Bree Noble

Bree Noble

BandChristianSinger/Songwriter

Bree Noble, voted Best Female Performer at the 2007 Inland Empire Music Awards, is a current finalist in the Dallas Songwriters Contest. She was also honored to sing the National Anthem at Dodger Stadium in 2006. Her melodies will grab you and her lyrics will tell a story you will not soon forget.

Biography

In January 2007, Bree Noble was named Best Female Performer at the Inland Empire Music Awards in Southern California. She was also a finalist in the 2007 En Sound Gospel Music Awards in two categories:Contemporary Female Artist and Christian Contemporary Album. Her powerful vocals and commanding stage presence have captured audiences at large venues such as Saddleback Church and The Coach House. In July 2006 Bree was honored to perform the national anthem in front of a sold out crowd at Dodger Stadium. Those who have heard her will tell you that she has the unusual ability to sing anything from Pop/Rock to Opera.
When she is not ministering to other congregations, Bree serves as worship leader at Glendora United Methodist Church. In June 2007 Bree was honored to serve as a lead vocalist on the worship team and as a featured soloist at the California Pacific United Methodist Annual Conference. Whether she’s performing her signature lyric-driven pop/rock or leading a congregation in a familiar worship chorus or hymn, Bree’s vocals communicate deep emotion.
Although Bree’s vocals are always compelling, they are not her greatest asset. Songwriting is her real signature as an artist. Bree is a current finalist in both the Dallas Songwriters Contest and the Christian Contemporary Music Network International Songwriting Contest for her song “Gypsy Road”. Her style has been compared to Nichole Nordeman, Sara Groves, Mark Schultz & Casting Crowns. Musically it is a blend of Contemporary and Inspirational music that is both mainstream and eclectic.
Bree likes to think of herself not as a Christian songwriter, but as a songwriter who is a Christian. She writes about specific aspects of her own Christian walk, but she also writes about problems that are universal like greed, homelessness, racism, and family situations. Her lyrics explore common emotional issues: apathy, fear, loneliness, mistrust, and seeking joy in suffering. And then there are those special songs that are her most personal, that convey her heart, not just as a woman of faith but as an individual who has learned to overcome great adversity. Bree has Glaucoma and has been legally blind since birth. With songs such as “Running” and “You Are My Vision” she unveils her most intimate feelings about growing up with a disability and how it has affected her life and her relationship with God.
Bree spent her elementary years in Redwood City, CA and then at age 13 moved to Modesto, CA and became very active in the music department at Thomas Downey High School. She attended Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA and earned degrees in Vocal Performance and Business. In 2007 Bree was featured in an article about her music in the Westmont College Alumni magazine. She has called Southern California home for the past 13 years and has been active as a classical soloist, worship leader and performer in Los Angeles, Orange County & the Inland Empire as well as touring often to the areas she grew up in Northern California.
Bree has performed with several bands over the past 15 years including Zephaniah (Westmont College touring ensemble), Day One (worship band), and the all-female Alternative Rock band Not Martha. In 2002, she released her first solo album, Overwhelmed, on the MP3.com independent label. Many of the songs from the album placed in the top 10 on MP3.com’s Christian charts. By popular demand, the album Overwhelmed was re-released in 2005 by Gevania Records.
Bree was a chief collaborator and vocalist on a new Broadway style musical called Little Italian Girl. She enjoyed writing music to fit the storyline and weaving some of her older material into the fabric of the story. The result was a CD of highlights from the musical released in 2003 as well as a CD of Bree’s best solo work from the project called Can You See The Stars released on Gevania Records in 2004.
In 2006 Bree began presenting “You Are My Vision”, a narrative and musical journey through her life growing up visually impaired, for events including MOPS (Mothers Of Pre Schoolers), Christian Women’s Club, women’s retreats, worship services and community groups. With this presentation, Bree strives to inspire and encourage audiences to trust God in all things and to lean on Him in times of struggle. Bree received recognition for this ministry in Dec, 2006 in an article for “Amazing Mom Stories” on the MomsOnTheMove.com website.
Bree enjoys collaborating with other songwriters and lending her unique vocals to projects by other artists. She appears as a guest vocalist on several projects by Indie artists and writers including David Aucoin, Jerry Allen, Allan Licht, Michael Borges, Sean Fullerton and Joel Irwin. Recently she has signed contracts with Victoria Lane Publishing and Allan Bradley Music Publishing.
Bree’s 3rd solo CD Healing Waters was produced by veteran CCM & AC producer Allan Licht. Released in September 20

Lyrics

I Trusted You

Written By: Bree Noble & Linda Barbarino

I TRUSTED YOU
Music & Lyrics by Linda Barbarino & Bree Noble © 2002

VERSE I
Disappointed in my attention to you?
Are you doubting my sincerity?
Your inaction I interpret as pure rejection
Are you questioning my loyalty?

CHORUS
But I took a step, I crossed the line
Gave you an hour at a time
I trusted you
Of all the promises you made
You kept your word, you gave me strength
And I trusted you

VERSE II
Conversations seem to be lacking something
Leave me lost in negativity
So misguided in my expectations of you
Why should you do anything for me?

CHORUS

BRIDGE
And though my steps are small, I’ll take this chance, to stand or fall
Holding on, holding on to you
Through all these trials there/s one certainty, You’ll always be,
Suffering too…

CHORUS

(Interlude)
All you promised me….
All you’ve given up for me
So hard to comprehend
So I promise you
I will put my trust in you
Once again…

CHORUS

I trusted you.

Why Can't I Go Home?

Written By: Bree Noble, Liz Cox & Carol Park

WHY CAN’T I GO HOME
Music: Liz Cox & Bree Noble, Lyrics: Bree Noble & Carol Park ®2006

I clench my fists, say a silent prayer
As I walk along my weekly pilgrimage
I hesitate, not knowing just who I’ll find
In that stuffy one room in the Village

She stands from her rocker, her eyes are on fire
But rapture becomes accusation
“You didn’t say you would be here today”
It’s the sanest of our conversations.

Hysteria sets in
As we drive to the clinic.
Like every other day
Reality gives way
To an endless refrain:

“Where is my suitcase?
I left some things behind.
How did I get here?
Am I losing my mind?
Where am I going
And where did I come from?
Where is my suitcase
And why can’t I go home?”

Fragments and pieces locked up in her mind
Her son is a nameless face
Her jumbled thoughts leap to my uncle’s name
She cowers in disgrace.

Then suddenly sane, her wits are restored
And memory returns a lost child.
Hopeful in finding not all is erased
Our reunion is sweet for a while.

But hysteria sets in
Driving home from the clinic
Like every other day
Reality gives way
To an endless refrain:

“Where is my suitcase?
I left some things behind.
How did I get here?
Am I losing my mind?
Where am I going
And where did I come from?
Where is my suitcase
And why can’t I go home?”

And as frustration reaches its peak
Her lips brush softly on my cheek.
Her heart forgets its etiquette.
A fleeting gift I’ll never forget

Then hysteria sets in
And we’re back there again
Like every other day
Reality gives way
To an endless refrain:

“Where is my suitcase?
I left some things behind.
How did I get here?
Am I losing my mind?
Where am I going
And where did I come from?
Where is my suitcase
And why can’t I go home?”

Risk It All

Written By: Bree Noble

RISK IT ALL
Music & Lyrics: Bree Noble ©2006

I’ve never been too good at facing my fears
Not one step till all the avenues are clear
I’ve been living my life behind a screen
Nothing out and nothing in, no damage I can see
But I’ve heard it said,
“Safe is just the same as dead”.
I know it in my head,
And my heart will learn in time.

Cause I will risk it all.
You drove all my doubts away.
I will risk it all
Just to hear you say
That you will love me
In spite of all my fears.
I will risk it all
Knowing you’ll be here.

You’ve always been so good at sharing openly.
I know it’s hard for you to understand me.
That night you came to me still feels like a dream.
I think that was the bravest thing that I’ve ever seen.
And I remember you said,
“Safe is just the same as dead”.
I know it in my head,
And with your love I’ll learn in time.

Cause I will risk it all.
You drove all my doubts away.
I will risk it all
Just to hear you say
That you will love me
In spite of all my fears.
I will risk it all
Knowing you’ll be here.

Change has never come easily,
But now I’m ready to believe in you and me.

Cause I will risk it all.
You drove all my doubts away.
I will risk it all
Just to hear you say
That you will love me
In spite of all my fears.
I will risk it all
Knowing you’ll be here.

Gypsy Road

Written By: Bree Noble

GYPSY ROAD
Music & Lyrics by Bree Noble ©2006

VERSE I:
Inside another doorway
A place to lay his head
A blanket of newspaper
And a pillow of cobwebs

His pockets almost empty
Business had been slow
All the open hearts and open hands
Had all gone off to Disneyland
It was time for him to go

Another town, just like the last
Like sand through the hourglass

CHORUS:
On gypsy road millions journey
Some by choice, some by necessity
Jaded and confused with nothing left to lose
Making their own way down gypsy road

VERSE 2:
For years she’s been a nomad
Her days have been consumed
With searching for the band aids
To nurse her open wounds

She scoured the “self help” market
For a truth to light her way
And with every new philosophy
Came the promise of sincerity
But it always seemed to fade

Another fad, but the same mistake
Euphoria that dies away

CHORUS
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BRIDGE
And along the way the billboards light the sky
Their neon glow outshines the clues He’s left behind
Those heavenly reminders
That we are not alone
The Lord is with us and wants to lead us home.

CHORUS:
On gypsy road millions journey
Some by choice, some by necessity
But hold on to His promise that we are not alone
He’s walking by our side to lead us home.

It's Christmastime

Written By: Bree Noble/Allan Licht

A1:
It’s Christmastime
It’s Christmastime
The season of peace is finally here
When family and friends and neighbors come to call
Bringing love and Christmas cheer.

A2:
It’s Christmastime
It’s Christmastime
The lights on the trees shine so bright.
Hear carolers singing from house to house
“Silent Night”, “O Holy Night”.

B1:
See mistletoe hanging in the doorway
Inviting a secret, stolen kiss.
It's a wonderful heartfelt time for everyone on earth
To reflect and reminisce

A3:
It’s Christmastime
It’s Christmastime
See children skating merrily in the square
Smiling boys and girls with faces all aglow
Waiting for St. Nick to appear.

B2:
To find their stockings loaded with gifts from their list.
All the children of the world
Soon they'll believe that wishes do come true
For every good boy and every good girl

A4:
It’s Christmastime
It’s Christmastime
The happiest time of the year.
The joy it can bring to everyone young and old
A joy to last everyday of the year
A joy to last the year

My Front Door

Written By: Bree Noble

MY FRONT DOOR
Music & Lyrics: Bree Noble ©2006

His brown skin glistened, her Levi's were torn
A modern Joseph and Mary
Grass-stained bedding and a pack of Lucky Strikes
Was all their wagon could carry

His fingers fumbled to the golden cross
That hangs beside the doorbell
Then with conviction and hope in his eyes
He rang, and silence fell.

Oh…I’m peering through the keyhole,
Oh…I’m nervous and uneasy
Oh…Has my welcome mat lost its meaning?

My front door is asking God to bless this house.
But I lock that door, don’t wanna let those blessings out.
I am the judge and jury,
And I'm in no hurry to explore
The other side of my front door.

She cleared her throat, and wheeled herself around
And parked beside the doorbell.
Pamphlets on her lap and clipboard in hand.
Is it God or magazines she’s gonna sell?

Oh…I’m peering through the keyhole,
Oh…I’m nervous and uneasy
Oh…Has my welcome mat lost its meaning?

My front door is asking God to bless this house.
But I lock that door, don’t wanna let those blessings out.
I am the judge and jury,
And I'm in no hurry to explore
The other side of my front door.

My front door is asking God to bless this house.
I lock that door, but I gotta let those blessings out.
I’ve been judge and jury,
And I’ve been in no hurry to explore
The other side of my front door.

You Are My Vision

Written By: Allan Licht & Dianne Baumgartner

You are my vision, my only vision
You are the ribbon around my soul
Your eyes see through me, Your words renew me
You are the hand I want to hold.

You are my vision, my greatest vision
You are the heaven that lights the dark
You are my reason, my gift of freedom
You are the breath inside my heart

I was like a river running dry
I’d forgotten how to sing and dance and fly
I’d given up on everything just tryin’ to survive
Then You threw the moon and stars into my eyes

You are my vision, my sweetest vision
You are the crimson that paints the rose
When winter finds me You’re right beside me
You are the spring that melts the snow

I was like a river running dry
I’d forgotten how to sing and dance and fly
I’d given up on everything just tryin’ to survive
Then You threw the moon and stars into my eyes
The sun and moon and stars into my eyes
Lord, You are my vision, my only vision

Wide Awake on Christmas Eve

Written By: Bree Noble

Chorus:
We've been reminiscing since September
Counting down the days impatiently
Now it's the twenty fourth day of December
And the children just can't get to sleep
Hear them giggle with anticipation
As they lie awake in bed and dream
Of the sights and sounds and celebration
Of tomorrow morning's Christmas scene

Verse 1:
Tip tip tap of tiptoes dancing down the hallway
Wide eyes pierce the darkness beaming with surprise
Joyful claps that break the early morning silence
Telling mom and dad it's time to rise
Garlands drape the spiraling stairway
Pine cone potpourri of cinnamon
Tables decked with silver and fine china
Framing grandma’s fudge and sugar plums

Chorus

Verse 2:
Stockings overflow with each one's fav'rite treasure
Heirloom gems and trinkets decorate the tree
Loaded branches dressed in gleaming Christmas splendor
Presents spilling out from underneath
Carols playing on the old piano
While we harmonize familiar tunes
Sipping warm hot chocolate by the firelight
As grandpa's stories liven up the room

Bridge:
Christmas Eve casts a magic spell that time can't erase
Do the kids know that mom and dad are still wide awake?

Chorus

Discography

Healing Waters, September 2006

Can You See The Stars, 2004 Gevania Records LLC

Little Italian Girl, Bree Noble & Jerry Allen 2003 Gevania Records LLC

Overwhelmed, 2002 MP3.com, 2005 Gevania Records LLC

Hallelujah Duet (with Chris Noble), 1998 Valley Artisans, 2005 Gevania Records LLC

Set List

Originals:
Gypsy Road
My Front Door
Speak To Me
Call Me Home (Everyday)
Healing Waters
I Trusted You
Risk It All
Can You See The Stars?
You Are With Me
Overwhelmed
Become One
Running
Do You Dare?
Break Free
I Won’t Apologize
Maybe
Why Can’t I Go Home?
What Money Can’t Buy
Holy Is The Light
Temptation
You Are My Vision
Here I Am
Impossibly Beautiful

Covers:
Big Yellow Taxi (Joni Mitchell)
Bubbly (Colbie Caillat)
That's When I Love You (Aslyn)
Angel (Sarah McLachlan)
Everything (Michael Buble)
Goodbye To You (Michelle Branch)
Tears In Heaven (Eric Clapton)
Reflection (Christina Aguilera)
Hands (Jewel)
Hammer And A Nail (Indigo Girls)
Searchin’ My Soul (Vonda Shepherd)
Family (Dar Williams)
Everywhere (Michelle Branch)
Standing Still (Jewel)
Here In My Heart (Susan Ashton)
Whole Again (Jennifer Knapp)
Undo Me (Jennifer Knapp)
All I Wanna Do (Ginny Owens)
If I Ever Lose My Faith In You (Sting)