Noel McLeary
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Noel McLeary

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States | SELF

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States | SELF
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Nov
27
Noel McLeary @ Keynote Cafe w/ HillCity Lights

Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA

Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA

Oct
09
Noel McLeary @ Hogar de Ninos Emanuel Fundraiser- Camp Harmony

Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA

Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA

Sep
26
Noel McLeary @ Keynote Cafe

Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA

Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA

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"Her singing and her graciousness and genuine humilty would be worth a seven hour trip to go see her. For her to make the trip here...she is definitely a diamond in the singing profession."

"...though she is small, she has vocal powers that a drill sergent would envy. Plus, she knew how to deal with my antiquated sound system..."

"Her EP has only five songs, leaves you wanting more, and each song is great, where regular CDs you get one good song and fifteen throwaways."

-Ernie Miller (event organizer from Walter Reed Army Medical Center) on Freerepublic.com: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1774218/posts?page=17 - freerepublic.com


"Noel McLeary is a tiny rocker with a big voice... The “Noel McLeary EP” offers 4 high energy tracks of danceable, funkified pop rock, and one piano power ballad, a la Alicia Keys, the dramatic “Innocence.” Two are songs written for McLeary by Rachael Lampa, the optimistic “(It’s a) Beautiful Thing,” a funk-pop track about “getting together and getting along,” and “Emptied.” The latter gives you a chance to see what McLeary can do when given the opportunity. Her strong vocals soar over this buzzy rocker, probably the strongest track on the project, along with “Innocence.”... "-- Jesse Cole Christian Music Suite 101, "Noel McLeary: Self-titled EP Review" - Christian Music Suite101


For Ligonier native Noel McLeary, the love of music came at a very early age.
From her road trip across the state at the age of two where her grandmother jokes that she “sang to her the entire way across the state” to years later when she would sing along to the radio on her way to gymnastics, McLeary feels that her love for music was something she was born with.
“I was just constantly singing so a friend encouraged my mom to talk to the elementary school music teacher and she started pushing me and encouraging me to come out of my shell and sing,” said McLeary.
Now, 19 years old, McLeary has not only matured into a young adult, but she has also grown musically and has enjoyed a successful career to date.
To add to her long list of musical accomplishments, like performing the National Anthem at the Johnstown Chiefs Games and performing at the Walter Reed Hospital, McLeary can now include “2007 Our Town’s Rockin’ in the Valley Winner” to her resume.
McLeary said that she was excited to learn that she won the contest.
“It’s always great to hear you’ve won anything, but better than that is knowing that you’ve won people’s support,” said McLeary.
“That’s what it’s all about for me,” she said.
McLeary describes her musical style as a form of pop/rock and she said that she is most proud of a song that she recently wrote and recorded, “Nothing Left”.

“I guess I’m proud that I wrote it because it’s a song that I would listen to,” said McLeary.
“It’s about trying to chase an old love out of my mind and it’s very much a venting song for me,” she said.
Besides performing locally, McLeary will soon take her show internationally when she travels to Honduras to take part in Voces con Causa, or Voices with a Cause.
“I’m very excited right now about a song that I wrote for the concert in Honduras, Voces de los Ninos, or Voices of the Children. Hopefully it will reach a lot of people, too,” she said.
While McLeary may need to brush up on her Spanish before traveling, she already knows the power that music has to cross language barriers.
“I love that music is a universal language and it connects us on a level that nothing else can,” said McLeary.
“It gets to the core of who we really are, what we’re really feeling like a translator of the soul. I just think that’s so amazing,” she said.
As McLeary prepares for her future in music, she remains grounded in her local roots with the support of her family, friends, and fans.
“I never set out to be a world traveler, so the fact that God has constantly blessed me with those opportunities is just amazing. God has allowed me the opportunity to constantly go farther but he has also blessed me with incredible supporters everywhere I look,” said McLeary.
“My dream is a big one and it’s not always easy to follow. But there’s always someone there to keep pushing me or to drive me and those are the people who make it possible for me to keep going and make this dream attainable, even as it keeps growing,” she said.
“I would absolutely love to just be able to keep doing this, keep moving forward and keep broadening the spectrum of people that I have the potential to reach,” she added.
To learn more about Noel McLeary check out her web site at www.noelmclearyonline.com
- Our Town (by Colleen Cramer)


"Noel McLeary is a tiny rocker with a big voice... The “Noel McLeary EP” offers 4 high energy tracks of danceable, funkified pop rock, and one piano power ballad, a la Alicia Keys, the dramatic “Innocence.” Two are songs written for McLeary by Rachael Lampa, the optimistic “(It’s a) Beautiful Thing,” a funk-pop track about “getting together and getting along,” and “Emptied.” The latter gives you a chance to see what McLeary can do when given the opportunity. Her strong vocals soar over this buzzy rocker, probably the strongest track on the project, along with “Innocence.”... "-- Jesse Cole Christian Music Suite 101, "Noel McLeary: Self-titled EP Review" - Christian Music Suite101


Discography

Noel McLeary EP
Can't Escape Your Love EP

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Bio

“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace.
He intends to come and live in it Himself." -C.S. Lewis

Twenty-four years ago, Noel McLeary was born into a music-loving Christian family in a small town just east of Pittsburgh, PA. To start, her name-sake has nothing to do with Christmas (her grandfather’s name was “Leon”- hers is Leon spelled backwards), her small stature deceives most about her age and her vocals, and though you’ve probably never heard of her hometown (Ligonier, PA), growing up in a small town has never stopped her from dreaming big.

Noel McLeary began wowing crowds as the “little girl with the big voice” from the first time she stepped onstage to sing in her second grade Christmas concert. Recognizing the potential in her voice, Noel’s elementary school music teacher quickly got her involved with a local children’s choir. Being a part of the children’s choir allowed Noel the opportunity to perform on local TV and radio stations, in large venues such as Pittsburgh’s Benedum Center and PPG Place, and her first experience in a recording studio (to record a benefit song for Children’s Hospital)? all by the young age of ten.

With a powerful voice that has an easier time sticking out than blending in, Noel quickly fell in love with performing and began to step out on her own, taking the lead in several school concerts, performing special music in churches, and singing the national anthem at local sporting events.

At the age of 15, Noel decided that it was time to own her own faith, instead of resting on her family’s influence, and began to intentionally seek and develop her own personal relationship with Christ. As a result of God’s calling and the love of music that had been instilled in her from a young age, by the age of 16 she had decided to forego college plans and pursue a career in Christian music.

It was then that she made her first trip to Music City?Nashville, Tennessee, and began working on her first recording. After releasing an independent EP, Noel started traveling to perform as a solo artist at various venues and events throughout the country including Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Creation West, and expanded her journey to international stages when she traveled to Honduras to perform to support El Hogar de Niños Emanuel (a children’s home in San Pedro Sula).

Noel’s career began to pick up steady momentum as her schedule filled. The next chapter though, was one that she never would’ve guessed would be written into her life’s story.

“By the summer of 2009, I was playing at least 2, sometimes 3, shows a weekend, had never experienced any real family issues or personal tragedy, and was happily engaged. I never would have pictured God’s stretching me to look quite like it did… and I never would have expected that by January of 2010 I would be in the complete opposite position. Within a few short weeks of each other my fiance left me, my grandmother had an unexpected stroke (leaving my family preoccupied and unable to support me through the broken engagement), and booking had slowed to a near stop (in hindsight, a God-built-in protection). I was at what felt like a stand-still in every area of my life in what seemed like within only moments. Even though deep down I knew that God was faithful, I really struggled to pick myself up out of bed every day. I wondered if it was really true, that God would never leave me, because a lot of days it felt like He already had. I just couldn’t see any way out of the helplessness that I felt. The amazing part though, is that God is always writing His story in our lives, even if we can’t see it in the moment.”

Through these struggles, Noel began to question the depths of her faith in a way that she never had before, and as a result has grown into a young woman with a strong heart for mentoring young girls and sharing authenticity and God’s hope through music? all things that she had felt called to before, but had never felt equipped for.

“God has stretched me in so many ways that I never would’ve expected that it’s incredible. I can honestly say that I’m thankful for even the most horrifically painful days of my life, because in some way or another they have drawn me closer to the heart that God has for me and the love that He has for me. I’m a totally differen