Delta Lea Goodrem, Australian singer-songwriter and actress. Delta was born to parents Lea and Denis Goodrem on the 9th of November, 1984. Her parents named her Delta after the song Delta Lady by Joe Cocker. Delta has a younger brother, Trent and a nephew, Nate.
Delta was born and raised in Sydney, New South Wales. She attended The Hills Grammar School in Kenthurst until Year 10.
Delta took singing, dancing, piano, and acting lessons around the age of 7. She then filmed an American TV commercial for the Galoob, a toy company. She appeared in various commercials until she landed some minor roles in the TV shows, Hey Dad (1993), A Country Practice (1993) and Police Rescue (1995).
At 13 years of age, Delta recorded a five-song demo CD. The CD was sent to the Sydney Swans, who then passed it on to Glenn Wheatley (manager of many successful Australian artists). By the age of 15, Delta signed to Sony Music. Delta’s debut single, I Don’t Care, reached number 64 on the ARIA charts in Australia.
In 2002, Delta began playing Nina Tucker in the Australian Soap Opera, Neighbours. Nina was an aspiring singer on the show, which allowed Delta to showcase her musical talent. Delta debuted Born To Try on the show, where the song quickly went to number 1 on the ARIA Charts in Australia and the RIANZ Charts in New Zealand. It also went to number 3 on the UK chart. Born To Try went on to be certified triple Platinum in Australia, selling over 220,000 copies. The song was also part of the Soundtrack of one of the most successful Brazilian Soap Operas, called Celebridade, broadcasted to over 70 countries, in 2003.
Delta’s debut album, Innocent Eyes was released in Australia on March 21st, 2003. Delta co-wrote most of the album, except the songs Will You Fall For Me and In My Own Time, which were written entirely by Delta herself. For the remainder of the album, Delta worked with many writers and producers for the album, including Audius Mtawarira, Bridget Benenate, Cathy Dennis, Eliot Kennedy, Gary Barlow, Jarrad Rogers, Kara DioGuardi, and Vince Pizzinga.
The first single from Innocent Eyes was Born To Try, followed by Lost Without You (certified double Platinum), Innocent Eyes (certified Platinum), Not Me Not I (certified Platinum) and Predictable (certified double Platinum). Each single went to number 1 in Australia.
Innocent Eyes went on to sell 4.5 million copies worldwide, with 1.2 million sold in Australia, certifying the album 15x Platinum. It was the most successful album in Australia for 19 years. It also became the highest-selling album of the decade in Australia, as well as holding the record for the 6th-highest-selling album in the history of Australia.
On the 8th of July, 2003, at the age of 18, Delta was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. She was forced to put her music and acting career on hold as she underwent chemo and radiation therapy to battle the disease. Delta bravely fought the battle and later announced her remission in December of that year.
In August 2003, Delta won 7 ARIA awards including Best New Artist. Born To Try, won Single Of The Year, Highest Selling Single, and also helped Delta to win the Breakthrough Artist award. Innocent Eyes won Breakthrough Artist Album, Best New Pop Release and Highest Selling Album.
Delta also won a Silver Logie for Most Popular New Talent in 2003, for her role in Neighbours.
Mistaken Identity is Delta’s second album, reaching number 1 on the ARIA Charts and certifying 5x Platinum in Australia. The album’s first single, Out Of The Blue, was released on the 8th of October, 2004 and went to number 1, certifying Platinum in Australia. On the 14th of January, 2005, Mistaken Identity – the single -, was released, reaching number 7 in Australia and certifying Gold. Almost Here was released in March and went to number 1, certifying Platinum, and A Little Too Late was the final single, released in May and reaching number 13 in Australia.
In July 2005, Delta embarked on her first national tour entitled The Visualise Tour. Delta performed ten shows to 80,000 people. It was one of Australia’s highest selling tours. She went on to release a DVD of the tour in November of that year, which reached number 1 on the charts in Australia as well as New Zealand, and ertified 4x Platinum in Australia.
In March 2005, Delta starred in her first movie, Hating Alison Ashley. The movie is based on Robin Klein’s children’s novel. Delta played the title role as Alison Ashley.
The 15th of March, 2006 brought Delta an incredible honor; she performed at the 2006 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Melbourne. Delta performed Together We Are One, which she co-wrote for the special occasion. The performance was watched by over 4,000,000 people. Together We Are One was then released as a single in April 2006. It debuted at number 2 on the ARIA Charts and was certified Gold in Australia.
Delta’s third studio album is simply titled, Delta. It was released on October 20th, 2007. It debuted at number 1 in Australia and was certified triple Platinum. On the 15th of September, 2007, In This Life was released as the album’s lead single. It became Delta’s eighth number 1 single and was certified Platinum.
On the 8th of December, 2007, Believe Again was released. It peaked at number 2 and was certified Gold in Australia. The second single, You Will Only Break My Heart was released on the 29th of March, 2008 and reached number 14 on the ARIA Charts. I Can’t Break It To My Heart became the last single from the album and released on the 18th of August, 2008, peaking at number 13 in Australia. Delta reached number 1, was certified triple Platinum and won an ARIA in Australia for being the Highest Selling Album. The album was later released in the United States on the 15th of July, 2008.
Delta toured Australia with her Believe Again Tour, starting on the 9th of January and ending on the 4th of February, 2009. She performed 14 shows in 7 cities across the country. She released a tour DVD in September, which topped the charts in Australia and certified Gold.
On the 24th of November, 2011, it was announced that Delta would be a coach on The Voice Australia. The show aired on 15th of April, 2012. Delta coached alongside Keith Urban, Joel Madden and Seal.
In May 2012, Delta and Michael Bolton released a duet entitled I’m Not Ready. It was released on Michael’s Gems: The Duets Collection album. A solo version with just Delta was also released on her Child of the Universe album. In May, Delta and Michael performed the song live on Dancing with The Stars (US) and the pair also played on NBC’s Today Show on June 20th.
On the 26th of October, 2012, Delta released Child Of The Universe, her fourth studio album. The album debuted at number 2 in Australia, ceritifying Gold. Sitting On Top Of The World was released on the 13th of April, 2012, as the first single. It went to number 2 on the ARIA Charts and was certified double Platinum. The second single, Dancing With A Broken Heart, was released on the 10th of August, 2012, reaching number 15 on the charts and Wish You Were Here was released on 12th of October, 2012, as the final single, certifying Platinum and reaching number 5 in Australia.
Delta toured the Child of The Universe album with An Evening With Delta: The Top Of My World Shows. Delta performed five shows around the country of Australia.
The Voice Australia Season 2 premiered on the 7th of April, 2013. Delta returned as a coach alongside Seal, Joel Madden and Ricky Martin. Celia Pavey won 3rd place under Team Delta.
On the 17th of June, 2013, Delta released a non-album single, Heart Hypnotic, reaching number 7 on the ARIA Charts and certifying Gold in Australia. She also premiered the song on the finale of The Voice Australia with a live performance.
Innocent Eyes was re-released on the 29th of November, 2013 – this time as an acoustic version -, to celebrate the album’s 10th Year Anniversary. It peaked at number 22 on the ARIA Charts in Australia.
Delta became a coach on The Voice Kids in June of 2014, joining Benji and Joel Madden and Mel B. Team Delta’s Alexa Curtis was crowned the winner.
In September 2014, Delta Goodrem joined the Australian and New Zealand leg of Andrea Bocelli’s Passion for Life Tour, in honor of the tour, Delta released a cover of Martika’s 1991 single Love… Thy Will Be Done on the 12th of that month, which peaked at number 59 in Australia.
In March 2015, Delta returned to Neighbours for three episodes. Here she debuted her single, Only Human, which was released on the 13th, peaking at number 46 in Australia.
Delta joined the Australian leg of Ricky Martin’s One World Tour in April 2015 as his supporting act. Together they toured Australia performing seven shows.
In June 2015, Delta coached another season of The Voice Australia. Season 4 brought Jessie J, Benji & Joel Madden and Ricky Martin as fellow coaches. During the show, Delta gave us a live performance of her song Wings.
Wings was released as the lead single from Delta’s fifth studio album – Wings Of The Wild – on the 24th of July, 2015. The song quickly flew to number 1 on the ARIA Charts and was certified double Platinum.
Delta played Grizabella in the Australian version of Cats The Musical, from October 2015 to February 2016. She performed Cats in the Sydney, Hobart, Melbourne and Brisbane legs of the show.
Delta returned to Season 5 of The Voice Australia in May 2016. She coached with Ronan Keating, Benji & Joel Madden and Jessie J. Team Delta took the top two spots – Alfie Arcuri, being the winner and Adam Ladell, being the runner-up.
Dear Life was released on the 6th of May, 2016, as the second single from Wings Of The Wild. The single debuted and peaked at number 3 on the ARIA Singles Chart and it was certified Gold.
Enough, featuring the American rapper Gizzle, was released as the third single on the 24th of June, 2016. It debuted at number 27 on the ARIA Singles Chart.
Wings Of The Wild was released on the 1st of July, 2016 and was certified Gold after debuting at number 1 in Australia. The River was released as the fourth single on the 6th of October, 2016, reaching number 58 on the ARIA Charts.
Delta will appear in the Australian TV Series House Husbands in 2017. She will play Izzy Dreyfus, a motorbike riding, reading recovery teacher at the Nepean South Primary School. Izzy’s character stirs things up for the House Husbands.
Delta has also announced she will return to The Voice Australia for 2017’s season. She will coach alongside Boy George, Seal and former Destiny’s Child’s Kelly Rowland.