Shannon Noll

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Shannon Noll
Shannon Noll, 2011.jpg
Noll in October 2011
Background information
Born (1975-09-16) 16 September 1975 (age 39)
Orange, New South Wales, Australia
Origin Condobolin, New South Wales, Australia
Genres Rock, pop, country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Years active 2003–present
Labels Sony Music (2003–2009)
Universal Music Australia (2010–present)
Website Official website

Shannon Noll (born 16 September 1975) is an Australian pop singer who first came to prominence as runner-up of the first series of Australian Idol (2003), which led to him being signed to Sony BMG. Since then he has released five Top 10 albums, including two multi-platinum sellers.[1][2] Noll's first ten singles all peaked inside the Aria Top 10, including three that reached #1. He is the only male Australian artist in Australian chart history to have ten consecutive top 10 singles. Since then, Noll has released eight more singles, with only two reaching the top 50, the highest one peaking at number 26.[3]

Noll has achieved 17 platinum and three gold certifications and his combined album and single sales have reached over 1.3 million, the second highest certification and sales level for an Australian Idol contestant, and the highest for a non-winner.[4] Noll received six ARIA nominations including Best Pop Release for Lift.[5] He won MTV awards for Best Male Artist three years in succession between 2005 and 2007.[6]

He is now signed to Universal Music.

Early life[edit]

Noll was born in Orange, New South Wales and grew up in the small town of Condobolin in central western New South Wales. He is the youngest of three children to parents Sharyn and Neil Noll and along with brothers Adam and Damian, and spent his entire childhood and teenage years on the family farm, which raised sheep and cattle and grew cereal crops. At school, Noll enjoyed drama classes and performed in school productions. After leaving school, Noll travelled to Sydney and played football, where he met his wife Rochelle.

As an adult, Noll worked shearing sheep among other tasks. Noll and his brothers formed the band called "Cypress" (named for the fact that they rehearsed in a timber mill). Shannon provided vocals and played guitar. In gigs around the Australian outback, the band played in country pubs. Although they performed mainly covers, the group also wrote original music.

Neil, Noll's father, was killed during a farming accident in 2001, which left the farm to Shannon and his brothers. After two years of extreme drought the brothers sold the farm and settled in Condobolin with their mother. Shannon penned a song on his album Lift titled "Now I Run" in his memory.

Noll and his wife Rochelle Ogston began their relationship in 1997. They have two sons Cody (2001) and Blake (2002). They married in October 2004 and had a daughter, Sienna (2006).

Australian Idol[edit]

By 2003, Noll was in debt and out of work following the sale of the farm. His future father-in-law encouraged him to travel to Melbourne to audition for the 2003 debut season of Australian Idol. Noll impressed judges Mark Holden, Marcia Hines and Ian Dickson with his audition in which he performed the Southern Sons' "Hold Me in Your Arms". After his audition, Hines praised Shannon and told him that she had just discovered "a voice" and Dickson informed Shannon that "...Australia will love you".

Following his audition, Noll reached the Top 32 semi-final where he performed a rendition of Robbie Williams' hit "Better Man". The viewing audience voted Noll into the Top 12. Over eight weeks of performance shows, Noll found himself in the bottom three only once, following his performance of Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer" during the '80s theme night. Throughout the show, Noll impressed both the judges and audience with performances of songs as diverse as Powderfinger's "Already Gone", to The Beatles' "Hey Jude" to Jimmy Barnes "Working Class Man".

During the 2003 Australian Idol series finals, Noll sang:

Week Theme Song sung Original artist
Audition Contestant's Choice "Hold Me in Your Arms" Southern Sons
Top 40 Semifinals "Better Man" Robbie Williams
Top 12 Time Warp 1 – The 1970s "Help Is on Its Way" Little River Band
Top 10 Number 1 Smash Hits "What About Me" Moving Pictures
Top 8 Aussie Music "Already Gone" Powderfinger
Top 6
Up, Close & Personal
Time Warp 2 – The 1980s
"Livin' on a Prayer"
"With or Without You"
Bon Jovi
Top 5 R&B Music
Songs of Soul Music
"Higher and Higher"
"When a Man Loves a Woman"
Jackie Wilson
Percy Sledge
Top 4 Big Bands "I've Got You Under My Skin"
"New York City
Virginia Bruce
Liza Minnelli
Top 3 Time Warp 3 – The 1960s "One"
"Hey Jude"
Harry Nilsson
The Beatles
Top 2 Idol's Choice
Idol's Choice
Winner's Single
"Please Forgive Me"
"Working Class Man"
"Angels Brought Me Here"
Bryan Adams
Jimmy Barnes
Guy Sebastian

In the weeks leading up to the Grand Final, Noll recorded his version of the winner's single "Angels Brought Me Here" and filmed a music video for the song, which was to be released the week after the winner was announced. Copies of Noll's version were released to radio stations in anticipation of his win, however Noll's version of the song was subsequently never aired on radio and the music video was never released for broadcast.

In the week before the Grand Final, Noll and fellow finalist Guy Sebastian embarked on a whirlwind Australia-wide promotional tour. Tens of thousands of fans turned out in support, including 20,000 people in Adelaide and 15,000 in Melbourne.

Noll reached the Grand Final on 19 November 2003 alongside eventual winner Guy Sebastian following fellow contestant, Cosima De Vito's withdrawal from the competition. During the Grand Final show, Noll performed an encore performance of "What About Me" that helped cement the popularity of his version of the song and led to it being chosen for release as his debut single.

Professional career[edit]

2003–2004: That's What I'm Talking About[edit]

Noll signed a five-album deal with Sony BMG shortly after Australian Idol. His debut single was a cover of the Moving Pictures hit "What About Me" that he had performed on Idol. Recording took place during November/December 2003 at Eargasm Studios in Sydney. Tracks were chosen and recorded for inclusion on Noll's debut album around the same time.

"What About Me" was released on 25 January 2004 and debuted at number one on the Australian Singles Chart with sales exceeding 125,000 copies in its first week. At the time, this figure was the third-highest one-week sales for a single in Australian chart history.[citation needed] The single earned Noll a nomination for Highest Selling Single at the 2004 ARIA Awards. Over its chart run, "What About Me" sold 280,000 copies and was certified 4× Platinum in March 2004.

Noll's full-length debut album That's What I'm Talking About was released on 9 February 2004 in Australia.

Noll joined the Australian Idol arena tour which played in every Australian capital city. The second single from the album was "Drive".

Containing a mixture of pop, rock and country tracks recorded over six weeks between December 2003 and January 2004, That's What I'm Talking About debuted at #1 and was certified triple-platinum upon its release. By August 2004, the album was certified as a 3× Platinum seller and remained on the Top 100 Album Chart for almost a year.

"Drive", an uptempo rock track written by Canadian singer Bryan Adams, was released in March 2004. Noll undertook a large amount of promotion for the single, including performances on television, including Rugby League's The Footy Show and Sunrise. It reached #4 in Australia and was another platinum seller. Noll later performed "Drive" at the 2004 TV Week Logie Awards ceremony.

Solo tour[edit]

Noll undertook his first full scale solo tour in May 2004 playing 40 shows in 47 days. Noll later stated in an interview that performing that number of shows in such a small amount of time was something he would never do again.[citation needed]

Learn to Fly[edit]

"Learn to Fly" was the third and final single from That's What I'm Talking About. A limited edition release of 40,000 copies, the single was another success for Noll, debuting at #1 on the ARIA singles chart on 12 July 2004.

He starred in a one-hour TV special on the Ten Network, title Up Close with Shannon Noll, hosted by Dickson and screened on 2 August 2004. During the show, Noll spoke about his past and touched on topics including his experiences with drugs and the death of his father. Noll also performed "Learn to Fly", which he dedicated to his father, and a duet with Hines.

In October 2004, Noll achieved overseas success when his single "What About Me" reached number two in Ireland. Also in October 2004, the Nine Network approached Noll to re-record the World Series Cricket song "C'mon Aussie C'mon" with updated lyrics with names of the current Australian cricket team, for release on 19 December 2004. The single peaked at #2 on the ARIA singles chart, raising more than A$150,000 for children's charities.

In December 2004 it was announced that Noll would star in the stage production of Grease. Noll later declined the offer in favor of recording his second album release, Lift.

2005–2006: Lift[edit]

In early 2005, Noll took a songwriting trip to London and America. Noll met with songwriters Desmond Child, author of hit songs for Bon Jovi and Aerosmith and ballad writer Dianne Warren. Noll later stated that while he appreciated the opportunity to work with them, he felt that local Australian songwriters were more connected to what he wanted to create and that they were producing stronger songs.

In early 2005, Noll played a handful of small "showcase" style American gigs both for Sony BMG executives and the general public, without obtaining a US recording contract. Following the trip, Noll returned to Australia to complete the writing and recording of Lift.

Noll was asked by Bryan Adams to support him on Adams' Australian tour throughout February and March 2005. During these concerts Noll premiered two songs he had written for his new album, "Lonely" and the unreleased "The Winner Takes It All".

On 25 August 2005, the first single from Lift, entitled "Shine" was released to Australian radio. The track premiered simultaneously across Australia and quickly became one of the most requested songs. The pop-rock track moved away from Noll's prior releases. "Shine" was released as the first single from Lift on 23 September 2005, and debuted at #1 on the ARIA singles chart the following week. "Shine" was later nominated as Highest Selling Single at the 2005 ARIA Awards.

A week after "Shine"'s release, Lift was released on 16 October 2005, and debuted at #1 on the ARIA charts the following week. First week shipment and sales of Lift earned it a platinum certification. The album, with 11 out of 13 tracks co-written by Noll, covered topics including finding love, death, overcoming odds and self belief. Lift charted over a three-year period from 2005–2007. The third and fourth singles were "Now I Run" and "Lonely".

Noll was a special guest at the final of the 2005 season of Australian Idol, where he performed "Lift". Noll received a plaque in honour of sales exceeding one million units in Australia over the previous 18 months.

The title track of Lift was released in December 2005. The single was Noll's first not to debut in the top ten, however two weeks after its release, it made #10, remaining there for several weeks. The track was a rock-influenced song about fighting adversity. It achieved a gold certification. "Lift" spent 35 weeks in the top 100 singles chart, the longest running chart single for an Australian Idol-related release. "Lift" is the theme song of the Australian version of The Biggest Loser.

In January 2006, Noll performed "Shiine" at the 2006 Australian Open tennis final. The performance returned Lift to the top ten.

In support of "Now I Run", Noll embarked on a 72-date tour across Australia, including a gig during the annual Gympie Muster. He focused on remote and isolated country and rural areas during this tour, one of the few acts to do so, reaching more than 200,000 people.

In 2006, Noll was courted for a role in a movie based loosely on the life of Australian racer Peter Brock, but he declined, preferring to focus on his music.

"Now I Run" and "Lonely" were both top 10 hits. "Lonely" was his ninth consecutive individual top 10 single (10 including his contribution to "Rise Up" as part of Australian Idol Final 12, 2003).

At the time, Noll was the only Australian Idol contestant to be nominated for a music industry-voted award by ARIA.

In September 2006, Noll dropped Sydney firm Caplice Management and signed with Worldwide Entertainment Group (WEG). The decision was seen as part of Noll's effort to gain success in America. WEG's press release stated that Noll was a "high priority artist" for them and organised an extensive promotional and songwriting trip for America in early 2007.

Noll backed American rock group Live in October 2006, playing each capital city across Australia. Noll had then performed in excess of 300 concerts in the last two and a half years.

On 9 December 2006, Noll released a duet with Rogue Traders singer Natalie Bassingthwaighte. It was a cover of the Peter Gabriel/Kate Bush hit "Don't Give Up". The single peaked at #2 on the ARIA singles charts and was certified Platinum after 12 consecutive top 10 weeks. Proceeds from the single went to the charity Beyond Blue, which deals with depression.

Noll had chart success in two other countries early in his career. "What About Me" reached #2 in Ireland and #10 in New Zealand. His debut album peaked at #31 in New Zealand.[7] What Matters Most was released in the UK and Ireland in June 2009 to coincide with his tour there with the stage production of Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds.

2007: Turn It Up[edit]

In early 2007 Noll traveled in America to write songs for his third album. During Noll's Now I Run tour in mid-2006, he premiered "The World Outside".

28 February brought a third consecutive nomination as Best Male Artist at the MTV Australia Awards. Noll performed "Shine" and "Don't Give Up" at the opening ceremony of the FINA World Swimming Championships, in Melbourne.

In 2007 Noll appeared as Parson Nathaniel in the Australian tour of Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds.

The first single from Noll's third album Turn It Up was "Loud". A one-minute teaser premiered on the website for The Daily Telegraph. The single included the previously unreleased track "The World Outside". Turn It Up was released on 15 September 2007.

About the second single "In Pieces", Shannon stated, "this song is such a strong ballad and has a personal message for me. I think many people will be able to relate to the message in it."[this quote needs a citation] The song reached #26 on the ARIA Charts and spent 5 weeks in the top 50.[8] Noll performed a version of the track live on the Australian Idol Grand Finale.

Noll performed as part of the 2007 National Rugby League Grand Final's pre-match entertainment. He was awarded Best Male in the Australian Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards, and Turn It Up went Gold.

2008: No Turning Back: The Story So Far and touring[edit]

The third single was "Everybody Needs a Little Help". It was released only on radio.

On 30 July 2008, Shannon was honoured on the Australian version of This Is Your Life, which included appearances from his Idol "family", notably Guy Sebastian, Ian Dickson, Cosima De Vito and musical director John Foreman. John Williamson offered an emotional tribute to Noll's father.

His No Turning Back: The Story So Far, compilation album also contained five new songs and was released on 27 September, with its lead single, "Summertime". The album peaked at #7 and "Summertime" peaked at #54.[9]

Noll announced a surprise show with former childhood friend and DZ drummer Simon Ridley. The show was free and played at the Tarragindi Fingalbang Arena.

2009: War of the Worlds and UK debut[edit]

"No Turning Back" was released to radio as the second radio-only single.

Shannon again appeared as Parson Nathaniel in the 21 date 30th Anniversary tour of Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds. However he was unable to perform the last 8 concerts including those in Amsterdam and Oberhausen Germany due to a family death. On 4 May 2009, he released his UK debut, What Matters the Most. The album was a compilation of his singles, plus several B-sides; it did not chart in the UK.

2011: A Million Suns and present[edit]

On 5 January 2010 The Daily Telegraph reported Noll had left Sony. He signed with Universal Music Australia in June 2010. His next single "Switch Me On" was co-written by Benji Madden of Good Charlotte.[10][10] It reached #42 on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified gold.[3][11] The album A Million Suns was released on 14 October 2011, peaked at #8 and spent three weeks in the ARIA Top 50 Album Chart.[12] The second single, "My Place in the Line", did not chart.[13] Noll toured extensively during 2012 to promote the album.[14] His next two "Million Suns" singles, "Living in Stereo" and "Rewind", and the later single "Man I Can Trust", also failed to chart.[14][15][16] In late 2013, Shannon became featured promoter of Australian company, RT EDWARDS & RADIO RENTALS (South Australia). In July 2014 Noll released "We Only Live Once", the lead single from his next album. The song has not charted in the ARIA Top 100.


Noll has to date donated well over $1 million to various charities throughout Australia. Most notably, he donated the earnings from two of his platinum singles, "C'mon Aussie C'mon"[17] and "Don't Give Up"[18] Noll additionally makes appearances and personally raises funds for charities.


Awards and nominations[edit]

ARIA Music Awards

ARIA No.1 Chart Awards

MTV Australia Awards

  • 2005: Won – Best Male Artist
  • 2005: Nominated – Video of the Year ("Drive")
  • 2006: Won – Best Male Artist
  • 2005: Nominated – People's Choice ("Shine")
  • 2007: Won – Best Male Artist

APRA Awards

  • 2007: Won – Most Performed Australian Work ("Lift")

Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards

  • 2004: Won – Favourite Australian
  • 2004: Won – Favourite Song ("Drive")
  • 2007: Won – Best Male Artist


  1. ^ 2004 Album Accreditations Retrieved 26 August 2009 2006 Album Accreditations Retrieved 26 August 2009
  2. ^ 2007 Album Accreditations Retrieved 26 August 2009
  3. ^ a b Shannon Noll Singles Retrieved 26 August 2009
  4. ^ Album and Single accreditations 1997–2009 Retrieved 24 August 2009
  5. ^ Aria Awards 2004 Retrieved 26 August 2009
    Aria Awards 2006 Retrieved 26 August 2009
  6. ^ Shannon Noll Biography Retrieved 26 August 2009
  7. ^ Shannon Noll in the New Zealand Charts Retrieved 26 August 2009
  8. ^ Australian-Charts In Pieces in the Australian Charts retrieved 15 November 2009
  9. ^ Shannon Noll Announces New Single, Album + "No Turning Back" Tour! Sony Music Entertainment
  10. ^ a b "Do you want to 'Switch On' Shannon Noll's new track?". NovaFM. Retrieved 20 July 2011. 
  11. ^ ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2011 Singles. Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 19 October 2012
  12. ^ Shannon Noll – A Million Suns. Australian Charts. Retrieved 20 November 2011
  13. ^ Shannon Noll My Place In The Line. The Music Network. 26 September 2011. Retrieved 19 October 2012
  14. ^ a b Shannon Noll's Album Tour Rolls On. Anouk Publicity. 4 September 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2012
  15. ^ SHANNON NOLL: Living In Stereo. auspOp. 13 April 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2012
  16. ^ Man I Can Trust. iTunes. Retrieved 3 February 2014
  17. ^ "Noll updates 'C'mon Aussie' cricket song". The Mercury. 6 December 2004. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  18. ^ "Shannon Noll and Natalie Bassingthwaite Due". Bigpond Music. 11 December 2006. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 

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