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Shannon Noll signs to BMG Australia

Amidst overwhelming demand and widespread anticipation, BMG Australia are proud to announce that Shannon Noll has signed a recording agreement which will see his debut single and album released in the new year.

Rocketed to fame by the record breaking series, Australian Idol runner up Shannon Noll instantly endeared himself to the nation as the quintessential Aussie farmer from rural NSW with an exceptional voice and performance style. After involvement in the No. 1 platinum single ‘Rise Up’ and the platinum ‘Final 12’ album (still sitting at No. 4 on the Australian ARIA charts) Shannon and BMG Australia are both very excited to continue working together to launch Shannon’s own solo career.

Ed St John, Managing Director, BMG Australia comments “Shannon Noll is a fantastic singer and one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. But more than that, I think he embodies a sense of Australian-ness that you simply don’t see very often. He’s as Australian as Paul Hogan, or Steve Irwin, or Bryan Brown. He’s real, he’s honest, he has integrity and he has strength. I know that Australia believes in Shannon and I am convinced that they will embrace him as a recording artist.”

Shannon Noll is equally thrilled about this next step in his career: “I’m so thankful to the Australian public for their ongoing support that has taken me this far, and now to score a record deal is just amazing. I really look forward to working with BMG and making an album that Australia can be proud of.”

A studio recorded version of ‘WHAT ABOUT ME’, the song which became Shannon’s trademark from the series, will be his first single as a solo recording artist. Originally recorded by Moving Pictures, Shannon’s emotive rendition was considered a stand out performance from the series.

‘WHAT ABOUT ME’ will be delivered to Australian radio on Monday December 15, with a commercial release scheduled for Australia Day, January 26, 2004. Australia Day will also see Shannon join the rest of the Australian Idol Final 12 in kicking off the national Australian Idol tour in Sydney, to be followed by Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne shows.

Shannon will begin work on his debut album in the coming weeks, due for release early 2004.