Delta Lea Goodrem was born in Australia on 9 November 1984. She started playing piano from the age of seven, while also taking up dancing, singing and acting lessons. She appeared in adverts for companies like Optus and Nesquik, as well as appearing in minor roles of Australian TV shows.
At the age of thirteen she recorded a five song demo CD, causing her to be signed to independent label Empire Records. An album was eventually recorded, but in the end its release was blocked by Delta’s parents.
Delta subsequently signed to Sony Records and released her debut album ‘Innocent Eyes’ in 2003. It was a largely self-penned record that reached the top of the albums chart in Australia, selling 1.2 million copies and 4 million copies worldwide. The success of the album was overshadowed by a personal drama: in July 2003 she was diagnosed with a form of cancer. By the end of the year, she was in remission.
In 2004 her second album was recorded and released: ‘Mistaken Identity’ also peaked at the top of the albums chart in Australia. Her next album would take three years to complete, but ‘Delta’ (2007) also went to number 1 in Australia. While her success abroad was diminishing, her Australian fanbase remained as strong as ever, with the albums ‘Child Of The Universe’ (2012) and ‘Wings Of The Wild’ (2016) both certified gold.
In 2011 Goodrem joined the judging and coaches panel of the Australian version of ‘The Voice’, the famous TV talent show. She remained with the show until now, with only a brief sojourn during season three in 2014. In July 2020, she sang a version of Running Up That Hill together with contestant Stellar Perry.
- Delta Goodrem. Wikipedia, retrieved 17 August 2020.