In 1990, Noel released two singles. One was a collaboration with Tony Morna entitled "The Question", and the other was a "cameo" he made on the straight-up remake of a France Joli song called "Could You Have The Heart" with 'house' artist Girlsclub. While the latter did well in clubs, "Question" was another mega-hit. A very well-told story that could almost be considered the next chapter after "Silent Morning".
What helps to set "Question" apart would have to be its dramatic beats and phenomenal vocal layouts. Tony stretched Noel's voice to the limit, and the story goes that both of them were such perfectionists, this truly turned out to be a blood, sweat and tears ordeal. However, well-worth the end result. The story of the song starts in the present and stretches back to the past. Noel considers this one of his personal favorites.
While "The Question" was then re-released in a compilation project entitled "Concept Of One" in 1993, by then Noel's musical head and heart were a completely different place, and April of that year brought us his second full album, pop-rock in nature called "Hearts On Fire". A solid alb7m that showcased Noel's maturing writing skills and further vocal prowess, many people were disappointed nonetheless, having expected more dance music. However, those able to look beyond the "freestyle" label were pleasantly surprised. While some people question why he would even take such a risk, Noel simply responds "I like music, any kind of good music, and I like to try different things." One song coming off this album was "Running Into The Sun" which was used in an episode of TV's "Baywatch" (season 4, Coronado Del Soul).
When the release of "Hearts On Fire" just didn't move very well, Noel figured it was time to take a little break, fade himself out of the scene for a while. He spent the next few years still in NY, but leading a "normal" life, which included spending time with his twin daughters (born in 1993). In 1998, he moved to Florida and kept busy with the occasional club date, but mostly producing for other acts.
The dawn of 2001 found Noel's ear piqued by this new underground music. "Trance" interested him so much, that he felt he was ready to come back to the scene and try his own hand at it. Collaborating with famed produced "Ford". The final product of this union was "Will I Find True Love", released in the summer of that year. While a full album and possible other singles were discussed, including a new trance mix of "Silent Morning", it didn't come to pass. Classic Noel lyrically-speaking, his voice sounded as distinct as ever, and Ford's style complemented this. While several versions and remixes were included on the maxisingle, Noel makes it very clear: "My intent was to do a trance song." Unfortunately, Nebulous Records had its own problems, among them being Ford's departure. This left a few of the artists losing out on monies owed, including this one.
November of 2001 found Noel moving back home to NY to reside in Queens again. He spent the better part of 2002 with numerous club dates and working on another album with veterans Eddie Arroyo and Eddie Baez, one he strongly intended to be "heavy trance/tribal". However, in June of 2002, Noel was seriously injured in a car accident on his way home from a gig in Brooklyn. With the pain of several broken ribs and an arm so severely cut it wouldn't have taken much more for him to lose it altogether, he spent the entire summer convalescing at the home of some friends in Pennsylvania. This unfortunate situation caused him to cancel shows for the rest of the summer, and put the brakes on any further work with the album, if only for a while.
Noel has always been involved in all the production aspects of his work. Except for perhaps 2, he's at least co-written anything he calls his own, and always has a say in its mixing and engineering. Furthermore, he says "I always expect to be involved in the music business one way or the other."
In keeping with his character trait of experimentation, April of 2003 found him a new calling in the form of "jousting", and he has been a performer in this capacity at the Pennsylvania State Renaissance Fair. While the album certainly isn't finished yet, there's always work to be done, and a few labels have already expressed an interest. Freestyle freaks, take heart: he said he expects there to be at least 3 freestyle tracks on it.
Courtesy of OIM via FREESTYLEMANIA"