Katie Noonan's Vanguard

Katie Noonan's Vanguard

 Brisbane, Queensland, AUS
BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

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 4 x ARIA Award winning and 7 x 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.

Biography

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 4 x ARIA Award winning and 7 x 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.

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 collaboration 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 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, Katie’s sublime Folk/Jazz trio of 14 years 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.

‘Transmutant’, released in 2015, is the new studio long-player from one of Australia’s most respected and sublime recording artists, Katie Noonan.  An ethereal body of work, it introduces audiences to Katie Noonan’s Vanguard, bringing Katie back to the band environment where she started her career as an 18 year old, a backdrop where she acknowledges, she feels most comfortable.

Katie explains that the album’s inspiration was two-fold – as the album title suggests, it personifies a shift, a change - to mutate.  It’s the musical realisation of a journey, of the personal changes that she’s gone through over the past few years. It was also a chance for her to connect deeply with her audience through her crowd-funded Pledge campaign (which reached it’s target in under 48 hours) and to really take the reins as a producer to create a lush cinematic world that reflects her various muses. Overall, a process that has really empowered and inspired her.

“The Captains had electronics in that there were samples and stuff, but this explores that world a little more. I bought this very cool vintage drum machine and we played around with a lot of vintage keyboards and synths – it’s been about opening up the sound a little more.”

Katie Noonan’s Vanguard comprises Katie, The Captains bandmates Stu Hunter and Declan Kelly, plus a new face in New Zealand guitarist Peter Koopman.

Always looking forward to new creative opportunities, Katie Noonan’s tireless unpredictability is matched only by her limitless versatility.

‘"Heralded as one of the greatest all time Australian talents, Katie Noonan is an absolute must see.’" -weekendnotes.com

★★★★ - "Producing her most personal record yet, Noonan's voice is an exquisite instrument." - Rolling Stone 

"An important and beautiful album. You need it." - Kathy McCabe, The Daily Telegraph

‘"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."”’ - Brag Magazine

‘"The undoubted highlight of the evening was vocalist Katie Noonan. Here is a rare talent with a voice of extraordinary beauty and versatility.’" - The Australian

Discography

1998 - George (Festival Mushroom Records)
1999 - You Can Take What's Mine EP (Festival Mushroom Records)
2000 - Bastard Son/Holiday EP (Festival Mushroom Records)
2001 - Pound System : "You Know Who You Are"
2002 - Garage Days soundtrack : "Garage Days"
2002 - Polyserena (#1 in Australia and 2 x Platinum, Festival Mushroom Records)
2003 - Elixir (ABC Records)
2004 - Unity (#5 on the Australian ARIA charts, Festival Mushroom Records)
2004 - Two of a Kind (ABC Records)
2005 - Live at the Cornish Arms (ABC Records)
2005 - Before Time Could Change Us
2005 - Katie Noonan and the Captains : "Sweet One" (Duet recorded with Sia Furler)
2007 - Skin (#6 on the Australian ARIA charts, Warner Music)
2007 - Katalyst : "What's Happening" - "To Dust"
2008 - Second Skin (Warner Music)
2008 - Blackbird: The Music Of Lennon & McCartney (Sony Music)
2010 - Uninhabited
2010 - Emperor's Box (#21 on the Australian ARIA charts, Sony Music)
2010 - Sweet One (duet recorded with Sia Furler )
2011 - First Seed Ripening (ABC Records)
2012 - Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp : "Songs From The British Isles" (EP)
2012 - Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp - "Heart's A Mess" (a cover of the Gotye song)
2012 - Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp : "Songs of the Southern Skies"
2015 - Katie Noonan's Vanguard: Transmutant (#33 on Australia charts)