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Delta Lea Goodrem (born 9 November 1984) is an Australian singer-songwriter, pianist and television actress. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she enrolled in dancing, acting, singing and piano classes at a young age. She began her career as a child actress, starring in various television shows and rose to prominence in 2002 in the Australian soap opera Neighbours as Nina Tucker.
Venturing into the music industry, Goodrem recorded an album entitled Delta through an independent label, which was never released due to legal reasons. Subsequently signing to Sony at the age of 15, she released her multi-platinum album Innocent Eyes which topped the Australian albums chart and UK Albums Chart. It became one of the highest selling albums in Australian history, with 4.5 million copies sold worldwide and all five of its singles— "Born to Try", "Lost Without You", "Innocent Eyes", "Not Me, Not I", and "Predictable"—reaching number one in Australia and three of them reaching the top ten in the UK. This gave her the record for becoming the first ever artist to have five Number 1 singles from a debut album.
Each of her subsequent albums followed with similar commercial success. Her second studio album, Mistaken Identity, was created during her battle with cancer (and several of its themes reflect this) and became her second consequent Number 1 album. In 2007, she released Delta, her third Number 1 album. Goodrem has continued to have a string of top-ten hits, including "Out of the Blue", "Mistaken Identity", "Together We Are One", "In This Life", "Believe Again", "Sitting on Top of the World" and "Wish You Were Here". Goodrem has achieved eight Number 1 singles and three Number 1 albums in her home country. As of the late 2000s or early 2010s, she holds the Australian record for the highest-selling album of the last decade and the most Number 1 singles from a debut album. As of 2012, she is a coach on The Voice Australia.
1984–2001: Early life, education, and discovery
Delta Lea Goodrem was born on 9 November 1984 to parents Denis and Lea Goodrem, who are now divorced. She has a younger brother, Trent, who is an Australian rules football player with the Central District Football Club in the SANFL.
Her parents named her Delta after Joe Cocker's song "Delta Lady". At the age of seven, she appeared in an American advert for the Galoob toy company, starring alongside fellow Australian Bec Cartwright, and began playing piano at the same age while taking up singing, dancing and acting lessons. She appeared in numerous commercials for companies such as Optus and Nesquik, and had several minor roles in episodes of successful Australian television shows including Hey Dad...!, A Country Practice, and Police Rescue.
While residing at Glenhaven, a suburb of Sydney, Goodrem attended the Hills Grammar School in neighbouring Kenthurst, from kindergarten till Year 10. She is known to return to her alma mater for visits.
At the age of thirteen, Goodrem recorded a five-song demo CD, financed through her television work. It was sent to the Sydney Swans Football Club (of which Goodrem is a supporter) and they passed it onto Glenn Wheatley, the manager behind successful Australian artists, Little River Band and John Farnham. Interested in Goodrem's potential as a recording artist, Wheatley signed Goodrem an artist development deal with independent label, Empire Records. Between June 1999 to September 2000, she worked with producers Paul Higgins and Trevor Carter on thirteen tracks for an album called Delta, which saw "an ambitious 15-year-old keen to emulate the pop sound of the Spice Girls, Britney Spears and Mandy Moore." The album has yet to surface, Goodrem preventing its release years later via civil action in 2004.
2001–03: Career launch, Neighbours, and Innocent Eyes
Goodrem's debut single was a pop-dance song which failed to make an impact on the charts.
At the age of 15 Goodrem signed a record deal with Sony and began work on an album of pop-dance songs including the unsuccessful debut single "I Don't Care", which peaked at number sixty-four on the ARIA singles chart in November 2001. The album and proposed second single "A Year Ago Today" were pushed aside as a result, allowing Goodrem and Sony to re-evaluate her future musical direction. In 2002 Goodrem took up the role as shy school girl and aspiring singer Nina Tucker in the popular soap Neighbours, which helped re-launch Goodrem's music career. The piano-based ballad "Born to Try" co-written by Audius Mtawarira premiered on the show and became her first ARIA number one and UK Top 3. Goodrem's role on the show scored her a Logie for "Most Popular New Talent" at the 2003 Logie Awards and two other nominations at the 2004 Logie Awards (including a Gold Logie nomination).
In January 2003 "Lost Without You" again topped the ARIA singles chart and reached number four in the UK, increasing Goodrem's popularity. Her largely self-penned debut album Innocent Eyes was released in March and debuted at number-one on the ARIA album charts, breaking Australian records previously held by John Farnham's Whispering Jack (1986) by staying at number-one for 25 consecutive weeks, while tying with Neil Diamond's Hot August Night (1972) as the second longest charting number-one album with a total of 29 weeks at top spot. It was the highest selling album in Australia of 2003 and sold over a million copies in Australia alone, 4.5 million worldwide. The album also charted highly in the UK, peaking at No. 2. "Not Me, Not I", released following the announcement Goodrem had been diagnosed with cancer, became her fourth consecutive ARIA number-one single, overtaking the previous effort of three number-one's from Kylie Minogue's debut Kylie album. Goodrem ceased work on Neighbours and her music to begin treatment and in early August, announced she would not renew her contract with Glenn Wheatley, with her mother, Lea Goodrem, replacing him as her manager. Later that month, Goodrem won seven ARIA Awards, including "Best Female Artist", surpassing Natalie Imbruglia's previous record of six awards in 1999. Too unwell to perform at the ceremony, singer Darren Hayes performed a rendition of "Lost Without You" as a tribute, bringing an overwhelmed Goodrem to tears. Her first full-length DVD Delta became the highest selling music DVD by an Australian artist in Australia ever, with a certification of 12x platinum, while Australian-only release "Predictable" became her fifth consecutive number one ARIA single in December. Goodrem made a recording that she didn't want to be released publicly and had to battle with her old record company to prevent them from releasing it.
2003–06: Cancer diagnosis, Mistaken Identity, and The Visualise Tour
On 8 July 2003, at the age of 18, Delta was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. She was forced to put all working commitments on hold while undertaking treatment for the disease. In an exclusive interview with the Australian Women's Weekly, Goodrem revealed that, since 2002, she has suffered from a head-to-toe rash, fatigue, weight loss, night sweats, and a lump on her neck. "I was doing sit-ups when I felt something pop in my neck. I reached down and I felt a small lump at the base of my throat. It wasn't sore, it wasn't visible, but I could feel it." As part of her treatment, Goodrem undertook chemotherapy, which resulted in the loss of her hair, and radiation therapy. The news of her diagnosis made newspaper and television headlines and an outpouring of support was shown by fans and the general public alike, Goodrem thanking them during The Visualise Tour for all the letters and well wishes she received. Much of Goodrem's 2004 album Mistaken Identity, in particular "Extraordinary Day", is inspired by her battle. Reflecting on that period of her life, Goodrem says,
“It's weird to see pictures of that time. In some ways the fact that I was so sick was so out there, and yet I kept it really private. No-one saw me on the days I was really sick...I was 18 when I was diagnosed and I had a number one album and single in the country. And in the UK, I was number two. It was such a bipolar year.”
Shortly after the diagnosis, she received several ARIA nominations.
After announcing in late December 2003 that she was in remission, Goodrem began work on her second album. In September 2004 she became the face of soft drink giant Pepsi in Australia, appearing on the product, billboards, TV advertisements and performing an exclusive show for competition winners. In October, first single "Out of the Blue", co-written and produced by Guy Chambers, debuted at number one in Australia and number nine in the UK. October saw Goodrem launch her own lingerie line titled "Delta by Annabella".
Goodrem's second album Mistaken Identity, notable for its darker themes inspired by the hardships of her previous twelve months, was released in early November and debuted at number-one in Australia, Top 10 in New Zealand, but peaked at a disappointing number twenty-five in the UK. "Almost Here", a duet with Irish singer Brian McFadden, reached number three in the UK, became her seventh ARIA number one, and her first number one in Ireland. Singles released only in Australia – "Mistaken Identity", "A Little Too Late" and "Be Strong" – were moderately successful.
"Out of the Blue" (2004)
This big ballad was co-written and produced by Guy Chambers.
"Mistaken Identity" (2005)
"Together We Are One" (2006)
In March 2005, she starred in her first film role of Hating Alison Ashley, a film based on the popular children's novel, with Goodrem acting the title character. The film performed poorly at the box office and was not a critical success, some critics citing Goodrem's performance as too robotic and detached. April saw Goodrem relocate to New York to launch her career in the United States with a re-worked version of "Lost Without You". She appeared in the last two episodes of short-lived American series North Shore in a bid to gain greater exposure around the US. "Lost Without You" proved to be modestly successful, peaking at number eighteen on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, but Goodrem was reportedly dissatisfied with its performance. Plans to release a hybrid of her first two albums were later terminated and Goodrem put America on hold. In July Goodrem embarked on her first headline concert tour of Australia, The Visualise Tour. Ticket prices (ninety-nine Australian dollars each) came under criticism for being higher than most international acts touring Australia at the time and this initially led to slow sales. By the time the concerts were due to take place, many venues sold out after tickets were reduced to $60. Once the tour concluded, over 80,000 tickets had been bought in total making The Visualise Tour one of Australia's highest selling local tours. The Visualise Tour: Live in Concert was released in November and became Goodrem's second No. 1 DVD.
On 15 March 2006, Goodrem performed a new song, "Together We Are One", at the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony in front of 80,000 spectators and up to 1.5 billion television viewers worldwide. The song, written specifically for the event with Chambers and McFadden, was released in Australia, peaking at number two, and was performed by the Top 5 contestants on American Idol. In June, Goodrem signed to Modest! Entertainment for her worldwide management. October saw Goodrem promoting in Japan with the release of an updated version of Innocent Eyes and the Japan-only single "Flawed", which reached number one on the Japanese download chart. The album peaked at number eight on the Japanese international chart (excluding Japanese artists) and number nineteen on the official Japanese album chart (including Japanese artists). In November, Goodrem appeared with Westlife on UK talent series The X Factor to perform a duet titled "All Out of Love", which appeared on the boyband's ninth LP, The Love Album. She was in Melbourne on Christmas Eve to headline the annual Carols by Candlelight.
2007–2010: Delta, and Believe Again Tour
On 10 August 2007, Goodrem was in Los Angeles to film the music video for "In This Life", the first single, which is also the opening theme for the anime Deltora Quest, based on the novels by fellow Australian Emily Rodda. The video premiered on 31 August on Sunrise. "In This Life" was released as the first single from her new album on 15 September. It debuted at number one on the Australian Singles Chart, becoming Goodrem's eighth number one single in Australia.
"In This Life" (2007)
Her latest album, the eponymous Delta, was released in Australia on 20 October 2007. Goodrem has described the material as "...a lot lighter" compared to her previous album Mistaken Identity. In January she stated, "As people become more aware of your life, they can pinpoint what songs are about. On this album, I've tried to remove a lot of that and just write great pop songs, songs that are from my heart but there's no baggage with them". The album debuted on number one on the ARIA albums chart, marking her third number one album in her home country, and received platinum certification for shipments of 70,000 records, though sales were much lower; only 23,000 copies were sold during the first week. In December the album received a 2x platinum award for shipments of 140,000 copies.
The second single off the album was "Believe Again", released in December. The song debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the Australian Singles Chart. The third single, "You Will Only Break My Heart", was released on 29 March 2008 and peaked at No. 14. The fourth single to be lifted from the album was "I Can't Break It to My Heart", which debuted and peaked at No. 13. Following the release of the lead single, Goodrem currently holds the record for most No. 1 singles on the ARIA charts by an any artist, with a total of 8. According to Goodrem, she is going to explore new places around the world in 2008, including Brazil. In January 2009 Goodrem embarked on her Believe Again Tour tour of Australia. She also recorded a duet, "Gotta Be Right Here With You", with Olivia Newton-John to help raise money for Newton-John's cancer hospital in Melbourne. In July 2008, it was announced that Goodrem would embark on a national tour of Australia, titled the Believe Again Tour. She originally announced nine dates in seven cities, but later announced more shows, performing 14 in eight cities. The tour ran from 9 January to 4 February 2009. Goodrem was nominated for two awards at the 2008 ARIA Awards – Highest Selling Single and Highest Selling Album – and won the award for Highest Selling Album of 2008. At the 2008 World Music Awards, held on 9 November in Monaco, Goodrem received her third World Music Award for World's Best Selling Australian Artist.
A concert DVD of Goodrem's Believe Again Tour was released on 18 September 2009.
The Australian launch of Michael Jackson's This Is It DVD, March 2010: Goodrem and Guy Sebastian were chosen by the Jackson estate to perform at the Australian launch of This Is It. The invitation only event was attended by the film's director Kenny Ortega, Michael's choreographer Travis Payne, and Michael's brother Jackie Jackson. Goodrem and Sebastian performed "Earth Song".
2011–present: The Voice Australia, Child of the Universe, and Christmas EP
Goodrem's fourth studio album, Child of the Universe, had been in the process of recording since early 2008, with Goodrem stating that it will be more "stripped back": "I've done a 360 back to where I started, but hopefully it's more evolved. I feel I've stepped up my game. I'm experimenting with different chord changes and different areas of music. I feel I can do anything on this album, I'm relishing that. I feel like the sky's the limit but at the same time it's very raw."
On 23 November 2011, Goodrem was confirmed to be a part of the judging panel of the Australian version of The Voice which aired in early 2012, coaching alongside Keith Urban, Joel Madden, and Seal. Some of Goodrem's decisions on the show sparked criticism, with comments she was "all style" and "little substance". Rachael Leahcar was Goodrem's contestant in the final 4. This was after Goodrem chose Leachar over Glenn Cunningham, who was Goodrem's back up singer on her Believe Again Tour in 2009. Leachar ended up finishing third on the show. Later in the year she was the opening act for Goodrem on her tour, An Evening with Delta: The Top of My World Shows. This was a tour to launch Child of the Universe. Goodrem's criticism on the show inspired the song Knocked Out on Child of the Universe.
An announcement was made on 19 March 2012, stating that there is now a countdown on her official website to 30 March, with the promise of "something new, something fresh, something altogether exciting" on that day. On that day, it was then announced that Goodrem would be releasing her new single, "Sitting on Top of the World". Sitting on Top of the World debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the Aria Charts and was certified 2x platinum. It also reached No. 23 in New Zealand.
Goodrem released the album's second single, Dancing with a Broken Heart on 10 August 2012. "Dancing with a Broken Heart" received mass radio promotion from Goodrem, who went on a national radio tour for the single. Goodrem also performed the song live on the Today show. Goodrem did two in-store performances for the song in Adelaide and Perth, with more than 3,000 people turning up to each show. Despite this, the song peaked at No. 15 on the Aria Charts, and is Goodrem's second lowest charting single to date.
On 1 August 2012, Goodrem announced the title of her fourth album, Child of the Universe, due for release on 26 October 2012. She will also support the album's release with a series of stripped back concert performances entitled "An Evening With Delta: The Top Of My World Shows", starting in Brisbane on 27 October then two Sydney shows on 31 October 2012 and 2 November 2012. Finishing with Melbourne on 7 November 2012 and 8 November 2012 then a concert tour following in 2013.
The third single, entitled Wish You Were Here, was released on 12 October 2012. Goodrem had been performing "Wish You Were Here" for a few months before she released the single at in-stores for Dancing with a Broken Heart and other intimate gigs. Goodrem supported the song with performances on shows like the Today show, A Current Affair, Mornings and a Guerilla Gig. "Wish You Were Here" debuted at No. 7 on the Aria Charts and later peaked at No. 5, being certified Gold in its third week.
Goodrem is featured on the album "Spirit of Christmas 2012", singing "Blue Christmas". In November she also recorded a Christmas EP titled Christmas. It was released on 14 December 2012.
On 1 February 2013, it was confirmed that Goodrem had signed with high profile US manager Irving Azoff. After the signing it was stated that Goodrem will release Child of the Universe overseas after the second season of The Voice Australia. She then went on to do the Mardi Gras in Sydney. This was a late night performance, in Mardigrasland, which was well appreciated. Delta is working on The Voice Australia Season 2, with Ricky Martin, Joel Madden and Seal.
In 2004, Goodrem began a nine-month relationship with Australian tennis player Mark Philippoussis. Her "comeback" single "Out of the Blue" was written about his support during her cancer battle. The couple's relationship ended in controversy when newspapers reported Philippoussis had been unfaithful. Later that year, Goodrem began dating former Westlife singer Brian McFadden with whom she collaborated on the duet "Almost Here". On 29 November 2007, Goodrem and McFadden announced they were engaged. In his book, McFadden wrote that he proposed to her on a trip to Bali.
On 1 April 2011, it was announced that McFadden and Goodrem had broken up, and that their engagement had been called off. The couple released a joint statement stating that they wished each other every success and happiness in the future. Goodrem dated singer Nick Jonas from May 2011 to February 2012.
Legacy and artistry
Her repertoire falls under the pop and adult contemporary styles, and heavily features the piano, which she usually plays barefoot while performing live. Goodrem is also known for her technically skilled soprano voice, which in a review of Delta was described as crystalline, fierce and illuminating in quality.
Goodrem was honoured with a wax figure at Madame Tussauds in Sydney's Darling Harbour, which opened in April 2012. The singer donated a dress that she previously wore on stage to the attraction.
As of the late 2000s or early 2010s, Goodrem has achieved eight No. 1 Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) singles and multiple UK Top 10 singles. Her debut album, 2003's Innocent Eyes, made her one of Australia's highest-selling female recording artists, spending 29 weeks at No. 1, selling over 1.2 million copies in Australia and another 4.5 million internationally, debuting at number 2 in the UK and breaking various records in the process.
In 2004, Goodrem released Mistaken Identity, her second studio album which entered the ARIA charts at No. 1 spawning two No. 1 singles and quickly gained multi-platinum status. In 2005, Goodrem embarked on The Visualise Tour, her debut concert tour of Australia, combining songs from both Innocent Eyes and Mistaken Identity.
Goodrem released her third studio album, self-titled Delta, on 20 October 2007 to yet another number-one debut, gaining multi-platinum status within the first few months of release. Goodrem also shifted attention to different markets, releasing the album in the Far East and the USA. In January 2009, Goodrem embarked on the Believe Again Tour of Australia to support her third studio album. She has sold approximately 6.7 million albums, and 8 million combined albums and singles worldwide.
In May 2005, Goodrem helped launch "Teen Info on Cancer", a UK website aimed at supporting young teenage sufferers. In November 2005, Goodrem became an ambassador for Research Australia's "Thank You Day", which honours the country's health and medical researchers and received a Thank You Day Celebrity Advocacy Award "in recognition of her efforts in raising funds and awareness for Australian medical research and charities." Goodrem is set to be the face of Alternative Hair, the UK hairdressing industry's top fundraising event, in aid of cancer charity Leukaemia Research. Goodrem is also member of RADD (Recording Artists, Actors And Athletes Against Drink Driving), a group of celebrities raising awareness of the risks of drunk driving.