Keri Noble returns to Holmes on Saturday for holiday concert
Minneapolis singer-songwriter Keri Noble has been very busy since she made her local debut at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre last spring.
But that's just fine with her.
"It's good to be busy," Noble said in a telephone interview from her home in Minneapolis on Monday, less than a week before bringing her holiday show to the Holmes Theatre this Saturday.
In addition to touring for about half the year -- her schedule allows her to spend roughly half of each month at home, and half on the road -- Noble just finished recording songs for her next CD release, tentatively scheduled for next year.
"We're planning to release it in Japan in early spring of next year, and hopefully late spring or early summer in the States," Noble said, noting that she currently has recording contracts with labels in both the U.S. and Japan.
Noble is particularly excited about this next release, as yet untitled, because it will mark her debut as a producer.
"It felt like the right CD to take a full, hands-on approach because I feel so connected and close to these songs," said Noble, noting that the material had been written while she was in the midst of "a difficult year."
"I got divorced," she said. "It was the first time being on my own, really getting to know myself as a person, so all those songs were written from there."
There was a time, Noble said, when she really didn't enjoy the recording process.
"I loved writing and performing, but I used to hate going into the studio," she said. "I'm more of a spontaneous creator, very in the moment."
By contrast, studio recording is a "very detailed and intricate" process, and "I was never really interested in that side of things, until now."
But with this project, Noble found the recording process "kind of healing and cathartic. It was a good experience to be able to get inside those songs like that."
Producing her own music is not the only exciting thing that has happened to Noble this year, however. Shortly after her spring concert in Detroit Lakes, Noble found out that Grammy-winning recording artist Kelly Clarkson had chosen one of her songs, "If No One Will Listen," to be included in Clarkson's latest CD release, "All I Ever Wanted."
In addition, another of Noble's songs, "Emily" was featured on the soundtrack of ABC's hit television show, "Grey's Anatomy."
"Lots of great things have happened this year," said Noble, adding, "I just try to stay busy and working, as long as people want to hear me."
Though her second show at the Holmes Theatre, set for this Saturday, Dec. 5, at 8 p.m., is being billed as a "holiday concert," Noble said it's not all about "jingle bells and reindeer and Santa."
Noble has been doing holiday concerts in the Twin Cities area for the last seven years or so, and they were always about "me being able to come home and play the songs I wanted to play, let my hair down, connect with people."
The music selections are a mix between holiday and non-holiday tunes, with the holiday songs being a mix of familiar covers and Noble's own music.
"The way I approach (music for) the holidays is the way I approach everything else," she said. "My holiday songs and holiday album are really in the same vein (as her other music)."
They're still songs about love and life, but set during the holiday season, Noble explained.
"All of my music is drawn from my own life, or stories and conversations I've had with people I know," she said.
Noble will have copies of her holiday EP, "Winter Comes Again," available at the theater during her show; the songs are also available on iTunes, she added. The six-song EP includes three of Noble's original tunes, and three of her holiday favorites.
Tickets for Saturday's show are $22 for adults, $11 for students.
Also this weekend
Earlier in the day, the Holmes Theatre will also be hosting its annual Christmas Marketplace from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Marketplace will feature a wide variety of items from area crafters and home-based businesses.
The Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center, where the theater is located, is teaming up with the Women of Today's Craft Show at the National Guard Armory to offer shoppers a total of more than 60 vendors and one great day of holiday shopping.
On Sunday, the Holmes will be hosting a new event, the Christmas Readers' Theater. Relax by the fireplace in the Holmes Lobby as local actors read holiday classics for all ages, including Dr. Seuss's "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and a comical version of "The Night Before Christmas." Of course, no holiday tradition would be complete without a little cider and sugar cookies on the side.
Tickets for the Readers' Theatre are $10 for adults, $5 for students.
For tickets to the Keri Noble concert or Christmas Reader's Theatre, go online to www.dlccc.org or call 218-844-SHOW (7469). You can also purchase them in person at the Holmes Box Office, 826 Summit Ave., during their regular business hours (10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, and two hours prior to each show).