I’ve seen Noelle Garcia’s name in prominent places winning awards for her music and writing, however, I had never actually heard her music…until now. As I sat down to listen to her newest CD entitled “Set the World on Fire” I came to realize that this artist has the capability to do just that!
Noelle (who recently became Noelle Garcia McHugh) resides in Michigan where she and her husband are immersed in youth ministry. It is with this focus that she writes and shares her music to teens and adolescents regarding depression, self-image, cutting, and peer pressure. She has found that these are some of the biggest challenges to faith, family life, and personal development that they are facing day to day.
There is a great variety in styles throughout this CD ranging from meditative prayer in to jazzy, upbeat songs that make you just have to move in their rhythms in joy of our Lord and His goodness.
There were a few songs in particular that drew my attention. I felt as though Noelle was speaking for me in “Stay by My Side” where she is calling for God’s guidance and love in her weakness. The delivery is very powerful.
Another song “Song for Our Soldiers” is a song of dedication to our men and women who put their lives on the line every day for our safety and freedom. I, too applaud all of those persons who have dedicated their lives in these efforts. Having a nephew in Afghanistan, it hits close to home.
The visual of a small child in Noelle’s “Like a Child” drew me into this song. It depicts a child leaving their crayons aside as their father comes home, the center of their life, and they run to him. In our fast paced world, we forget about the humble simplicity of a child and seeing the world through pure eyes.
Lastly, as I eluded to at the beginning, is the title track “Set the World on Fire.” Noelle challenges us all to follow our Lord and put ourselves out there to make a difference in this world for love of Him. Noelle has the gifts to be a key player on this front. I highly recommend this CD to all ages, but know that it will be a draw for the teens that she works with on a regular basis.
This CD is available through World Library Publications at WLPMusic.com to get your copy today!
Visit Noelle Garcia’s website at NoelleGarciaMusic.com.
Reviewed by Sally Bolderson
Copyright 2010 Jim Logue