Originally from Lima, Perú, Noël’s career began at the age of eight with a starring role in a Perúvian television show called “El Tío Johnny”. As a teenager, Noël's mother Menina Pereira sent her to Argentina and Germany to take voice, violin, and piano lessons. Encouraged by the legendary Stan Getz to move to the US, Noël relocated to New York City and briefly performed as a dancer with Jo Jo’s Dance Factory and Menudo. Noël moved to Los Angeles in 1989, and became involved in the local artistic movement. In the early 1990s, she formed Cecilia Noël and The Wild Clams. A James Brown meets Pérez Prado band, The Wild Clams received quick attention for their explosive live shows and were consequently booked at the House of Blues and the Playboy Jazz Festival. Cecilia Nöel and The Wild Clams released a live concert DVD "Live in Hollywood" in the summer of 2008 and in December, participated in the Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration on PBS/KCET. In addition to her band, Noël also performs and records with husband and former Men At Work frontman Colin Hay.