well with substantial airplay. She was interviewed by Radio legend Bob Edwards, (formerly NPR, now SIRIUS) who said “I like every track on the album.”
Kicking off their career in San Francisco, they didn’t start out playing together. Noëlle and André were both in other bands and once they met and fell in love, everyone warned them not to play together as it would most definitely be “the end” of their relationship. However, right after Noëlle dissolved the first band, she entered a contest to play Sarah McLachlan’s Lilith Fair. She needed a guitar player for the contest and André agreed to play just that one show. They won. It immediately sparked a media blitz and they were asked to open for Train and Paula Cole among others leading up to the Lilith Fair. Once they played a few shows together, they realized it was the musical chemistry they had both been searching for, and they never turned back.
After touring with their band throughout the US, Noëlle and André fell in love with Austin, TX. Eventually they packed up everything and left San Francisco to pursue a whole new life in Austin. The move took its toll on both of them, but particularly Noëlle. Exhausted from years of performing and then starting over, she ended up in a deep depression and stopped playing music and writing for a few years. “I was so tired and felt like I had nothing to give creatively. I thought I might never play music again. I was feeling forgotten.” It wasn’t until Mark Hallman lured them back into the studio that her love for everything musical came rushing back. Now they are entrenched in the fabulous community of songwriters and musicians that make up Austin, TX. They are currently working on the follow-up cd to THIN LINE with Mark at Congress House Studio.
They have opened for Bob Dylan, Sarah McLachlan, Jewel, Chris Isaak, John Hiatt, Richard Thompson, Wilco, LeAnn Rimes, Pat Benatar, Joan Armatrading, Jesse Winchester, Graham Parker and many others. Noelle was nominated for a California Music Award for Outstanding Female Singer and was featured in the very first all-star commercial for iTunes with Aimee Mann, Ziggy Marley, Iggy Pop and more. This husband/wife team have also co-produced 2 albums that have sold thousands of copies, and they created musical scores for 2 short films (one featuring Sam Rockwell, Mary McCormack & Emma Roberts). Her songs have also been featured on ABC’s Men in Trees, Private Practice and Lifetime’s Army Wives.
There is a lyric in Noëlle’s song, ‘Firecracker’, about her hiatus from playing music that says, “The wheel of this world keeps turning round, bringing me up and dragging me down, but in these darkest times one light will glow, from that firecracker burning slow.” The way it looks now, these two are burning brighter than ever.
Here is what Ben Fong-Torres(former editor of Rolling Stone) says about the CD:
"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
A gifted Singer/Songwriter....she has reappeared with a new album of luscious indie rock.."
- Paul Liberatore, Marin Independent Journal
4 STARS! "artfully elliptical lyrics and sweetly stinging melodies alike"
- Chris Neal, Country Weekly
"4 out of 5 stars! "Reminiscent of(Shawn)Colvin... Hampton’s sturdily crafted pop tunes are similarly warmed by rootsy instrumentation...the strongest tracks chronicle a reportedly hellish year of depression with piercing honesty and melodic buoyancy"
- Bliss, Pasadena Weekly
"Hampton delivers a CD full of compelling music...equal parts roots rock and roll with folk/country to create refreshingly tuneful songs."
- SS, Vintage Guitar Magazine
“Thin Line” is a brisk, melodic set with strong songs played with a little bit of muscle and a lot of style. Hampton’s songs are genuine and her voice has richness—there’s a slight subtle raspy flavor that gives it soul and sexy undertones. "
- Ken Capobianco, Cape Cod Times
Noëlle Hampton- Vocals, Guitar, Piano & Harmonica
Andre Moran- Exquisite Lead Guitar
Band usually includes drummer, bass and B3 Organ Player
UNDER THESE SKIES (2000)Co-Produced w/André Moran
5 FOR THE ROAD (2002) Co-Produced w/ André Moran
Jazz Up Your Country Christmas (2002) Produced By André Moran, Nils Erickson and Noëlle Hampton
THIN LINE (2009) Produced by Mark Hallman
Their new CD "THIN LINE", produced by Mark Hallman (ELIZA GILKYSON, ANI DIFRANCO) at Congress House Studios in Austin,TX was Nationally released in August/2009.
They are heading back into the studio soon to start the next set of recordings with Mark Hallman.
Noëlle Hampton's songs have been on Major AAA Radio Stations and College Radio Stations around the Country as well as placed in Prime Time TV shows and featured in films.
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".....She's better now-more self assured, certainly a more gifted songwriter then most of the perfor...".....She's better now-more self assured, certainly a more gifted songwriter then most of the performers she opened for. Her steely, but sweet mezzo recalls Shawn Colvin, and she has the sass and accessibility of Sheryl Crow, minus the latter's pedantic way with lyrics..."
-Jane Ganahl (San Francisco Examiner)
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"Hampton leaves the listener with the feeling that she has endured experiences that take her beyond ..."Hampton leaves the listener with the feeling that she has endured experiences that take her beyond her years....someone get this girl a bigger stage to shine on..."
Randy Howley (West Coast Performer)
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"...unique and mesmerizing...the energy and vibe of the group are similarly compelling." Tru Pham (..."...unique and mesmerizing...the energy and vibe of the group are similarly compelling."
Tru Pham (MTV Local)
"She has a voice that's pure,but takes no crap..step aside!" James Sullivan (S.F. Chronicle)
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"...a strong songwriter/guitarist, with vocal inflections reminiscent of Shawn Colvin..." Jeffrey R..."...a strong songwriter/guitarist, with vocal inflections reminiscent of Shawn Colvin..."
Jeffrey Rogers (Acoustic Guitar Mag.)
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"Fat, gorgeous melodies; lyrics you can read like poetry, or that sound like whispered confidences. ..."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."
Noëlle has tons of original material and performs in many different situations....some are whole evening (2-set) shows, a shorter opening set for another artist, or a 1-set 90 minute headlining set. The only covers she does are because she worships those particular songs and needs to perform it in her own style.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.