With a passion for music and performing way beyond her years, Delta Goodrem made her onscreen debut in a TV commercial aged seven and by the following year was playing the piano and writing songs as well as taking acting, dancing and singing lessons. During this time she also acted in minor one-off roles in a number of popular television soap operas and sitcoms. Barely in her teens she recorded a demo which found its way into the hands of Glenn Wheatley, the manager of popular Australian acts rock John Farnham and the Little River Band. With his professional help she started writing and recording with other musicians and songwriters. Despite being signed to the independent Empire Records Goodrem was unhappy with the recordings and chose to sign to Sony Records instead and in 2001 released her debut single 'I Don't Care'. Although the single failed to break into the Top 40 she was undeterred but before releasing any more records she accepted a regular cast role in the immensely popular daytime soap Neighbours with the writers creating her character Nina Tucker as an aspiring singer. Her next release, her own piano based composition 'Born To Try' was written into and showcased on the show and went on to top the Australian charts with triple platinum sales in November 2002 and peaked at No 3 in the UK the following year.
With her popularity approaching that of Kylie Minogue during her time on Neighbours, Goodrem's career was on a roll and subsequent singles 'Lost Without You' and 'Innocent Eyes' topped the Australian charts and peaked inside the UK Top 10. Her debut album Innocent Eyes was phenomenally successful domestically, it entered the charts at No 1, was certified fifteen times platinum and became the equal sixth highest selling album in Australian music history. The record's success was not just confined to her homeland either, it peaked at No 2 in the UK, No 3 in Ireland, No 6 in New Zealand and racked-up worldwide sales in excess of four and a half million copies. With a number one album, three number one singles and a role in one of the most successful TV shows to her name the future couldn't have looked more positive but in July of 2003 she was diagnosed as suffering from Hodgkin's Lymphoma and had to put everything on hold while she received treatment for her cancer. While undergoing both chemotherapy and radiotherapy Goodrem's label Epic Records released 'Not Me. Not I' the fourth single to be taken from her album which became another Australian chart-topper although it was less successful in other territories. Despite her condition occupying her attention her career carried on apace in her absence, her mother Lea replaced Wheatley as her manager, the Australia only release 'Predictable' became her fifth consecutive number one while at that years ARIA Awards former Savage Garden singer Darren Hayes performed 'Lost Without You' to an emotional Goodrem and she went on to pick up no fewer than seven awards.
2004 found her in remission and prior to the release of her album Mistaken Identity she signed an endorsement deal with Pepsi, launched her own range of lingerie and issued the single 'Out Of The Blue' which she co-wrote with songwriter/producer Guy Chambers (most notable for his work with Robbie Williams.) Both single and album debuted at the top of the Australian charts and enjoyed modest success around the world including the UK where they reached No 9 and No 25 respectively. The Australia only release 'Mistaken Identity' became her first single since her 2001 debut not to reach number one in her homeland although it debuted at No 7 in the charts and was generally recognised as one of her most mature vocal performances and lyrically reflected on the changes brought about by her recent health battle. At the beginning of 2005 Goodrem found herself back at the top of the charts at home and in Ireland with 'Almost Here' a duet with former Westlife singer Brian McFadden and while the subsequent 'A Little Too Late' peaked at No 13 it was preceded by her debut starring role in the disappointing comedy movie Hating Alison Ashley. The distractions of music, acting and her cancer treatment had resulted in Goodrem, having been one of her country's biggest stars for several years, unable to undertake a headline tour. In July 2005 she performed ten sold-out concerts throughout Australia. Her performance at the opening ceremony of the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne featured the debut of 'Together We Are One', a new song co-written with Guy Chambers and Brian McFadden, which, when released as a single a few weeks later peaked at No 2.
Her third album Delta was released in October 2007 and was heralded by the single 'In This Life' which became her eighth number one on the Australian charts and set the record as the most ever by any artist in Australia. The follow-up 'Believe Again' debuted at No 2 and the subsequent two singles were modest hits (both comfortably peaking inside the Top 20) while the album topped the charts and was certified as yet another multi-platinum seller. Much of the next couple of years saw her spending time as a judge on the first two seasons of the TV talent show The Voice Australia, touring and finally releasing her album Child Of The Universe in October 2012.
An immensely talented singer and musician, Goodrem has written or co-written all but six of the tracks on her albums and her songwriting has developed considerably since her 2003 debut. The tabloids followed her private life with as much fascination as her career and her support for teenage cancer charities and her successive relationships with tennis player Mark Philippoussis, singer Bryan McFadden and Nick Jonas provided much tabloid fodder. Delta Goodrem remains one of Australia's most successful artists of the twenty-first century and has been recognised with a plethora of industry awards.
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