Noah Gabriel


Photo Courtesy Steve Thomson

Noah Gabriel, a mainstay in Chicago’s suburban scene since 2004, is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist from Aurora, Illinois. Drawing from the musical styles of Stevie Ray Vaughn, Ryan Adams, John Mayer, Lucinda Williams, Chris Whitley, and BB King, to name a few, Noah’s music rests uniquely on roots rock.

By age twenty, Noah had his first record deal, releasing In Aurora on Batavia based Hidden Track Records – a label one of his mentors, Dana French of Deluxury, was under, and run by good friend Dennis Kintop. On this album, co-produced by Gary Belniak, released in January 2005, Noah met his band, and recorded a duo with local legend Greg Boerner called “Tonight.” The album received great reviews and airplay on local radio.

The year 2007 was a significant milestone in Noah’s career. He left Hidden Track to put out his second album, independently, with the help of his band, including Gary Belniak (Tyrant), Michael Addyman, Tim Polite (The Byrds, Acoustcity), Bobby Scumacci (High Infidelity, Dave Mason), and their sound engineer Craig Whitaker. They pulled together, releasing Noah’s second album, Truth, Love, Faith and Soul. It obtained airplay in Chicago (97.9 The Loop) and overseas. While working on the CD/DVD compilation “Acoustic Chicago” that year, Noah was also privileged to record and work with Ernie Adams, drummer for jazz legend Al DiMeola and Howard Levy, founding member of Bella Fleck and the Flecktones.

In 2008, opportunity arose when Noah met Chicago artist MER and spent a year as a guitarist for his band, playing numerous Chicago venues, in addition to his own songwriting and performing. In April 2009, Noah also accompanied MER in playing on U.S. Cellular Field before thousands of White Sox fans.

Noah’s most raw and diverse album to date, Crooked, was released in 2009. Again, with the support of his band and the addition of drummer Andrew Szymanski, Noah wrote, recorded, and took a more involved role as producer for this album. For mastering, he put it into the hands of Chief Engineer Rob Ruccia, a collaborator on the Grammy nominated Miles Davis “Miles to India” project, at Uptown Recording in Chicago, owned by Matt Denny. Off the Record was thereafter released in April 2010 and is a compilation of acoustic recordings originally demo-ed for previous albums; just Noah and his guitar.

Noah’s was honored in March 2011 to be a part of a collaboration of 30 local musicians on a vinyl album, Made in Aurora, the brainchild of Kiss the Sky owner Steven Warrenfeltz. The album marked the beginning of Steve’s new label Waterloo Sunset Records, in conjunction with the production and mastering genius of Backthird Audio. A second collaboration Made in Aurora, Volume II: City of Lights was released on Record Store Day in November 2011.

Noah Gabriel’s newest endeavors include a solo vinyl album, Mercy Street, released in late September 2011 on Waterloo Sunset Records, co-produced by Gabriel and good friend Mike Bowen.

In January 2012, just three months after releasing Mercy Street, and before Gabriel left for a musical stint in Austin, Texas, he and his band released the studio album Ghosts of Tomorrow. Noah, Gary, Michael, Andrew and Craig have pushed through studio rebuilding and juggling their five busy schedules again to bring it to fruition. For the fourth time, friends and band mates Noah and Gary put their heads together and ran with their titles as co-producers.

Noah Gabriel seems to be in constant evolution as a singer, songwriter, guitarist. Already a prolific songwriter, and never wanting to be comfortable, he keeps on pushing himself. Embarking on his first ever solo acoustic tour this past July, Gabriel made his way back from Austin, Texas to Chicagoland via the west coast. Upon return, he linked up with new drummer Justin O’Connell and bass player/vocalist Chad Watson, now known as the trio Noah’s Arcade.

The new trio helped release Gabriel’s seventh album, Austin Bound, on December 28, 2012. In April 2013 they hunkered down in the studio for three days straight to record their first eponymous vinyl LP album, engineered by Mike Bowen, once again, and mixed by Soundstage Chicago’s Frank Pappalardo. Noah’s eighth album, the band’s first, dropped in May 2014 at Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora, Illinois.

Fast forward to not quite a year later, and the Arcade has already recorded and released their sophomore album, Easy. Along with others, it can be found online at iTunes and is available at Kiss the Sky in Batavia, Illinois.