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.”
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.
Edited for clarity