Sierra Noble's latest single is out (Kelly Morton)
It's really, to me, a song about the pure love that human beings have and that we all have in common to share with one another.
—Sierra Noble, musician
She has opened for Paul McCartney and Bon Jovi and taken part in the
2010 Winter Olympics opening ceremonies, but fiddle player Sierra Noble
says she never planned to step up to a microphone to sing.
"I wrote a song, the first song I released, 'Possibility' with Chris Burke-Gaffney and Keith Macpherson and I had no intention of singing said song. And then they forced me into doing it because they said a guy couldn't sing that song and that I had to," she explained.
"I had never sang anything into a recording microphone in my life. But when it was recorded once I had to perfect it and by the time I was happy with it they were talking about releasing it."
Seems the decision has paid off, Noble recently signed to the Decca Records label, which is home to artists like Annie Lennox, Elton John, Tori Amos, Sonny Rollins and Sting.
Her latest single, "I Can See" was also co-written with Chris Burke-Gaffney, and Noble says it took some time for her to realize what the song was all about. "It eventually revealed itself to me over a year of playing it. It's really, to me, a song about the pure love that human beings have and that we all have in common to share with one another. It all comes down to sharing that love and compassion with each other," she said.
While shooting the video for the track, Noble said she approached people in New York's Port Authority and asked if she could stand with them so they could smile together. "I would make an effort to make eye contact with them and smile. In the world at large, we are often taken aback or question why somebody would be smiling at us if we don't know them," she said.
"It's so simple, an act as simple as a smile can make someone's day and in turn, change the world."