|Birth name||Katie Anne Noonan|
|Born||2 May 1977|
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
|Genres||Alternative rock, jazz, opera|
|Associated acts||George, Elixir, Maggie Noonan, Tyrone Noonan, Sia Furler, Tim Finn, Josh Pyke, Garage Days, David McCormack, Andrew Lancaster, Pound System, Katalyst, Passenger|
Katie Anne Noonan (born 2 May 1977) is an Australian singer-songwriter. In addition to a successful solo career encompassing opera, jazz, pop, rock and dance, she was the singer in the band George and remains the singer in the band Elixir; performs with her mother Maggie Noonan; and plays with her band The Captains. Noonan was the musical director of and performed at the 2018 Commonwealth Games' opening and closing ceremonies.
After graduation, Noonan began fronting the pop-rock group George, along with her brother Tyrone Noonan. Noonan founded George with her brother, with whom she shares lead vocals, in 1996 to enter a university music competition. After a series of successful independently released EPs, they signed to Festival Mushroom Records and released the debut album Polyserena in 2002, which debuted in the number 1 position on the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) albums chart. George won the Breakthrough Artist ARIA award in 2002 and performed the song "Breathe in Now" at the award ceremony.
Noonan founded the jazz trio Elixir in 1997, which released their debut self-titled album in 2003. Elixir's second album, First Seed Ripening, was released on 5 August 2011. It won the 2011 ARIA Award for Best Jazz Album.
2004: Two of a Kind
In 2004, Noonan guest appeared at the Lord Of The Rings Symphony performances. The reviewer Murray Black said that "The undoubted highlight of the evening was guest vocalist Katie Noonan. Here is a rare talent with a voice of extraordinary beauty and versatility. In most of her solos, she sounded like a classical soprano as she soared over the orchestra with a spine-tingling, vibrato-less angelic purity. Then, in Gollum’s Song and the Oscar-winning Into the West, she revealed her pop diva credentials with her strong, clear voice projecting effortlessly out in the audience."
2005: Before Time Could Change Us and Broad Festival
Paul Grabowsky and Noonan teamed up for the jazz cycle Before Time Could Change Us. Consisting of words written by Dorothy Porter, the album tracks "the mysterious shifts and changes of a relationship". The album won the 2005 ARIA Award for Best Jazz Album.
Later in 2005, Noonan was invited by Deborah Conway to take part in the Broad Festival project—together with three other Australian female artists they performed their own and each other's songs. Sara Storer, Ruby Hunter and Clare Bowditch were the other female artists.
2007: Skin and Second Skin
Noonan recorded a solo album entitled Skin at Sydney's Linear Recording in 2006. Produced by Andrew Klippel, Skin was released on 11 August 2007 and debuted at number 6 on the ARIA Top 50 album charts and number 1 on the Australian ARIA Top 20 album chart. The debut single, "Time To Begin", debuted at number 30 on the ARIA Top 50.
Following the success of the remix of "Time To Begin", Noonan collaborated with John Course and Mr Timothy. The collaboration involved the re-recording of Noonan's vocal tracks and a dance version of her solo album was released under the title Second Skin.
On 22 February 2008, Noonan was a support act for Cyndi Lauper at King's Park Botanic Gardens, Perth, Western Australia, and was invited on stage by Lauper to sing along to "Girls Just Want to Have Fun". Also in 2008, Noonan was featured as the vocalist in Telstra's "I Am Australian" series of advertisements.
2008: Blackbird: The Music of Lennon and McCartney
2010: Emperor's Box
The Katie Noonan and the Captains' album Emperor's Box was created over a three-year period and is Noonan's second release for Sony Music. Noonan wrote all of the songs and collaborated with the following artists during the recording of the album: Tim Finn (Split Enz), Sia Furler, Don Walker (Cold Chisel), Josh Pyke and Australian writer/poet Tom Shapcott. The album was co-produced by Noonan and Nick DiDia (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Stone Temple Pilots, Powderfinger). It was preceded by the single "Page One" released in February.
2011–2012: Songs from the British Isles and Songs of the Southern Skies
In 2011, Noonan collaborated with Karin Schaupp and toured Songs from the British Isles. An EP was released available only from Noonan's website. In 2012, the two recorded Songs of the Southern Skies. The album was nominated for two ARIA Awards at the 2012 ceremony.
2013: Songbook and Fierce Hearts
In 2013, Noonan released Songbook, an album that saw Noonan re-recording songs from her time in george and Elixir. She also worked with the Sydney Dance Company on the production, Les Illuminations.
2014: Fierce Hearts
In 2015, Noonan released Transmutant through Universal Music Australia. The album peaked at number 33 on the ARIA Charts.
2016: With Love and Fury
2017: Songs of the Latin Skies
In December 2016, Noonan announced the release Songs of the Latin Skies with Karin Schaupp. The album due for release in February 2017 and will see the duo embark on a musical journey through the South American songbook, exploring the sounds and beats of the bossa nova, salsa, tango and samba. The duo played live shows across the country throughout 2017.
2018: With Love and Fury
In 2018, Noonan reunited with Elixir and released Gratitude and Grief in August 2018. The album was nominated for Best Jazz album at the 2018 ARIA Awards.
2019: The Little Green Road to Fairyland and The Glad Tomorrow
In April 2019, Noonan released The Little Green Road to Fairyland with Camerata and the Queensland Chamber Orchestra. In August, Noonan collaborated with The Australian String Quartet for The Glad Tomorrow. The new album sees Noonan perform uniquely Australian poetry of Queenslander and First Nations icon Oodgeroo Noonuccal to music.
2020: Late Night Tunes with Noons and The Sweetest Taboo
In January 2020, Noonan confirmed the release of a mini-album titled Late Night Tunes with Noons. The album featured Noonan covering a range of Australian songs, with the inclusion of one original track.
In 2013, Noonan combined with the Sydney Dance Company and musicians from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and conductor Richard Gill to perform Britten's song cycle Les Illuminations at Sydney's City Recital Hall Angel Place. This production was taken in 2014 to Brisbane's QPAC with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra under Johannes Fritzsch.
In 2014, Noonan was part of the I Touch Myself Project, with a mission to encourage young women to touch themselves regularly to find early signs of cancer. They released a version of "I Touch Myself" which peaked at number 72 on the ARIA singles chart.
Noonan is married to Isaac Hurren, her longtime partner and collaborator in Elixir. They are parents to two sons.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Notes|
|Two of a Kind
Katie and Maggie Noonan
|Before Time Could Change Us
Paul Grabowsky and Kate Noonan
John Course & mrTimothy present Katie Noonan
|Blackbird: The Music of Lennon and McCartney||
Katie Noonan and The Captains
|First Seed Ripening
(Elixir featuring Katie Noonan)
|Songs from the British Isles||
|Songs of the Southern Skies
(Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp)
|Fierce Hearts (The Music of Love-Song-Circus)||
|Songs That Made Me
Katie Noonan and Various Artists
Katie Noonan's Vanguard
|With Love and Fury
Brodsky Quartet and Katie Noon
|Songs of the Latin Skies
(Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp)
|Gratitude and Grief
(Elixir featuring Katie Noonan)
|The Little Green Road to Fairyland
(Katie Noonan, Camerata with the Queensland Chamber Orchestra)
|The Glad Tomorrow
(Katie Noonan with The Australian String Quartet)
|Late Night Tunes with Noons||
|The Sweetest Taboo||
Awards and nominations
The Australian Independent Record Awards (commonly known informally as AIR Awards) is an annual awards night to recognise, promote and celebrate the success of Australia's Independent Music sector.
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|AIR Awards of 2011||First Seed Ripening||Best Independent Jazz Album||Nominated|
|AIR Awards of 2020||The Glad Tomorrow||Best Independent Classical Album||Nominated|
ARIA Music Awards
The ARIA Music Awards are annual awards, which recognises excellence, innovation, and achievement across all genres of Australian music. Noonan has won four awards from twelve nominations. In addition to that, she won one award from eight nominations during her time with band george.
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result||Lost to|
|2005||Before Time Could Change Us (with Paul Grabowsky)||Best Jazz Album||Won||N/A|
|2007||"Time to Begin"||Best Female Artist||Nominated||Missy Higgins - On a Clear Night|
|2008||Skin||Best Adult Contemporary Album||Nominated||The Panics - Cruel Guards|
|2009||Blackbird: The Music of Lennon and McCartney||Best Jazz Album||Won||N/A|
|2011||First Seed Ripening (with Elixir)||Best Jazz Album||Won||N/A|
|2012||Songs of the Southern Skies (with Karin Schaupp)||Best Adult Contemporary Album||Nominated||Missy Higgins - The Ol' Razzle Dazzle|
|Best Independent Release||Nominated||The Jezabels - Prisoner|
|2014||Fierce Hearts (The Music Of Love - Song - Circus)||Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album||Nominated||Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu & The Sydney Symphony Orchestra - His Life and Music|
|2016||With Love and Fury (with Brodsky Quartet)||Best Classical Album||Nominated||Flight Facilities - Live with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra|
|2017||Songs of the Latin Skies (with Karin Schaupp)||Best World Music Album||Won||N/A|
|2018||Gratitude and Grief (with Elixir)||Best Jazz Album||Nominated||Jonathan Zwartz - Animarum|
|2020||The Sweetest Taboo||Best Jazz Album||Nominated||Paul Kelly & Paul Grabowsky - Please Leave Your Light On|
Australian Women in Music Awards
The Australian Women in Music Awards is an annual event that celebrates outstanding women in the Australian Music Industry who have made significant and lasting contributions in their chosen field. They commenced in 2018.
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|2018||Katie Noonan||Creative Leadership Award||Nominated|
|2019||Katie Noonan||Creative Leadership Award||Won|
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