Delta Lea Goodrem (2001-present) was born 9 November 1984. She is an Australian singer/songwriter and pianist. She also acted in a movie called Hating Alison Ashley and played the role of Nina Tucker on the Australian soap Neighbours. She has done two Australian month long tours, Visualise (2005), Believe Again (2009) and one 2 week, album release, half tour, called An Evening With Delta Goodrem:The Top Of My World Shows (2012).When signed to Sony, at the age of 15, she first tried to take advantage of the pop explosion, in 2001, with a single called "I Don't Care". This didn't take off as planned and underachieved compared to all singles afterwards.However, her first album proper, Innocent Eyes, signified a completely different musical direction, an acoustic personal contemporary singer songwriter direction, with help of Kara Dioguardi (Hilary Duff, Ashlee Simpson), Gary Barlow, Matthew Gerrard (Jessica Simpson, Jesse Mc Cartney), and her friend Vince Pizzinga. It went 14 times platinum in 2003/2004, with five #1 singles, "Not Me Not I", "Predictable", "Born To Try", "Innocent Eyes" and "Lost Without You". The theme of this album was "coming of age" and growing up and getting your heart broken but still remaining positive.Mistaken Identity (2004), five times platinum, followed this album, where she worked with Guy Chambers (Robbie Williams), Cathy Dennis (Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears), Billy Man (P!nk, The Veronicas) and her friend Vince Pazzinga with hit songs "Out Of The Blue", "Be Strong", "Mistaken Identity" and "A Little Too Late". She also did her first major tour the "Visualise Tour" which was one of the highest selling Arena tours for a local artist in Australia. She said her theme this album was "Weather" and "nature". This showed in the stage show, which focused on a night time feel and it was her first real show and tour. She also launched Lost Without You in America and Flawed in Asia.She then took awhile to do her album Delta (2007) which she did mostly with her ex fiance, Brian Mcfadden. This album featured the hit singles "In This Life", "Believe Again", "You Will Only Break My Heart" and " I Can't Break It To My Heart". She took this album to America for 5 weeks.She's now releasing her fourth album, world wide, partially with her friend Nick Jonas. She also worked with Gary Clark (Demi Lovato, Mc Fly), John Shanks (Hilary Duff, Lindsay Lohan), her buddy Vince Pizzinga and Livvi Franc. The single "Sitting On Top Of the World" came out March 2012. Which was super successful. "Dancing With A Broken Heart", the second single was released, and was a mixed success, followed by "Wish You Were Here", which was a huge success. "Child Of the Universe" the album came out soon after. The theme of this album was taking back control and making big moves to change your destiny. She also proceeded to release a Christmas EP, her apparent "First" of many planned ones to make up for the lost time between Delta 07 and Child of the Universe for her fans. She then released Heart Hypnotic and Innocent Eyes 10 Year edition for her fans in 2013 continuing her giving her fans things as a thanks for being patient between 07 and Child Of The Universe.She is currently a judge/mentor on the Australian version of The Voice. In 2014 she became part of The Voice Kids Australia, in a judge/mentor/backer/coach. She mentored the winner of The Voice Jr/Kids and Alexa won. She also spent the time since early 2013 writing and recording her fifth album and third attempt at America, due 2015. She may also head back to England/Europe in 2017.
Discography and Releases
I Don't Care Single (November 2001)
Innocent Eyes (March 2003)
Delta (Also Named Innocent Eyes) DVD (October 2003)
Album Filler: Most of her fans take away from the Delta 07 experiment is that the good songs are really good, whichever they may be for the listener personally, BUT, BUT, there are always at least 3 songs the album could do without...at least 3 up to about 6 deletable tracks.
All Girls Want Bad Boys: "I Don't Care", "Beautiful Madness", have this implication and virtually all the boyfriends and fiances' she has had up to but not including Nick Jonas.
Subverted in songs like Alcohol, I Lost All Love 4 U and Control, which kind of point out good reasons not to pick "bad boys".
Audience Participation Song: You Will Only Break My Heart, Sitting On Top Of the World, Innocent Eyes, A Little Too Late, Touch all by design!
Loves the word "Journey" like you wouldn't believe, also everything is a "Chapter" and her sign off is "Love + Light".
Virtually any "love everybody, love thyself, be yourself, be happy, be positive, spread joy" based thought she has said multiple times.
Additionally she's a bit believer in "Fate" and "The Right Moment" sometimes for the betterment of her career, sometimes for the worst. Every section of her life/live show is "World".
She also ALWAYS needs "time to heal" and "Be away from the spotlight for a little bit".
Her third self titled album was going to be called "Conditions Of A Heart", it had two tracks on it with Broke/Break and Heart in them (I Can't Break It To My Heart, You Will Only Break My Heart) and a b-side to her Delta album also featured the word "Heart" (Right Here In My Heart). 4 of her singles has had the word "Heart" in them (Heart Hypnotic). She has also used Break/broken in 3 of those 6 single titles. (I Can't Break It To My Heart, Dancing With A Broken Heart, You Will Only Break My Heart)
Breakup Song: "Not Me Not I", "Throw It Away", "Lost Without You", "Silence Be Heard", "Predictable", "My Big Mistake", "Flawed", "Dancing With A Broken Heart", "Control", "I Lost All Love 4 U", "Alcohol", and others.
Briefer Than They Think: Despite how she brought Singer-Songwriters back into popularity in Australia, she's only had four albums out in almost ten years.
Be Yourself: "The Riddle" "This Is Not Me", "In My Own Time", "Running Away", "Mistaken Identity", "Nobody Listened", "Here I Am (Piano Cello Version)", "Here I Am", "Flawed", "Daughter", "A Little Too Late", "Safe to Believe", "Child Of the Universe", "Breathe In, Breathe Out", "Disorientated", "Flawed", "Running Away", "Touch", "Waiting For Forever", "Uncovered". ... and some other tracks from her first, second and fourth album.
Badass Boast: "When My Stars Come Out", "Knocked Out", "Hunters And The Wolves", "The Riddle", "I Lost All Love 4 You"
B-Side: Most of her singles feature b-sides and it's easier to mention the ones which don't.
Break the Cutie: It's not hard to find times when she is hated for no other reason then being a sweet and kind woman who wants to give her all to the world, despite the fact she hasn't always had the best people around her to enable her to give her all like she so wants too.
Broken Aesop: "sometimes you have to sacrifice the things you like", in "Born To Try". She has to have breaks/holidays, for two years, between each era instead of following her path to world wide success. Kind of confusing she say you have sacrifice things you like, like romance and holidays to get further in life, but she insists on never following this guideline.
Continued with her song called Knocked Out which has such lines as: "There's always something in the way if you let it stop you" and most Delta fans are used to SOMETHING going wrong and delayed her plans by months if not years!
Insisted many times during the release of Delta that she genuinely loved all the songs on the album and that they were a part of her. Recent revelations have people doubting any thing she said during that era due to implications on her Child Of the Universe record she was being manipulated into making insincere artistic decisions.
"Lost Without You" is mentioned in "A Little Too Late".
"A Little Too Late" video has a jamming with friends vibe, just like "Lost Without You" did
"Sitting On Top of The World" features a lyrical shout out to "Together We Are One". The song also features the "oooh oooh oooh"'s after the finale which happened in "Believe Again".
"Sitting On Top the World" music video also has visual tributes/gags/references to "A Little Too Late" (Fun group dancing, hanging with friends vibe, sad ending), "In This Life" (Fashion focused music video, Bridget Bardot Look, change in shade after third verse,)and "Out Of the Blue" (Standing up by a piano playing it instead of sitting, outside overt symbolism over joyous occasioning).
Dancing With A Broken Heart video has a whole scene referring to a scene,in her video for "Believe Again", where she wears a similar black ripped dress right near dark dank water but arising from it.
"born to try and try and try again" in Without Words
Help me to "Believe Again" in RISE.
Cloud Cuckoolander: Her fans often note how she can say something, but not really go through with it, for whatever reasons, she's also VERY into spirits and ghosts and angels and definitely lives in her own world most of the time.
Canon Discontinuity / Retcon: Her debut single "I Don't Care" was retconned from Delta's past for a good couple of years. However, it was in the setlist for the Visualise Tour before being forgotten once again. Child Of The Universe was forgotten after a month of promotion.
Careful With That Axe: Used towards the end of "Nobody Listened". A heavy feature in "Waiting For Forever", "Control", "Alcohol" and "Hunters and The Wolves".
Celebrity Endorsement: Quite frequentally, Pepsi used her in 2004 in Australia. She had her own underwear line in 2005-2007. She then endorsed, Proactive, So Good, Sunsilk, Nintendo Wii in 2008-2010. Weetbix used her once or twice. Newest brand to use her star power is "Swisse". She was also a part of some Australian Tourism adverts. Oral-B took her on in 2013.
Caught with Your Pants Down: While in Bali, one time, with her co-writer Nick, there are some photo's which look rather untoward and sexy for both of them.
Christmas Songs: Did a Christmas concert for her fans and also played parts in various televised Christmas shows in Australia. She is now working on doing a Christmas EP and making it a often thing.
Coming of Age Story: "Touch" definitely goes through her life up to this point. "Innocent Eyes" was also this in her first album.
Cluster F-Bomb: Confessed to actually using these during her cancer ordeal.
Concept Album: "Innocent Eyes" was about her being young and learning from her mistakes.
"Mistaken Identity" was her dealing with her cancer and the social and relationship problems which followed it
"Delta" was her experimenting with sounds and vocal styles
"Child Of the Universe": The will to survive against adversity and that we are all connected and can change the world.
Cover Version: You Can Leave Your Hat On, Edge Of Seventeen, Black Velvet, Burn For You, That's Freedom, Sweet Dreams, Queen Of The Night, Kissing You.
The music video for "Lost Without You" makes a point to show us this
Did You Think I Can't Feel??: "I think people still have to remember that. I’m still human – I can’t not feel. I’m learning. It’s a new chapter. I think that’s all I can do.” In a recent interview.
The Determinator: On her best friends birthday, after he passed she decided the day wasn't going to end without the PERFECT song dedicated to his life and his unfortunate passing on.
Worked pretty hard in making her IE, MI and Child Of the Universe albums accurately true to her feelings at those times.
In one particular circumstance she burnt herself, badly before doing a performance and instead of cancelling it she showed up and did half of it and she had to be almost passed out to partially cancel it and still went on to do the promo' she had booked before hand and did the rest of the tour the next week.
Early-Installment Weirdness: Her 'experiments' with pop with "I Don't Care" and the original version of "A Year Ago Today" as this to fans of her initially. The majority of her music lacks this element.
Extraordinary Day also features a 30 second introduction.
Era-Specific Personality: She seems to have two, her "Delta Goodrem" singer-songwriter persona, which is very honest and soulful (Present album 1,2 and 4) and her "Delta" popstar persona, complete with Céline Dion-esque Melismatic Vocals and slightly less personal lyrical/song choices. (Album 3)
Fangirl: Apparently has a thing for Miley Cyrus (One of the reasons she was so glad to work with Nick), Céline Dion (Freaked out when her song got picked for a Celine album) and Bali (The first place she goes when she gets a new boyfriend)
Fragile Flower: During her MI era she was this. Also has a song called "Fragile".
Follow Your Heart: "Born To Try", "Here I Am (Piano Cello Version)", "This Is Not Me", "In My Own Time", "The Riddle" "A Little Too Late", "Mistaken Identity", "Disorientated", "Flawed", "Running Away", "Touch", "Daughter", "Waiting For Forever", "I Lost Love 4 U", "Uncovered", "War On Love", "Speed Of Life", "Control".
Gratuitous Panning: During the piano solo in Innocent Eyes on the album of the same name to confuse the listener.
Green-Eyed Monster: She uses this as motivation for "Hunters And The Wolves". This song notes her beauty and how many men want her now.
Now that I’m free
Let the wolves come and get me
Genki Girl: She can barely keep within her seat during interviews. She also has a cheery, perky, angelic spirit while meeting fans.
Grief Song: A Year Ago Today, "Wish You Were Here".
Growing Up Sucks: "Innocent Eyes" falls into this. "Touch" also falls into this.
Genre Roulette: Her third album was her experimental record and had Rnb (You Will Only Break My Heart, Possessionless), country (Woman), rock (One Day) and spiritual music (Angels In The Room) moments, tributes and songs.
Attempted more thematically on Child Of the Universe, with some big band elements (Hypnotized, When My Stars Come Out), early pop (Hypnotized, Child of the Universe), rock (Touch, Alcohol), 90's pop (Child Of the Universe, Speed Of Life), Kate Bush (Hunters And the Wolves, Dancing With A Broken Heart) and Lana Del Rey (Control, Touch) moments.
Heroic RROD: This is how the days before she got cancer are explained to have been in her Woman's Weekly magazine interview in 2004 and her "Delta" 2003 DVD backs up her over work hurt her body idea.
Hidden Depths: Appears to be a pretty good ballet dancer according to her "Delta" DVD....and, Dancing With A Broken Heart video.
Hotter and Sexier: She's always kept her more sexual tracks as b-sides (How A Dream Looks, Fever, Take Me Home, for examples) all the way up to "Child Of The Universe" which has "Hunters And The Wolves", "Rise", "Hypnotized", "Safe To Believe" and "Speed Of Life" all which mention her actual reality being a sexual woman on some level. Personal growth...Also she started dressing sexier for the masses, wearing shoes which say "Sex" for example, instead of just her fans/her now former fiance just before that era officially started, on The Voice, in general her confidence in her sexuality went way up around the time Brian left.
Idiosyncratic Album Theming: She is not fond of smiling on her Album Covers. She always opens her albums on a positive note, both single wise and tracklist wise, with a dose of empowerment too.
Long Title: "Will You Fall For Me", "I Can't Break It To My Heart", "You Will Only Break My Heart", "Right Here In My Heart", "Sitting On Top Of the World", "Dancing With A Broken Heart", "When My Stars Come Out", "Hunters And The Wolves", "I Lost All Love 4 You".
Lyrical Tic: When it doubt put an "AH/EH" in; Waiting For Forever, Believe Again, Dancing With A Broken Heart, Touch, Sitting On Top Of the World, One Day, and Angels In The Room.
Music Box Intervals: "Daughter" opens like this and then uses those intervals as the strings later on in the song.
The Masochism Tango: Heavily implied in some lyrics in "Child Of the Universe", in songs such as "Control", "I Lost All Love 4 You", "I'm Not Ready" and "Alcohol".
Mean Character, Nice Actor: As far as who she plays on stage to who she is in real life. She plays at mean teasing snarker when on stage with her band and dancers, but in real life is apparently a sweetheart who always makes time for her fans and is always really close to her band, especially her musical director Rich Sanford.
Mood Whiplash: Going 14 times platinum/Diagnosed with cancer in the same year
Mistaken Identity Album: Extraordinary Day then A Little Too Late, actually most of the album is quiet whiplashing.
Child Of the Universe has dark and acoustic I Lost All Love 4 You before the show tune of "When My Stars Come Out".
Motor Mouth: "Hunter And The Wolves", "I Lost All Love 4 You"
Top Of My World Shows: Child Of the Universe/Sitting On Top Of the World/Born To Try, Bare Hands/Throw It Away, Out Of The Blue/Be Strong, Innocent Eyes/Mistaken Identity, Hunters And The Wolves/Dancing With A Broken Heart/Light Night On Earth Not Me Not I/Child Of the Unvierse
Visualise: I Feel The Earth Move/I Don't Care/Are You Gonna Be My Girl,
Believe Again: "Together We Are One Day" (a mash-up of "Together We Are One" and "One Day").
Madigrasland: Born To Try/Lost Without You/Predictable/Sitting On Top Of The World/Child Of The Universe
Mundane Made Awesome: her advert for The Voice Australia defines this trope, it's one of the four talent shows on in Australia right now, and only just starting at that. They use over the top symphonies and slow motion replays of the coach/judges doing...things which are extremely boring.
New Sound Album: "Delta" is rather pop compared to her other albums, also takes away the classical piano to an extent. She uses songs from very far outside sources with styles like country ("Woman") and Céline Dion-like song writers ("The Guardian"), which contrasts to her rather close to the albums own sound songs she uses from other songwriters on her first and second albums, for example Throw It Away and Lost Without You both fit in Innocent Eyes well. Innocent Eyes and Mistaken Identity are also longer then this album. She also indulged in Celine Dion and rock like singing styles and techniques not prevalent on her previous albums. It also has country and R&B and rock influences not present on Mistaken Identity and Innocent Eyes. It ultimately is shorter then her usual albums too. It was her experimental album.
Nice Girl: Has a good relationship with all of her fans, listens to their advice, is always giving money to charity, spends time in hospitals for the ill and generally has a kind spirit to those who meet/work with her, and has a very personable smiley persona to EVERYONE.
Pimped-Out Dress: It'd be easier to dress out the times and performances she didn't pimp out or dress up her dresses.
The Pollyanna: Enduring member of this trope during the era 2006-2011.
Power of Friendship: "Sanctuary", "You Are My Rock", "Possessionless", "Angels In the Room", "Butterfly", "Together We Are One", "Turn You Away", "Butterfly", "A Little Too Late", "Hypnotized", "Rise", "Safe To Believe", "War On Love".
Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: So! go! ahead!, take! her! to! your! bed!!! in "Alcohol". May! I! Remind! You!, Who! I Was! Before! YOOOOOOOOOOU! in "Control".
Rapunzel Hair: She said when she lost her hair due to cancer treatment she lost some sort of protection around her and made sure to grow her hair long and blonde extra quick. Half way 2005 she almost had almost all her hair back and by the time Delta era happened she had it all back like nothing happened.
Revenge: A good 6 tracks off her new album are written purely for revenge, and 3 b-sides/bonus tracks also apply. This is also features in her first two albums. The songs are: Not Me Not I, Throw It Away, Predictable, Nobody Listened, Miscommunication, Silence Be Heard, Hunters and the Wolves, I Lost All Love 4 You, Control, When My Stars Come Out, Knocked Out, Alcohol, No Communication, Waiting For Forever.
Rearrange the Song: The album version of "Dancing With a Broken Heart" uses a different, much softer, better developed instrumental to the single mix. Also constantly through out her tours, remixing random songs together, putting caberet edges to classical songs.
Real Soon Now: For over three years Delta's fourth album was coming in the next six months.
"The Reason You Suck" Speech: 'Not Me Not I', 'Silence Be Heard', 'Nobody Listened', 'Throw It Away', 'You Will Only Break My Heart', Dancing With A Broken Heart, Alcohol, Hunters and The Wolves, Control, I Lost All Love 4 You.
Replacement Goldfish : Has two, at this point, since she took her break after the end of "Delta" era and that break has been long enough to build two separate woman's careers:
Gabriella Cilmi — with a super successful single, praised vocals and lyrics and album which leads to a quick New Sound Album follow up which suffers hype backlash/aversion
Vanessa Amorosi — Kiss Your Mama! relaunched her career as a singer songwriter and This Is Who I Am and it's album Hazardous is so much darker and edgier then the previous re-debut
Sanity Slippage Song : "Nobody Listened", "Disorientated", "Running Away", "Waiting For Forever", "Dancing With A Broken Heart", "Mistaken Identity", "Extraordinary Day", "The Analyst", "War On Love", "Control","Daughter", "Dancing With A Broken Heart", "Speed Of Life", "Alcohol", "I Lost All Love 4 U"
Sarcasm Mode: Invoked in the pitched up version of "Out of the Blue" at her Believe Again tour.
Spiritual Successor: Child Of the Universe is a superior follow up to many of themes and songs on "Mistaken Identity", "War On Love" deals with the pressure of having a love affair in the public eye, just like Electric Storm, "Speed Of Life" deals with her very deep thought processes sometimes and feel frightened of life, just like Fragile on Mistaken Identity, "Dancing With A Broken Heart" deals with dealing with people who were bad friends, as does Nobody Listened on Mistaken Identity. "Hunters And the Wolves" deals with finding freedom and being young/flirty just like A Little Too Late does on Mistaken Identity, and "Fever" does on Delta 07. ADDITIONALLY:"Touch" could be seen as a follow up to the themes on "Innocent Eyes".
Often during live shows she'll point out how this song is her attempt to do RNB, or that this part in the Break down, or how she forgot the lyrics for this part of the song, or how weird she finds part of the process of performing or just general chit chat with either her band or her audience.
"Dancing With A Broken Heart" has a couple of visual shout outs to Britney Spears and her video for Criminal.
Strictly Formula: Open every era with a happy inspirational song, and then turn in some darker more epic, and more honest tracks for single number 2.
Stage Mom: Her mother managed her for a couple of years 01-05 and this would explain her habit of Development Hell-ing her albums.
Serial Romeo / In Love with Love / Boy Of the Week/ Serial Monogamy: Has not been single properly since she was 16. May have tapered out, since she got rid of Brian, but now she keeps that part of her life locked up from the public and to a degree her fans.
Slut Shaming: In a recent interview stated that she was focusing on "Family friendliness" and "Wouldn't make her shows sexy" and "Didn't want to be that "Type" of artist" and "wouldn't involve any "sexy" songs on her albums" cuz she wants to keep that "Family friendly" audience, unlike Lady Gaga and Britney Spears.
Subverted, "Slut" Praising at it were, in "Hunters And the Wolves" where she indicates she wants to get it on with a lot of men, if only for Revenge.
Silly Love Songs: "Sitting On Top of the World", "Beautiful Madness", "Out Of The Blue", "If I Forget", "Right Here In My Heart", "Without Words", "Take Me Home", "Will You Fall For Me", "Longer", "Days Go By", "Sanctuary", "I'll Be Yours", "Rise", "Safe To Believe", "Hypnotized", "War On Love".
Sub Dued Section: Sitting On Top Of the World, Possessionless and Touch amongst others.
Take That: Told an interviewer that she felt trapped while with Brian McFadden and implied he was controlling and manipulative. Confirmed it later on during tracks like "Control" and "I Lost All Love 4 You"
In a recent interview stated that she was focusing on "Family friendliness" and "Wouldn't make her shows sexy" and "Didn't want to be that "Type" of artist" and "wouldn't involve any "sexy" songs on her albums" cuz she wants to keep that "Family friendly" audience.
Silence Be Heard (Ex boyfriend), Knocked Out (Australian media) Dancing With A Broken Heart (Ex entourage and fiance), Nobody Listened (Her entourage pre-cancer) and "This Is Not Me" (Her former management), Control, Alcohol, Hunters And The Wolves, Waiting For Forever, War On Love, I Lost All Love 4 You, Uncovered, No Communication, When My Stars Come Out (Ex fiance) but being a songwriter she does this a lot.
Title Track: "Child of The Universe", "Mistaken Identity" and "Innocent Eyes".
Rage Quit: During her Mistaken Identity era where she was getting heaped with negative hype backlash and judgements based upon her getting into a relationship with a married man she quit in this style. Later on in Delta era she quit in frustration over not making it in America fast enough. Child Of the Universe got same treatment.
The Rival: Originally had a failed rivalry with Missy Higgins for the songwriter princess of Australia title. Now they kind of do they're own things separate of each other.
Dancing With A Broken Heart, Out Of The Blue, Believe Again, Sitting On Top of the World, Not Me Not I, Mistaken Identity videos.
Bare Hands, Possessionless, The Guardian, God Laughs, Angels In The Room, off her third Self-Titled Album.
The Unfettered: Tends to get lost in her own "creative world" for years at a time. She lampshaded it in a recent interview. She's good at the arty side but her celebrity/fame and business side don't matter to her. She sometimes forgets to inform her fans of details she knows, she's working on this though.
Will Not Be A Victim: Now goes out of her way to ensure people don't victimize her. She simply says "There's nothing wrong with being a good person" and be done with it.
Woman Scorned: Not Me Not I, Nobody Listened, You Will Only Break My Heart, the Guardian, Woman, Silence Be Heard, Predictable, I Lost All Love 4 You, Control, Dancing With A Broken Heart, Alcohol, Hunters And The Wolves, When My Stars Come Out
"Hunters And The Wolves" also could give of this vibe:
I fought for you/I went to war in a battle of two
And in many years in solitary/I’m captured by the enemy
I tried, I tried, everything just to survive/I’m living the life of someone else who wouldn’t even save himself
Vocal Evolution: She went from deep but youthful in "Innocent Eyes" to soft and emotional in "Mistaken Identity", to robotic, vocal gymnastic-like Céline Dion in her third self titled album, went back to a strong but emotional way of singing in "Child of The Universe"