Keri Noble – Singer, songwriter and A.M co-host on Cities97
Keri: Super excited. My very first “Twitterview”!
Glad to have you as a guest! Tell us a little bit about your background. Where you grew up & childhood interests.
Keri: I was born in Ft Worth, Tx. We moved from TX to IL, b4 moving back to TX.
Eventually, when i was in 2nd or 3rd grade, we moved (& settled) in Detroit, MI
I was home-schooled ’til 4th grade.
I was home-schooled ’til 4th grade. My mom was a teacher at the school, and my dad was a southern baptist pastor.
I spent most of my time, as a kid, at church. Choir, Sunday School, Bible studies, etc.
When i finally went 2 school, took me a while 2 b comfortable, but by 6th grade, i discovered boys & being social.
Later, i got super involved in the drama program, & was certain i was gonna b an actress!
At what age did you start writing your own songs, and what kinds of music did you listen to?
Keri: Music’s always been a part of my family/life. Mom was a choir director, i took piano lessons, sang in the choir, etc
But i didn’t start writing ’til i was a freshman in college, after hearing Joni Mitchell’s “Blue”
That was a game-changer 4 me. B4 that, i listened to contemp. christian music as a kid, and R&B/hip hop as a teen
Once i discovered Joni, i devoured any singer-songwriter i could get my hands on Shawn Colvin Carol King Patty Griffin
I’d listened 2 music my whole life but hearing singer-songwriters made me want to actually create music 4 the 1st time
Something about that music made it feel safe 4 me to express things i wasn’t sure i could say in real life
That’s a great list! In addition to singing and songwriting, what musical instruments do you know how to play?
Keri: Piano’s my main instrument. I can play a little guitar. Not well, but i can hack it if i have to!
Some people write music from personal experience, others write from observations. What moves you to write?
Keri: Always personal experience. Not necessarily something that happened directly 2 me, but maybe someone close 2 me
Sometimes i can write like crazy & other times i have nothing 2 say. Has everything 2 do w/what’s going on in my life.
More than anything, my songs have been directly related to whatever i’m feeling/going through
When writing a new song, can it be difficult to, in a sense, edit your feelings? To make the lyrics work better.
Keri: The goal is NOT 2 edit, if possible. U can edit l8r. The writing process should b as pure/unfiltered as possible.
Nearly impossible 2 turn the internal critic off, but if u can get in2 a zone w/no distractions & a quiet mind…gold!
2 many details/specifics can yank a listener out of the “painting” that they’ve created, so i do try to avoid that
for example, i don’t need 2 mention names, eye color, the city, what we were eating, etc. 1 or 2 details is plenty
People connect when they can picture themselves in songs. That’s what i try 2 do. Tell a story but not get in the way.
For sure! Shifting gears, your BIO says that you’re a Detroit loyalist. Has it been tough watching their hardships?
It’s not hard to cheer for Detroit. There’s SO much history. It’s made up of fighters. Don’t count ‘em out yet!
My family’s still in D, so i go home several times a year. It’s hard to see the pain, but there’s a lot of beauty, too.
They seem to be working at innovative things to revive the area. Lastly, lets talk about your @Cities97radio gig…
Keri: YES! Let’s talk about my @cities97radio gig! I’m having a blast!
Had you ever done radio before and did you know who @BrianOake was?
Keri: I have the BEST partner/co-host IN THE BIZ! @BrianOake
@BrianOake He had interviewed me several times as an artist at Oake on the Water. We always had a good time.
I was the “Girl Around Town”, talking about what was happening in the Twin Cities.
@Chawk1003 producer of @PowerTripKFAN was the 1st person 2 give me a chance on the radio.Wouldn’t b here w/out him
@LMac97 gave me my BIG break on @cities97radio & @BrianOake & i have been having a blast ever since.
@BrianOake Oake’s been a radio staple here in the TC for a long time. It’s really an honor 2 share the mornings w/him.
With both radio programs being in the morning, I’m guessing that you’re a “morning person”? No on-air chemistry issues?
Keri: Oddly enough, i love mornings. don’t get me wrong-i’d love to sleep in a little l8r, but…
i get up at 2:45 most mornings 2 hit the gym b4 coming in to work. helps me get my head clear & ready 4 the day.
I still pop over 2 the @PowerTripKFAN every Mon/Fri @ 8:30 just 2 give ‘em a hard time.
“on-air chemistry issues” LOL! @BrianOake & i spar every morning, but its brother/sister teasing that makes it so fun!
Joel: The @PowerTripKFAN needs a rough time. :) Thanks for your time today and Tweeting some of your thoughts on #MNMOtv. Good work!
Keri: Thanks for being my 1st ever Twitterview! Anytime!