Noel McKoy was born and raised amongst the close communities and tough realities of Battersea estates in South London. His mother was a singer and it was she and his aunt who encouraged his talent for singing – performing at the young age of 12 and making his first recording at age14.
Noel’s first band, The Albians, played the lovers rock/reggae music of his parents’ Jamaican background and, despite their young age, Decca Records signed them and three singles were recorded.
Demonstrating diversity from the start, Noel’s next move was with rock band, Impak, and from the age of 13, Dennis Bovell, of the hit reggae band Matumbi, mentored Noel for greater things. Changing direction to more soulful sounds, he added his two brothers Cornell, Robin and sister Junette to form the band Mckoy. They delivered a number of street-soul classics with singles “I’m Lucky” and “Family” in 1989 and critically acclaimed 1993 debut album “Full Circle – Within A Social Soul”. From the beginning, Noel took a bold and innovative producing role by releasing all of these on his own record label, Right Track Records.
His first solo album “Mind Is The Keeper” (1997) is now a highly sought after rare groove classic. “Please Take This Personal” in 1998 gathered outstanding reviews. “Brighter Days”, his 2009 album had tracks produced by Ian Levine as well as Incognito leader, Bluey Maunick. The 2015 album from Noel McKoy & Family entitled “Cut From the Same Cloth” featuring the single ‘Making Love’.
In 2015 Noel’s stature within UK Soul Music was again recognised when he was asked to join The British Collective – the supergroup of British soul music pioneers comprising Leee John (Imagination), Omar, Junior and Don-E.
Noel releases his new album in May 2019.