Katie Noonan

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Katie Noonan
Noonan in 2013
Noonan in 2013
Background information
Birth nameKatie Anne Noonan
Born (1977-05-02) 2 May 1977 (age 44)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
GenresAlternative rock, jazz, opera
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, keyboards
Years active1996–present
LabelsFestival Mushroom
Associated actsGeorge, Elixir, Maggie Noonan, Tyrone Noonan, Sia Furler, Tim Finn, Josh Pyke, Garage Days, David McCormack, Andrew Lancaster, Pound System, Katalyst, Passenger
Websitekatienoonan.com

Katie Anne Noonan[1] (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.[2] Noonan was the musical director of and performed at the 2018 Commonwealth Games' opening and closing ceremonies.[3]

Early life[edit]

Noonan grew up with a strong background in classical music, with her mother Maggie being a well-known opera singer. She studied opera and jazz at the Queensland Conservatorium.[4]

Career[edit]

George[edit]

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.[5] George won the Breakthrough Artist ARIA award in 2002 and performed the song "Breathe in Now" at the award ceremony.

Elixir[edit]

Noonan performing with Elixir at the Woodford Folk Festival, 29 December 2011

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.[6] It won the 2011 ARIA Award for Best Jazz Album.

2004: Two of a Kind[edit]

Noonan released an album of jazz and operatic duets with her mother in 2004. Entitled Two of a Kind, the album was released by the ABC Classics label.[7]

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."[8]

2005: Before Time Could Change Us and Broad Festival[edit]

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".[9] 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.[10] Sara Storer, Ruby Hunter and Clare Bowditch were the other female artists.[11]

2007: Skin and Second Skin[edit]

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.[12]

2008: Blackbird: The Music of Lennon and McCartney[edit]

Noonan released a jazz album of Lennon and McCartney cover versions in 2008 entitled Blackbird: The Music of Lennon and McCartney.[13]

2010: Emperor's Box[edit]

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).[2] It was preceded by the single "Page One" released in February.

2011–2012: Songs from the British Isles and Songs of the Southern Skies[edit]

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[edit]

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.[14]

2014: Fierce Hearts[edit]

In 2014, she released Fierce Hearts which was nominated for an ARIA Award at the 2014 ceremony. It was music alongside a contemporary circus show by Circa.

2015: Transmutant[edit]

In 2015, Noonan released Transmutant through Universal Music Australia. The album peaked at number 33 on the ARIA Charts.

2016: With Love and Fury[edit]

In 2016, Noonan collaborated with Brodsky Quartet and released With Love and Fury in April. They toured Australia throughout April and May.

2017: Songs of the Latin Skies[edit]

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.[15]

2018: With Love and Fury[edit]

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[edit]

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.[16][17]

2020: Late Night Tunes with Noons and The Sweetest Taboo[edit]

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.[18]

In May 2020, Noonan released her twentieth album, The Sweetest Taboo, a jazz album covering 1980s pop songs.[19]

Other activities[edit]

A National Office for Live Music was launched by Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in July 2013 and, as of August 2013, Noonan is the state ambassador for Queensland.[20]

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.[21] This production was taken in 2014 to Brisbane's QPAC with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra under Johannes Fritzsch.[22]

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.[23]

Noonan was the official ambassador to the Adelaide Fringe in 2014.[24]

In 2018, Noonan performed at the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

In August 2020, Noonan was unmasked as the "Sloth" in the second season of The Masked Singer Australia. She was the fourth contestant revealed, placing 9th overall.[25]

In February 2021, Noonan was announced as the Artistic Director of the National Folk Festival.[26]

Personal life[edit]

Noonan is married to Isaac Hurren, her longtime partner and collaborator in Elixir. They are parents to two sons.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with Australian chart positions and notes
Title Album details Peak chart positions Notes
AUS
[27]
Two of a Kind
Katie and Maggie Noonan[28]
61
  • Number 2 on the ARIA Classical Chart
  • Number 16 on the ARIA Australian Artist Chart
Before Time Could Change Us
Paul Grabowsky and Kate Noonan[29]
  • Released: 15 August 2005
  • Label: Paul Grabowsky & Katie Noonan
  • Formats: Digital download
65
  • Number 3 on the ARIA Jazz Chart
Skin 6
  • 48 on the ARIA Australian Artists End of Year Chart (2007) [30]
  • Includes the top 30 single "Time to Begin"
Second Skin
John Course & mrTimothy present Katie Noonan
  • Released: 21 April 2008
  • Label: Warner Music Australia
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • A remix project from the album Skin.
  • Number 19 on ARIA Dance Chart.[31]
Blackbird: The Music of Lennon and McCartney
  • Released: 27 October 2008
  • Label: Sony BMG Music Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
43
  • Number 7 on ARIA End of Year Jazz Chart (2008)[32]
  • Number 11 on ARIA End of Year Jazz Chart (2009)[33]
  • Number 32 on ARIA End of Year Jazz Chart (2010)[34]
Emperor's Box
Katie Noonan and The Captains
21
First Seed Ripening[35]
(Elixir featuring Katie Noonan)
  • Released: 8 August 2011
  • Label: ABC Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download
64
  • Elixir is a band Noonan co-founded in 1997. This album is credited as 'featuring' Katie Noonan'.
  • Number 1 on the Jazz and Blues chart.
Songs from the British Isles
  • Released: 2011
  • Label: Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp
  • Formats: digital download
  • A covers album of British songs
  • Available only from Noonan's website
Songs of the Southern Skies[36]
(Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp)
  • Released: 17 August 2012
  • Label: Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • A covers album of Australian/New Zealand songs
  • Number 3 on the ARIA Classical chart. Number 97 on the ARIA physical chart.[37]
Songbook[38]
  • Released: 13 January 2013
  • Label: KIN Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Fierce Hearts (The Music of Love-Song-Circus)
  • Released: 28 February 2014
  • Label: KIN Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Music from the circus group, Circa
Songs That Made Me
Katie Noonan and Various Artists
  • Released: 17 October 2014
  • Label: Kin Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Katie Noonan and friends
  • Number 7 on the ARIA compilation chart[39]
Transmutant
Katie Noonan's Vanguard
33
With Love and Fury
Brodsky Quartet and Katie Noon
  • Released: 19 April 2016
  • Label:KIN Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Songs of the Latin Skies
(Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp)
  • Released: 17 February 2017
  • Label: Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp
  • Formats: digital download, CD
  • A covers album of South American songs
Gratitude and Grief
(Elixir featuring Katie Noonan)
  • Released: 31 August 2018[40]
  • Label: Kin Music
  • Formats: digital download, CD
The Little Green Road to Fairyland
(Katie Noonan, Camerata with the Queensland Chamber Orchestra)
  • Released: 19 April 2019[41]
  • Label: ABC Music
  • Formats: digital download, CD, streaming
The Glad Tomorrow
(Katie Noonan with The Australian String Quartet)
  • Released: 30 August 2019[16]
  • Label: Kin Music
  • Formats: digital download, CD, streaming
  • Australian poetry of Queenslander and First Nations icon Oodgeroo Noonuccal to music.
Late Night Tunes with Noons
  • Released: 14 February 2020
  • Label: Kin Music
  • Formats: digital download, CD, streaming
  • A covers album of Australian songs
The Sweetest Taboo
  • Released: 8 May 2020
  • Label: ABC Classics[19]
  • Formats: digital download, CD, streaming
70
  • Jazz versions of 1980s pop songs
  • Number 1 on the ARIA Jazz and Blues Chart.[42]

Awards and nominations[edit]

AIR Awards[edit]

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[43][44] First Seed Ripening Best Independent Jazz Album Nominated
AIR Awards of 2020[45] The Glad Tomorrow Best Independent Classical Album Nominated

ARIA Music Awards[edit]

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.[46] In addition to that, she won one award from eight nominations during her time with band george.[47]

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[48] The Sweetest Taboo Best Jazz Album Nominated Paul Kelly & Paul Grabowsky - Please Leave Your Light On

Australian Women in Music Awards[edit]

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[49] Katie Noonan Creative Leadership Award Nominated
2019[50] Katie Noonan Creative Leadership Award Won

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