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Multi-platinum-selling Australian singer-songwriter Delta Goodrem chatted about her career, and opening for the Backstreet Boys on their “DNA World Tour” until July 30.

Opening for the Backstreet Boys on their DNA World Tour

The acclaimed Australian artist is now back in the United States opening for the Backstreet Boys on their massive nationwide tour, singing some of her biggest hits from chart-topping albums including “Bridge Over Troubled Dreams,” “Innocent Eyes,” and “Wings of the Wild.”

On being a part of this tour, she said, “It has been incredible, and absolutely phenomenal. I get to sing every night and I get to enjoy the incredible amphitheaters performing music that I love and seeing new people at the shows. I am definitely seeing different parts of America. Today, I am in Alpharetta, Georgia.”

“Having done music for so long in Australia and coming over to America and bringing the shows, and enjoying the moment, has been fantastic,” she exclaimed.

Goodrem shared that she intends to do her own concerts in America as well. “I definitely intend to put my own shows for people to come and have a rocking time,” she said.

The digital age

On being an artist in the digital age, Goodrem said, “The best part is that more music can get to people, and that’s a wonderful thing. You can connect with an artist and see them at that moment. You can find music so accessible and that’s a real blessing.”

‘The Bunkerdown Sessions’

During the lockdown, she would do “The Bunkerdown Sessions” every Thursday night, where people were able to tune in and watch Goodrem perform in her living room. “They were once a week, and people were able to send requests, and we would have live concerts. It was a great way for people to connect and each week, I was learning as well. We had people from all over the world, it was amazing,” she said.

Goodrem is an artist in the truest sense – bringing stories to life as a singer-songwriter, traversing stage and screen as an actress and performer, and making giving back a focus in her life through philanthropy. “I love music,” she expressed. “Music is my heart and soul.”

She has achieved multi-platinum-selling status, nine No. 1 singles, five No. 1 albums, 17 top 10 hits, 12 ARIA Awards, a Silver Logie Award, and three World Music Awards.

At the age of 15, Goodrem signed a record deal with Sony Music Australia. Her first album, “Innocent Eyes,” was one of the highest-selling debut albums in Australian history. The album spent a record-breaking 29 weeks at No. 1 in Australia. It topped the Australian Albums Charts and reached 23-times platinum in sales. 

She became the first-ever artist to have five No. 1 singles on the Australian charts from a debut album and was awarded the ARIA Albums Artist of the Decade in 2010 having sold more albums and singles than any other domestic or international artist over the decade. The album won the “Highest Selling Album” award at the ARIAs two years running and heralded a record seven awards for a female artist in one ARIA year.

Since then, she has achieved 17 Top-10 hits, five No. 1 albums, and over nine million records sold worldwide and started her own label imprint with Sony Australia, The House of Oz Records.

In May of 2021, she released her most recent and fifth number-one studio album, “Bridge Over Troubled Dreams,” and her first book of the same title, published by Simon & Schuster – both her album and book heralded a No. 1 chart position.

She served as a coach on “The Voice Australia” for multiple seasons. “I feel like my team had the greatest artists, we won three times,” she said. “I was there for nine years, including the very first year. I had the most amazing artists and I learned so much from them.”

On the title of the current chapter of her life, she said, “New Beginnings.” “This feels like a new era for me,” she said. “It’s a wonderful time now where I am getting to be on an adventure. I am doing the best music I possibly can. I feel like the best is yet to come.”

Dream collaboration choices

Goodrem listed the Backstreet Boys and Chris Martin of Coldplay. “Obviously, the Backstreet Boys since I am on their tour,” she said with a sweet laugh. “I am a huge Chris Martin fan of Coldplay, they are one of my favorite bands of all time. I love their music so much.”

She praised Olivia Newton-John for being her “absolute idol in life.” “I’ve always loved her and I played Olivia in her biopic, which was very special,” she said. “Doing that biopic was one of the best days of my life, it was incredible.”

Regarding the best advice she was ever given in this industry, she said, “I always run by ‘if it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.’ When you are in it for the right reasons, you want to touch lives and hearts. I want to bring love and light to people and make them feel connected through songs.”

“If I do something, I want to do it the best way that I possibly can. That’s what my mother taught me,” she added.

Success

On her definition of the word success, she said, “Success is about doing everything with kindness and in the best way you possibly can by working hard and having great people around you. Also, enjoying every day with people you love, and care about, and working together in a team. Working hard on a goal and when that comes to fruition (with people that are equally invested) is success.”

“I am forever grateful to my fans,” she concluded. “They are always in my heart and I am constantly sending rays of love back and appreciation to them.”

To learn more about multifaceted entertainer Delta Goodrem, check out her Linktree page.

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