Sony BMG Aus Signs Katie Noonan

Sony BMG Entertainment Australia has signed singer Katie Noonan. A jazz-flavored album will be recorded in New York for release this year, according to Sydney-based chairman and CEO Denis Handlin.

He says, "Joining Katie for the album recording are a number of legendary jazz musicians - with Ron Carter, an original Miles Davis quartet member, Lewis Nash, Joe Lovano and John Scofield from the USA and Sam Keevers from Melbourne."

Handlin adds, "I have admired Katie from her first release."

That release was "Polyserena" by alternative rock band George, formed by Noonan and her brother Tyrone in their hometown of Brisbane. Released in 2002 through Aussie indie Festival Mushroom Records, "Polyserena" reflected Noonan's study of jazz and classical music at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.

The album debuted at No. 1 on the ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) chart. It was certified double platinum for sales of 140,000 units and won best new act at the ARIA awards that year. The follow up "Unity" went Top 10 and certified gold in Australia for sales of 35,000 units.

Noonan once told Billboard, "I am inspired by anyone - whether they be a musician or politician or writer - who forged their own path. As an artist, I am upset by those who are bland and generic."

Her career to date has seen her achieve Top 25 mainstream success with her jazz band Elixir's self-titled album from 2003, an opera/jazz duet called "Two Of A Kind" (2004) with her soprano mother Maggie Noonan, a team-up with jazz pianist Paul Grabowsky for the ARIA-winning "Before Time Could Change Us" (2005), and a sell-out tour this year with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Her solo album "Skin" (2007) through Warner Music Australia debuted at No. 6 and went gold.