Boxing Clever

Published in Billboard Magazine

In musical terms, Katie Noonan is a great explorer—since her 1998 recording debut in alt-rock band George, the Australian singer’s career has expanded to take in jazz and classical music. But the latest stage in her voyage of discovery finds her back on rockier shores with new album “Emperor’s Box,” backed by her new three-piece band, the Captains.

Co-produced by Noonan with Grammy Award winner Nick Didia, the album is due April 9 in Australia on Sony Music. It’s her second album for the major following her 2008 covers set, “Blackbird.” This time, Noonan, who’s published by Mushroom Music Publishing, has penned all the tracks with a little help from some famous friends, including Split Enz mainstay Tim Finn, pop singer Sia Furler and Don Walker from veteran Aussie rock act Cold Chisel.

Noonan’s first album, George’s “Polyserena,” was an Australian No. 1 in 2002; but with “Emperor’s Box,” she’s targeting a wider audience. “I feel we’ve made a record which has international legs,” she says. “It’s the best thing I’ve ever done.”

An international strategy is now being drawn up, she adds. Meanwhile, Noonan and the Captains are touring domestically through March 27 in support of lead domestic single “Page One,” which dropped Feb. 19. The singer is booked in Australia by the Harbour Agency.