Noel Gourdin combines the best of two worlds. Born and raised in Boston, he blends a smooth, East Coast contemporary R&B sound with an emotional Southern gospel-like delivery, the result of spending childhood summers in Mississippi. He's a man who believes in respecting the ladies: on one of his hits he promises to call women "Beautiful" and not all those other nasty words. His talent has seen him through career ups and downs, from a deal with Sony Records that yielded his 2008 debut, After My Time, to switching labels and, three years later, issuing Fresh: The Definition. No matter where he has traveled, his fans have followed.