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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 sings in the groups george and Elixir; performs with her mother Maggie Noonan; and plays with her band The Captains.[2]

Katie Noonan
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Background information
Birth nameKatie Anne Noonan
Born (1977-05-02) 2 May 1977 (age 42)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
GenresAlternative rock, jazz, opera
InstrumentsVocals, keyboards
Years active1996–present
LabelsFestival Mushroom Records
Associated actsgeorge, Elixir, Maggie Noonan, Tyrone Noonan, Sia Furler, Tim Finn, Josh Pyke, Garage Days, David McCormack, Andrew Lancaster, Pound System, Katalyst, Passenger

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

Early lifeEdit

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]



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.


Katie 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: Katie and Maggie NoonanEdit

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, Katie guest appeared at the Lord Of The Rings Symphony. Reviewer Murray Black said; "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 BroadEdit

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 SkinEdit

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 McCartneyEdit

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

2010: Katie Noonan and The Captains: Emperor's BoxEdit

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.

2011-12: Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp: Songs from the British Isles and Songs of the Southern SkiesEdit

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 HeartsEdit

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 HeartsEdit

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: TransmutantEdit

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

2016: With Love and FuryEdit

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 SkiesEdit

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 will play live shows across the country from the middle of March.[15]

2018: With Love and FuryEdit

In 2018, Noonan re-united 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 FairylandEdit

In April 2019, Noonan released The Little Green Road to Fairyland with Camerata and the Queensland Chamber Orchestra.

Other activitiesEdit

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.[16]

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.[17] This production was taken in 2014 to Brisbane's QPAC with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra under Johannes Fritzsch.[18]

Noonan was the official ambassador to the Adelaide Fringe in 2014.[19]

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

Personal lifeEdit

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


Studio albumsEdit

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Notes
Two of a Kind
Katie and Maggie Noonan[21]
61 [22] No.2 on the ARIA Classical Chart

No. 16 on the ARIA Australian Artist Chart

Before Time Could Change Us
Paul Grabowsky and Kate Noonan[23]
  • Released: 15 August 2005
  • Label: Paul Grabowsky & Katie Noonan
  • Formats: digital download
65 [24] No.3 on the ARIA Jazz Chart
Skin 6
  • 48 on the ARIA Australian Artists End of Year Chart (2007) [25]
  • 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.

No. 19 on ARIA Dance Chart.[26]

Blackbird: The Music of Lennon and McCartney
  • Released: 27 October 2008
  • Label: Sony BMG Music Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • 7 on ARIA End of Year Jazz Chart (2008)[27]
  • 11 on ARIA End of Year Jazz Chart (2009)[28]
  • 32 on ARIA End of Year Jazz Chart (2010)[29]
Emperor's Box
Katie Noonan and The Captains
First Seed Ripening[30]
(Elixir featuring Katie Noonan)
  • Released: 8 August 2011
  • Label: ABC Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download
64 [31]
  • 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[32]
(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.[33]
  • 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
21 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[35]
Katie Noonan's Vanguard
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[36]
  • 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[37]
  • Label: ABC Music
  • Formats: digital download, CD, streaming

Awards and nominationEdit

ARIA Music AwardsEdit

The ARIA Music Awards are annual awards, which recognises excellence, innovation, and achievement across all genres of Australian music. They commenced in 1987.[38]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2005 Before Time Could Change Us (with Paul Grabowsky) Best Jazz Album Won
2007 "Time to Begin" Best Female Artist Nominated
2008 Skin Best Adult Contemporary Nominated
2009 Blackbird: The Music of Lennon and McCartney Best Jazz Album Won
2011 First Seed Ripening (with Elixir) Best Jazz Album Won
2012 Songs of the Southern Skies (with Karin Schaupp) Best Adult Contemporary Nominated
Best Independent Release Nominated
2014 Fierce Hearts (The Music Of Love - Song - Circus) Best Original Soundtrack, Cast or Show Album Nominated
2016 With Love and Fury (with Brodsky Quartet) Best Classical Album Nominated
2017 Songs of the Latin Skies (with Karin Schaupp) Best World Music Album Won
2018 Gratitude and Grief (with Elixir) Best Classical Album Nominated


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