Vanessa Amorosi - Singer and Recording Artist

Vanessa Amorosi
'Make sure you get a ball-breaking manager. Having the right people around you is really important.'

Vanessa was launched into the music spotlight at 15 when her debut single 'Have a Look' went Gold after only seven weeks in the ARIA charts. She followed up the success with 'Absolutely Everybody' and 'Shine' which both became mega hits in Europe and Australia.

Now 28, Vanessa has recently released her second album Somewhere in the Real World.



You were discovered singing in a Russian restaurant by TV producer Jack Strom. How did your world change?

After that I started writing songs for my first album and recording tracks. It was an exciting time and things just sort of grew from there.

Did you want to be a singer when you were growing up?

No, I wanted to be in the army. I loved the thought of driving trucks and tanks, running around and having fun, and rolling around in the mud.

What is it like singing at large events like the Olympics where there was an estimated audience of four billion?

It was unbelievable! It was a great atmosphere and there was such an amazing energy from being amongst a huge crowd. It was great to perform.

What is the balance in your life between rock chick and farm girl?

There is no balance. They are both so totally different. My life is performing and being out on the road, which is where I love being, and the farm is good to escape to every now and then.

What was it like supporting a band like KISS?

Mind blowing. KISS fans are fabulous. There were so many people dressed up from head to toe with full costume and makeup. It was awesome.

What do you think about when you are writing a song?

I think about the chord structure and the melody to go with it. I think about what works well together and try to find the key lyric to sum up the whole story I am telling.

What support networks, both professional and personal, are important to you?

I have a great support network around me. My family is fabulous. My mum is a great support. She looks after all of my animals while I am away on tour and keeps me together and organised. My strong management team is also an important network to me.

How do you feel about being in the public spotlight?

It's great to get my music out there for people to listen to, but sometimes it's hard because I am an easy target.

Apart from musical ability, what do you think it takes to make it in the music industry?

It takes strength. It's a long journey and you have to have the will power and strength to keep working towards your goals.

What do you like most about being a performer?

Performing ... singing. I love being on stage. It brings it all together. It's when I get to connect with my audience and celebrate that they enjoy the songs I have spent time making.

What do you dislike?

I don't like waiting around to perform – we do a lot of waiting. There is a lot of time spent before a gig waiting between sound check and performance.

What have you been doing since you last released an album?

Somewhere in the Real World was released earlier this year. Since then I have been out on tour and out doing promo for the next single 'The Simple Things (Something Emotional)'. We also shot the video clip for the next single which was great fun. I also spent a few weeks over in LA.

Has your attitude changed towards your career and your music since your first single was released?

My attitude has definitely changed – I'm older and I've grown as an artist and as a person.

What do you wish you had known before you started?

I like not knowing. I love a surprise and a challenge.

What advice do you have for aspiring musicians?

Make sure you get a ball-breaking manager. Having the right people around you and building a strong team is really important.

What are your future career ambitions?

Fly to Mars! Keep writing more songs and produce more records. My ambition is to have a long and successful career like Kate Ceberano and Jimmy Barnes.

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