James Noon

James Noon

 London, England, GBR
BandBluesAcoustic

Soaking in the influences of Jazz, Country, Blues and Folk music has allowed James to craft a unique sound with striking references to the legends of Guitar; Clapton, Martyn and Knopfler whilst also allowing world music strands to move seamlessly throughout his songs.

Biography

Singer, Songwriter, Multi Instrumentalist, Composer, Producer.

James Noon certainly has the Midas touch when it comes to his music.

Classically trained from an early age, James dedicated himself as a young child to perfecting all genres as a guitarist and composer. Inspired by great songwriters and musicians such as Van Morrison, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell and The Eagles to name but a few.

Soaking in the influences of Jazz, Country, Blues and Folk music has allowed James to craft a unique sound with striking references to the legends of Guitar; Clapton, Martyn and Knopfler whilst also allowing world music strands to move seamlessly throughout his songs.

A heady 4 Years at the University of St Andrews gave James the chance to ‘cut his teeth’ on the University circuit. Forming several bands including Jazz Trio’s and Quartets and even taking the lead in a 9 piece Funk/Soul band, James gigged his way to a professional standard and worked his way and music into student life.

In 2009 James started up Meridiem Records Ltd. An independent label, from which he could launch and publish his own material.

The debut release on Meridiem Records is the long awaited ‘Astral’. A completely individual endeavour on which James wrote, played, recorded and produced all of the tracks himself. “It’s very important to me to retain artistic control and vision. By doing the whole thing myself it gives me an opportunity to indulge in my musicality and to experiment with new ideas and techniques”

The concept for ‘Astral’ (a ‘nod’ to Van Morrison’s ‘Astral Weeks’) was to create a series of individual songs inspired by life, aspirations, love and dreams. A spiritual understanding of the world, metaphorical in narrative whilst heavily grounded in the pop format.

His debut single, the beautiful ‘Lothian Blue’ takes the listener to the white sandy beaches of the East coast of Scotland, whilst ‘Train to Georgia’ is a lamenting ride into the Mid-West.
Upbeat classics such as ‘Somebody to Love’ and ‘Good Plan Gone To Waste’ clearly show Noon’s talent as a gifted songwriter and musician, with pitch perfect precision on lead guitar, that leaves the listener humming the melody long after the Car engine has stopped purring – perfect driving music.

His debut album ‘Astral’ is a fusion of musical influences across all genres. His lyrics paint dreamscapes designed to provoke response and emotion, all inspired by the most personal of experiences.

James has everything to play for with the release of ‘Astral’ in July 2010 on Meridiem Records and his long awaited entrance into the world of professional entertainment does not disappoint.

If Astral is a taster of things to come, we at Meridiem Records are ‘praying for a little bit more’ from James.

Meridiem Records Ltd.

Lyrics

Girl In The Backroom

Written By: James Noon

Tell me brother now, tell it to me straight
Got a girl in the backroom with a lot on her plate
She said, I’ve got instinct yeah and I can relate
To the sounds of the city street and the lines on your face

So I open the window, let some air into this room
Across the streets of London, like a hot air balloon
And that crooked little smile on her pretty little face
Brought a man to his knees, put a man in his place

Seasons changing and my bones turn cold
And the girl in the backroom she starts to grow old
Well she still got some money but her lucks been spent
On those crazy days in Chelsea with her old school friends

And the man just across the street is sleeping on the steps
I said, boy did you loose your keys? He said man I think I’m lost instead
I was talking with Kings and then my tongue went dead,
Brought a man to his knees, put some sense in his head

Tell me brother now tell it to me straight,
With the girl in the backroom and we’re out on a date
Well she’s still got that class and man she’s still got that style
Better think for a moment girl, just give me a while
And we twirled and we danced to that 1920’s swing
You in that sparkly dress and me in my tuxedo thing
With a roll of your hips and a flash of your smile
Brought a man to his knees, brought him peace for a while.

Discography

'Lothian Blue' released 27/04/2010 MERIDIEM RECORDS LTD.

'Astral' release September 2010 MERIDIEM RECORDS LTD.