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Biography for Delta GoodremDelta Lea Goodrem (born 9 Nov. 1984 (33 years ago)) is an Australian singer-songwriter, pianist, and actress. Signed to Sony at the age of 15, Goodrem rose to prominence in 2002 (15 years ago), starring in the popular Australian soap Neighbours as Nina Tucker, and this assisted her in establishing an international music career. Her repertoir falls under the pop and adult contemporary styles, and heavily features the piano, which she usually plays barefoot while performing live. Her music is usually heavily influenced by classical or Adult Contemporary music. She is currently the face of Sunsilk and So Good, and has recorded a commercial for Wii Sports, Nintendo DS and Proactive.
Early yearsDelta Lea Goodrem was born on 9 Nov. 1984 (33 years ago) on the outskirts of Sydney, New South Wales to parents Denis and Lea Goodrem. Her parents named her Delta after the Joe Cocker song, "Delta Lady". Goodrem, who showed a strong interest in music and performing from a very young age, attended The Hills Grammar School, though due to its curriculum placing strong emphasis on sport (Goodrem taking part in netball, running and swimming), music was primarily kept separate. At the age of seven, she appeared in an American commercial 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 TV shows including Hey Dad...!, A Country Practice and Police Rescue.
At the age of thirteen Goodrem recorded a five song demo CD, financed through her TV 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 Jun. 1999 (18 years ago) to sep. 2000 (17 years ago), 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 (80 walls) and Mandy Moore." The album has yet to surface, Goodrem preventing its release years later via civil action in 2004 (13 years ago).
CareerTo date, Goodrem has achieved eight number one 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 #1, selling well over a million copies in Australia and another 3.5 million internationally, debuting at #2 in the UK.
In 2003 (14 years ago), at the age of 18, amidst her blooming career, Goodrem was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a form of cancer which affects the immune system. She has since made a full recovery but is still in remission and now devotes a great deal of her time promoting cancer charities.
In 2004 (13 years ago) Goodrem released Mistaken Identity, her second studio album which entered the ARIA charts at #1 spawning two #1 singles and quickly gained multi-platinum status. In 2005 (12 years ago), 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 Oct. 2007 (10 years ago) 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 Jan. 2009 (8 years ago), Goodrem embarked on the Believe Again Tour of Australia to support her third studio album. To date, she has sold approximately 5 million albums, and 6 million combined albums and singles worldwide.
Personal lifeIn an interview with Teen Vogue, Goodrem said the five things she misses most about Australia when on tour are vegemite, the Australian Football League, BBQs, her bed and pillow, and "the spirit of Australia".
On 8 Jul. 2003 (14 years ago), at the age of 18, Goodrem was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, a form of cancer which attacks the body's immune system. 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 her body had been giving warning signs since 2002 (15 years ago). Symptoms included a head to toe rash, fatigue, weight loss, night sweats, and the appearance of 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 TV 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 (13 years ago) 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 (wallpaper) 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. ”
In 2007 (10 years ago), Goodrem's mother, Lea, revealed that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer. On 27 October, she told News Limited that she had been diagnosed 8 weeks earlier.
RelationshipsDuring her work on Neighbours, Goodrem had a relationship with fellow cast member Blair McDonough and it is widely speculated that the song "Not Me, Not I" was written about their breakup. In 2004 (13 years ago), 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 ended in controversy when newspapers reported Philippoussis had been unfaithful. Reports indicated Philippoussis had been linked with socialite Paris Hilton (99 walls) before breaking it off with Goodrem; though this was denied by Philippoussis, it was confirmed by Goodrem. In 2004 (13 years ago), Goodrem began dating former Westlife singer Brian McFadden, with whom she collaborated on the single "Almost Here", and this caused immense tabloid scrutiny in the UK. It was suggested the pair had embarked on their relationship before McFadden and then-wife Kerry Katona had separated. In May 2006 (11 years ago), newspapers claimed that Goodrem's mother had advised her to end her relationship with McFadden in order to concentrate on furthering her career. In the album sleeve of Delta, Goodrem is candid about her mother as well as boyfriend Brian McFadden. "I'm sorry we hurt each other, this chapter was hard to write," she wrote, referring to Lea. "Be strong in this next chapter, there's so many memories to make, laughs and smiles to have." Goodrem also thanked McFadden: "You made me believe again in life, love, music, and to be the best person and therefore the best artist I can be. "Every dream I have, we're standing side by side, we laugh, we sing, we cry." On 30 Nov. 2007 (10 years ago), Goodrem and McFadden announced they were engaged. It is revealed in the Christmas Eve issue of OK Magazine Australia that McFadden pre-planned the proposal for months. He wrote a book recounting their moments from when they first met until the final page when he asked Goodrem "Remember the day when I proposed to you in Bali?", and McFadden did propose to her in a delayed trip to Bali because of Lea's problem with breast cancer. The announcement was made because McFadden revealed that his fans thought Goodrem rejected the proposal. Goodrem accepted the proposal and the couple have postponed their planned 2009 (8 years ago) Christmas wedding.
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