On this episode, we interview Melody Noel, co-founder of Influence Music. She shares her journey of becoming a Christian as an adult, pursuing a career in mainstream pop, and now running a worship record label.
Orange County native, Melody Noel Hernandez, grew up listening and performing Mariachi music with her father, Jose Hernandez, a three time Grammy-nominated Mariachi composer. Considered the "black sheep" of the family, Melody was the first Hernandez in 125 year lineage to pursue a genre outside of Mariachi. Her love for pop music led her to study at the Clive Davis School of Recorded Music at NYU with an emphasis on songwriting and business. A student project created her sophomore year led to a publishing deal with Imagem Music, and the official start to her career in the music industry in 2012.
Since then Melody as a songwriter has had an iTunes #1 single with Jennifer Lopez and Lin Manuel Miranda, and collectively has over 10 million plays as a featured EDM artist on Spotify with placements in shows such as American Idol, Dancing with the Stars and the 2016 Olympics. In 2017 Melody moved to Orange County, CA to co-found worship label & artist collective "Influence Music". Their debut album "Touching Heaven" went Billboard #2 and has had over 698,000 hours of streaming in 2018 alone. Melody made her debut as an artist with her single "Mistakes" which made it in the top 30 of the Christian Radio airplay chart.