A shared di­rec­tion

Deer Lake women end up on a path that has them writ­ing songs to­gether

The Western Star - - FRONT PAGE - BY DIANE CROCKER [email protected]­ern­star.com Twit­ter: WS_DianeCrock­er

Their lives started out on dif­fer­ent paths, but now two Deer Lake women are headed in the same di­rec­tion — one that’s taken them to a record­ing stu­dio in Nashville.

Their lives started out on dif­fer­ent paths, but now two Deer Lake women are headed in the same di­rec­tion — one that’s taken them to a record­ing stu­dio in Nashville.

Krista No­ble grew up in Deer Lake and has been sing­ing for over 25 years. A few years ago, she started the Hum­ber Val­ley Vo­cal Club which of­fers classes in many forms of the arts to young peo­ple in the com­mu­nity and sur­round­ing area.

No­ble has been a mem­ber of the Em­manuel Pen­te­costal Church for most of her life and cred­its her faith and the church for keep­ing her on the straight and nar­row path.

“I made a de­ci­sion to serve God, so that kind of kept me from the party scene.”

So, while other young peo­ple may have been out drink­ing, No­ble wasn’t.

“It just kind of kept me away from it.”

Carol Anstey has also lived in Deer Lake her whole life and is cur­rently bro­ker/owner of Re­Max Western New­found­land and Labrador.

“I guess my life­style was com­pletely dif­fer­ent from her life­style,” said Anstey.

Anstey started to drink so­cially as a teen and that con­tin­ued into young adult­hood.

“That’s just what we did,” she said.

Her drink­ing never got to the point where she would have been con­sid­ered an al­co­holic, but she could see where it could cause is­sues.

So, six years ago she made a de­ci­sion to change her life.

“I didn’t want this for my fam­ily any­more. I wanted my chil­dren to grow up in a fam­ily-ori­ented home where we do things to­gether and they see a dif­fer­ent life than how I grew up.”

The change in her life co­in­cided with her be­com­ing a Chris­tian.

Anstey got in­volved with Em­manuel Pen­te­costal Church about five and half years ago and she and No­ble soon be­came friends.

“She’s been a very close friend and spir­i­tual men­tor of mine,” said Anstey. “She’s been a big part of my life and the things that have hap­pened.”

Just as Anstey has been for No­ble. She’s pushed No­ble to do things with her sing­ing and helps her by shar­ing her busi­ness knowl­edge and ex­per­tise when­ever she can.

The two have also trav­elled a bit over the last three years with the church’s Labour of Love Min­istries, shar­ing their sto­ries and sell­ing CDs re­leased by No­ble to help sup­port mis­sion projects.

A year and half ago some­one tagged No­ble, who sings mostly wor­ship mu­sic, in a Face­book post by Redemp­tion World Records. The Chris­tian record­ing la­bel in Nashville Ten­nessee was hav­ing a com­pe­ti­tion of­fer­ing a day in the stu­dio for $1,500 to 10 peo­ple.

No­ble en­quired about the op­por­tu­nity and sub­mit­ted some of her mu­sic. The pro­ducer liked it and she was cho­sen to par­tic­i­pate.

But it didn’t come with­out a cost and Anstey helped raise the money needed.

The two women and their hus­bands made the trip last Septem­ber.

Af­ter her day in the stu­dio, No­ble was asked if she was in­ter­ested in sign­ing with the la­bel.

“As a singer, you al­ways dream about go­ing to Nashville and do­ing an al­bum. So, it is def­i­nitely a dream come true,” said No­ble.

The pro­ducer wanted some orig­i­nal mu­sic to be in­cluded on the al­bum and in­spired by Anstey, No­ble looked to her friend to col­lab­o­rate on writ­ing some of those orig­i­nal songs.

Their first one, and just re­cently re­leased, “Is It All Worth It?” is based on Anstey’s ex­pe­ri­ence and those of oth­ers she’s met along the way.

No­ble said it’s about a strug­gle with mak­ing choices.

The song is avail­able through iTunes and Spo­tify and will be re­leased to ra­dio sta­tions on Aug. 15. No­ble is hop­ing some lo­cal ones will pick it up.

The as yet un­named al­bum will be re­leased in the fall. It will con­tain two other songs writ­ten by the friends, one by No­ble, one by an­other friend and six cov­ers.

Anstey is also writ­ing a book about her life that will go along with the al­bum that is be­ing pub­lished by Redemp­tion World Records.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTOS

Krista No­ble, left photo, and Carol Anstey of Deer Lake have col­lab­o­rated on a few songs that will be part of No­ble’s new al­bum to be re­leased this fall. The first sin­gle writ­ten by the women, “Is It All Worth It?”, is avail­able on mu­sic out­lets now and will be re­leased to ra­dio sta­tions on Aug. 15.

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