Today we’d like to introduce you to Noelle Chesnut Whitmore.
Noelle’s life has always been in music. Introduced to music at a young age through her dad, a drummer, and mother an avid music fan. In school, Noelle played the flute, snare (drumline), piano, and sang in the choir. Outside of school, Noelle was a singer/songwriter writing and recording her first compositions at the age of 16. After a few attempts at signing a record deal, Noelle started exploring other careers in music.
After graduating high school, Noelle attended California State University Northridge majoring in Music Industry Studies and minoring in Pan African Studies. While in college Noelle was extremely involved, joining organizations like GRAMMY U, Hip Hop Think Tank and co-founding Alpha Nu Kappa Sorority.
At the shy age of 19, Noelle and her cousin Jordan produced their first concert featuring the likes of Drake, Trey Songz, YG, Miguel, Eric Bellinger, just to name a few. That concert, later opened the door for Noelle to work at Associated Students Productions at CSUN where Noelle served as the Director of Concerts and was shortly promoted to the Executive Producer managing all events for the entire student body and producing Big Show, the largest concert on campus working Big Sean, Diplo, B.O.B, Bad Suns, and DJ Mal-ski. Under Noelle’s provision, Big Show achieved it’s first ever sell out with over 15,000 attendees, generating its first-ever profit in the shows history.
Since graduating college, Noelle has worked for The Recording Academy/GRAMMYs, Abrams Artist Agency, Bounce AEG and most recently Goldenvoice. At Goldenvoice Noelle works as a Festival Marketing Manager working on all of Goldenvoice’s festival properties Coachella, Stagecoach, Camp Flog Gnaw, Desert Trip, Hangout, Arroyo Seco Weekend, FYF, Panorama, Splash House, Eat Drink Vegan, and Blurry Vision.
Noelle’s biggest accomplishment with Goldenvoice to date is the role she played in helping produce Sunday Service at Coachella 2019.
Noelle’s most recent venture, More In Music sets to educate the community about the various career paths in music, inspire the next generation of industry leaders, and create a culture of empowerment.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It definitely hasn’t been a smooth road but I’m blessed. When I was an artist/songwriter, I got exposed to a not so pretty side of the music industry that ultimately pushed me to get my degree instead of pursuing being an artist full time. Once being accepted into college, I got admitted for piano which I loved but struggled with investing in a curriculum that was more classically based than R&B, Soul, Neo-Soul style that I had grown accustomed to. My piano jury was literally the only class (1-unit) that I needed to complete to get my degree. I almost dropped out because of how difficult it was for me. Needless to say, I passed and got my degree. I broke into tears thanking God and my teacher for helping me get through it.
I would also face many challenges through my career – dealing with being talked down to, being turned down by multiple jobs that I just knew were for me and having to fight for what I knew my worth was.
Nonetheless, I am super grateful for all of those challenges, they made me who I am and have added to my journey and testimony to help inspire someone who needs to hear my story.
Please tell us about More In Music. What sets you apart from others?
More In Music was founded in February 2019 after reflecting on how to make a difference in my community and create the change that I wanted to to see in the world. Recognizing the need to educate people, specifically young people, on the importance of hard work, history, God and overcoming obstacles while fusing my passion for music and giving back, More In Music was birthed.
More In Music’s mission is to educate the community about the various career paths in music, inspire the next generation of industry leaders, and create a culture of empowerment.
Peer to Peer – Empower each other through storytelling to create a culture of support and unity
Peer to Youth – Provide insight on the journeys, failures, and successes experienced in the music industry to better prepare the youth for the future.
Youth to Future – Bridge the gap between the next generation and current leaders through panels, workshops, mentorship, internships and digital programming (web series and podcast) to develop the skills necessary to excel in their careers.
Programs & Initiatives:
Proudest Moment: At the More In Music public panel with the GRAMMY Museum, during the Q&A segment, a young woman shared about how she randomly got served an ad about More In Music. She was praying for help and direction and she saw the panel, attended and said that it was an answered prayer. I cried on the spot because it was confirmation that I was doing something that people needed and were inspired by. It was very powerful for me and showed me the importance of doing purpose driven work.
What’s your favorite memory from childhood?
Driving in the RV listening to Steely Dan, Earth, Wind & Fire, Mint Condition, & the Yellow Jackets on my family road trips. We would always listen to the same artist every time and just drive for miles and miles.
- Website: moreinmusic.org
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Photo of Noelle Chesnut Whitmore on Balcony – Photo Credit: Christina Rivera; Photos from More In Music Event – Photo Credit: Henry R. Jones II, Donte Epps, Xaisha Campbell, Evan Ross Schermerhorn