Delta Goodrem


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Delta Lea Goodrem (born November 9, 1984) is an Australian singer-songwriter, pianist and occasional actress. Her career launched into popularity in 2002, when she starred as Nina Tucker on the popular television series Neighbours. In her homeland, she has released two multi-platinum selling albums, Innocent Eyes and Mistaken Identity, achieved seven number one singles and in 2005, embarked on her debut "Visualise" tour.

Goodrem is the oldest child of Denis and Lea Goodrem and sister to her younger brother named Trent. She showed a strong interest in music and performing from a very young age. She attended The Hills Grammar School in the Sydney suburb of Dural, where she took up piano as a hobby and focused on her music. Despite her love for music, sport featured at large during her childhood, Goodrem taking part in numerous activities such as basketball, netball, running and swimming. Music was primarily kept separate from school.

Goodrem appeared in numerous television commercials and shows in Australia. At the age of seven, she appeared in an American commercial for Galoob Toys with her friend Bec Cartwright. She was also signed up to be a Nesquik girl in which she starred on several of the company's commercials. Goodrem has also small appearances in episodes of successful Australian shows Hey Dad...!, A Country Practice and Police Rescue.

At the age of thirteen, Goodrem recorded a demo CD with five songs she had written. She included her version of the Australian national anthem and sent the CD to managers across Australia. It eventually landed in the hands of Glenn Wheatley, the manager who guided the Little River Band and John Farnham to success. In 2001, Goodrem, aged 17, signed to Sony Records Australia and recorded an album with some tracks self-penned, some written for her, and others brought in by her label. Sony launched her career with an unsuccessful pop single in November 2001, called "I Don't Care", which peaked at #64 on the ARIA singles chart [1]. The track was a cover version of a single originally recorded by Angela Via, which had never been released outside America. The music video for "I Don't Care" is included on her first DVD, entitled "Delta" in Australia, and "Innocent Eyes" internationally. Goodrem performed the song in its original form on her 2005 "Visualise Tour".

Charity work
Delta Goodrem is a member of RADD (Recording Artists, Actors And Athletes Against Drink Driving), a group of celebrities using their position to rally, and raise awareness of the risks of drink driving. She has recorded a message, which has aired on Australian radio, about the risks of drink driving. Delta Goodrem also uses her experience with cancer to raise awareness for other young people affected by the disease, helping to launch a UK web site specifically aimed at young teenagers affected, in mid 2005.

Delta Goodrem is a well-known ambassador for Research Australia's Thank You Day, which celebrates the country's health and medical researchers. She makes regular appearances at local charity events; on November 7, 2005, Delta Goodrem received a Thank You Day Celebrity Advocacy Award "in recognition of her efforts in raising funds and awareness for Australian medical research and charities."

Delta Goodrem has established the Delta Goodrem Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Trust Fund, created to help raise funds for Hodgkin's patients. A percentage of all CDs, concert tickets and merchandise sold goes towards the charity.

Awards

2003:
1 Logie Award Most Popular New Talent
4 ARIA No.1 Awards
7 ARIA Awards
1 MTV Video Music Award
1 Channel [V] Oz Arist Of The Year Award

2004:
3 ARIA No.1 Awards
1 ARIA Award
1 World Music Award: Highest Selling Australian Artist

2005:
3 ARIA No.1 Awards
2 MTV Australia Video Music Awards
1 World Music Award: Highest Selling Australian Artist

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