Weaving stories of grief, hope, death, disillusionment and euphoria through the eyes of a New Englishman in his twenties, John Noble Barracks stop at nothing. Brooklyn-based folk / rock singer-songwriter has appeared on stage in New York City, Saratoga Springs, NY, Martha’s Vineyard, MA and Savannah, Georgia – while writing his first four singles (coming in late 2021), appearing on TV twice (Bull; The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) and perusing a thankfully declining daytime to-do list.
John Noble Barrack is also a man of great athleticism with a heart of gold. He has raised funds through cycling and running for cancer research, and has donated his time to incredible charities that benefit many important causes.
Charities John Noble Barrack has participated in include the Pan Mass Challenge: https://www.pmc.org/, where he raised over $ 10,000 in 2020 and cycled 190 miles for cancer research. He has also competed in races such as the Boston Olympic Triathlon, Oceanside Half Ironman, NYC Central Park Triathlon and Far Rockaway and has raised funds for nonprofits such as the National Disability Theater and The Actors Fund. Barrack has recently been heavily involved in The Theater Offensive, whose mission is to present liberating art by, for and about queer and trans people of color that transcends artistic boundaries, celebrates cultural abundance and dismantles oppression.
Just in time for the end of fall, John Noble Barrack’s new song “Salem” is sure to tempt you, in anticipation of what’s to come. Beginning with a simplistic and stripped-down guitar picking melody, John’s soft voice entry is sure to give audiences instant goosebumps. The melody, while alluring, is obviously dark and insinuates the emotions that breathe life into the lyrics.
From the first listen, it is immediately evident in the lyrics that John is faced with the dilemma of loving his partner who he knows causes great suffering in his life. The heartbreaking lyrics “I sink to breathe, hurt to heal” describe the sacrifice he makes so that she can shine, be happy, not feel angry, breathe easily and heal from her trauma pass. The name of the song, “Salem”, is very meaningful because of its metaphorical mention of going to hell, being under its spell, its executioner not letting him breathe, and the shameless instructions of John de l ‘send to Salem and judge him. The articulate words repeating “Tears come well but hell is worth it” embody the timeless act of selfless and sacrificial love.
John’s mind-boggling use of storytelling in recounting his choice to stay in a relationship that puts him in hell for committing a crime as widespread as the Salem Witch Trials is a true testament to his natural songwriting abilities and of his true talent for capturing conflicting emotions and creating them. in his art.