There was a time not long ago when Shannon Noll couldn’t help but think “what about me?”
Having enjoyed the giddy heights of top 10 singles and album sales in excess of 1 million, the 2003 Australian Idol runner-up was very much in the music industry wilderness. Playing pubs and clubs, he was trolled relentlessly and the creative juices had all but dried up.
Then, without warning, Noll was in the news again. A Facebook page claiming Noll had been “robbed” by 2003 Idol winner Guy Sebastian gained traction and a petition for Noll to be included on the 2016 Groovin The Moo line-up started. Thousands joined the cause.
It was the second coming of the man fondly known as Nollsy.
Tongue in cheek or not, the resulting publicity was priceless – and timely – and propelled Noll back into the public eye. Some of it was mean-spirited, yes, but every last comment and meme helped him. Now, he is back on the rise with new music released into the world.
“I’m pumped and excited to get out there and do it now, especially with the new music coming out,” he said.
It has been a while, not that you would have known it if you watched him perform on The Red Hot Summer Tour.
“That tour was a ripper. Being on the road with those guys was a lot of fun,” he said.
A little-known fact about Noll is that he co-writes most of this songs.
“I’ve written with some amazing writers around the world and I always look out for any tricks of the trade. It helps you get better at doing it yourself.”
Noll isn’t exaggerating when he says he has worked with some big names: Bryan Adams, Peter Gabriel and even Richie Sambora. But new single Southern Sky is distinctly Noll.
“The song is about not leaving Australia, really. It’s all about celebrating everything that we have here in this country and what we should be so thankful for because it’s such a great place.
“My personal opinion is that I don’t mind going somewhere else in the world to perform but I’m not going to pack up and move there.”
He is performing at Fleurieu Function Centre on Sunday, May 21. Tickets are $40, available from www.fleurieus.com