Katie Noonan’s technical mastery and pure voice makes her one of Australia’s most versatile and beloved vocalists. A mother, singer, producer, songwriter, pianist and business woman, this 4x ARIA Award winning and 6x platinum selling songstress first received widespread praise as the angel-voiced songstress of indie-pop band George, and has since taken audiences on sublime excursions through Jazz, Pop and Classical music.
In 2013 The Herald Sun ran a poll asking Australia’s most famous vocalists to nominate the Greatest Australian Singers of all time. Katie was voted in the top 20, sharing this honour with the likes of Michael Hutchence, Bon Scott, Neil Finn, The Bee Gees and Gurrumul.
Her various releases include her folk trio’s self titled album Elixir, the No. 1 selling classical album Two of a Kind with her mother Maggie, her gold-selling top ten solo album Skin and the acclaimed Songs of the Southern Skies. She has also worked with the country’s top orchestra’s including her fruitful collaborations with Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
Noonan’s affinity with Jazz shone through on the ARIA award winning album, Before Time Could Change Us. Recorded with revered pianist Paul Grabowsky, it captured the breathtaking beauty and emotion that characterises her work. In Noonan’s 2009 ARIA winning release Blackbird, she collaborated with an historic ensemble of iconic jazz players including Joe Lovano, Ron Carter, Lewis Nash and John Scofield.
With her band The Captains (Cameron Deyell, Stu Hunter and Declan Kelly) Katie’s 2010 release Emperor’s Box saw the songstress sail towards a lush and organic band sound, with her trademark strong and inspired personal stories.
For this album, Katie co wrote with a host of Anzac luminaries including Tim Finn, Don Walker, Sia Furler, Josh Pyke, Tom Shapcott and her fellow ‘Captains’ band mates. Co-produced by Katie and Grammy award winning producer Nick Didia this album was widely acclaimed.
In 2011, Elixir released their long awaited 2nd album First Seed Ripening. Reflective, brooding and ravishingly beautiful, Elixir features Katie’s saxophonist husband Zac Hurren (winner of the National Jazz Award 2009) and Steven Magnusson, regarded by many as Australia’s finest jazz guitarist (Paul Grabowsky, Paul Kelly, Vince Jones). First Seed Ripening’is largely inspired by the words of legendary Australian poet Thomas Shapcott. The album spent over 13 weeks at Number 1 on the Australian Jazz Charts and won the ARIA award for best Jazz Album 2011.
Always extending herself creatively, Katie continued to explore new ground by devising and composing a song cycle, which was the basis for collaboration with contemporary Circus group Circa. Together they melded this cycle into a remarkable physical theatre piece called Love-Song-Circus, which ran to rave reviews and packed houses in both the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and the Melbourne Spiegeltent.
Katie finished 2012 with a project in duo with classical guitarist Karin Schaupp. Songs of the Southern Skies, an album that features an abundance of heart breakingly beautiful re-creations of iconic Australian and New Zealand’s compositions – both classical and contemporary. With special appearances from Iva Davies, Gurrumul, Maori diva Whirimako Black, Sydney Symphony oboist Diana Doherty, young members of Brisbane’s Voices of Birralee, Clare Bowditch and The Living End’s Chris Cheney, this album leads us down an incredible path of emotion that only the intimate combination of Noonan’s angelic and versatile voice and Schaupp’s lyrical and fiery guitar can render.
Katie began 2013 with another new project. Spanning her career to date, Songbook sees Katie Noonan lie intimate, acoustic, re-imaginings of her most-loved songs over lush string arrangements. A limited release through Katie’s website and iTunes, the Songbook album is launched in conjunction with an actual song book featuring sheet music (for the first time ever), rare photographs and the stories behind the songs. Katie has toured Songbook to the USA, Canada and a national tour of Australia.
Katie first performed with Sydney Dance Company in 2011 for Rafael Bonachela’s LANDforms which was part of the double bill Shared Frequencies. She again featured in Rafael’s Les Illuminations which premiered at the Studio, Sydney Opera House in August 2013 and was later performed as part of Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s Maestro Series 5 in 2014.
‘Heralded as one of the greatest all time Australian talents, Katie Noonan is an absolute must see.’
‘With a voice that could level suburbs, and the technique to match, Noonan has somehow managed to avoid serious chart success by writing music too smart for the average FM listeners ears… realistically – Katie can do anything. She’s the bolt blocking the carbon copy machine from pumping out more clones”’
‘A treasure well worth discovering’
‘The undoubted highlight of the evening was vocalist Katie Noonan. Here is a rare talent with a voice of extraordinary beauty and versatility.’
‘Her ability to breathe life into each ethereal melody reveals years of classical training and affirms the Australian public’s admiration of her’
‘Katie Noonan is arguably Australia’s greatest music superwoman. You name ‘em and she’s probably collab’d with ‘em. Pick a style and chances are she’s nailed it and nabbed an ARIA along the way’
‘Noonan takes everyone on a vocal and lyrical journey. She feels every lyric and doesn’t hide her preparation in belting out these almost superhuman notes that have the crowd shaking their head in disbelief’