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Shannon Noll first came to prominence as runner-up of the first series of Australian Idol
Australian Idol
Australian Idol is a Logie Award-winning Australian singing competition, which began its first season on July 2003 and ended its run in November 2009. As part of the Idol franchise, Australian Idol originated from the reality program Pop Idol, which was created by British entertainment executive...

 (2003) which led to him being signed to Sony BMG. Since then he has released five Top 10 albums and ten Top 10 singles. His first two albums That's What I'm Talking About
That's What I'm Talking About
That's What I'm Talking About is the debut album by Australian singer Shannon Noll, released on 8 February 2004 . The album includes a longer version of his number one smash-hit, 5x Platinum debut single, "What About Me", the Bryan Adams penned Top 5 single, "Drive", as well as the number one...

 in 2004 and Lift
Lift (Shannon Noll album)
Lift is the second album by Australian singer-songwriter Shannon Noll. It was released by Sony BMG in Australia on 16 October 2005. Noll co-wrote eleven out of the thirteen songs in the album. The album debuted at number 1 on the Australian Recording Industry Association album chart on 23 October...

 in 2005 debuted at No. 1 on the ARIA charts
ARIA Charts
The ARIA charts are the main Australian music sales charts, issued weekly by the Australian Recording Industry Association. The charts are a record of the highest selling singles and albums in various genres in Australia. ARIA commenced compiling its own charts in-house from the week ending 26 June...

 and both reached multi platinum accreditation. His third album Turn It Up released in 2007, debuted at No. 3 and was accredited platinum. No Turning Back: The Story So Far
No Turning Back: The Story So Far
No Turning Back: The Story So Far is the first compilation album by Shannon Noll, celebrating multiple number ones taken from his three multi-platinum albums. The album contains Noll's ten biggest single releases and includes five brand new tracks...

 containing some of his previous hits and five new songs was released in 2008, peaking at No. 7. His fifth album A Million Suns was released on 14 October 2011 and debuted at No. 8. Noll's first ten singles released between February 2004 and September 2007 all peaked inside the Aria Top 10. He is the only Australian artist in Australian chart history to have ten consecutive Top 10 singles. Seven of these singles were Top 5 with three of those reaching No. 1. Since then Noll has released four further singles. Two of these singles charted in the Top 50, with the highest peaking one reaching No. 26.

Noll has 17 platinum and three gold accreditations according to Australian Recording Industry Association
Australian Recording Industry Association
The Australian Recording Industry Association is a trade group representing the Australian recording industry which was established in 1983 by six major record companies, EMI, Festival, CBS, RCA, WEA and Universal replacing the Association of Australian Record Manufacturers which was formed in 1956...

 records, and his combined album and single sales have reached over 1.3 million. This is the second highest accreditation and sales level for an Australian Idol contestant, and the highest for a non winner. Noll received Aria
ARIA Music Awards
The Australian Recording Industry Association Music Awards is an annual series of awards nights celebrating the Australian music industry, put on by the Australian Recording Industry Association...

 nominations for highest seller for his debut album and single in 2004, and for the single "Shine
Shine (Shannon Noll song)
"Shine" was the first single to be released from Shannon Noll's second album, Lift.It was released in Australia on 26 September 2005, and debuted at number one on the Australian Singles Chart...

" in 2006. His second album Lift
Lift (Shannon Noll album)
Lift is the second album by Australian singer-songwriter Shannon Noll. It was released by Sony BMG in Australia on 16 October 2005. Noll co-wrote eleven out of the thirteen songs in the album. The album debuted at number 1 on the Australian Recording Industry Association album chart on 23 October...

 was also nominated for Best Pop release in that year. He won MTV awards for Best Male Artist three years in succession between 2005 and 2007.

Noll also had chart success in two other countries in 2004. His debut single "What About Me
What About Me (song)
"What About Me" is a song written by Garry Frost and Frances Swan, first recorded by Australian rock band Moving Pictures from their album Days of Innocence. It was the band's first number-one single in Australia spending six consecutive weeks on the top; there, it was the second-highest selling...

" reached No. 2 in Ireland and No. 10 in New Zealand. His debut album also peaked at No. 31 in the New Zealand charts. An album of his Australian hits called What Matters Most was released in the UK and Ireland in June 2009 to coincide with his tour there with the stage production of Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds
Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds
Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds is a 1978 concept album by Jeff Wayne, retelling the story of The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells. Its format is progressive rock and string orchestra, using narration and leitmotifs to carry the story via rhyming melodic lyrics that express...

. On 5 January 2010 the Daily Telegraph reported Noll was no longer signed to Sony, and that he was looking for a new label. Noll is now signed to Universal Music.

Early life



Noll was born in Orange
Orange, New South Wales
Orange is a city in the Central West region of New South Wales, Australia. It is west of the state capital, Sydney, at an altitude of . Orange has an estimated population of 39,329 and the city is a major provincial centre....

, New South Wales
New South Wales
New South Wales is a state of :Australia, located in the east of the country. It is bordered by Queensland, Victoria and South Australia to the north, south and west respectively. To the east, the state is bordered by the Tasman Sea, which forms part of the Pacific Ocean. New South Wales...

 and grew up in the small town of Condobolin in central western New South Wales
New South Wales
New South Wales is a state of :Australia, located in the east of the country. It is bordered by Queensland, Victoria and South Australia to the north, south and west respectively. To the east, the state is bordered by the Tasman Sea, which forms part of the Pacific Ocean. New South Wales...

. He is the youngest of three children to parents Sharyn and Neil Noll and along with brothers Adam and Damian, spent their entire childhood and teenage years on the family farm which ran sheep and cattle and grew cereal crops. At school, Noll enjoyed drama classes, performing in a number of school productions. Noll has since expressed a desire to continue his acting work. After leaving school, Noll traveled to Sydney and played football. It was here where he met his current wife Rochelle.

During his adult years, Noll began working on other farms and properties shearing sheep amongst other tasks. It was during this time Noll and his brothers formed the band called "Cypress" (named for the fact that they rehearsed in a timber mill). Shannon provided vocals and played guitar. In numerous small gigs around the Australia
Australia
Australia , officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country in the Southern Hemisphere comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It is the world's sixth-largest country by total area...

n outback, the band played in country pubs gaining a solid live reputation. Although they performed mainly covers, the group also wrote original music they would include as part of their set.

Neil, Noll's father, was killed during a farming accident in 2001, which left running the farm to Shannon and his brothers. After two years of extreme drought the brothers sold the farm and settled in Condobolin with their mother. Shannon often cites the death of his father as a major inspiration in his musical career, and penned a song on his latest album Lift
Lift (Shannon Noll album)
Lift is the second album by Australian singer-songwriter Shannon Noll. It was released by Sony BMG in Australia on 16 October 2005. Noll co-wrote eleven out of the thirteen songs in the album. The album debuted at number 1 on the Australian Recording Industry Association album chart on 23 October...

 titled "Now I Run
Now I Run
"Now I Run" is a song by Australian singer Shannon Noll. Released in 2006, it was the third single from Noll's second album, Lift.The song is written in honour of Noll's father, who was killed in a tragic farming accident...

" in memory of his father.

Noll and his wife Rochelle Ogston began their relationship in 1997. They have two sons Cody (2001) and Blake (2002). They wed in October 2004 and had a daughter, Sienna (2006).

Australian Idol


By 2003, Noll was in debt and out of work following the sale of the farm. His brothers and good friend Michael Hunter, encouraged him to travel to Melbourne to audition for the 2003 debut season of "Australian Idol
Australian Idol
Australian Idol is a Logie Award-winning Australian singing competition, which began its first season on July 2003 and ended its run in November 2009. As part of the Idol franchise, Australian Idol originated from the reality program Pop Idol, which was created by British entertainment executive...

". Noll impressed the judges Mark Holden
Mark Holden
Mark Holden is an Australian singer, television personality and barrister. He was one of a panel of three judges on the television series Australian Idol.-Acting career:...

, Marcia Hines
Marcia Hines
Marcia Elaine Hines, AM is a vocalist, actress and TV personality who achieved success in her adopted homeland of Australia. Hines made her debut, at the age of sixteen, in the Australian version of the stage musical Hair and followed with the role of Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar...

, and Ian Dickson with his audition in which he performed the Southern Sons' Hold Me In Your Arms. After his audition, Marcia Hines
Marcia Hines
Marcia Elaine Hines, AM is a vocalist, actress and TV personality who achieved success in her adopted homeland of Australia. Hines made her debut, at the age of sixteen, in the Australian version of the stage musical Hair and followed with the role of Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar...

 praised Shannon and told him that she had just discovered "a voice" and Ian Dickson informed Shannon that "...Australia will love you"

Following his initial audition, Noll made his way into the Top 32 semi-final where he performed a rendition of Robbie Williams' hit "Better Man
Better Man (Robbie Williams song)
"Better Man" is a song by British pop singer Robbie Williams, it became the last single from his album Sing When You're Winning in late 2001...

". The viewing audience voted Noll into the Top 12. Over eight weeks of performance shows, Noll found himself in the bottom three only once – following his performance of Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi is an American rock band from Sayreville, New Jersey. Formed in 1983, Bon Jovi consists of lead singer and namesake Jon Bon Jovi , guitarist Richie Sambora, keyboardist David Bryan, drummer Tico Torres, as well as current bassist Hugh McDonald...

's "Livin' On A Prayer
Livin' on a Prayer
"Livin' on a Prayer" is Bon Jovi's second single from their Slippery When Wet album. Written by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora with Desmond Child, the single, released in late 1986, was well-received at both rock and pop radio and its music video was given heavy rotation at MTV, giving the band...

" during The 80s theme night. Throughout the show, Noll impressed both the judges and audience with performances of songs as diverse as Powderfinger
Powderfinger
Powderfinger was an Australian rock band that formed in Brisbane in 1989. From 1992 until their breakup the band lineup consisted of vocalist Bernard Fanning, guitarists Darren Middleton and Ian Haug, bassist John Collins, and drummer Jon Coghill....

's "Already Gone", to The Beatles
The Beatles
The Beatles were an English rock band, active throughout the 1960s and one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed acts in the history of popular music. Formed in Liverpool, by 1962 the group consisted of John Lennon , Paul McCartney , George Harrison and Ringo Starr...

 "Hey Jude
Hey Jude
"Hey Jude" is a song by the English rock band The Beatles, written by Paul McCartney and credited to Lennon–McCartney. The ballad evolved from "Hey Jules", a song widely accepted as being written to comfort John Lennon's son, Julian, during his parents' divorce—although this explanation is not...

" to Jimmy Barnes
Jimmy Barnes
James Dixon Swan , better known as Jimmy Barnes, is a Scottish-born Australian rock singer-songwriter. His father Jim Swan was a prizefighter and his older brother John Swan is also a rock singer. It was actually John who had encouraged and taught Jim how to sing as he wasn't really interested at...

 "Working Class Man
Working Class Man
"Working Class Man" is a song performed and made famous by Australian singer Jimmy Barnes. It was written by Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain. "Working Class Man" is generally considered Barnes' signature song as a solo artist....

".

During the 2003 Australian Idol series finals, Noll sang:
Week Theme Song Sung Original Artist
Audition Contestant's Choice "Hold Me in Your Arms" Southern Sons
Top 40 Semifinals "Better Man
Better Man (Robbie Williams song)
"Better Man" is a song by British pop singer Robbie Williams, it became the last single from his album Sing When You're Winning in late 2001...

"
Robbie Williams
Robbie Williams
Robert Peter "Robbie" Williams is an English singer-songwriter, vocal coach and occasional actor. He is a member of the pop group Take That. Williams rose to fame in the band's first run in the early- to mid-1990s. After many disagreements with the management and certain group members, Williams...

Top 12 Time Warp 1 - The 1970s "Help is On Its Way" Little River Band
Little River Band
Little River Band is an Australian rock band, formed in Melbourne in early 1975.The group chose the name after passing a road sign leading to the Victorian township of Little River, near Geelong, on the way to a performance. Little River Band enjoyed sustained commercial success in not only...

Top 10 Number 1 Smash Hits "What About Me
What About Me (song)
"What About Me" is a song written by Garry Frost and Frances Swan, first recorded by Australian rock band Moving Pictures from their album Days of Innocence. It was the band's first number-one single in Australia spending six consecutive weeks on the top; there, it was the second-highest selling...

"
Moving Pictures
Moving Pictures (band)
Moving Pictures was a rock music band formed in Sydney, Australia in 1980. They are best known for their hit single, "What About Me" and multi-platinum album Days of Innocence, both of which topped the charts in Australia.-Biography:...

Top 8 Aussie Music "Already Gone" Powderfinger
Powderfinger
Powderfinger was an Australian rock band that formed in Brisbane in 1989. From 1992 until their breakup the band lineup consisted of vocalist Bernard Fanning, guitarists Darren Middleton and Ian Haug, bassist John Collins, and drummer Jon Coghill....

Top 6
Up, Close & Personal
Time Warp 2 - The 1980s
-
"Livin' on a Prayer
Livin' on a Prayer
"Livin' on a Prayer" is Bon Jovi's second single from their Slippery When Wet album. Written by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora with Desmond Child, the single, released in late 1986, was well-received at both rock and pop radio and its music video was given heavy rotation at MTV, giving the band...

"
"With or Without You
With or Without You
"With or Without You" is a song by Irish rock band U2. It is the third track from their 1987 album, The Joshua Tree, and was released as the album's first single on 21 March 1987...

"
Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi is an American rock band from Sayreville, New Jersey. Formed in 1983, Bon Jovi consists of lead singer and namesake Jon Bon Jovi , guitarist Richie Sambora, keyboardist David Bryan, drummer Tico Torres, as well as current bassist Hugh McDonald...


U2
U2
U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group consists of Bono , The Edge , Adam Clayton , and Larry Mullen, Jr. . U2's early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music...

Top 5 R&B Music
Songs of Soul Music
"Higher and Higher"
"When a Man Loves a Woman
When a Man Loves a Woman (song)
"When a Man Loves a Woman" is a song recorded by Percy Sledge in 1966 at Norala Sound Studio in Sheffield, Alabama. It made number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B singles charts. It was listed 54th in the List of Rolling Stone magazine's 500 greatest songs of all time...

"
Jackie Wilson
Jackie Wilson
Jack Leroy "Jackie" Wilson, Jr. was an American singer and performer. Known as "Mr. Excitement", Wilson was important in the transition of rhythm and blues into soul. He was known as a master showman, and as one of the most dynamic singers and performers in R&B and rock history...


Percy Sledge
Percy Sledge
Percy Sledge is an American R&B and soul performer who recorded the hit "When a Man Loves a Woman" in 1966.-Early career:...

Top 4 Big Bands "I've Got You Under My Skin
I've Got You Under My Skin (song)
"I've Got You Under My Skin" is a song written by Cole Porter. It became a signature song for Frank Sinatra and, in 1966, became a top 10 hit for The Four Seasons...

"
"New York, New York
Theme from New York, New York
"Theme from New York, New York" is the theme song from the Martin Scorsese film New York, New York , composed by John Kander, with lyrics by Fred Ebb. It was written for and performed in the film by Liza Minnelli...

Virginia Bruce
Virginia Bruce
Virginia Bruce was an American actress and singer.-Career:Born Helen Virginia Briggs in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she went with her family to Los Angeles intending to enroll in the University of California when a friendly wager sent her seeking film work. She got it as an extra in Why Bring That...


Liza Minnelli
Liza Minnelli
Liza May Minnelli is an American actress and singer. She is the daughter of singer and actress Judy Garland and film director Vincente Minnelli....

Top 3 Time Warp 3 - The 1960s "One"
"Hey Jude
Hey Jude
"Hey Jude" is a song by the English rock band The Beatles, written by Paul McCartney and credited to Lennon–McCartney. The ballad evolved from "Hey Jules", a song widely accepted as being written to comfort John Lennon's son, Julian, during his parents' divorce—although this explanation is not...

"
Harry Nilsson
Harry Nilsson
Harry Edward Nilsson III was an American singer-songwriter who achieved the peak of his commercial success in the early 1970s. On all but his earliest recordings he is credited as Nilsson...


The Beatles
The Beatles
The Beatles were an English rock band, active throughout the 1960s and one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed acts in the history of popular music. Formed in Liverpool, by 1962 the group consisted of John Lennon , Paul McCartney , George Harrison and Ringo Starr...

Top 2 Idol's Choice
Idol's Choice
Winner's Single
"Please Forgive Me
Please Forgive Me
"Please Forgive Me" is a single by Canadian rock singer Bryan Adams from 1993.The song is written by Mutt Lange and Bryan Adams. It was released as a bonus track on Adams' greatest hits compilation album So Far So Good. It is his only Australian #1 single not written for a motion picture. The...

"
"Working Class Man
Working Class Man
"Working Class Man" is a song performed and made famous by Australian singer Jimmy Barnes. It was written by Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain. "Working Class Man" is generally considered Barnes' signature song as a solo artist....

"
"Angels Brought Me Here
Angels Brought Me Here
"Angels Brought Me Here" is a pop song written by Jörgen Elofsson and John Reid for 2003 Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian, for his first album Just as I Am . Recorded versions were made for both grand finalists, Sebastian and Shannon Noll, with only Sebastian's version officially released by BMG...

"
Bryan Adams
Bryan Adams
Bryan Adams, is a Canadian rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, bassist, producer, actor and photographer. Adams has won dozens of awards and nominations, including 20 Juno Awards among 56 nominations. He has also received 15 Grammy Award nominations including a win for Best Song Written...


Jimmy Barnes
Jimmy Barnes
James Dixon Swan , better known as Jimmy Barnes, is a Scottish-born Australian rock singer-songwriter. His father Jim Swan was a prizefighter and his older brother John Swan is also a rock singer. It was actually John who had encouraged and taught Jim how to sing as he wasn't really interested at...


Guy Sebastian
Guy Sebastian
Guy Theodore Sebastian is an Australian pop, R&B, and soul singer-songwriter who was the first winner of Australian Idol in 2003. He is currently a judge on the Australian version of The X Factor. Sebastian has released six top ten platinum/multi platinum albums, including a number-one and...



In the weeks leading up to the Grand Final of Idol, Noll recorded his version of the winner's single "Angels Brought Me Here
Angels Brought Me Here
"Angels Brought Me Here" is a pop song written by Jörgen Elofsson and John Reid for 2003 Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian, for his first album Just as I Am . Recorded versions were made for both grand finalists, Sebastian and Shannon Noll, with only Sebastian's version officially released by BMG...

" and filmed the music video for the song, which was to be released the week after the winner was announced. Copies of Noll's version of the song were released to radio stations in anticipation of his win, however Noll's version of the song was subsequently never aired on radio and the music video was never released for television broadcast.

In the week before the Grand Final, Noll and fellow finalist Guy Sebastian
Guy Sebastian
Guy Theodore Sebastian is an Australian pop, R&B, and soul singer-songwriter who was the first winner of Australian Idol in 2003. He is currently a judge on the Australian version of The X Factor. Sebastian has released six top ten platinum/multi platinum albums, including a number-one and...

 embarked on a whirlwind Australia-wide promotional tour. Tens of thousands of fans turned out in support, including 20,000 people in Adelaide
Adelaide
Adelaide is the capital city of South Australia and the fifth-largest city in Australia. Adelaide has an estimated population of more than 1.2 million...

 and 15,000 in Melbourne
Melbourne
Melbourne is the capital and most populous city in the state of Victoria, and the second most populous city in Australia. The Melbourne City Centre is the hub of the greater metropolitan area and the Census statistical division—of which "Melbourne" is the common name. As of June 2009, the greater...

.

Noll reached the Grand Final on 19 November 2003 alongside eventual winner Guy Sebastian
Guy Sebastian
Guy Theodore Sebastian is an Australian pop, R&B, and soul singer-songwriter who was the first winner of Australian Idol in 2003. He is currently a judge on the Australian version of The X Factor. Sebastian has released six top ten platinum/multi platinum albums, including a number-one and...

 following fellow contestant, Cosima De Vito
Cosima De Vito
Cosima De Vito , also known simply as Cosima, is an Australian singer-songwriter. She rose to fame as a contestant of the original Australian Idol series in 2003...

's withdrawal from the competition. During the Grand Final show, Noll performed an encore performance of "What About Me
What About Me (song)
"What About Me" is a song written by Garry Frost and Frances Swan, first recorded by Australian rock band Moving Pictures from their album Days of Innocence. It was the band's first number-one single in Australia spending six consecutive weeks on the top; there, it was the second-highest selling...

", which helped cement the popularity of his version of the song and lead it to being chosen for release as his debut single.

2003-2004: That's What I'm Talking About


Noll signed a five album deal with Sony BMG shortly after Australian Idol. It was announced in December 2003 that his debut single would be a cover of the Moving Pictures
Moving Pictures (band)
Moving Pictures was a rock music band formed in Sydney, Australia in 1980. They are best known for their hit single, "What About Me" and multi-platinum album Days of Innocence, both of which topped the charts in Australia.-Biography:...

 hit What About Me
What About Me (song)
"What About Me" is a song written by Garry Frost and Frances Swan, first recorded by Australian rock band Moving Pictures from their album Days of Innocence. It was the band's first number-one single in Australia spending six consecutive weeks on the top; there, it was the second-highest selling...

 performed on Idol. Recording of the single took place during November/December 2003 at Eargasm Studios in Sydney
Sydney
Sydney is the most populous city in Australia and the state capital of New South Wales. Sydney is located on Australia's south-east coast of the Tasman Sea. As of June 2010, the greater metropolitan area had an approximate population of 4.6 million people...

 and tracks were chosen and recorded for inclusion on Noll's debut album around the same time.

Shannon Noll's debut single What About Me
What About Me (song)
"What About Me" is a song written by Garry Frost and Frances Swan, first recorded by Australian rock band Moving Pictures from their album Days of Innocence. It was the band's first number-one single in Australia spending six consecutive weeks on the top; there, it was the second-highest selling...

 was released on 25 January 2004 and debuted at number one on the Australian Singles Chart
ARIA Charts
The ARIA charts are the main Australian music sales charts, issued weekly by the Australian Recording Industry Association. The charts are a record of the highest selling singles and albums in various genres in Australia. ARIA commenced compiling its own charts in-house from the week ending 26 June...

 the following week with sales exceeding 125,000 copies in its first week. At the time, this figure was the third highest one-week sales for a single in Australian chart history. The single earned Noll a nomination for Highest Selling Single at the 2004 ARIA
Australian Recording Industry Association
The Australian Recording Industry Association is a trade group representing the Australian recording industry which was established in 1983 by six major record companies, EMI, Festival, CBS, RCA, WEA and Universal replacing the Association of Australian Record Manufacturers which was formed in 1956...

 Awards. Over its chart run, What About Me
What About Me (song)
"What About Me" is a song written by Garry Frost and Frances Swan, first recorded by Australian rock band Moving Pictures from their album Days of Innocence. It was the band's first number-one single in Australia spending six consecutive weeks on the top; there, it was the second-highest selling...

 sold in 280,000 copies and was certified 4x Platinum in March 2004.

Following the success of "What About Me
What About Me (song)
"What About Me" is a song written by Garry Frost and Frances Swan, first recorded by Australian rock band Moving Pictures from their album Days of Innocence. It was the band's first number-one single in Australia spending six consecutive weeks on the top; there, it was the second-highest selling...

", Noll's full-length debut album That's What I'm Talking About
That's What I'm Talking About
That's What I'm Talking About is the debut album by Australian singer Shannon Noll, released on 8 February 2004 . The album includes a longer version of his number one smash-hit, 5x Platinum debut single, "What About Me", the Bryan Adams penned Top 5 single, "Drive", as well as the number one...

 was released on 9 February 2004 in Australia by Sony BMG.

Noll joined the other Australian Idol Top 12 finalists in January and February 2004 on an arena tour which played to crowds in every Australian capital city. Though, it was at his record-breaking Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day
Saint Valentine's Day, commonly shortened to Valentine's Day, is an annual commemoration held on February 14 celebrating love and affection between intimate companions. The day is named after one or more early Christian martyrs named Saint Valentine, and was established by Pope Gelasius I in 496...

 in-store appearance at Warringah Mall
Warringah Mall
Warringah Mall is a large indoor/outdoor shopping centre on Sydney's Northern Beaches in the suburb of Brookvale, approximately 15 km from the CBD...

 to more than 15,000 fans that Noll announced that the second single from the album was Drive
Drive (Shannon Noll song)
"Drive" is a pop/rock song written by Phil Thornalley and Bryan Adams, and was the second single release by Australian singer-songwriter Shannon Noll. released on 19 April 2004. The single, the second to be lifted from Shannon's 2004 debut album That's What I'm Talking About was Shannon's second...

.

Containing a mixture of pop, rock and country tracks recorded over six weeks between December 2003 and January 2004, That's What I'm Talking About
That's What I'm Talking About
That's What I'm Talking About is the debut album by Australian singer Shannon Noll, released on 8 February 2004 . The album includes a longer version of his number one smash-hit, 5x Platinum debut single, "What About Me", the Bryan Adams penned Top 5 single, "Drive", as well as the number one...

 debuted at number one and was certified triple-platinum
Music recording sales certification
Music recording sales certification is a system of certifying that a music recording has shipped or sold a certain number of copies, where the threshold quantity varies by type and by nation or territory .Almost all countries follow variations of the RIAA certification categories,...

 upon its release. By August 2004, the album was certified as a 3x Platinum seller and remained in the Top 100 Album Chart for almost a year.

Drive
Drive (Shannon Noll song)
"Drive" is a pop/rock song written by Phil Thornalley and Bryan Adams, and was the second single release by Australian singer-songwriter Shannon Noll. released on 19 April 2004. The single, the second to be lifted from Shannon's 2004 debut album That's What I'm Talking About was Shannon's second...

, an uptempo rock track written by Canadian singer Bryan Adams
Bryan Adams
Bryan Adams, is a Canadian rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, bassist, producer, actor and photographer. Adams has won dozens of awards and nominations, including 20 Juno Awards among 56 nominations. He has also received 15 Grammy Award nominations including a win for Best Song Written...

, was a successful second single from That's What I'm Talking About
That's What I'm Talking About
That's What I'm Talking About is the debut album by Australian singer Shannon Noll, released on 8 February 2004 . The album includes a longer version of his number one smash-hit, 5x Platinum debut single, "What About Me", the Bryan Adams penned Top 5 single, "Drive", as well as the number one...

 in March 2004. Noll undertook a large amount of promotion for the single including performances on television, including The NRL Footy Show
The NRL Footy Show
The Footy Show is a Logie Award-winning Australian sports variety television programme, shown on the Nine Network and its affiliates. Following the success of the AFL program of the same name, the Nine Network quickly developed a version for the rugby league market. The rugby league version has...

 and Sunrise
Sunrise (TV program)
Sunrise is an Australian breakfast television program, broadcast on the Seven Network. On weekdays the programme follows Seven Early News, and runs from 6am through to 9am.-History:...

. It reached number four in Australia and was another Platinum
Music recording sales certification
Music recording sales certification is a system of certifying that a music recording has shipped or sold a certain number of copies, where the threshold quantity varies by type and by nation or territory .Almost all countries follow variations of the RIAA certification categories,...

 seller. Noll later performed Drive
Drive (Shannon Noll song)
"Drive" is a pop/rock song written by Phil Thornalley and Bryan Adams, and was the second single release by Australian singer-songwriter Shannon Noll. released on 19 April 2004. The single, the second to be lifted from Shannon's 2004 debut album That's What I'm Talking About was Shannon's second...

 at the 2004 TV Week Logie Awards
Logie Awards of 2004
The 46th Annual TV Week Logie Awards were presented on Sunday, 18 April 2004 at Crown Casino in Melbourne and broadcast on the Nine Network. Eddie McGuire presided as Master of Ceremonies for the second year in a row, and the awards featured special guest Mel Brooks...

 ceremony.

Solo tour


Noll undertook his first full scale solo tour in May 2004 playing 40 shows in 47 days. Noll later stated in an interview that performing that number of shows in such a small amount of time was something he would never do again.

"Learn To Fly" was the third and final commercial release from That's What I'm Talking About
That's What I'm Talking About
That's What I'm Talking About is the debut album by Australian singer Shannon Noll, released on 8 February 2004 . The album includes a longer version of his number one smash-hit, 5x Platinum debut single, "What About Me", the Bryan Adams penned Top 5 single, "Drive", as well as the number one...

. A limited edition release of 40,000 copies, the single was another success for Noll, debuting at the number one position on the ARIA singles chart
ARIA Charts
The ARIA charts are the main Australian music sales charts, issued weekly by the Australian Recording Industry Association. The charts are a record of the highest selling singles and albums in various genres in Australia. ARIA commenced compiling its own charts in-house from the week ending 26 June...

 on 12 July 2004.

Increased popularity during this period saw him star in his own one-hour TV special on the Ten Network, Up Close with Shannon Noll, hosted by Australian Idol
Australian Idol
Australian Idol is a Logie Award-winning Australian singing competition, which began its first season on July 2003 and ended its run in November 2009. As part of the Idol franchise, Australian Idol originated from the reality program Pop Idol, which was created by British entertainment executive...

 judge Ian "Dicko" Dickson, screened on 2 August 2004. During the show, Noll spoke candidly about his past and touched on topics including his experiences with drugs and the death of his father. Noll also performed several songs during the special, including "Learn to Fly
Learn to Fly (Shannon Noll song)
"Learn to Fly" is a song originally recorded by British boyband A1, due to be released as the fourth single from the group's third studio album, Make It Good. Written by band member Christian Ingebrigtsen, along with Peter Gordeno, Chris Porter and Rick Mitra, a single release was cancelled when...

" which he dedicated to his father, and a duet with Australian Idol
Australian Idol
Australian Idol is a Logie Award-winning Australian singing competition, which began its first season on July 2003 and ended its run in November 2009. As part of the Idol franchise, Australian Idol originated from the reality program Pop Idol, which was created by British entertainment executive...

 judge Marcia Hines
Marcia Hines
Marcia Elaine Hines, AM is a vocalist, actress and TV personality who achieved success in her adopted homeland of Australia. Hines made her debut, at the age of sixteen, in the Australian version of the stage musical Hair and followed with the role of Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar...

. The special rated reasonably well .

In October 2004, Noll achieved overseas success when his single "What About Me" reached number two in Ireland
Ireland
Ireland is an island to the northwest of continental Europe. It is the third-largest island in Europe and the twentieth-largest island on Earth...

.. Also in October 2004, the Nine Network
Nine Network
The Nine Network , is an Australian television network with headquarters based in Willoughby, a suburb located on the North Shore of Sydney. For 50 years since television's inception in Australia, between 1956 and 2006, it was the most watched television network in Australia...

 approached Noll to re-record the World Series Cricket
World Series Cricket
World Series Cricket was a break away professional cricket competition staged between 1977 and 1979 and organised by Kerry Packer for his Australian television network, Nine Network. The matches ran in opposition to established international cricket...

 song "C'mon Aussie C'mon
C'mon Aussie C'mon
"C'mon Aussie C'mon" is an Australian Cricket anthem.Originally performed by the Mojo Singers in 1978 as an advertising jingle to promote World Series Cricket's unofficial Australian cricket team, the song eulogised players such as Dennis Lillee, the Chappell brothers Ian and Greg and Rod Marsh. It...

" with updated lyrics with names of the current Australian cricket team, for release on 19 December 2004. The single peaked at number two on the ARIA singles chart
ARIA Charts
The ARIA charts are the main Australian music sales charts, issued weekly by the Australian Recording Industry Association. The charts are a record of the highest selling singles and albums in various genres in Australia. ARIA commenced compiling its own charts in-house from the week ending 26 June...

, raising more than $A150,000 for children's charities.

In December 2004 it was announced that Noll would star in the stage musical production of Grease, which appeared in Australian theatres in May 2005, however, Noll opted out to concentrate on the recording of his second album release, Lift
Lift (Shannon Noll album)
Lift is the second album by Australian singer-songwriter Shannon Noll. It was released by Sony BMG in Australia on 16 October 2005. Noll co-wrote eleven out of the thirteen songs in the album. The album debuted at number 1 on the Australian Recording Industry Association album chart on 23 October...

.

2005-2006: Lift


In early 2005, Noll embarked on a songwriting trip in which he travelled to London, UK, and across America. It was reported early on in the process that Noll had met with hitmaking songwriters Desmond Child
Desmond Child
Desmond Child is an American musician, songwriter, and producer. He is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.-Career:...

, responsible for writing hit songs for Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi is an American rock band from Sayreville, New Jersey. Formed in 1983, Bon Jovi consists of lead singer and namesake Jon Bon Jovi , guitarist Richie Sambora, keyboardist David Bryan, drummer Tico Torres, as well as current bassist Hugh McDonald...

 and Aerosmith
Aerosmith
Aerosmith is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "The Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band". Their style, which is rooted in blues-based hard rock, has come to also incorporate elements of pop, heavy metal, and rhythm and blues, and has inspired many...

, and powerballad writer Dianne Warren
Dianne Warren
Dianne Warren is a Canadian novelist, dramatist and short story writer, who lives in Regina, Saskatchewan.-Background:...

. Noll later explained that whilst he appreciated the opportunity to work with big name international songwriters, he felt the material being written by local Australian songwriters was more connected to the type of album he wanted to create at the time and that they were the stronger songs.

During his time in America in early 2005, Noll played a handful of small "showcase" style gigs both for Sony BMG executives and the general public, but was unable to obtain a US recording contract. Following the trip, Noll returned to Australia to complete the writing and recording of Lift
Lift (Shannon Noll album)
Lift is the second album by Australian singer-songwriter Shannon Noll. It was released by Sony BMG in Australia on 16 October 2005. Noll co-wrote eleven out of the thirteen songs in the album. The album debuted at number 1 on the Australian Recording Industry Association album chart on 23 October...

.

Noll was asked by Canadian artist Bryan Adams
Bryan Adams
Bryan Adams, is a Canadian rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, bassist, producer, actor and photographer. Adams has won dozens of awards and nominations, including 20 Juno Awards among 56 nominations. He has also received 15 Grammy Award nominations including a win for Best Song Written...

 to support him on Adams' Australian tour throughout February and March 2005. It was during these concerts that Noll premiered two songs he had written for his new album, Lonely
Lonely (Shannon Noll song)
"Lonely" was the fourth single from Shannon Noll's second album Lift. Co-written by Noll, the single was released on 26 August 2006With the release of the single, Noll created Australian ARIA chart history, becoming the first artist to have his first eight single releases reach the Top 10 since the...

 and the unreleased The Winner Takes It All.

On 25 August 2005, the first single from his second album Lift, entitled Shine
Shine (Shannon Noll song)
"Shine" was the first single to be released from Shannon Noll's second album, Lift.It was released in Australia on 26 September 2005, and debuted at number one on the Australian Singles Chart...

 was released to Australian radio. The track premiered simultaneously Australia wide and quickly became one of the most requested songs. The uptempo bouncing pop-rock track moved away from Noll's prior releases and it was commented that Noll's voice and vocal technique had improved since his last recording. Shine was released as the first single from the album Lift on 23 September 2005, and debuted at number one on the ARIA singles chart
ARIA Charts
The ARIA charts are the main Australian music sales charts, issued weekly by the Australian Recording Industry Association. The charts are a record of the highest selling singles and albums in various genres in Australia. ARIA commenced compiling its own charts in-house from the week ending 26 June...

 the following week. Shine was later nominated as Highest Selling Single at the 2005 ARIA
Australian Recording Industry Association
The Australian Recording Industry Association is a trade group representing the Australian recording industry which was established in 1983 by six major record companies, EMI, Festival, CBS, RCA, WEA and Universal replacing the Association of Australian Record Manufacturers which was formed in 1956...

 Awards.

A week after the release of Shine, Noll's second album Lift was released on 16 October 2005, and debuted at number one on the ARIA charts the following week. First week shipment and sales of Lift ensured the album a platinum certification. The album, with 11 out of 13 tracks co-written by Noll, contained some of Noll's most personal songs to date, ranging in topic from finding love to death, overcoming the odds and self belief. Highlight tracks were third and fourth singles Now I Run
Now I Run
"Now I Run" is a song by Australian singer Shannon Noll. Released in 2006, it was the third single from Noll's second album, Lift.The song is written in honour of Noll's father, who was killed in a tragic farming accident...

 and Lonely.

Noll made a special guest appearance at the final of the 2005 season of Australian Idol, where he performed his new single Lift. After the performance, Noll was presented a plaque in honour of sales exceeding one million units in Australia over the previous 18 months.

The title track of Noll's second album, Lift, was released in December 2005. The single was Noll's first not to debut in the top ten, however two weeks after its release, it jumped to number ten, remaining there for several weeks. The track, an uplifting rock influenced song about overcoming the odds and fighting adversity, achieved a gold certification. Lift spent 35 weeks in the top 100 singles chart, the longest running chart single for an Australian Idol related release. Lift is the theme song of the Australian version of The Biggest Loser.

In January 2006, Noll performed the song Shine at the 2006 Australian Open
Australian Open
The Australian Open is the only Grand Slam tennis tournament held in the southern hemisphere. The tournament was held for the first time in 1905 and was last contested on grass in 1987. Since 1972 the Australian Open has been held in Melbourne, Victoria. In 1988, the tournament became a hard court...

 tennis final. The performance sparked renewed interest in the Lift album which returned to the top ten.

In support of the album's third single release, Now I Run, Noll embarked on a 72-date concert tour across Australia including a gig during the annual Gympie
Gympie
Gympie may refer to:* Gympie, a city in Queensland, Australia** Gympie Airport** Electoral district of Gympie** Gympie Region, its local government authority* Gympie Gympie , a stinging plant...

 Muster. Once again he focused on some of the more remote and isolated country and rural areas during this tour, one of the few Australian touring acts to do so, and at completion of the tour had played to more than 200,000 people.

In 2006, Noll was courted for a role in an Australian movie based loosely on the life of now-deceased Australian racing legend Peter Brock
Peter Brock
Peter Geoffrey Brock, AM otherwise known as "Peter Perfect", "The King of the Mountain" or simply as "Brocky" was one of Australia's best-known and most successful motor racing drivers. Brock was most often associated with Holden for almost 40 years, although he raced vehicles of other...

, but he declined, preferring to focus on his music.

Noll released a further two singles from Lift, Now I Run and Lonely. Both singles were top 10 hits, increasing his run of top 10 successes to eight. With the release of Lonely, Noll rewrote Australian chart history by having so far achieved nine consecutive top 10 singles (10 including his contribution to the Number 1 hit Rise Up with the Australian Idol Final 12, 2003). To the end of 2006, Noll has been the only former Australian Idol contestant to have ever been nominated for a music industry-voted award by ARIA. January 2007, the Lift album remains in the Top 100 ARIA album chart after 64 weeks. It has now charted over a three year period from 2005–2007.

In September 2006, Noll decided not to continue with his managers since his first album, Sydney firm Caplice Management, and signed with Worldwide Entertainment Group. The decision was seen as a positive move in Noll's desire to gain success in America. Worldwise Entertainment Group's press release stated that Noll is a "high priority artist" for them and that an extensive promotional and songwriting trip was organised for America in early 2007.

Noll was chosen as support act for American rock group Live
Live (band)
Live is an American rock band from York, Pennsylvania, composed of Chad Taylor , Patrick Dahlheimer , and Chad Gracey . Lead singer and principal songwriter Ed Kowalczyk left the band in November 2009....

 in October 2006, playing each capital city across Australia. Including the tour with Live, Noll has now performed in excess of 300 concerts in the last two and a half years.

On 9 December 2006, Noll released a duet with Rogue Traders
Rogue Traders
Rogue Traders are an Australian electronic pop rock band fronted by Melinda "Mindi" Jackson with James Ash on keyboards, Tim Henwood on guitars and Peter Marin on drums. The group's original members met in London in 1989. Before forming Rogue Traders, Ash and Davis worked together on many...

 singer Natalie Bassingthwaithe. It is a cover of the Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel
Peter Brian Gabriel is an English singer, musician, and songwriter who rose to fame as the lead vocalist and flautist of the progressive rock group Genesis. After leaving Genesis, Gabriel went on to a successful solo career...

 and Kate Bush
Kate Bush
Kate Bush is an English singer-songwriter, musician and record producer. Her eclectic musical style and idiosyncratic vocal style have made her one of the United Kingdom's most successful solo female performers of the past 30 years.In 1978, at the age of 19, Bush topped the UK Singles Chart...

 hit Don't Give Up
Don't Give Up (Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush song)
"Don't Give Up" is song written by Peter Gabriel and recorded as a duet with Kate Bush for Gabriel's album So. The single version spent eleven weeks in the UK Top 75 chart in 1986, peaking at number nine. It describes the despair of a man who feels isolated and defeated by the economic system, and...

. The single was yet another success for Noll, peaking at number two on the ARIA singles charts and being certified Platinum with 12 consecutive weeks in the top 10. Proceeds from the single went to the charity "Beyond Blue", which deals with depression.

2007: Turn It Up


Noll spent several months in early 2007 travelling to America to write songs for his upcoming third album. During Noll's "Now I Run" tour in mid 2006, he premiered a new composition entitled "The World Outside" which may find a place on his next album.

It was reported that Noll would be spending time in Nashville, New York, and Los Angeles collaborating with US writers Jon Ingoldsby, Desmond Child
Desmond Child
Desmond Child is an American musician, songwriter, and producer. He is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.-Career:...

, Richie Sambora
Richie Sambora
Richard Stephen "Richie" Sambora is an American rock guitarist, producer, musician, singer, and songwriter who is the longtime lead guitarist of the rock band, Bon Jovi. He and frontman Jon Bon Jovi form the primary songwriting unit of the band...

, and Richard Marx
Richard Marx
Richard Noel Marx is an American adult contemporary and pop/rock singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. He had a string of hit singles in the late 1980s and 1990s, including "Endless Summer Nights", "Right Here Waiting", "Now and Forever", and "Hazard"...

 on tracks for possible inclusion on his third album, which has been slated for release in September 2007.

28 February brought nomination for the third consecutive time as "Best Male Artist" at the MTV Australia Awards
MTV Australia Awards
The MTV Australia Awards started in 2005 and is Australia's first awards show to celebrate both local and international acts.-History:...

, an award he won for the previous two years. Noll performed his hit singles Shine
Shine (Shannon Noll song)
"Shine" was the first single to be released from Shannon Noll's second album, Lift.It was released in Australia on 26 September 2005, and debuted at number one on the Australian Singles Chart...

 and Don't Give Up
Don't Give Up (Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush song)
"Don't Give Up" is song written by Peter Gabriel and recorded as a duet with Kate Bush for Gabriel's album So. The single version spent eleven weeks in the UK Top 75 chart in 1986, peaking at number nine. It describes the despair of a man who feels isolated and defeated by the economic system, and...

 at the opening ceremony of the FINA World Swimming Championships, in Melbourne, Victoria. Noll was the lead act at a large-scale annual public function held on the Queensland Gold Coast.

In 2007 Noll appeared as Parson Nathaniel in the Australian tour of Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds
Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds
Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds is a 1978 concept album by Jeff Wayne, retelling the story of The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells. Its format is progressive rock and string orchestra, using narration and leitmotifs to carry the story via rhyming melodic lyrics that express...

.

The first single from Noll's third album Turn It Up was a track called Loud
Loud (Shannon Noll song)
"Loud" was the first single to be taken from Shannon Noll's third album, Turn It Up. The single was released to radio on 10 August 2007, and debuted at number three on the Australian Singles Chart....

. A one-minute teaser of the track premiered on the website for the Daily Telegraph
The Daily Telegraph
The Daily Telegraph is a daily morning broadsheet newspaper distributed throughout the United Kingdom and internationally. The newspaper was founded by Arthur B...

. The single included the previously unreleased track The World Outside. Turn It Up was released on 15 September 2007.

On 21 September, it was confirmed by Noll that his second single from Turn It Up would be In Pieces. Shannon states, "this song is such a strong ballad and has a personal message for me. I think many people will be able to relate to the message in it." The song reached number 26 on the ARIA Charts and spent 5 weeks in the top 50. Noll performed a great version of the track live on the Australian Idol Grand Finale in front of thousands at the venue and nationwide.

Noll performed as part of the National Rugby League season 2007 Grand Final's pre-match entertainment. He was awarded Best Male in the Australian Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards. And the album Turn It Up received Gold sales status.

2008: Turn It Up Wrap-Up, No Turning Back: The Story So Far & Touring


In January 2008, Noll stated on radio show Take 40 that the third single from the album would be Everybody Needs A Little Help
Everybody Needs a Little Help (song)
"Everybody Needs a Little Help" was the third and final single from Shannon Noll's third album, Turn It Up. It was released as a radio-only single on 4 February 2008....

. Promoted on television, it would be released to radio in 2008. No official single release of the track eventuated, rather the single joined "New Beginning" to becoming a radio-only single.

On 30 July 2008, Shannon was honoured on the Australian version of This Is Your Life
This Is Your Life
This Is Your Life is an American television documentary series broadcast on NBC, originally hosted by its producer, Ralph Edwards from 1952 to 1961. In the show, the host surprises a guest, and proceeds to take them through their life in front of an audience including friends and family.Edwards...

, which included appearances from his Idol "family", notably Guy Sebastian
Guy Sebastian
Guy Theodore Sebastian is an Australian pop, R&B, and soul singer-songwriter who was the first winner of Australian Idol in 2003. He is currently a judge on the Australian version of The X Factor. Sebastian has released six top ten platinum/multi platinum albums, including a number-one and...

, Ian Dickson, Cosima De Vito
Cosima De Vito
Cosima De Vito , also known simply as Cosima, is an Australian singer-songwriter. She rose to fame as a contestant of the original Australian Idol series in 2003...

 and musical director John Foreman
John Foreman
John Gregory Foreman is an Australian musician and television personality. In 1992, he joined the Network Ten team for Good Morning Australia with Bert Newton as Music Director until retiring in 2004...

, and an emotional tribute to his father Neil by John Williamson
John Williamson (singer)
John Robert Williamson AM is an Australian country music singer-songwriter. Williamson has released over thirty-two albums, ten videos, five DVDs, and two lyric books...

. The event recapped Noll's record-breaking accomplishments and his service to the Australian music industry.

It was announced in early August 2008 that Shannon would be releasing a Greatest Hits compilation before the year's end. Titled, No Turning Back: The Story So Far
No Turning Back: The Story So Far
No Turning Back: The Story So Far is the first compilation album by Shannon Noll, celebrating multiple number ones taken from his three multi-platinum albums. The album contains Noll's ten biggest single releases and includes five brand new tracks...

, the album also contained five new songs and was released on 27 September, with its lead single, "Summertime". The album reached a peak of number 7 on the ARIA charts, with "Summertime" peaking at number 54.

Noll announced a surprise show with former childhood friend Simon Ridley (drummer of influential band DZ). The show was free and played at the famous Tarragindi Fingalbang Arena that has played host to such bands as Crowded House
Crowded House
Crowded House are a rock band, formed in Melbourne, Australia and led by New Zealand singer-songwriter Neil Finn. Finn is the primary songwriter and creative director of the band, having led it through several incarnations, drawing members from New Zealand , Australia and the United States...

 and Nirvana
Nirvana (band)
Nirvana was an American rock band that was formed by singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987...

 during their final Australian tour.

2009: War of the Worlds & UK Debut


No Turning Back was released to radio as the second single from the compilation, though the track remained a radio-only single (Noll's third) due to Sony wanting to create a break before the release of his fourth studio album.

Shannon appeared as Parson Nathaniel in the 21 date 30th Anniversary tour of Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds
Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds
Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds is a 1978 concept album by Jeff Wayne, retelling the story of The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells. Its format is progressive rock and string orchestra, using narration and leitmotifs to carry the story via rhyming melodic lyrics that express...

. However he was unable to perform the last 8 concerts including those in Amsterdam
Amsterdam
Amsterdam is the largest city and the capital of the Netherlands. The current position of Amsterdam as capital city of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is governed by the constitution of August 24, 1815 and its successors. Amsterdam has a population of 783,364 within city limits, an urban population...

 and Oberhausen
Oberhausen
Oberhausen is a city on the river Emscher in the Ruhr Area, Germany, located between Duisburg and Essen . The city hosts the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and its Gasometer Oberhausen is an anchor point of the European Route of Industrial Heritage. It is also well known for the...

 Germany due to a family death. He was replaced by understudy Damien Edwards. On 4 May 2009, he released his UK debut, What Matters the Most. The album was a compilation of his singles, plus several B-sides. This album did not chart in the UK.

2011: A Million Suns


On 19 September 2008, Noll announced on Australian radio that his untitled fifth album will "most definitely see a release [in 2009]". Noll additionally mentioned that he has been "writing and recording the best demos of [his] career so far" and that he "can't wait to unleash them after No Turning Back". On 10 July 2009, Sony Music officially announced that Noll's album would be released in 2010, due to the string of shows Noll has performed in 2009 and his War of the Worlds European Tour commitments. Noll toured on the GSR's Indian Pacific Christmas train from Sydney to Perth via Adelaide in Dec 2009 entertaining guests at stops along the way.

On 5 January 2010 the Daily Telegraph reported Noll was no longer signed to Sony and was looking for a new record label. Noll signed with Universal Music Australia in June 2010. He announced on his facebook
Facebook
Facebook is a social networking service and website launched in February 2004, operated and privately owned by Facebook, Inc. , Facebook has more than 800 million active users. Users must register before using the site, after which they may create a personal profile, add other users as...

 page that the new album would be released in the middle of October 2011. The first single "Switch Me On" was co-written by Benji Madden
Benji Madden
Benji Madden is an American guitarist and backup vocalist for the band Good Charlotte, which he co-founded with his identical twin brother, Joel Madden.-Early life:...

 of Good Charlotte
Good Charlotte
Good Charlotte is an American rock band from Waldorf, Maryland that formed in 1996. Since 1998, the band's constant members have been lead vocalist Joel Madden, lead guitarist and back-up vocalist Benji Madden, bass guitarist Paul Thomas and rhythm guitarist and keyboardist Billy Martin...

. It reached a peak of number 42 on the ARIA Singles Chart and has been certified gold. The album A Million Suns was released on 14 October 2011, peaked at No. 8 and spent three weeks in the ARIA Top 50 Album Chart
ARIA Charts
The ARIA charts are the main Australian music sales charts, issued weekly by the Australian Recording Industry Association. The charts are a record of the highest selling singles and albums in various genres in Australia. ARIA commenced compiling its own charts in-house from the week ending 26 June...

. The second single "My Place in the Line" was also released on 14 October, but is yet to chart in the ARIA Top 100.

Charity


Despite the controversies that Noll has encountered, he consistently remains one of Australia's most generous charity workers. He has to date worked to donate well over $1 million to various charities throughout Australia. Most notably, he has donated the complete earnings from two of his singles, C'mon Aussie C'mon
C'mon Aussie C'mon
"C'mon Aussie C'mon" is an Australian Cricket anthem.Originally performed by the Mojo Singers in 1978 as an advertising jingle to promote World Series Cricket's unofficial Australian cricket team, the song eulogised players such as Dennis Lillee, the Chappell brothers Ian and Greg and Rod Marsh. It...

 and Don't Give Up
Don't Give Up (Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush song)
"Don't Give Up" is song written by Peter Gabriel and recorded as a duet with Kate Bush for Gabriel's album So. The single version spent eleven weeks in the UK Top 75 chart in 1986, peaking at number nine. It describes the despair of a man who feels isolated and defeated by the economic system, and...

 (with Natalie Bassingthwaighte
Natalie Bassingthwaighte
Natalie Bassingthwaighte is an Australian actress, singer-songwriter and television personality. She began her career as an actress on the television series All Saints. She then starred in the American television movie Counterstrike...

), both of which reached number two on the Australian Singles Chart and were certified Platinum. Noll additionally makes appearances and personally fundraises for numerous charities, including donating items for charity auctions. In July 2010, a towel used at one of his concerts reached a bid of $20 at the Mackay
Mackay, Queensland
Mackay is a city on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia, about north of Brisbane, on the Pioneer River. Mackay is nicknamed the sugar capital of Australia because its region produces more than a third of Australia's cane sugar....

 District Police Charity Ball.

Drunk driving conviction


Noll was arrested for driving under the influence
Driving under the influence
Driving under the influence is the act of driving a motor vehicle with blood levels of alcohol in excess of a legal limit...

 in December 2004, after attempting to drive home from his local pub. He was disqualified from driving for nine months after pleading guilty. Regarding the incident Noll stated: "It was a stupid mistake...I'm disappointed in myself. It's a silly thing to do but, you know, you learn lessons through life". When asked what his advice would be to other drivers he said, "Don't drink and drive."

Discography



  • 2004: That's What I'm Talking About
    That's What I'm Talking About
    That's What I'm Talking About is the debut album by Australian singer Shannon Noll, released on 8 February 2004 . The album includes a longer version of his number one smash-hit, 5x Platinum debut single, "What About Me", the Bryan Adams penned Top 5 single, "Drive", as well as the number one...

  • 2005: Lift
    Lift (Shannon Noll album)
    Lift is the second album by Australian singer-songwriter Shannon Noll. It was released by Sony BMG in Australia on 16 October 2005. Noll co-wrote eleven out of the thirteen songs in the album. The album debuted at number 1 on the Australian Recording Industry Association album chart on 23 October...

  • 2007: Turn It Up
  • 2008: No Turning Back: The Story So Far
    No Turning Back: The Story So Far
    No Turning Back: The Story So Far is the first compilation album by Shannon Noll, celebrating multiple number ones taken from his three multi-platinum albums. The album contains Noll's ten biggest single releases and includes five brand new tracks...

  • 2009: What Matters the Most (UK debut album) [Hybrid Release]
  • 2011: A Million Suns

Awards and nominations


ARIA Music Awards
ARIA Music Awards
The Australian Recording Industry Association Music Awards is an annual series of awards nights celebrating the Australian music industry, put on by the Australian Recording Industry Association...

  • 2004: Nominated - Highest Selling Single - "What About Me
    What About Me (song)
    "What About Me" is a song written by Garry Frost and Frances Swan, first recorded by Australian rock band Moving Pictures from their album Days of Innocence. It was the band's first number-one single in Australia spending six consecutive weeks on the top; there, it was the second-highest selling...

    "
  • 2004: Nominated - Highest Selling Album - "That's What I'm Talking About
    That's What I'm Talking About
    That's What I'm Talking About is the debut album by Australian singer Shannon Noll, released on 8 February 2004 . The album includes a longer version of his number one smash-hit, 5x Platinum debut single, "What About Me", the Bryan Adams penned Top 5 single, "Drive", as well as the number one...

    "
  • 2006: Nominated - Highest Selling Single - "Shine
    Shine (Shannon Noll song)
    "Shine" was the first single to be released from Shannon Noll's second album, Lift.It was released in Australia on 26 September 2005, and debuted at number one on the Australian Singles Chart...

    "
  • 2006: Nominated - Best Pop Release - "Lift
    Lift (Shannon Noll album)
    Lift is the second album by Australian singer-songwriter Shannon Noll. It was released by Sony BMG in Australia on 16 October 2005. Noll co-wrote eleven out of the thirteen songs in the album. The album debuted at number 1 on the Australian Recording Industry Association album chart on 23 October...

    "


ARIA Number 1 Chart Awards
  • 2004: Won - Number 1 Album - "That's What I'm Talking About
    That's What I'm Talking About
    That's What I'm Talking About is the debut album by Australian singer Shannon Noll, released on 8 February 2004 . The album includes a longer version of his number one smash-hit, 5x Platinum debut single, "What About Me", the Bryan Adams penned Top 5 single, "Drive", as well as the number one...

    "
  • 2004: Won - Number 1 Single - "What About Me
    What About Me (song)
    "What About Me" is a song written by Garry Frost and Frances Swan, first recorded by Australian rock band Moving Pictures from their album Days of Innocence. It was the band's first number-one single in Australia spending six consecutive weeks on the top; there, it was the second-highest selling...

    "
  • 2004: Won - Number 1 Single - "Learn To Fly"
  • 2005: Won - Number 1 Album - "Lift
    Lift (Shannon Noll album)
    Lift is the second album by Australian singer-songwriter Shannon Noll. It was released by Sony BMG in Australia on 16 October 2005. Noll co-wrote eleven out of the thirteen songs in the album. The album debuted at number 1 on the Australian Recording Industry Association album chart on 23 October...

    "
  • 2005: Won - Number 1 Single - "Shine
    Shine (Shannon Noll song)
    "Shine" was the first single to be released from Shannon Noll's second album, Lift.It was released in Australia on 26 September 2005, and debuted at number one on the Australian Singles Chart...

    "


MTV Australia Awards
MTV Australia Awards
The MTV Australia Awards started in 2005 and is Australia's first awards show to celebrate both local and international acts.-History:...

  • 2005: Won - Best Male Artist
  • 2005: Nominated - Video of the Year - "Drive
    Drive (Shannon Noll song)
    "Drive" is a pop/rock song written by Phil Thornalley and Bryan Adams, and was the second single release by Australian singer-songwriter Shannon Noll. released on 19 April 2004. The single, the second to be lifted from Shannon's 2004 debut album That's What I'm Talking About was Shannon's second...

    "
  • 2006: Won - Best Male Artist
  • 2005: Nominated - People's Choice - "Shine
    Shine (Shannon Noll song)
    "Shine" was the first single to be released from Shannon Noll's second album, Lift.It was released in Australia on 26 September 2005, and debuted at number one on the Australian Singles Chart...

    "
  • 2007: Won - Best Male Artist

APRA Awards


The APRA Awards
APRA Awards
The APRA Music Awards are several award ceremonies run in Australia and New Zealand by Australasian Performing Right Association to recognise songwriting skills, sales and airplay performance by its members annually....

 are presented annually from 1982 by the Australasian Performing Right Association
Australasian Performing Right Association
The Australasian Performing Right Association is a copyright collective representing New Zealand and Australian composers, lyricists and music publishers. The association's head offices located in Sydney Australia, and it has branch offices in Auckland, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth...

 (APRA).

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| 2007
APRA Awards of 2007
The Australasian Performing Right Association Awards of 2007 are a series of awards which include the APRA Music Awards, Classical Music Awards, and Screen Music Awards. The APRA Music Awards ceremony occurred on 16 June at the Sydney Hilton, they were presented by APRA and the Australasian...

 || "Lift
Lift (Shannon Noll song)
"Lift" is the second single by Australian singer Shannon Noll from his second album of the same name. The boxing-themed video clip for this song was shot in an unused warehouse in Sydney's Marrickville by Australian director Anthony Rose, who also directed Noll's music videos for "Drive", "What...

" - Adam Reily, Bryon Jones, Shannon Noll, Andrew Roachford || Most Performed Australian Work ||
Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards
Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards
The Australian Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards is an annual awards show which awards entertainers with a blimp trophy, as voted by kids. The show is usually held during October or November and a televised show is produced, touted as the biggest party for kids on the planet.-Host Cities:* 2003 -...

  • 2004: Won - Favourite Australian
  • 2004: Won - Favourite Song - "Drive
    Drive (Shannon Noll song)
    "Drive" is a pop/rock song written by Phil Thornalley and Bryan Adams, and was the second single release by Australian singer-songwriter Shannon Noll. released on 19 April 2004. The single, the second to be lifted from Shannon's 2004 debut album That's What I'm Talking About was Shannon's second...

    "
  • 2007: Won - Best Male Artist

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