Noah Grove is a singer, songwriter, producer, sound engineer, and guitarist, born in California, raised in Tennessee and recipient of a BA in Psychology from UTK. His influences include DC Talk, Maroon 5, John Mayer, Nickel Creek, Jack Johnson, Muse, Chopin, Norman Brown, Earth Wind & Fire, Cat Stevens, Josh White Jr., Emancipator, and many others. He began his musical life playing a snare drum for middle school band, and then trained for three years in classical piano. He began writing songs in high school. At age 27, Noah left a full time job to focus his life on music, living in a Honda CRV to do so. He is a veteran kitesurfer and a licensed instructor, which has led his music to be heard and influenced by many beachside towns and in August of 2014 he landed in Long Beach, CA to intensively hone his crafts. Over the course of two years he worked with songwriter Nathan Douglas to create arrangements and recordings of more than 150 of Nathan’s songs, in addition to his own songwriting and collaborations with artists in Long Beach and surrounding areas. This experience helped inform the production and mixing of his debut album released July 2016 entitled “Big Picture” and also provided the opportunity to work with dozens of other artists in a studio setting. In late 2016, Noah embarked on a cross country tour visiting and performing in over 50 cities including a venture into Mexico. Noah released his second album entitled “Beautiful Frankenstein” with an album release show on September 9, 2017 at The Legendary Kimbro’s Pickin’ Parlor in Franklin, TN. Noah has a passion for creating music that heals, facilitates personal development, and leads others to more fulfilled life experience and loves his job!
Big Picture Review by E.K.
In singer-songwriter Noah Grove’s debut full-length album Big Picture (self-released in July 2016), it is a fiery sincerity that bleeds through every track. Paired with the raw rhythms of his acoustic guitar, his voice—doused in warm, breezy soulfulness—carries a water-like clarity that reflects his characteristic devotion to cutting honesty.
In the 11-track album, produced and recorded in his home studio, the Tennessee native candidly navigates through themes of love, family and hardships, all drawn from personal experiences. The title track “Big Picture” is an earnest plea to step outside the self-imposed prison of one’s mind: “Don’t be a poor man in your mind / For what you imagine you’ll find,” he croons. “Big picture / Try to see the big picture.” The hook reveals the far-reaching breadth of his vocal chops, his bellows filled with conviction. Songs like “Holding a Key” and “Unequal Love” reveal a more delicate side to the singer-songwriter as he addresses a lover in intimate whispers reminiscent of the soft croons of Iron & Wine.
Another standout song is “Get on the Upbeat,” an uplifting, mantra-like anthem that bounces on the upbeat as Grove urges the listener—and himself—not to stay “on the downbeat / for far too long.” The playful pairing of his technical strumming and effortless vocal phrasings encapsulates Grove as a singer and songwriter. Full of heart, his songs, which carry a timeless quality, flow through him as effortlessly as the wind blows through a tree.
“This album is important to me because of what it stands for,” Grove, 29, explains. “It’s been the work of my whole life up to this point. It’s more than just a collection of songs — it marks a lifestyle change, my decision to live dangerously and faith-based in the sense of going toward what I see is right. I’m striving to be a more honest person.”
Grove, whose influences span from Cat Stevens to Chopin, grew up under the influences of his musical parents. After several years of classical piano lessons, he picked up the guitar and began writing and recording songs in high school. Upon earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology at UT Knoxville in Tennessee, he spent seven months in Argentina where he performed for a crowd for the first time. He spent some time in Outer Banks, North Carolina teaching kite surfing and gigging intermittently, but feeling resistant to being complacent, he decided a change was necessary. So Grove packed his Honda CRV and drove cross-country to Long Beach, California, and has been a full-time musician ever since. In late 2016, after establishing a solid following in Long Beach, he embarked on his first solo cross-country tour, churning out countless songs on the road.
Grove’s next destination is Nashville, where he will be releasing his second full-length album, Beautiful Frankenstein.