What inspires you when writing new songs?
It happens differently every time. Sometimes you see a situation between two people or hear about a situation somebody is in and you get an idea and you build that idea into a storyline. It can be one of many things, just watching someone or something you have actually lived through yourself.
What has been your career highlight so far?
Probably taking consecutive top 10's for me. I wasn't counting too much and somebody told me and it blew me away! They were the first top ten singles I released.
What is your favourite song and why?
That's a hard one; I love them all in different ways. I love 'Now I Run' - there is such a personal connection with that song because it is about my dad.
I also love 'Lift' because of the difference that people have told me it has made to them and the situation that they are going through, and the same with 'Shine'. To pick one out of them would be really difficult because there are a few that spring to mind.
'Drive' is a fun one too, it's so much a part of people's lives in the bush because their car is their life.
My favourite song of somebody else's:
I always have a soft spot for 'Sweet Child O' Mine' by Guns n Roses because to me it has such a great guitar hook and a brilliant vocal and lyrical hook; it has the essence of a terrific song.
Please tell us about your family
I have three kids, two boys and a girl. They are very sporty, just as my wife and I were when growing up - my wife was a gymnast and I played cricket, tennis, golf and footy every chance I got my kids they love the same stuff. They also have interests in music and drama as well so they get right into anything they possibly can at the moment - definitely all rounders.
I have two brothers - they actually had an album out in the country charts that went brilliantly a couple of years ago - The Noll Brothers - it was called 'A Country Heart' and it is a really good album. I wrote a couple of songs and I also sang on the album title song.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I'm an outdoors person, we have motorbikes and horses and that sort of stuff across ten acres just outside of Melbourne. We muck around in the veggie patch or down in the back paddock or go out bush camping. I like to get outside whenever I can. Kids learn a great amount of life skills by being able to do that sort of thing.
Where is your favourite holiday destination and why?
My wife and I went to El Questro Wilderness Park in The Kimberleys for our honeymoon and I adored it and had a great time. So that would probably be my choice I reckon.
What was your favourite subject at school?
I probably liked drama the most just because it was a great way to express myself and I liked plays and acting - I did a lot of that after school as well and that's how it started - I did drama at school then I went into a little production company in my hometown and we did some small productions.
If you weren't a musician, what would you like to be?
I'd love to try acting. It would be something I'd like to test the waters in - I think it would be a lot of fun.
I did a lot of shearing as a young bloke too. It's a really hard profession but you see a lot of the countryside and meet some True Blue Aussie people, but that would have been fun for about a day I think - you learn about hard work for sure!
If you could sing a duet with anyone of your choice, who would it be?
I would love to sing a duet with P!nk if I had the chance, I think we have very similar vocal ranges and vocal sounds that would complement each other. Elvis would be great too!
What can we expect from you in the future?
I'm writing a new album at the moment - I've been writing with Jon Hume from Evermore and Ilan Kidron from The Potbelleez trying to get as much material as we can together. I'd love to have a single out by the end of the year or early next year. But we will definitely have an album out next year and a tour to follow.
Tell us about your life on the road
My routine goes in cycles - you have some quiet time when you are writing and suddenly it takes off and you are on tour and the promo trail - there's never a boring moment.
I don't get to take my family on tour with me - they have school and so many activities they do on the weekend it doesn't really work. I try and get home on my days off so I'm getting home once or twice a week.
What are your top tips for someone seeking a career in the entertainment industry?
- Learn your craft as best you can
- Do as many live gigs as you can to get a handle on live performances
- Get used to performing in front of people
- Write as many songs as you can
About Shannon Noll
Shannon Noll has a knack for striking a chord with his legions of music fans, tapping into pure emotion that's both his own and instantly relatable.
His fourth album, A Million Suns stays faithful to his classic rock roots while ramping up the pace like never before.
Shannon reached No.3 in the ARIA album chart with Turn It Up, and despite having clocked up 10 consecutive top 10 ARIA chart singles, the country boy from Condobolin, NSW remains unaffected by success and committed to his hard-working rock ethic.
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Get Ahead Kids® Nov/Dec 2013