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Keri Noble
She describes herself as a ‘girl playing the piano’ but this singer/songwriter’s debut album proves that she is much more than that. We featured her as an artist to watch out for in our last issue, and now The Record brings you the exclusive conversation that we had with serene songstress Keri Noble.

The album Fearless…
Is a collection of songs that are often about my experiences as I continue to become the person that I’m going to be. I think that for a long time, I felt like I needed to say things that I thought people wanted to hear or expected me to say and I think the album Fearless is a collection of songs that are just me being really honest and talking about my life the way that I want to talk about it. So maybe that’s what people mean when they say it’s ‘a coming of age’ album or whatever. I just know that for the first time in my life I’m writing the way I want to write and sing the things I want to say and it feels very good.

The response to my music has been great so far…
The press has been overwhelmingly positive. I keep expecting for there to be someone who says ‘Oh it’s no good!’ [laughs]. But so far it’s been very positive and everyone seems to enjoy it. So that makes me really happy.

I used to play live before I was signed to a record label as well…
I would play without thinking about anything – just play what I felt. Now I realise that there’s an art to playing live, to taking someone on a (musical) journey. If you play too many slow songs in a row you lose the person, or if you play too many fast songs, people stop playing attention. The art of taking someone on a listening journey and also being comfortable enough to talk to people while you’re on stage is always good as well and I’m getting better at it.

As an artist…
I always want to be better. I’m never content where I am, I’m always thinking about the next thing I can do, the next song I’m going to write, so I don’t spend too much time looking at what I am right now in this moment. I think that if you would have asked me five years ago ‘what do you think it’ll be like’, I would have never believed that I’d have gotten this far…

Touring with Cyndi Lauper was a great experience…
She is an amazing performer. She would drive all night and get into the shows and from the time she would go out on stage till she left, she sang her heart out and it was so high energy! What I learnt from her is to give everything you possibly have and that was really inspiring to me.

The audiences in different places are varied…
If it is in a bar people talk more, in a theatre, people are there to listen. I opened for a guy called Bob Schneider, and he has a big college male following. They didn’t typically come to listen to a girl playing a piano. So that was a weird experience because I had to get their attention. We really learned how to play certain songs to get their attention right away.

You can read the rest of our exclusive with Keri Noble in the July 2004 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.

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