Noel Gourdin is a Soul singer from Boston who rose to attention with "The River", a big charting R&B track, in 2008. Noel strives to make music that's "Timeless, Real and Soulful" and, from the little I've heard since stumbling on "One Gift" the other day, he's succeeding mightily. Noel's sound, to me, is old school; while he doesn't ignore the modern day hip-hop sensibilities, he never forgets the soul in Soul music. Not to say something some might think bordering on blasphemy, Noel inspired the same warmth in me as a young Marvin Gaye did, once upon a time.
Noel's current album--only his third national release--is "City Heart Southern Soul", released in February. And I'm sure the best is still to come. But "One Gift" isn't a bad place to start. And it's free. Of the 5 tracks on "One Gift", only the title song is overtly a Christmas song, but the other tracks are great listening, too. It's as good a place as any to become acquainted with an artist you're going to want to hear more of. Don't forget to pay the man a visit at his Internet home and say "Hi", sometime.