One of the greatest Aussie Pop Divas of all times is Delta Goodrem, who also launched her singing career on an Australian soap opera.
Goodrem joined the TV soap opera Neighbours in 2002 when she was 18 years old. It was on the show, where she played Nina Tucker, that Goodrem premiered her single Born to Try off her debut album Innocent Eyes, which became one of the highest-selling albums in Australian history with more than a million copies sold. More than four million copies were sold internationally.
The album, which she co-wrote, was a phenomenal success and featured an unprecedented five consecutive No. 1 hits – Born to Try (which premiered on Neighbours), Lost Without You, Innocent Eyes, Not Me, Not I and Predictable. It debuted at No.1 on the ARIA Album Charts and stayed there for 25 consecutive weeks.
She also won a staggering seven ARIA awards in 2003 including Best New Artist Album, Best New Artist Single, Best Pop Release, Single of the Year (Born to Try), Highest Selling Album and Highest Selling Single.
Her next two albums – Mistaken Identity (made during her battle with Hodgkins Lymphoma) in 2004 and Delta in 2007 – also debuted at No.1 on the ARIA Album Charts, solidifying her status as one of the county’s most successful Aussie Pop Divas. In 2012 she released her fourth album, Child of the Universe, which debuted at No. 2 on the ARIA Charts and spent 10 weeks in the top 50. Music executive Glenn Wheatley first heard Goodrem’s voice on a Sydney Swans theme song she wrote when she was 12. When she was 14, he signed her to his management company Talentworks and introduced her to Sony executives. Goodrem released her first single I Don’t Care, written for her by songwriters commissioned by Sony, in 2001. The song peaked at No.64 on the ARIA Single Charts. After the disappointing debut Sony agreed to let Goodrem write and co-write her own songs.
It was thanks to the exposure of her role in Neighbours, in which she won a Logie for the Most Popular New Talent at the 2003 Awards, that her musical career really kicked off.
She has graced the cover of almost every major magazine in Australia and has performed on major Australian and popular overseas TV shows including David Letterman and Ellen Degeneres Show. She also had a staring role in the movie Hating Alison Ashley in 2005. In 2012 and 2013 she was back on Australian TV on a regular basis as a coach and mentor on Australia’s The Voice.
Goodrem’s status as one of the top Aussie Pop Divas was solidified when she was honoured with a wax figure at Madame Tussauds, which opened in April 2012 in Sydney.
In 2013 she released her latest single, Heart Hypnotic, a song she co-wrote with Ryan Tedder of One Republic.
After finishing the second season of The Voice in 2013, Goodrem began work on her next album.