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One of Australia's brightest musical discoveries of the new millennium, Katie Noonan returns to the spotlight with an original album, a fresh sound, and a new band, the Captains.
A five-time platinum recording artist, Katie is in fine voice on Emperor's Box, a dynamic piece comprising 13 personal, emotive works. Co-produced by Katie and Grammy Award-winning rock specialist Nick Didia (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Stone Temple Pilots, Powderfinger), Emperor's Box marks a return to some familiar territory for Katie.
Emperor's Box is the sound of a confident, accomplished artist. It's a lush and at times muscular affair, captured in the studio by a tight unit clearly at the peak of form. And of course, Katie's vocals shine. "It's the best thing I've ever done," Katie says. "Music is about freedom for me, I've always followed my muse and been very lucky to be able go on and make different records. This is definitely the album I'm most proud of."
Emperor's Box is Katie's second release for Sony Music, and is the follow-up to the Brisbane-based artist's Blackbird, her well-received jazz and 2009 Aria-winning project issued in 2008. This time round, Katie has penned all the songs. As has been the case throughout much of her stellar career, the songstress has teamed with some of the best in the business. The likes of Split Enz great Tim Finn, rising star Sia Furler, Cold Chisel icon Don Walker, pop troubador Josh Pyke and acclaimed Australian writer/poet Tom Shapcott are some of the big names who share writing credits on the new effort.