NIYKEE HEATON

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Nicolet Aleta Heaton (born December 4, 1994), better known by her stage name Niykee Heaton, is an American singer. She was discovered through her YouTube channel after uploading acoustic guitar covers of contemporary hits, most notably hip hop songs, that went viral. She released her debut extended play, Bad Intentions, on September 23, 2014.

Heaton embarked on her first headlining concert tour, The Bedroom Tour, in late 2015, and released the similarly titled mixtape, The Bedroom Tour Playlist, on March 18, 2016, which compiled remastered material she had previously shared online for free streaming and debuted for her live shows during the tour.

Early life[edit]

Nicolet Aleta Heaton was born on December 4, 1994,[1] in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in Geneva, Illinois, but she notes a stronger connection to the time spent in her mother’s native South Africa.[2][3]

After writing her first song at age five and teaching herself to play guitar at nine, Heaton dedicated her childhood years to making music. Despite realizing early on that she wanted to be a musician, she never saw herself as a performer and just wanted to make music, developing a stage fright. She gave herself vocal training by singing along to a Diana Ross greatest-hits CD, since her family couldn’t financially support her musical education. Heaton has an older brother and also had a sister Rachel, who beat liver cancer but died in 2007 at age 21 while waiting for a second liver transplant, whom she regularly notes taking inspiration from. Heaton also struggled with bullying throughout her school years.[4][5][6][7]

Career[edit]

In 2011, while still enrolled in high school, Heaton began uploading clips recorded in her bedroom on YouTube, including covers of contemporary hit songs along with occasional originals, for which she accompanied herself on acoustic guitar. In December 2012, her cover of Chief Keef‘s “Love Sosa” particularly was featured on the website WorldStarHipHop, promptly helping to propel Heaton to prominence, and subsequently taking meetings with several record labels.[8][9] Heaton graduated high school six months early and self-financed the recording of a host of her own songs, opting to take a step back and build “a catalog that we were proud of” with her manager Lauren, eventually signing with All Def Digital in 2014, a YouTube-based label founded by Steve Rifkind and Def Jam-founder Russell Simmons, in partnership with Capitol Records.[4][9][10][11] She topped Billboards Next Big Sound chart on April 24, 2014.[12]

On September 23, 2014, Heaton released her debut extended play, Bad Intentions, digitally in the United States, topping the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 chart and reaching the top ten in the U.S. iTunes Store on the day of its release.[13][14] On April 28, 2015, she posted an open letter online expressing frustration with her label and explaining the delay for her music.[15] On June 13, 2015, she launched a website, NBK (Naturyl Born Killers), stating “NBK is the movement,” where new music was then independently released for free regularly in following months.[16][17][18][19][20] Heaton later clarified, “We are now in a place where we can create music that I want to create, and we are no longer tied to the people that were holding me back,” revealing she had started producing music herself as well.[10] On October 20, 2015, she premiered her debut music video for a song titled “Lullaby,” on Apple Music.[21] Also in October, Heaton announced her first headlining concert tour, The Bedroom Tour, with twenty dates throughout the United States and Canada, beginning on November 13 in Houston, Texas and concluding on December 18 in Los Angeles, California.[22][23] On March 18, 2016, Heaton released The Bedroom Tour Playlist, a mixtape titled similarly to the tour, compiling remixed and remastered material she had shared online and debuted on live shows in previous months.[24][25] In a mid-2016 interview, Heaton announced that she was planning her debut studio album, stating “I want my it to be an actual masterpiece… I want my first album to be legendary”.[1] The Centerfold Tour was Heaton’s second tour, containing forty-three shows in North America. It began on October 6, 2016, in Athens, Georgia, and ended on December 16, 2016, in Austin, Texas.[26]

Artistry[edit]

While talking about her songwriting, Heaton said, “My music is a direct reflection of who I am. My writing is everything to me because that’s all I had growing up. I had a really tough childhood and at a point when I was very young, I sort just stopped speaking because I stuttered,” mentioning her inability to have friends, causing her to always be alone due to her mother staying with her sister in the hospital, her father being drunk and the rest of her family living in South Africa, so she “would just write all the time.”[27] “Even when I’m not writing literally about things that have happened to me, all the pain of my childhood and losing my sister ends up getting pushed into my music,” she adds about her creative inspiration and wanting to be proud of the message in her music, “It shapes my songs and builds this deeper meaning under everything, which is one of the most important things to me.”[4] She has mentioned being heavily influenced by Bob Dylan and Tom Waits and is also a fan of hip-hop, pointing out rappers like Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Jay Z, Drake and Nicki Minaj as other inspirations.[27][28]

Heaton addressed claims regarding her social media presence in platforms such as Instagram overshadowing her music saying, “If I can use what I have aesthetically to draw people in, then why not use it? I’m not going to put on a turtleneck just to prove a point, or to make people feel more comfortable according to society’s standards.”[29][30] Heaton notes her writing style and musical roots come from growing up with “older siblings who listened to a lot of soul and bluegrass and alternative,” and her sister’s love of poetry, having discovered rapper Lil Jon when she was ten, which sparked her interest in hip-hop music, describing her sound as “those two worlds colliding, like folk, rhythm, and Shakespeare sonnets mixed with Kanye trap beats.”[7]

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected details and chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[31]
US
Digital

[32]
Bad Intentions[33] 38 17
Starting Over[34]
  • Released: October 5, 2018
  • Label: Capitol Records
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming

Mixtapes[edit]

List of mixtapes, with selected details and chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[31]
US
Digital

[32]
The Bedroom Tour Playlist[24][35] 39 8

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected details and chart positions
Title Year Peaks Certifications Album
US
Pop
Digital

[36]
US
Rhythmic

[37]
“Bad Intentions”
(featuring Migos)
2016 28 25 The Bedroom Tour Playlist

Music videos[edit]

List of music videos, with selected details
Title Year Director(s)
“Lullaby” 2015 Niykee Heaton[39]
“Bad Intentions”
(featuring Migos)
2016 Daps[40]

Tours[edit]

Headlining

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SEVYN STREETER

Sevyn Streeter

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Birth name Amber Denise Streeter
Born (1986-07-07) July 7, 1986 (age 32)
Haines City, Florida, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active 2001–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website sevynstreeter.com

Amber Denise Streeter (born July 7, 1986),[1] known by her stage name Sevyn Streeter, is an American singer and songwriter, best known for being a member of the girl groups TG4 and RichGirl where she was known as Se7en. She signed to Atlantic Records and released her debut single “I Like It” in 2012.

Her debut extended play Call Me Crazy, But… was released on December 3, 2013. It sold over 17,000 copies within its first week and spawning her first top 40 hit single “It Won’t Stop“, and “Next“. The single achieved gold certification from RIAA marking it as her biggest selling single to date. In 2015, her first extended play (EP) Shoulda Been There, Pt. 1 was released. The extended play was preceded by two singles “Don’t Kill the Fun” and “Shoulda Been There”.

Her debut studio album Girl Disrupted was released on July 7, 2017. The album has been preceded by the release of five singles “Prolly“, “My Love for You“, “D4L“, “Before I Do” and “Fallen“. She has written songs for artists such as Chris Brown, K. Michelle, Usher, Kelly Rowland, Ariana Grande, Trey Songz, Alicia Keys, Fantasia, Brandy, and Tamar Braxton.

Early life[edit]

Streeter was born on July 7, 1986, in Haines City, Florida to Tim and Karen Streeter.[1] She grew up singing in church and talent shows, by the time she was 5, Streeter already knew she wanted to sing for a living, at the age of 10, she competed on Showtime at the Apollo and tied for first place by singing “My Funny Valentine”.

Career[edit]

2001–12: TG4 and RichGirl[edit]

Streeter received her first record deal at the age of 9, performing in the girl group TG4, which was put together by Chris Stokes and T.U.G. Entertainment, where Stokes served as their manager.[2] He offered Sevyn Streeter the first spot in the T.U.G./A&M group after she opened for B2K and IMx at a concert in Orlando, Florida in early 2001. Davida, Ashley, and Keisha fell in line after a series of successful auditions. The name TG4 is short for Tom Girls 4. “We’re like four Tom Girls,” said Amber, who tied for first place on Showtime at the Apollo when she was 10. “‘When you’re a girl and you act like a boy, you’re a tomboy. We’re girls and we act like guys but love being girls, so we’re tom girls.” The group opened for B2K, IMx and Bow Wow for their Scream II Tour, presented an award at the 9th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards at the Pasadena Civic Center in Pasadena, California on August 23, 2003, and performed on Soul Train.

The group’s only major single was “Virginity”, which peaked at number 88 on the US Billboard R&B chart in 2002.[3] Their second single from the album was “2 Minutes”, which a music video was filmed for. It failed to chart on Billboard Hot 100. The group also appeared on the track, “Sexy Boy” on the B2K album Santa Hooked Me Up. The group parted ways with their original label and their album, Time for the New, was shelved indefinitely. After Davida Williams departed from the group to focus on her acting career, they renamed the group “Tomgirls 4 Eva” and they were signed to Soul Chemistry.[4] Shortly thereafter, the group disbanded.

Amber was later discovered by Rich Harrison on MySpace, and signed onto the RichCraft label as Se7en. Amber “Se7en” Streeter signed a deal with Jive Records and the RichCraft label in 2007 as a member of Rich Harrison’s girl group, RichGirl. The girls released their mixtape on Valentine’s Day 2011Fall in Love with RichGirl. The group later disbanded after all members of the group pursued solo careers and different endeavors. The group opened for Beyoncé for her concert tour I Am… World Tour and toured with Mario before disbanding. On March 21, 2012, Streeter released a song titled “Red Handed” along with a statement that confirmed her disbandment from the group and revealed that she had signed with Chris Brown‘s CBE imprint.[5]

2013–15: Call Me Crazy, But… and Shoulda Been There[edit]

Following the release of Chris Brown’s Fortune (2012), Se7en has been featured on the album as Sevyn (removing the number “7”, and adding a “v” and “y” instead).[6] Se7en changed her stage name to Sevyn Streeter. On October 30, 2012, she released her debut single “I Like It“, and premiered the music video for the song on BET‘s 106 & Park on January 4, 2013 in Los Angeles, California, and on May 22, 2013, she released her second single “It Won’t Stop“.[7][8][9] On June 24, 2013, Streeter released an acoustic performance video for her second single “It Won’t Stop”.[10] Her debut album entitled Call Me Crazy, But…, was released on February 16, 2013.[11] The album debuted on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart at No. 5 with 17,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album also preceded the release of the second single “Call Me Crazy” on April 8, 2013 along with a third single “Sex on the Ceiling” on August 5, 2013. On August 28, 2013, Streeter released the remix to her second single “It Won’t Stop” featuring Chris Brown.[12] The music video for the remix premiered on BET’s 106 & Park on October 10, 2013 and was directed by Chris Brown himself and he also appears in the video along with NBA player Dorell Wright as Sevyn’s love interest.[13] On November 19, 2013, Streeter released the fourth single “nEXt“. A remix for the single featuring American rapper Kid Ink. The music video premiered a day later on March 26, 2014. Later, on May 19, 2014, she released another remix for “nEXt”, featuring rapper YG. The music video premiered on May 20, 2014.

In 2015, Streeter released the first promotional single called “Don’t Kill the Fun” featuring Chris Brown from her upcoming second album. Also, Streeter recorded a song for the Furious 7: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack called “How Bad Do You Want It (Oh Yeah)“. The soundtrack album was released on March 17, 2015. The song samples the Aero Chord’s Festival Trap Remix of Ultra Music‘s duo Bang La Decks’ 2013 single “Utopia”. On April 28, 2015, Sevyn Streeter released the original first single from her second album titled “4th Street“. The music video was released simultaneously with the single.

In July 2015, Streeter released the first of two planned EPs ahead of On the Verge, titled Shoulda Been There, Pt. 1. The set features “Don’t Kill the Fun” as well as the title track, featuring B.o.B.

2016–present: Girl Disrupted[edit]

On August 12, 2016, Streeter released the original lead single from her second album Girl Disrupted, “Prolly” featuring Gucci Mane, with the music video premiering on August 14, and her debut album is scheduled to be released in early 2017.[14][15][16] On September 16, 2016, Streeter released the official lead (originally second) single from her upcoming second album “Girl Disrupted”, “My Love for You, with the music video premiering on September 19, 2016 directed by Mike Ho.[17][18] On October 14, 2016, Streeter released the original third single from her second album “Girl Disrupted”, “D4L” featuring The-Dream, with the music video premiering on October 17.[19][20]

On October 26, 2016, Streeter was scheduled to perform the National Anthem at the start of the Philadelphia 76ers season opener but the 76ers organization did not approve of her shirt, which read, “We Matter.” This came just one day after the NBA unveiled its “Together” campaign, promoting unity in the wake of the recent National Anthem protests sparked by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. On November 15, 2016 an 18-date tour was announced to promote “Girl Disrupted” starting on January 12, 2017, in St. Louis, Missouri and finishing on February 12, 2017, at The Roxy in Los Angeles.[21] On November 29, 2016, Streeter announced the release date for her upcoming album Girl Disrupted. The date of release was scheduled to be January 27, 2017.[22]

On December 2, 2016, Before I Do was released as the album’s fourth single,[23] with the music video released on December 5, 2016.[24] On January 19, 2017, in an interview with Hip Hop Weekly when asked about the album’s release date Streeter responded with “It comes out in the spring. Everyone is saying Atlantic, no Sevyn is doing what Sevyn is doing. Anyone that follows my music knows how much work I put into my albums and my music. I want to put out more music and create more awareness, so I made the decision to push it [back] myself.. Streeter also continues to reveal collaborations “I have a record with August Alsina called “Been A Minute,” I have a record with Ty Dolla $ign called “Fallen,” I have a record with Dave East, I got a record with Jeremih, and I got a couple of more surprises imma keep in my back pocket.”[25]

On January 27, 2017, “Fallen” featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Cam Wallace was released as the album’s fifth single,[26] with the music video premiering on January 30, 2017.[27]

On July 7, 2017, Streeter released her first studio album, “Girl Disrupted“.[28]

On September 21, 2018, Streeter released her new single, “Yernin”.[29]

Influences[edit]

Sevyn Streeter cites Aaliyah as her biggest musical influence. Streeter covered Aaliyah’s “Come Over” after visiting her high school, Detroit High School for the Fine and Performing Arts in Detroit, Michigan in May 2013.[30] She also wrote a letter to honor her memory.[31]

Discography[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year2012 Association Category Nominated Result
2014 Soul Train Awards Best New Artist Sevyn Streeter Nominated
Actress (2 credits)
 2017 Double Dutchess: Seeing Double
Partygoer (segment “L.A.LOVE”)
 2016 Ringside (TV Movie)
Selita

A TRIBUTE TO HAL BLAINE

Hal Blaine

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American drummer
Hal Blaine
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Background information
Birth name Harold Simon Belsky
Born (1929-02-05)February 5, 1929
Holyoke, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died March 11, 2019(2019-03-11) (aged 90)
Palm Desert, California, U.S.
Genres Pop, rock and roll
Instruments
Years active 1949–2019
Associated acts The Wrecking Crew, The Beach Boys, The Byrds, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Johnny Rivers, Simon & Garfunkel, Neil Diamond, John Denver, Barbra Streisand, Captain & Tennille, The Carpenters

Hal Blaine (born Harold Simon Belsky; February 5, 1929 – March 11, 2019) was an American drummer and session musician estimated to be among the most recorded studio drummers in the history of the music industry, claiming over 35,000 sessions and 6,000 singles. His drumming is featured on 150 US top 10 hits, 40 of which went to number one, as well as many film and television soundtracks.

Born in Holyoke, Massachusetts, Blaine moved with his family to California in 1943 and subsequently began playing jazz and big band music before taking up rock and roll session work. He became one of the regular players in Phil Spector‘s de facto house band, which Blaine nicknamed “the Wrecking Crew“. Some of the records Blaine played on include the Ronettes‘ single “Be My Baby” (1963), which contained a drum beat that became widely imitated, as well as works by popular artists such as Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, the Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel, Neil Diamond, and the Byrds.[1]

Blaine’s workload declined from the 1980s onwards as recording and musical practices changed. In 2000, he was among the inaugural “sidemen” inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2018 he received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Life and career[edit]

Blaine was born Harold Simon Belsky to Jewish Eastern European immigrants, Meyer and Rose Belsky (nee Silverman[2]), in Holyoke, Massachusetts.[3] He began playing drums aged eight,[4] and moved with his family to California in 1943.[5]

From 1949 to 1952, Blaine learned drums from Roy Knapp, who had also taught jazz drummer Gene Krupa.[6] He began his professional career playing overnight sessions in Chicago strip clubs, which allowed him to practice and perfect his sight reading skills.[6] He subsequently played as part of Count Basie‘s big band and toured with Patti Page and Tommy Sands before taking up session work.[5] Unlike many of his jazz contemporaries, Blaine enjoyed playing rock and roll and this meant he played on numerous such sessions during the 1950s. He was a core member of the Wrecking Crew, the close-knit group of Los Angeles session musicians that played on hit records during the 1960s.[7] Blaine claimed to have invented the name as he thought the musicians were a “destructive force” in the conservative studio environment of the time.[4]

Blaine played less session work from the 1980s onwards as computers and electronics began to be used in studios, and producers began to bring in younger players.[8] The popularisation of the drum machine also reduced demand for session drummers like Blaine.[9] He kept busy recording advertising jingles for a number of years, before semi-retiring from performing.[8] Most of his wealth was lost following his divorce. At one point, he was working as a security guard in Arizona.[1]

Death[edit]

Blaine died of natural causes on March 11, 2019, at the age of 90 in Palm Desert, California.[10][11] A statement from his family read “May he rest forever on 2 and 4”, referring to the second and fourth beats of a measure in music.[12] Drummer Ringo Starr and Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson expressed public condolences and praised Blaine’s musicianship.[4] Ronnie Spector praised Blaine for “the magic he put on all our Ronettes recordings”.[4]

Legacy and recognition[edit]

Blaine was a prolific session player and by his estimation played on over 35,000 recordings, including 6,000 singles.[7][13] He is widely regarded as one of the most in-demand drummers in rock and roll history, having “certainly played on more hit records than any drummer in the rock era”.[14] His drumming can be heard as part of the Wall of Sound on the Ronettes’ 1963 single “Be My Baby“,[15] produced by Phil Spector at Hollywood’s Gold Star Studios. Drummer Max Weinberg wrote, “If Hal Blaine had played drums only on … ‘Be My Baby’, his name would still be uttered with reverence and respect for the power of his big beat.”[16] The pattern was created when Blaine accidentally hit the snare on just the fourth beat, instead of the two and four. It was a mistake that Spector decided to leave in.[17] Blaine is also credited with popularising the “disco beat” after he recorded a “pshh-shup” sound by opening and closing the hi-hat at appropriate intervals on Johnny Rivers‘ “Poor Side of Town“. The effect had been widely used in jazz, but professional recording engineers disliked it because of its resemblance to white noise. The sound subsequently became sought-after by producers in the 1970s.[6][additional citation(s) needed]

Stamp used by Blaine

“Hal Blaine Strikes Again” was a rubber stamp used by Blaine to mark music scores and places where he played. When asked to explain about the stamp Blaine said, “I always stamp my charts. And there’s a reason why I started that; it wasn’t all ego.”[16] The stamp was used for any piece of music Blaine played on.[16] Another drummer, Mike Botts, then with the band Bread, recalled: “Every studio I went to in the late sixties, there was a rubber stamp imprint on the wall of the drum booth that said, ‘Hal Blaine strikes again.’ Hal was getting so many studio dates he actually had a rubber stamp made. He was everywhere!”[18]

In 2014, Blaine was portrayed by Johnny Sneed in the film Love & Mercy, a biopic of the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson.[1]

Awards and accolades[edit]

Blaine played on six consecutive Grammy Award Record of the Year winners:[8]

In March 2000, Blaine was one of the first five sidemen inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (one of the other inductees was his long-time friend and drumming colleague, Earl Palmer).[19] He was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2010.[20] In 2018, he received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.[21]

Selected performances[edit]

In addition to playing on 150 US top 10 singles, Blaine played drums on 40 recordings that hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100.[4] The dates given are when each song reached number one:[22]

Discography[edit]

A TRIBUTE TO DICK DALE

Dick Dale

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Dick Dale
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Background information
Birth name Richard Anthony Mansour
Also known as The King of the Surf Guitar
Born (1937-05-04)May 4, 1937
Boston, Massachusetts, US
Died March 16, 2019(2019-03-16) (aged 81)
Genres Surf rock, protopunk, instrumental rock, rock and roll[1]
Occupation(s) Musician, guitarist
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 1959–2019
Labels Capitol, GNP Crescendo, Deltone
Associated acts Del-Tones
Website www.dickdale.com

Richard Anthony Monsour (May 4, 1937 – March 16, 2019),[2][3] better known by his stage name Dick Dale, was an American rock guitarist, known as The King of the Surf Guitar. He pioneered and created what many call the surf music style, drawing on Middle-Eastern music scales and experimenting with reverberation. He worked closely with Fender to produce custom made amplifiers,[1] including the first-ever 100-watt guitar amplifier.[4] He pushed the limits of electric amplification technology, helping to develop new equipment that was capable of producing distorted, “thick, clearly defined tones” at “previously undreamed-of volumes.” The “breakneck speed of his single-note staccato picking technique” and showmanship with the guitar is considered a precursor to heavy metal music, influencing guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen.[1]

Early life[edit]

Dale was born Richard Anthony Monsour in Boston, Massachusetts, on May 4, 1937. He is of Lebanese descent from his father and PolishBelarusian descent from his mother.[5] His grandparents farmed in Whitman, Massachusetts.

“I would go out picking swamp berries in Whitman, Massachusetts, where my grandma and grandpa lived”[6]

Dale’s family moved to Quincy, Massachusetts, which had a significant Lebanese immigrant community, when Dale was very young. He learned to play music, starting with piano when he was nine.[7]

“I first was given a trumpet when I was in seventh grade.”[6]

Dale admired Hank Williams, and wanted to be a cowboy singer, so he got a ukulele and taught himself to play by reading an instruction book.

“It was a ukelele, back when I was in kindergarten. I was reading a Superman magazine and it said: Sell so many jars of Noxzema skin cream and we’ll send you this ukelele. And I got it. But it was a piece of crap, so I filled a red wagon with a bunch of Pepsi and Coke bottles, went down to the store, cashed them, and I got a basic ukelele for $6.”[8]

The first song he played on the ukulele was “Tennessee Waltz“.[6]

“And my buddy had a guitar for sale, so he sold it to me for $8, and I paid him 25 or 50 cents a week.”[8]

He then learned to play guitar, using a combination of styles incorporating both lead and rhythm aspects, so that the guitar filled the place of drums. He was raised in Quincy until he completed the eleventh grade at Quincy High School in 1954, when his father, a machinist, took a job working for Hughes Aircraft Company [9][10] in the Southern California aerospace industry.[8] His parents drove the family across the country to live in El Segundo, California. Dale spent his senior year at and graduated from Washington Senior High School.[11] It was in Southern California that he learned to surf at the age of 17.[12] He soon learned to play the drums and the trumpet.[12]

When I was 18 at the Santa Ana River Jetty is where I put my first board in the water that I ever got from Joe Quigg. I was just riding the whitewater in, and I was just in heaven.[13]

Due to his Lebanese heritage, he also had a strong interest in Arabic music, which later played a major role in his development of surf rock music.[14]

He first started playing the piano when he was young from sitting with his aunt who played and listening to it.[15]

Career[edit]

Among his early musical influences was his uncle.[16] According to Dale,

“My uncle taught me how to play the tarabaki, and I watched him play the oud.
We used to play at the Mahrajan while relatives belly-danced.”[14]

His early tarabaki drumming later influenced his guitar playing, particularly his rapid alternate picking technique. According to Dale,

“It’s the pulsation,” stating that whether he is playing the guitar, trumpet, or piano, “they all have that drumming beat I learned by playing the tarabaki.”[14]

Dale played at local country bars where he met Texas Tiny,[17] who gave him the name “Dick Dale” because he thought it was a good name for a country singer.[18]

Dale is credited as one of the first electric guitarists to employ non-Western scales in his playing. Dick Dale was an avid surfer in the late 1950s and 1960s. Dale’s sound derives from Gene Krupa’s jungle drum rhythms and wild animals’ roars and other sounds, as well as from indigenous peoples’ dance rhythms. Dick Dale was among the first guitarists to use reverb—which gave the guitar a “wet” sound that has become a staple of surf music. Dale’s staccato picking, however, is his trademark. Being left-handed, he initially had to play a right-handed guitar, but then changed to a left handed model.[16] However, he did so without restringing the guitar, leading him to effectively play the guitar upside-down (Hendrix, in contrast, restrung his guitar), often playing by reaching over the fretboard rather than wrapping his fingers up from underneath. Dale is also noted for playing his percussive, heavy bending style, using what most guitarists consider very heavy gauge strings (16p, 18p, 20p. 38w, 48w, 58w[19] guitar string manufacturers do not make string sets for standard tuned electric guitars heavier than 13 to 56).

“When I met Leo Fender and he was creating Fender Equipment he wanted me to also pioneer it, proof it, and help take all the bugs out of it. Everything that came out of Leo Fender’s head, I was his test pilot as well as helped create it and pioneer Dick Dale said, Leo Fender Would say about Dick Dale “When it can withstand the barrage of punishment from Dick Dale, then it is fit for the human consumption.” So I blew up over 50 amplifiers. And that’s why they call me the Father of Heavy Metal. Because I use 60-gauge strings and I make people’s ears bleed.”[8]

“So when I had my first concert with Leo Fender, I went to Balboa, California, and then I started surfing. So when we opened up the ballroom at Stan Kenton that was the last act that was there, and they were going to tear it down, and I got permits to open it with my dad. It held 4,000 people of all ages. The stage was humongous and there were giant red curtains. I told the surfers I was surfing with, we had a club called the 5th Street Crew, and I told the guys I was going to be playing at a place called the Rendezvous, ’cause we had no money to promote. And the first group of people that came there were these surfers, about 17 of them.”[6]

Fender Showman (On loan from Dick Dale.)

His desire to create a certain sound led him to push the limits of equipment.

Leo Fender kept giving Dale amps and Dale kept blowing them up! Till one night Leo and his right hand man Freddy T. (Freddie Tavares) went down to the Rendezvous Ballroom on the Balboa Peninsula in Balboa, California and stood in the middle of four thousand screaming and dancing Dick Dale fans, and said to Freddy, I now know what Dick Dale is trying to tell me. They went to James B. Lansing loudspeaker company and explained that they wanted a fifteen inch loudspeaker built to their specifications. The unit became famous as the 15″ JBL D130F model. It made the complete package for Dale to play through and was named the Single Showman Amp. When Dale plugged his Fender Stratocaster guitar into the new Showman Amp and loudspeaker cabinet, he was probably the first performer to jump from the volume scale of a smaller amplifier to levels most amplifiers and loudspeakers could not attain. That is when Dale became the “Father of Heavy Metal” as quoted from Guitar Player magazine. Dale broke through the electronic barrier limitations of that era![20]

Eventually, his work with Leo Fender produced a distinctively fuzzy sound that had set the base of surf music.

During a six-month period that began July 1, 1961, Dale’s performances at the Rendezvous Ballroom in Balboa are credited with the creation of the surf music phenomenon. Dale asked for and gained permission to use the 3,000 person capacity ballroom for surfer dances after overcrowding at a local ice cream parlor where he performed made him seek other venues.[21] The Rendezvous ownership and the city of Newport Beach agreed to Dale’s request on the condition that he prohibit alcohol sales and implement a dress code. Dale’s events at the ballrooms, called “stomps,” quickly became legendary, and the events routinely sold out.[21] Paul Johnson, guitarist for the contemporary group The Bel-Airs, recalled the electric atmosphere of the shows:

I remember making the trek to the Rendezvous in the summer of ’61 to see what all the fuss was about over Dick Dale. It was a powerful experience; his music was incredibly dynamic, louder and more sophisticated than The Belairs, and the energy between The Del-Tones and all of those surfers stomping on the hardwood floor in their sandals was extremely intense. The tone of Dale’s guitar was bigger than any I had ever heard, and his blazing technique was something to behold.[21]

Let’s Go Trippin’” is often regarded as the first surf rock song.[22] This was followed by more locally released songs, including “Jungle Fever” and “Surf Beat” on his own Deltone label. His first full-length album was Surfers’ Choice in 1962. The album was picked up by Capitol Records and distributed nationally, and Dale soon began appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show, and in films where he played his signature single “Misirlou“. He later stated, “I still remember the first night we played it (“Misirlou”). I changed the tempo, and just started cranking on that mother. And…it was eerie. The people came rising up off the floor, and they were chanting and stomping. I guess that was the beginning of the surfer’s stomp.”[23] His second album was named after his performing nickname, “King of the Surf Guitar“.

Dick Dale stated his two passions, Surfing and Guitar, by saying:

There was a tremendous amount of power I felt while surfing and that feeling of power was simply transferred into my guitar when I was playing surf music. The style of music I developed, to me at the time, was the feeling I got when I was out there on the waves. It was good rambling feeling I got when I was locked in a tube with the white water caving in over my head. I was trying to project the power of the ocean to the people. I couldn’t get the feeling by singing, so the music took an instrumental form.[24]

Dick Dale and The Del-Tones performed the songs “My First Love,” “Runnin’ Wild” and “Muscle Beach” in the 1964 film, Muscle Beach Party.

Dale and the Del-Tones performed both sides of his Capitol single, “Secret Surfin’ Spot” / “Surfin’ and Swingin'” in the popular 1963 movie, Beach Party, starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. This helped bring Dale, surf music, and surf culture to national prominence. He also appeared in the 1987 film, Back to the Beach—in which Avalon’s character, reluctant to attend a Dick Dale concert, remarks to Funicello, “We can come back here in the year 2000 and see Dick!”—a testimony to Dale’s continued popularity and career longevity.

Surf rock’s national popularity was somewhat brief, as the British Invasion began to overtake the American charts in 1964. Though he continued performing live, Dale was soon set back by rectal cancer. In the liner notes of Better Shred Than Dead: The Dick Dale Anthology, the thought, “Then you’ll never hear surf music again,” was Jimi Hendrix‘s reaction upon hearing that Dale had a possibly terminal case of colon cancer, intended to encourage his comrade to recuperate. Dale, in gratitude to his late friend, later covered “Third Stone from the Sun” as a tribute to Hendrix.[25] Though he recovered, he retired from music for several years. In 1979, he almost lost a leg after being injured while swimming and a pollution-related infection made the mild injury much worse. As a result, Dale became an environmental activist and soon began performing again. He recorded a new album in 1986 and was nominated for a Grammy. In 1987 he appeared in the movie Back to the Beach, playing surf music and performing “Pipeline” with Stevie Ray Vaughan. In 1993, he recorded a guitar solo on the track “Should Have Known” on a vinyl single by a Southern California indie band, The Pagodas. The use of “Misirlou” in the 1994 Quentin Tarantino film Pulp Fiction gained him a new audience.

In 1995, he recorded a surf-rock version of Camille Saint-Saëns‘s “Aquarium” from The Carnival of the Animals for the musical score of the enclosed roller coaster, Space Mountain at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. In 1997, Dale appeared in the campy cult film An American Vampire Story, performing a rousing guitar solo on the beach with his son on drums. In 2002, Dale appeared in The True Meaning of Christmas Specials, playing several original songs for the program.

The National Hockey League‘s Colorado Avalanche use Dale’s song “Scalped” as their theme song. The Black Eyed Peas‘ song “Pump It” (from the 2005 album Monkey Business) heavily samples Dale’s “Misirlou“. “Misirlou” also features in the PlayStation 2/Xbox 360 video game, Guitar Hero II, as well as the Wii video game Rayman Raving Rabbids. In the feature film Space Jam, as Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam (in a parody of the Pulp Fiction characters Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield) shoot out teeth from one of the Monstars, a clip from “Misirlou” plays.

In 2009, Dale was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee.[26] Dale is also a 2011 inductee into the Surfing Walk of Fame in Huntington Beach, California, in the Surf Culture category.[27]

Personal life[edit]

Dale was married at least twice. In the early 1970s, his wife Jeannie Monsour was a Las Vegas dancer who worked in a revue with Dale.[28] Their son James was 20 years old in 2012, Dale said that same year he had not spoken to Jeannie in over a decade and rarely saw James.[29] As of 2015, his wife Lana was his manager.[30]

Dale said that he never used alcohol or other drugs for health reasons, and discouraged their use by band members and road crew. In 1972, he stopped eating red meat. He studied martial arts (Kenpo karate) for over 30 years.[20][31] [14][32] In early 2008, he experienced a recurrence of rectal cancer and finished a surgical, chemotherapy, and radiation treatment regimen.[33] In June 2009, Dale began a West Coast tour from Southern California to British Columbia, with approximately 20 concert dates. “Forever Came Calling” (or FCC) featured Dale’s then-17-year-old son, Jimmie Dale on drums, who opened for him. He was scheduled to play the Australian One Great Night On Earth festival to raise funds to benefit those affected by the Black Saturday bushfires and other natural disasters.[34] Dale continued to perform at venues across the U.S. into 2016 [35] in order to pay for medical bills.[36]

Dale died of heart failure on March 16, 2019, at the age of 81.[37][38]

Equipment[edit]

In addition to Fender amplifiers, Dale was associated with the Fender Stratocaster guitar. Fender makes a signature model, the Dick Dale Custom Shop Stratocaster, fitted with “Custom Shop ’54” pickups and intended to recreate the sound of the first Stratocaster. Dale used a reverb unit with the signal split between two Fender Dual Showman amps. As of 2010, Dale continued to play with his original reverb unit and Showman amps from the early 1960s, continuing his practice of stringing his left-handed guitar upside down. The unique features of this guitar include a toggle switch that bypasses the three position blade switch to activate neck and middle pickups only. Fender also makes an acoustic signature model, the Fender Kingman Dick Dale guitar, with an all mahogany body so there is no loss in sound. The guitar is a three quarter size guitar but sounds like a dreadnought in Dale’s words.

Discography[edit]

LPs[edit]

Appearances[edit]

  • The Silver Sounds Of The Surf (Cloister Records 1963)
  • Wild Hot Rod Wails (Diplomat Records 1964)

Singles[edit]

Year Titles (A-side, B-side)
Both sides from same album except where indicated
Label & number Album US Pop Chart[39]
1958 “Ooh-Whee-Marie”
b/w “Breaking Heart”
Deltone 5012 Non-album tracks
1959 “Stop Teasing”
b/w “Without Your Love”
Deltone 5013
1960 “We’ll Never Hear The End Of It”
b/w “The Fairest Of Them All”
Cupid 103
“St. Louis Blues”
b/w “Jesse Pearl”
Deltone 5014
1961 Let’s Go Trippin’
b/w “Del-Tone Rock”
Deltone 5017 Surfer’s Choice 60
1962 “Jungle Fever”
b/w “Shake-N-Stomp” (from Surfer’s Choice)
Deltone 5018 Non-album tracks
Misirlou
b/w “Eight Till Midnight”
Deltone 5019
“Peppermint Man”
b/w “Surf Beat”
Deltone 5020 Surfer’s Choice
1963 “King Of The Surf Guitar”
b/w “Hava Nagila”
Capitol 4963 King Of The Surf Guitar
“Surfin’ and A-Swingin'”
b/w “Secret Surfin’ Spot”
Capitol 5010 Non-album tracks
“The Scavenger”
b/w “Wild Ideas” (Non-album track)
Capitol 5048 Checkered Flag 98
“The Wedge”
b/w “Night Rider”
Capitol 5098
1964 “Mr. Eliminator”
b/w “The Victor”
Capitol 5140 Mr. Eliminator
“Wild Wild Mustang”
b/w “Grudge Run” (from Checkered Flag)
Capitol 5187 Non-album track
“Glory Wave”
b/w “Never On Sunday”
Capitol 5225 Summer Surf
“Oh Marie”
b/w “Who Can He Be”
Capitol 5290 Non-album tracks
1965 “Let’s Go Trippin’ 65”
b/w “Watusi Jo”
Capitol 5389
1966 “A Run For Life”
b/w “Lovin’ On My Brain”
Deltone 5028
1975 “Let’s Go Trippin'”
b/w “Those Memories Of You”
GNP Crescendo 804 Greatest Hits
1987 “Pipeline” (with Stevie Ray Vaughan)
b/w “Love Struck Baby” (by Stevie Ray Vaughan) (Non-album track)
Columbia 07340 “Back To The Beach” soundtrack

Compilations and live albums[edit]

  • Hot Rod Music on Capitol (Capitol 1963)
  • The Big Surfin’ Sounds on Capitol (Capitol 1964)
  • Rock Out with Dick Dale and His Del-Tones: Live at Ciro’s (Capitol. March 1965)
  • Greatest Hits (GNP Crescendo 1975)
  • Golden Summer (United Artists 1976)
  • The Tigers Loose (Balboa. August 1983) [live album]
  • King of the Surf Guitar: The Best of Dick Dale & The Del-Tones (Rhino 1989)
  • Cowabunga Surf Box Set (Rhino 1996)
  • Rocket Jockey (Rocket Science Games/SegaSoft 1996)
  • Better Shred Than Dead: The Dick Dale Anthology (Rhino 1997)
  • MOM II Music for our Mother Ocean (Surf Dog Records 1997)
  • Guitar Legend: The Very Best of Dick Dale (Shout! Factory 2010)
  • The Phantom Surfers and Dick Dale – Conquer Your World! (Groovie Records 2011)
  • Dick Dale: Live on the Santa Monica Pier (Rockbeat Records July 2014)

Soundtracks[edit]

Peel Sessions[edit]

Dick Dale made four recordings for John Peel‘s Peel Sessions:

  1. March 30, 1995 (Maida Vale 4)
  2. July 10, 1995 (3 Mcr.)
  3. August 28, 2002 (Maida Vale 4)
  4. March 24, 2004 (Maida Vale 4)

Peel later selected Let’s Go Trippin’ as the theme tune for his BBC Radio 4 series Home Truths.[40]

LENA MEYER LANDRUT

Lena Meyer-Landrut

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Lena Meyer-Landrut
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Lena Meyer-Landrut at 1liVE Krone 2015
Background information
Also known as Lena
Born (1991-05-23) 23 May 1991 (age 27)
Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany
Genres Pop, indie pop[1]
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Years active 2010–present
Labels USFO, Universal Music Germany
Website lena-meyer-landrut.de

Lena Johanna Therese Meyer-Landrut[2] (German: [ˈleːna]; born 23 May 1991), also known mononymously as Lena, is a German singer-songwriter. She represented Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 in Oslo winning the contest with the song “Satellite“. With her three entries from the German national final Unser Star für Oslo (Our Star for Oslo), Meyer-Landrut set an all-time chart record in her home country by debuting with three songs in the top five on the German singles chart. Both “Satellite” and her first album My Cassette Player debuted at number one in Germany. The single has been certified double Platinum, and the album has been certified five times Gold for sales of over 500,000 units. Meyer-Landrut represented Germany for the second consecutive time in the Eurovision Song Contest at Düsseldorf in 2011 with the song “Taken by a Stranger“, placing 10th.

Meyer-Landrut performed as part of the interval act during the second semi-finals of the Eurovision Song Contest 2012. In September she released the single “Stardust” from the album of the same name which was released on 12 October. A second single, “Neon (Lonely People)“, was released in March 2013. At the 2013 Echo Awards that same month, she won the Best National Video award for “Stardust”. Following her No One Can Catch Us Tour she was one of three coaches on the show The Voice Kids.

In 2014 and 2015 Meyer-Landrut returned as a judge on the second and third season of The Voice Kids. In March 2015 she released the single “Traffic Lights” and the fourth studio album on which it appears, Crystal Sky, in May. The single from her yet to be released album Gemini, “Lost in You“, was released in April 2017. She also appeared on the fourth season of the German TV show Sing meinen Song – Das Tauschkonzert (Sing My Song – The Exchange Concert).

Meyer-Landrut has also voiced characters in several audiobooks and the 2013 animated film Tarzan. She has been a brand ambassador for L’Oréal hair coloring and skin care products.

Early life[edit]

Lena Meyer-Landrut was born in Hanover, Germany,[3] on 23 May 1991.[4] She is the granddaughter of Andreas Meyer-Landrut, the Estonian-born West German ambassador to the Soviet Union in Moscow from 1980 to 1983 and 1987 to 1989,[5][6] and Hanna Karatsony von Hodos who was born in Bratislava, Slovakia of Hungarian nobility.[7] She grew up as an only child,[5] and started taking dancing lessons at the age of five; initially doing ballet and later practising various modern styles, including hip-hop and jazz dance.[8] Meyer-Landrut grew fond of singing and appeared as an extra in a number of German television series,[5] though she never received any formal acting or vocal training.[9] In June 2010 she graduated from IGS Roderbruch Hannover, a comprehensive school, receiving her Abitur diploma.[10]

Career[edit]

2009–2011: Unser Star für Oslo and Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

Meyer-Landrut decided to take part in the talent show Unser Star für Oslo (Our Star for Oslo), a newly created national television programme to select the German entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 in Oslo.[9] The show was organised by public broadcaster ARD and private television station ProSieben, as well as entertainer, music producer and former Eurovision entrant Stefan Raab. From 4,500 entrants, Meyer-Landrut was picked as one of the 20 contestants for the show. Asked about her motivation to apply, she said, “I like to test myself. I wanted to see how I am perceived, and I wanted to hear what people with knowledge have to say about it. I personally can’t judge myself at all.”[6]

After her first appearance, performing “My Same” by British singer Adele, Meyer-Landrut received much praise from the show’s jury panel and was instantly considered the favourite.[9] The following week, Adele’s “My Same” entered the German singles chart at number 61.[11] Meyer-Landrut reached the final of Unser Star für Oslo, mainly performing lesser-known songs by international artists The Bird and the Bee, Kate Nash, Paolo Nutini and Lisa Mitchell. Of her eight cover performances, five of the original songs subsequently charted in Germany, with all but “Foundations” reaching their peak chart position.[12][13][14][15] In the final, on 12 March 2010, Meyer-Landrut sang three songs specifically written for the contest, “Bee“, “Satellite” and “Love Me“. Through televoting the audience chose “Satellite”, written by American Julie Frost and Dane John Gordon, to be her designated song in the event she won the show. In a second round of voting Meyer-Landrut was chosen as Germany’s entry for the 55th Eurovision Song Contest, beating the last remaining contestant, Jennifer Braun.[16] The music video for “Satellite” was shot during the night of the final and premiered on German television stations four days later.[17]

Throughout the show, Meyer-Landrut was seen as the clear favourite.[18] One day after winning Unser Star für Oslo, her three songs from the finals topped the German iTunes Store sales chart,[19] making her the first singer to accomplish this.[20][21] “Satellite” sold over 100,000 downloads in its first week, becoming Germany’s fastest-selling digital release ever.[22] Her three songs entered the top five of the German singles chart reaching positions one, three and four. No artist had achieved this since the charts were first established in Germany in 1959.[21] “Satellite” was certified gold after the first week and platinum after the fourth week of its release.[22][23] The song remained at number one for five consecutive weeks in Germany.[24]

While competing at Unser Star für Oslo, Meyer-Landrut continued to attend school. The last show was held one month before the start of her final exams.[5] Following them she released her debut album, My Cassette Player, on 7 May 2010.[25] Produced by Stefan Raab, it includes the singles “Satellite”, “Love Me” and “Bee”, as well as two cover songs and eight unreleased titles. Meyer-Landrut is credited as a co-writer for the lyrics of five songs.[26] The album debuted at number one on the German albums chart.[27] It peaked at number one on the Austrian albums chart, and at number three on the Swiss albums chart.[28][29] “Satellite” has been certified double Platinum, and the album has been certified five times Gold for sales of over 500,000 units.[24][30][27]

Following her success in Germany Meyer-Landrut said she would enjoy pursuing a singing or acting career,[6] but explained, “I’m not fixated on doing music my whole life.”[31] She said she originally planned to study acting after graduating school, but now is unsure “if time allows”.[31] She said her musical influences include Adele, Kate Nash, Vanessa Carlton, as well as the singer Clueso, and German pop rock band Wir sind Helden.[32]

Representing a “big four” country, Meyer-Landrut automatically qualified for the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2010. Germany received a wild card during the running order draw, allowing the German representatives to choose the country’s position for the final. They chose position 22 out of the 25 spots. Meyer-Landrut arrived in Oslo one week before the show and completed five rehearsals of her song “Satellite”. Before the final, she was considered one of the favourites. Bookmakers regarded her as the second favourite behind Azerbaijan’s Safura, while Google projected she would win based on search volume in the participating countries.[33] According to Norway’s Aftenposten she received the most media attention of all the participants.[34]

The final was held on 29 May 2010 at Oslo’s Telenor Arena. Appearing fourth from last, Meyer-Landrut wore a simple black dress and performed on a bare stage with four backing singers. Her pared-back presentation was a break from recent Eurovision trends, as it did not feature any choreography, dancers or an elaborate stage show.[35] “Satellite” received a total of 246 points, giving Germany its first win since 1982, and the first victory as a unified country.[36][37] The song won over Turkey’s entry “We Could Be the Same” with a margin of 76 points, the second largest in Eurovision history, second only to Alexander Rybak‘s margin of 169 points in the 2009 contest. (It would later be eclipsed by Loreen‘s victory in 2012, sporting a margin of 113 points). “Satellite” was awarded the maximum of 12 points nine times and received points from all but five countries.[37]

Lena on stage in Düsseldorf

The BBC called “Satellite” the first “contemporary pop hit Eurovision has produced in decades,” ushering in “a new era for the annual music jamboree”.[38] Meyer-Landrut’s victory received much attention in Germany and the show was seen by 15 million viewers on German television (a 49.1 percent market share).[39] She returned to Hanover the following day, where she was greeted by 40,000 people.[40] In June, “Satellite” regained the top spot on the German singles chart for one week and also peaked at number one in Denmark,[41] Finland,[42] Norway,[43] Sweden[44] and Switzerland.[45] It also topped the European Hot 100 singles chart—the first Eurovision song to do so.[46][47]

In June 2010 in the German dubbed version of the computer-animated film Sammy’s Adventures: The Secret Passage, Meyer-Landrut provided the voice for the character originally spoken by Isabelle Fuhrman.[48]

In January 2011, the TV-Show Unser Song für Deutschland was held and Meyer-Landrut’s 2011 Eurovision song was determined via televoting.[49] The twelve songs Meyer-Landrut performed during that show were recorded on her second studio album Good News, which was released on 8 February 2011. The album reached Gold status in Germany within one week after its release.[50] On 18 February 2011, the Unser Song für Deutschland final was held. It was decided through televoting that Meyer-Landrut would perform the entry “Taken by a Stranger” in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2011.[51]

In April 2011, she went on her first German tour of the largest concert halls in Berlin, Hanover, Frankfurt, Dortmund, Leipzig, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart and Cologne,[52] though the concerts were not sold out.

In May 2011, Meyer-Landrut attempted to defend her title for the second consecutive time in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest at Düsseldorf.[53] She was the third winner to do so, and the first in over 50 years.[54] She sang the song “Taken by a Stranger“, placing 10th.[53] She also appeared in the opening performance of the show, less than an hour before she took the stage to represent Germany.

2012–2013: Stardust and The Voice[edit]

On 24 May 2012, Meyer-Landrut performed as part of the interval act during the second semi-finals of the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. She was joined by the five Eurovision winners from 2007 to 2011, which included Marija Šerifović, Dima Bilan, Alexander Rybak, and Ell & Nikki. Meyer-Landrut, Marija, Dima and Alexander performed their winning song entries accompanied by traditional Azeri instruments, and were joined by Ell & Nikki for a rendition of “Waterloo“.[55]

Lena Meyer-Landrut at the Echo music award 2013

In late July and early August she went on a promotion tour, Lenas Wohnzimmer (Lena′s Lounge), which took her to Munich, Cologne, Hamburg and Berlin. She performed several of her new songs.[56]

Meyer-Landrut announced on her Twitter account that “Stardust” would be the first single from her new album of the same name on ! August. The single was released on 21 September[57] and was certified Gold for selling 150,000 copies.[58] The album was released on 12 October and debuted at number two on the German Albums chart.[59] Since October 2012 she has performed the theme song in the opening credits of Sesamstraße, the German version of Sesame Street accompanied by Elmo on trumpet.[60] She covered the Pippi Longstocking song “Sjörövar Fabbe” (“Seeräuber-Opa Fabian”) for the compilation album Giraffenaffen in November 2012.[61]

On 18 January 2013, it was announced that the second single from Meyer-Landrut’s album would be “Neon (Lonely People)“. The music video for it was shot in early February, by director Bode Brodmüller in Rathenau-Hallen. He also directed the video for her first single from the third album, “Stardust”. Lena’s video for “Neon (Lonely People)”, her sixth single, premiered on Universal Music’s website on 1 March. It was released on 15 March, and the video was uploaded to Meyer-Landrut’s Vevo channel on YouTube. The single is different from the original version on her Stardust album. It is a remixed, slightly faster dance song. Meyer-Landrut attended the 2013 Echo Awards on 21 March. She was nominated for two categories—Best National Video for “Stardust”, and as Best National Female Artist. She won the Best National Video award,[62] but lost the Best Female National Artist award to singer Ivy Quainoo.[63]

Meyer-Landrut went on a club tour through thirteen German cities starting in Stuttgart on 2 April 2013 and finishing in Offenbach am Main on 21 April. The final concert was streamed live via the Internet.[64] The No One Can Catch Us Tour name was taken from a line on her first single from the album, Stardust. In April and May 2013 she was one of three judges on the show The Voice Kids alongside Tim Bendzko and Henning Wehland.[65]

Her seventh single, “Mr. Arrow Key“, the third single from Stardust, was released on 17 May 2013. It was written by Lena, Linda Carlsson and Sonny Boy Gustafsson, who also produced the track.[66] Lena was president of the German jury (including Carolin Niemczyk, Alina Süggeler, Tim Bendzko and Florian Silbereisen)[67] and the spokesperson for Germany, revealing the countries voting results at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 final on 18 May.

In July 2013, it was announced that she would be the German voice of Jane in the motion capture animated film Tarzan 3D, which was released in German cinemas in February 2014.[68][69] In the same month she dubbed the voice of three characters in the two audiobooks Giraffenaffen – Wir sind da! (Giraffe-monkeys – We are here!) and Giraffenaffen – Die Schatzssuche (Giraffe-monkeys – Treasure hunt), which were both published in October 2013.[70]

Meyer-Landrut re-united with her Eurovision mentor Stefan Raab in October 2013 when she was featured on “Revolution”, a single released by Raab’s band Dicks on Fire.[71] In June 2013, this song was used for a video promoting the Doosh shower head Doosh, invented by Stefan Raab. In it Lena poses as Lara Croft in the shower. In 2013 she became a L’Oréal hair coloring and skin care products brand ambassador.[72]

2014–2015: Crystal Sky[edit]

From March to May 2014 she returned as coach for the second season of The Voice Kids along with Henning Wehland (from the band Söhne Mannheims) and Johannes Strate (from the band Revolverheld).[73][74]

Meyer-Landrut began principal work on her fourth studio album Crystal Sky in 2014. Taking her sound further into the electro and dance pop genre, she worked with the English production and songwriting team Biffco, and the Berlin-based collective Beatgees on most of the album.[75] In November 2014, one of their collaborations, the children’s song “Schlaft alle” (Sleep all), appeared on the compilation album Giraffenaffen 3.[61] The same month, Meyer-Landrut’s rendition of the Aladdin song “A Whole New World” was included on the compilation album I Love Disney.[76]

From February to April 2015 Meyer-Landrut reprised her role as a coach on the third season of The Voice Kids[77] along with singers Johannes Strate and Mark Forster. After four press concerts in Hamburg, Berlin, Munich, and Cologne from late February to early March 2015 she released Crystal Skys first single “Traffic Lights” to radio in March 2015.[78] It reached the top twenty of the German Singles Chart.

Crystal Sky was released in May 2015. It marked her fourth consecutive album to reach the top two of the German Albums Chart. But it was less successful in Austria and Switzerland, where it failed to reach the top twenty on both music markets’ charts.[79] In September 2015, Meyer-Landrut released “Wild & Free“, the theme song for the motion picture Fack ju Göhte 2 as a single.[80] The song peaked at number eight on the German Singles Chart, becoming her highest-charting single in three years.[81]

2016–present: Only Love, L and Sing meinen Song[edit]

In December 2016, Meyer-Landrut revealed on her Twitter account her forthcoming fifth studio album would be called Gemini and that she had already began working on it.[82] In April 2017, Meyer-Landrut released a new song called “Lost in You“.[83] It was released on 14 April,[84] and reached number 58 on the GfK Entertainment Charts.[85] In November 2017 Meyer-Landrut stated via YouTube that she scrapped the album, because she was not happy with it. [86]

Meyer-Landrut participated in the fourth season of the German TV show Sing meinen Song – Das Tauschkonzert (Sing My Song – The Exchange Concert).[87] In the third episode on 6 June, when the other artists performed Lena’s songs, she premiered a new song “If I Wasn’t Your Daughter“.[88] German press instantly discussed the song’s content, which refers to Lena’s relationship with her father who left the family when she was two. She has had no contact with him for more than twenty years.[89][90] The song peaked at number 35 on the German charts.[91]

In August 2017, Lena collaborated with the German hip hop group Genetikk where they recorded the single Lang lebe die Gang. It was her second single with German lyrics after her cover version of Durch die Nacht by Silbermond from the television show Sing meinen Song in May 2017. In June 2018, she collaborated with DJ Topic and Spanish super star Juan Magán at the single Sólo Contigo.

In October 2018 it was revealed, that Lena will return as coach for The Voice Kids 2019.

In November 2018, Lena released her first single Thank You from her upcoming fifth studio album Only Love, L. The album will be released on 5 April 2019.[92]

Media image[edit]

Meyer-Landrut has been noted for her unconventional way of handling the press,[93] which has been labelled “aloof” as well as “quick-witted” and “intuitive”.[93] She usually refuses to answer questions about her private life, including her family, friends and personal beliefs, sometimes calling questions “stupid” or responding with counterquestions instead.[93] This has drawn praise as well as criticism, including allegations of being arrogant[94] and disrespectful.[95]

Meyer-Landrut’s demeanour has been described as “carefree”,[96] and “laid-back and self-effacing”.[97] She has been said to possess an “adequate youthful megalomania,” to “cultivate her forwardness” and to stand for “unadorned genuineness”[96] and “sincerity”.[95] She has also been described as giving “infatuation a rhythm” and blurring the “fine line between puppy love and psychotic obsession” in her song “Satellite”.[98] Her vocals have been both praised[99] and criticised.[99] In an attempt to explain Meyer-Landrut’s success, her appearance has been called a “mix of loveliness, professionalism and a little craziness”.[100] She has also been lauded for her stage presence[100] and charisma.[101]

Appearances on Unser Star für Oslo[edit]

Meyer-Landrut at Hanover‘s New City Hall with Mayor Stephan Weil after winning Unser Star für Oslo, March 2010

Show Song Original artist
1st show My Same Adele
3rd show Diamond Dave The Bird and the Bee
4th show Foundations Kate Nash
5th show New Shoes Paolo Nutini
Quarterfinal
(6th show)
Mouthwash
“Neopolitan Dreams”
Kate Nash
Lisa Mitchell
Semifinal
(7th show)
“Mr. Curiosity”
The Lovecats
Jason Mraz
The Cure
Final
(8th show)
Bee
Satellite
Love Me
Jennifer Braun / Lena Meyer-Landrut
Jennifer Braun / Lena Meyer-Landrut
Lena Meyer-Landrut
Jennifer Braun and Meyer-Landrut both sang different versions of “Bee” and “Satellite” in the final

Awards and nominations[edit]

Results[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2010 Eurovision Song Contest 2010 “Satellite” 1st
Comet Best Newcomer Herself Nominated
Goldene Henne Award Reader’s award of the SuperIllu magazine: Rock/Pop/Schlager
Goldene Henne Honor Award Ambassador of Charm Won
SWR3 New Pop Festival Newcomer of the Year Herself
1LIVE Krone Best Artist
Best Single “Satellite”
Bravo Otto Best Singer Herself Nominated
2011 Goldene Kamera Best Music National Won
Echo Best National Newcomer
Best Female National Artist
Radio Echo for “Satellite” “Satellite” Nominated
Single of the Year
Album of the Year My Cassette Player
Comet Best Female Artist Herself Won
Best Song “Satellite” Nominated
MTV Europe Music Awards Best German Act Herself Won
Best European Act
Best Worldwide Act Nominated
1LIVE Krone Best Single “Taken By a Stranger”
Eurovision Song Contest 2011 10th
2012 MTV Germany Jahresvoting 2011 Queen of Pop Herself Won
Echo Best Video “Taken by a Stranger” Nominated
Best Female National Artist Herself
1LIVE Krone Best Single “Stardust”
Bravo Otto Best Singer Herself
2013 Echo Best Female National Artist
Best Video “Stardust” Won
Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards Favorite Singer Germany, Austria, Switzerland Herself Nominated
Radio Regenbogen Award Listeners Award
Goldene Henne Award Reader’s Award of the SuperIllu magazine – Music
MTV Europe Music Awards Best German Act Won
Best Central Europe Act
Best World Wide Act Nominated
2015 MTV Europe Music Awards Best German Act Won
1LIVE Krone Best Female Artist Won
Bravo Otto Best Singer Won[102]
2016 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards Favourite Star (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) Won
Radio Regenbogen Award National Female Artist Won
Echo Rock/Pop Female National Artist[103] Crystal Sky Nominated

Film and television[edit]

Year Film Role Note
2010 A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures Shelly German voice-dub
2014 Tarzan 3D Jane German voice-dub
2016 Trolls Poppy German voice-dub
2019 Wonder Park June German voice-dub
TV Show Role Note
2011 Bundesvision Song Contest 2011 Herself – Co-presenter
2012 Durch die Nacht mit … Casper Herself arte documentary
2013 The Voice Kids Herself – Judge/Coach Kids Version
2014
2015
2016
2019
2017 Sing meinen Song – Das Tauschkonzert Herself – Participant

Discography[edit]

Studio albums

AMALIE BRUUN

Amalie Bruun

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Amalie Bruun
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Background information
Birth name Amalie Bruun
Also known as Myrkur
Born (1985-01-06) January 6, 1985 (age 34)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Genres Black metal, rock, indie pop, nordic folk
Occupation(s) Singer-Songwriter, Actor, Multi-instrumentalist
Years active 2006–present
Labels Relapse Records, Downtown Records
Associated acts Myrkur, Ex Cops,[1] Billy Corgan[2] Moh Denebi, Gaspard Ulliel, Ingrid Schram, Vinnie Paz, R.A. the Rugged Man
Website https://www.myrkurmusic.com/

Amalie Bruun (born January 6, 1985) is a Danish musician and actress.

Career[edit]

Music[edit]

Amalie Bruun released her debut album in 2006. She wrote the record with her father Michael Bruun. She is a pianist and guitarist and also writes songs with other composers, including Moh Denebi. In 2008 she created the title song for the reality show Paradise Hotel, entitled “If You Give It Up.” Amalie Bruun went to New York later in 2008 and won the New York Songwriters Circle international award.[3]

In 2010 she released The EP Branches which was recorded at Pirate Studios in New York in partnership with Watt White. In spring 2012 she released the single “Siren”, written and produced in collaboration with Mark Saunders on A:Larm Music. In 2013, Amalie also appeared on R.A. The Rugged Man‘s Album “Legends Never Die” providing background and chorus vocals for Track #3 – “Definition of a Rap Flow”. Bruun has also released two albums with her band Ex Cops, 2013’s True Hallucinations and 2014’s Daggers.[4] Ex Cops broke up in 2015.

A self-professed “black metal girl at heart”,[5] Bruun was revealed to be the writer, performer and producer of Relapse Records black metal project Myrkur in 2014.[6] Both Ex Cops and Myrkur have garnered Bruun critical acclaim from publications including Pitchfork,[7] Spin,[8] and NPR Music.[9] Bruun has also appeared with Myrkur and Ex Cops at renowned music festivals such as Roskilde Festival in Denmark, Wacken Open Air in Germany and South by Southwest in Texas.

In 2018, Bruun married American drummer and personal trainer Keith Abrami. She currently resides in her home country of Denmark.

Acting[edit]

In August 2010 she appeared in a commercial for Chanel perfume Bleu De Chanel, directed by Martin Scorsese, along with Gaspard Ulliel and Ingrid Schram. She also appeared in the 2011 music video for The Lonely Island’s “Jack Sparrow” as Forrest Gump’s wife Jenny, alongside Michael Bolton.

Discography[edit]

As Amalie Bruun

  • Amalie Bruun (2006)
  • Housecat (EP) (2008)
  • Branches (EP) (2010)
  • Crush (EP) (2012)

With Ex Cops

  • True Hallucinations (LP) (2013)
  • Daggers (LP) (2014)

As Myrkur

ANNIKA HERLITZ

Annika Herlitz

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Annika Herlitz

Annika Herlitz, (born 22 September 1984) is a Swedish singer, musical performer, and voice actress.[1] She provided the Swedish voice for the snow queen Elsa in the Walt Disney film Frozen. The film was released in Sweden on 31 January 2014. Herlitz performed the song from Frozen Let It Go at Allsång på Skansen.[2][3]

Herlitz participated in Melodifestivalen 2015 with the song “Ett andetag”.[1]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
SWE
“Ett andetag” 2015 Non-album singles
Self (5 credits)
 2018 BingoLotto (TV Series)
Herself

Uppesittarkväll 2018 (2018) … Herself
 2016 Doobidoo (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #12.1 (2016) … Herself
 2015 Kvällsshowen (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #1.2 (2015) … Herself
Episode #1.1 (2015) … Herself
 2015 Melodifestivalen 2015 (TV Mini-Series)
Herself – Contestant

Deltävling 4: Örebro (2015) … Herself – Contestant
 2014 Allsång på Skansen (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #29.4 (2014) … Herself

A TRIBUTE TO PETER TORK OF THE MONKEES

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Peter Tork

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Peter Tork
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Born
Peter Halsten Thorkelson

(1942-02-13)February 13, 1942

Died February 21, 2019(2019-02-21) (aged 77)

Cause of death Complications of adenoid cystic carcinoma
Occupation
  • Musician
  • singer
  • actor
Years active 1964–2019
Spouse(s) Jody Bab (divorced)
Reine Stewart (divorced)
Barbara Iannoli (divorced)

Pamela Gripes (m. 2014)
Children 3
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
Labels
Associated acts
Website www.petertork.com

Peter Halsten Thorkelson[1] (February 13, 1942 – February 21, 2019), better known as Peter Tork, was an American musician and actor, best known as the keyboardist and bass guitarist of the Monkees.

Early life[edit]

Tork was born at the former Doctors Hospital, in Washington, D.C.[2] Although he was born in the District of Columbia in 1942,[3] many news articles incorrectly report him as born in 1944 in New York City, which was the date and place given on early Monkees press releases. He was the son of Virginia Hope (née Straus) and Halsten John Thorkelson, an economics professor at the University of Connecticut.[4][5] His paternal grandfather was of Norwegian descent, while his mother was of half German-Jewish and half Irish ancestry.[6][7][8][9]

He began studying piano at the age of nine, showing an aptitude for music by learning to play several different instruments, including the banjo and both acoustic bass and guitars. Tork attended Windham High School in Willimantic, Connecticut, and was a member of the first graduating class at E. O. Smith High School in Storrs, Connecticut. He attended Carleton College before he moved to New York City, where he became part of the folk music scene in Greenwich Village during the first half of the 1960s. While there, he befriended other up-and-coming musicians such as Stephen Stills.

The Monkees[edit]

Tork (right) with The Monkees in 1966

Stephen Stills had auditioned for the new television series about four pop-rock musicians but was turned down because the show’s producers felt his hair and teeth would not photograph well on camera.[10] They asked Stills if he knew of someone with a similar “open, Nordic look,” and Stills suggested Tork audition for the part.[11] Tork got the job and became one of the four members of the Monkees, a fictitious pop band in the mid-1960s, created for a television sitcom written about the fictitious band. Tork was the oldest member of the group.

Tork was a proficient musician, and though the group was not allowed to play their own instruments on their first two albums, he was an exception, playing what he described as “third chair guitar” on Mike Nesmith‘s song, “Papa Gene’s Blues,” from their first album. He subsequently played keyboards, bass guitar, banjo, harpsichord, and other instruments on their recordings. He also co-wrote, along with Joey Richards, the closing theme song of the second season of The Monkees, “For Pete’s Sake”. On the television show, he was relegated to playing the “lovable dummy,” a persona Tork had developed as a folk singer in New York’s Greenwich Village.[12] The DVD release of the first season of the show contained commentary from the various bandmates. In it, Nesmith stated that Tork was better at playing guitar than bass. In Tork’s commentary, he stated that Jones was a good drummer and had the live performance lineups been based solely on playing ability, it should have been Tork on guitar, Nesmith on bass, and Jones on drums, with Dolenz taking the fronting role, rather than as it was done (with Nesmith on guitar, Tork on bass, and Dolenz on drums). Jones filled in briefly for Tork on bass when he played keyboards.

Recording and producing as a group was Tork’s major interest, and he hoped that the four members would continue working together as a band on future recordings. However, the four did not have enough in common regarding their musical interests. In commentary for the DVD release of the second season of the show, Tork said that Dolenz was “incapable of repeating a triumph”. Dolenz felt that once he had accomplished something and became a success at it, there was no artistic sense in repeating a formula.

Jones and Tork, 1966

Tork, once free from Don Kirshner‘s restrictions, in 1967, contributed some of the most memorable and catchy instrumental flourishes, such as the piano introduction to “Daydream Believer” and the banjo part on “You Told Me”, as well as exploring occasional songwriting with the likes of “For Pete’s Sake” and “Lady’s Baby”.

Tork was close to his grandmother, staying with her sometimes in his Greenwich Village days, and after he became a Monkee. “Grams” was one of his most ardent supporters and managed his fan club, often writing personal letters to members, and visiting music stores to make sure they carried Monkees records.

Six albums were produced with the original Monkees lineup, four of which went to No. 1 on the Billboard chart. This success was supplemented by two years of the TV show, a series of successful concert tours both across America and abroad, and a trippy-psychedelic movie, Head, a bit ahead of its time.[13] However, tensions, both musical and personal, were increasing within the group. The band finished a Far East tour in December 1968 (where his copy of Naked Lunch was confiscated by Australian Customs[14]) and then filmed an NBC television special, 33⅓ Revolutions Per Monkee, which rehashed many of the ideas from Head.

No longer getting the group dynamic he wanted, and pleading “exhaustion” from the grueling schedule, Tork bought out the remaining four years of his contract after filming was complete on December 20, 1968, at a default of $150,000/year.[citation needed] In the DVD commentary for the 33⅓ Revolutions per Monkee TV special—originally broadcast April 14, 1969 – Dolenz noted that Nesmith gave Tork a gold watch as a going-away present, engraved “From the guys down at work”. Tork kept the back, but replaced the watch several times in later years.

Post-Monkees[edit]

During a trip to London in December 1967, Tork contributed banjo to George Harrison‘s soundtrack to the 1968 film Wonderwall. His playing was featured in the movie, but not on the official Wonderwall Music soundtrack album released in November 1968.[15] Tork’s brief five-string banjo piece can be heard 16 minutes into the film, as Professor Collins is caught by his mother while spying on his neighbour Penny Lane.

Striking out on his own, he formed a group called ‘Peter Tork And/Or Release’ with girlfriend Reine Stewart on drums (she had played drums on part of 33⅓ Revolutions Per Monkee), Riley “Wyldflower” Cummings (ex The Gentle Soul)[16] on bass and – sometimes – singer/keyboard player Judy Mayhan. Tork said in April 1969, “We sometimes have four. We’re thinking of having a rotating fourth. Right now, the fourth is that girl I’m promoting named Judy Mayhan.” “We’re like Peter’s back-up band”, added Stewart, “except we happen to be a group instead of a back-up band.” Release hoped to have a record out immediately, and Tork has said that they did record some demos, which he may still have stored away somewhere.[17] According to Stewart the band were supposed to go to Muscle Shoals as the backing band for Mayhan’s Atlantic Records solo album Moments (1970) but they were ultimately replaced.[18][19][20] They mainly played parties for their “in” friends and one of their songs was considered for the soundtrack to Easy Rider, but the producers – who had also produced Head – eventually decided not to include it.[21] Release could not secure a record contract, and by 1970 Tork was once again a solo artist, as he later recalled, “I didn’t know how to stick to it. I ran out of money and told the band members, ‘I can’t support us as a crew any more, you’ll just have to find your own way’.”[22]

Tork’s record and movie production entity, the Breakthrough Influence Company (BRINCO), also failed to launch, despite such talent as future Little Feat guitarist, Lowell George.[2] He was forced to sell his house in 1970, and he and a pregnant Reine Stewart moved into the basement of David Crosby‘s home.[23] Tork was credited with co-arranging a Micky Dolenz solo single on MGM Records in 1971 (“Easy on You”, b/w “Oh Someone”). An arrest and conviction for possession of hashish resulted in three months in an Oklahoma penitentiary in 1972.[24] He moved to Fairfax in Marin County, California, in the early 1970s, where he joined the 35-voice Fairfax Street Choir and played guitar for a shuffle blues band called Osceola. Tork returned to Southern California in the mid-1970s, where he married and had a son and took a job teaching at Pacific Hills School in Santa Monica for a year and a half. He spent a total of three years as a teacher of music, social studies, math, French and history and coaching baseball at a number of schools, but enjoyed some more than others.[15][25]

Peter Tork joined Dolenz, Jones, Boyce, & Hart onstage for a guest appearance on their concert tour on July 4, 1976 in Disneyland. Later that year he reunited with Jones and Dolenz in the studio for the recording of the single “Christmas Is My Time of Year” b/w “White Christmas“, which saw a limited release for fan club members that holiday season.

Tork returned to the film world in 2017 in the horror movie I Filmed Your Death, written and directed by Sam Bahre.[26]

Sire Records[edit]

A chance meeting with Sire Records executive Pat Horgan at the Bottom Line in New York City led to Tork recording a six-song demo, his first recording in many years. Recorded in summer 1980, it featured Tork, who sang, played rhythm guitar, keyboards, and banjo; it was backed by Southern rock band Cottonmouth, led by guitarist/singer/songwriter Johnny Pontiff, featuring Gerard Trahan on guitar/keyboards/vocals, Gene Pyle on bass guitar/vocals, and Gary Hille on drums/percussion.

Horgan produced the six tracks (which included two Monkees covers, “Shades of Gray” and “Pleasant Valley Sunday“), with George Dispigno as engineer. The four other tracks were “Good Looker,” “Since You Went Away” (which appeared on the Monkees 1987 album Pool It!), “Higher and Higher” and “Hi Hi Babe.” Also present at the sessions were Joan Jett, Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders, and Tommy Ramone of the Ramones. The tracks were recorded at Blue Horizon House, 165 West 74th Street, home of Sire Records, but Seymour Stein, president of Sire, rejected the demo, stating “there’s nothing there.” Tork recorded a second set of demos in New York City, but little is known about these (other than the fact that one track was a yet another version of “Pleasant Valley Sunday” with an unknown rock band, and featured a violin solo).

During this time, Tork appeared regularly on The Uncle Floyd Show broadcast on U-68 out of New Jersey.[27] He performed comedy bits and lip-synced the Sire recordings. Floyd claimed Tork was the “first real star” to appear on the show. (Later, Davy Jones, the Ramones, Shrapnel, and others would follow in his footsteps.)

In 1981, he released the 45 rpm single “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone” (b/w “Higher And Higher”) with “The New Monks”. He also did some club performances and live television appearances, including taking part in a “Win A Date With Peter Tork” bit on Late Night with David Letterman in July 1982.[28]

Monkees reunion[edit]

In 1986, after a 1985 tour with Jones in Australia, Tork rejoined fellow Monkees Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz for a highly successful 20th anniversary reunion tour. Three new songs were recorded by Tork and Dolenz for a greatest-hits release. The three Monkees recorded Pool It!. A decade later, all four group members recorded Justus, the first recording with all four members since 1968. The quartet performed live in the United Kingdom in 1997, but for the next several years only the trio of Tork, Dolenz and Jones toured together. The trio of Monkees parted ways in 2001 with a public feud but reunited in 2011 for a series of 45th anniversary concerts in England and the United States.

Since 1986, Tork had intermittently toured with his former bandmates and also played with his own bands The Peter Tork Project and Shoe Suede Blues. In 1991, Tork formed a band called the Dashboard Saints and played at a pizza restaurant in Guerneville, California. In 1994, he released his first album length solo project, Stranger Things Have Happened, which featured brief appearances by Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith. In 1996, Tork collaborated on an album called Two Man Band with James Lee Stanley. The duo followed up in 2001 with a second release, Once Again.

In 2001, Tork took time out from touring to appear in a leading role in the short film Mixed Signals, written and directed by John Graziano.

In 2002, Tork resumed working with his band Shoe Suede Blues. The band performed original blues music, Monkees’ covers (blues versions of some), and covers of classic blues hits by greats such as Muddy Waters and has shared the stage with bands such as Captain Zig. The band toured extensively in 2006-2007 following the release of the album “Cambria Hotel”.[29]

Tork also had a pair of appearances in the role of Topanga Lawrence‘s father “Jedidiah Lawrence” on the sitcom Boy Meets World.[30] In his second appearance, in 1995, he joined Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz in episode eight of the 3rd season (titled “Rave On”), although they did not play the Monkees (Tork is again cast as “Jedidiah Lawrence”, while Davy Jones is “Reginald Fairfield” and Dolenz’ character is “Gordy”). But at the program’s climax the three take the stage together to perform the classic Buddy Holly song Not Fade Away, and the Temptations’ My Girl. As in inside joke, actor Dave Madden, who’d played the manager on “The Partridge Family”, cameoed as a manager who suddenly appeared wanting to handle the “new” group, telling them that they “could be bigger than the Beatles“. Purportedly both ex-Monkee Mike Nesmith and Pattie Boyd (ex-wife of Beatle George Harrison) attended the taping. (per IMDB entry “Boy Meets World” episode “Rave On”).

Tork was also a guest character on 7th Heaven. In 1995, he appeared as himself on the show Wings, bidding against Crystal Bernard‘s character for the Monkeemobile. In 1999, he appeared as the leader of a wedding band in season 1 episode 13, “Best Man”, of The King of Queens.[31]

In early 2008, Tork added “advice columnist” to his extensive resume by authoring an online advice and info column called “Ask Peter Tork” at the webzine The Daily Panic.[32]

In 2011, he joined Dolenz and Jones for the 2011 tour, An Evening with The Monkees: The 45th Anniversary Tour.[33]

In 2012, Tork joined Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith with a Monkees tour in honor of the album Headquarters 45th anniversary, as well as in tribute to the late Davy Jones. The trio would tour again in 2013 and 2014.[34] In 2016, Tork toured with Dolenz as the Monkees. Nesmith also played at some of the concerts.

Personal life[edit]

Tork in 2016

Tork resided in Mansfield, Connecticut.[35] He was married four times, with marriages to Jody Bab, Reine Stewart, and Barbara Iannoli ending in divorce. From 2014 until his death, he was married to Pamela Grapes.[36] He had three children: a daughter, Hallie, with Stewart; a son, Ivan, with Iannoli; and another daughter, Erica, from a relationship with Tammy Sestak.[37]

Cancer[edit]

On March 3, 2009, Tork reported on his website that he had been diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare, slow-growing form of head and neck cancer. A preliminary biopsy discovered that the cancer had not spread beyond the initial site. “It’s a bad news / good news situation,” explained Tork. “It’s so rare a combination (on the tongue) that there isn’t a lot of experience among the medical community about this particular combination. On the other hand, the type of cancer it is, never mind the location, is somewhat well known, and the prognosis, I’m told, is good.” Tork underwent radiation treatment to prevent the cancer from returning.[38]

On March 4, 2009, Tork underwent extensive surgery in New York City, which was successful.[39]

On June 11, 2009, a spokesman for Tork reported that his cancer had returned. Tork was reportedly “shaken but not stirred” by the news, and said that the doctors had given him an 80% chance of containing and shrinking the new tumor.[40]

In July 2009, while undergoing radiation therapy, he was interviewed by the Washington Post: “I recovered very quickly after my surgery, and I’ve been hoping that my better-than-average constitution will keep the worst effects of radiation at bay. My voice and energy still seem to be in decent shape, so maybe I can pull these gigs off after all.” He continued to tour and perform while receiving his treatments.[41]

On September 15, 2009, Tork received an “all clear” from his doctor.

Tork documented his cancer experience on Facebook and encouraged his fans to support research efforts of the Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Research Foundation.[42]

Death[edit]

Tork died on February 21, 2019, at his home in Mansfield, Connecticut, from complications of adenoid cystic carcinoma.[36]

Song list[edit]

All songs written by Peter Tork or co-written by Tork as indicated.

Discography[edit]

Solo:[44][45]

with James Lee Stanley:[45]

  • Two Man Band (1996)
  • Once Again (2001)
  • Live/Backstage at the Coffee Gallery (2006)

with Shoe Suede Blues:[44]

  • Saved By The Blues (2003)
  • Cambria Hotel (2007)
  • Step By Step (2013)
  • Relax Your Mind (2018)  HE WILL BE MISSED!

CLARE BOWEN

Clare Bowen

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Bowen in May 2014 in New York City, United States.
Born
Clare Maree Bowen

12 May[1] 1984[2] (age 34)

Education University of Wollongong
Occupation Actress, singer, dancer
Years active 2003–present
Spouse(s)
Brandon Robert Young (m. 2017)
Website www.clarebowenofficial.com

Clare Maree Bowen (born 12 May 1984[1][2]) is an Australian actress and singer, best known for her role as Scarlett O’Connor in the ABC/CMT musical-drama television series Nashville.

Early life and education[edit]

Bowen with Sam Palladio on 2013 PaleyFest

Bowen was born in Australia on 12 May 1984. Her parents Tony and Kathleen worked for Qantas and she spent time overseas as a child,[3] including a stint with her family in Zimbabwe.[2] Bowen is a cancer survivor, having had the disease between the ages of four and seven.[2] She lived in Stanwell Park on the South Coast of New South Wales[3] and attended primary school in Dulwich Hill, a suburb of Sydney.[2][3] Bowen has a younger brother, Timothy, who is a musician.[2][3][4]

Bowen attended the University of Wollongong in New South Wales, Australia, where she received a Bachelor of Creative Arts degree in 2006.[1][5][6]

She is of Irish and Scottish descent [7]

Career[edit]

Bowen appeared as the female lead in the Australian drama film The Combination in 2009 and has guest starred in The Cut, Gangs of Oz, Chandon Pictures and Home and Away. In 2010, Bowen was cast in the leading role of Wendla Bergman, in the Australian production of Spring Awakening, directed by Geordie Brookman, artistically overseen by Cate Blanchett at the Sydney Theatre Company.[1]

In 2012, Bowen landed a series regular role on the ABC drama series Nashville written by Academy Award winner Callie Khouri.[8] The series was picked up by ABC on 11 May 2012.[9]

On 21 January 2014, the Zac Brown Band – featuring Bowen – released a live version of their No. 1 hit from 2010, “Free”, with a transition into the famous Van Morrison song “Into the Mystic”.[10]

Bowen is also preparing her first solo album, scheduled for 2015, about which she spoke in an interview with Rolling Stone: “We’ve recorded a couple things and I’ve been writing and writing and writing.”[11] Her self-titled debut album was eventually released on August 31, 2018.[12]

Personal life[edit]

In December 2015, Bowen became engaged to musician Brandon Robert Young, who proposed at the Grand Ole Opry.[13] They were married on 21 October 2017.[14]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 The Combination Sydney
2010 The Clearing Evelyn Short film
The Talk Woman
The Invitation Candice Short film
The Clinic Ivy
10 Days to Die Maddy McCarthy
2011 A Burning Thing Jen Short film
Cupid Casey Short film
2012 Suspended Carla Short film
Dead Man’s Burden[15] Martha Kirkland
Not Suitable for Children Gypsy
The Red Valentine[16] The Woman Short film

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 The Cut Donna Gilbertson episode: A Little Bit of Biff
Chandon Pictures Krystal episode: The Lifestyle
All Saints Holly Russell episode: A Precious Waste
Gangs of Oz Svetlana episode: In from the Cold
2010 Home and Away Nina Bailey 4 episodes
2012–2018 Nashville Scarlett O’Connor Main Cast; 122 episodes
2013 Nashville On The Record Herself; Special
2014 Nashville On The Record 2 Herself; Special
2015 Nashville On The Record 3 Herself; Special
2017 Nashchat Herself; Guest Host

Stage[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Release details Peak chart positions
UK
[17]
Clare Bowen 65

with Nashville[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions[18]
UK Compilations US US Country US
Soundtracks
The Music of Nashville: Season 1, Volume 1
  • Released: 11 December 2012 (USA)
  • Released: 25 February 2013 (UK)
  • Label: Big Machine Records
  • Format: CD, digital download
5[19] 14 3 1
The Music of Nashville: Season 1, Volume 2
  • Released: 7 May 2013 (USA)[20]
  • Released: 20 May 2013 (UK)
  • Label: Big Machine Records
  • Format: CD, digital download
9[21] 13 5 2
The Music of Nashville, Season 1: The Complete Collection
The Music of Nashville: Season 2, Volume 1
  • Released: 10 December 2013 (USA)
  • Released: 17 February 2014 (UK)
  • Label: Big Machine Records
  • Format: CD, digital download
34 7 4
Nashville: On the Record 8 2
Nashville: The Nashville Cast featuring Clare Bowen, Season 1 41 17
The Music of Nashville: Season 2, Volume 2 13 4 2
Nashville: The Nashville Cast featuring Clare Bowen, Season 2
Christmas with Nashville
  • Released: 4 November 2014 (USA)
  • Released: 24 November 2014 (UK)
  • Label: Big Machine Records
  • Format: CD, digital download
59 8
The Music of Nashville: Season 3, Volume 1
  • Released: 9 December 2014 (USA)
  • Released: 20 April 2015 (UK)
  • Label: Big Machine Records
  • Format: CD, digital download
75 10 6
Nashville: On the Record, Volume 2 31 3
The Music of Nashville: Season 3, Volume 2
  • Released: 12 May 2015 (USA)
  • Released: 29 June 2015 (UK)
  • Label: Big Machine Records
  • Format: CD, digital download
28 3 3
The Music of Nashville: Season 4, Volume 1 170 17 6
The Music of Nashville: Season 4, Volume 2 165 12 3
The Music of Nashville: Season 5, Volume 1 65 12 8
The Music of Nashville: Season 5, Volume 2
The Music of Nashville: Season 5, Volume 3
The Music of Nashville: Greatest Hits, Seasons 1-5 19[23]
The Music of Nashville: Season 6, Volume 1
  • Released: February 23, 2018
  • Label: Big Machine Records, Universal
  • Format: CD, Digital download
The Music of Nashville: Season 6, Volume 2
  • Released: July 27, 2018[24]
  • Label: Big Machine Records, Universal
  • Format: CD, Digital download
The Best of Nashville
  • Released: November 2, 2018[25]
  • Label: Big Machine Records
  • Format: CD, Digital download
“—” denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Album
US Country
[26]
US
[27]
2012 “If I Didn’t Know Better” (with Sam Palladio)A 27 102 The Music of Nashville: Season 1 Volume 1
“Fade into You” (with Sam Palladio) 25 92 The Music of Nashville: Season 1 Volume 2
“I Will Fall” (with Sam Palladio) 45
2013 “Change Your Mind” (with Sam Palladio) 35 The Music of Nashville, Season 1: The Complete Collection
“Casino” (with Sam Palladio) 48
“This Town” (with Charles Esten) 41 The Music of Nashville: Season 2, Volume 1
2014 “Lately” (with Sam Palladio) 42 The Music of Nashville: Season 2, Volume 2
Black RosesA 29 116
2015 “I Will Never Let You Know” (with Sam Palladio) 39 N/A
“Wake Up When It’s Over” (with Sam Palladio) 49
2017 “Love Steps In” Clare Bowen
“Little By Little”
2018 “Let It Rain”
“—” denotes releases that did not chart

Style and Inspiration[edit]

Sonically, Bowen’s music fits the Americana genre but also contains elements of pop, folk, country and adult contemporary music.[28]

When asked which musicians inspire her music, Bowen stated “Dolly Parton is probably the biggest one. She tells such wonderful stories and she’s so honest and she’s her. She makes fun of herself. She knows how to be silly and she knows how to be serious. She can lift people up after she’s told them a really heavy story. I think she’s just a really marvellous storyteller. She’s always been a big inspiration to me”. She also added that she “loved the way Alison Krauss sings and the stories she tells” and professes her love of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, Australian pop star Tina Arena and musical theatre legend Stephen Sondheim. Bowen asserts that Buddy Miller is her “ultimate music mentor” as he is “the one who taught [her] to use a microphone when [she] first got to Nashville”, adding that he and his wife Julie “make such beautiful music together”.[12]

Delta Goodrem

Delta Goodrem

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Delta Goodrem
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Goodrem attending the 2016 TV Week Logie Awards, May 2016
Born
Delta Lea Goodrem

(1984-11-09) 9 November 1984 (age 34)

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • guitar
  • keyboards
Years active 2001–present
Labels
Website www.deltagoodrem.com

Delta Lea Goodrem (born 9 November 1984) is an Australian singer, songwriter, and actress. Born and raised in Sydney, New South Wales, she enrolled in dancing, acting, singing and piano classes at a young age. She began her career as a child actress, starring in various television shows. She rose to prominence in 2002 playing a shy school girl called Nina Tucker in the Australian soap opera Neighbours.

Venturing into the music industry, Goodrem signed to Sony Music at the age of 15 and released her debut album, Innocent Eyes (2003), which topped the ARIA Albums Chart for an all-time record of 29 consecutive weeks and reached number two on the UK Albums Chart. It became one of the highest-selling albums in Australian history, with over four million copies sold worldwide and all five of its singles—”Born to Try“, “Lost Without You“, “Innocent Eyes“, “Not Me, Not I” and “Predictable—reaching number one on the ARIA Singles Chart and the first three reaching the top ten in the UK Single Chart. This made Goodrem the first and only artist to have five number-one singles from a debut album. Innocent Eyes is the best-selling album of the 2000s decade in Australia and the debut album with the most number-one singles.

Her second studio album, Mistaken Identity (2004), was created while she was suffering from cancer and several of its themes reflect this. It became her second number-one album and brought her two more number-one singles, including “Out of the Blue“. In 2007, Goodrem released Delta, her third number-one album, which saw another number-one single, “In This Life“. Her fourth studio album, Child of the Universe (2012), produced the successful single “Sitting on Top of the World“. In 2016, her fifth album, Wings of the Wild, became her fourth number-one album on the ARIA Albums Chart, while giving her another number-one single, “Wings“.

Goodrem has a total of nine number-one singles and 17 top-ten hits on the ARIA Singles Chart. She has sold over eight million albums globally and overall has won three World Music Awards, 9 ARIA Music Awards, an MTV Video Music Award and several other awards. She has served as a coach on The Voice Australia every year since 2012 (except from in 2014), taking home the win in season five in 2016 and again in season six in 2017. She also won the only edition of The Voice Kids Australia in 2014.

Biography[edit]

1984–2000: Early life, education, and discovery[edit]

Goodrem was born on 9 November 1984,[1] to Denis and Lea, who are now divorced. She has a younger brother, Trent,[2] who is an Australian rules football player with the Central District Football Club in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL).[3]

Goodrem’s parents named her Delta after Joe Cocker‘s song “Delta Lady”.[4] At the age of seven, Goodrem appeared in an American advertisement for the Galoob toy company, starring alongside fellow Australian Bec Cartwright,[5] and began playing piano at the same age while taking up singing, dancing and acting lessons. She appeared in numerous adverts for companies such as Optus and Nesquik, and had several minor roles in episodes of successful Australian television shows including Hey Dad..!, A Country Practice, and Police Rescue.[6]

While residing at Glenhaven, a suburb of Sydney, Goodrem attended the Hills Grammar School in neighbouring Kenthurst, from kindergarten until Year 11. She is known to return to her alma mater for visits.[7]

At the age of thirteen, Goodrem recorded a five-song demo CD, financed through her television work.[8] It was sent to the Sydney Swans (of which Goodrem is a supporter) and they passed it onto Glenn Wheatley,[9] the manager behind successful Australian artists, Little River Band and John Farnham.[10] Interested in Goodrem’s potential as a recording artist, Wheatley signed Goodrem to an artist development deal with independent label, Empire Records.[11] Between June 1999 to September 2000, she worked with producers Paul Higgins and Trevor Carter on thirteen tracks for an album called Delta,[10] which saw “an ambitious 15-year-old keen to emulate the pop sound of the Spice Girls, Britney Spears and Mandy Moore.”[12] The album has yet to surface, Goodrem preventing its release years later via civil action in 2004.[11]

2001–03: Career launch, Neighbours, Innocent Eyes and cancer diagnosis[edit]

Goodrem at The Palazzo resort in Las Vegas

At the age of 15, Goodrem signed a record deal with Sony[13] and began work on an album of popdance songs including the unsuccessful debut single, “I Don’t Care“, which peaked at number sixty four on the ARIA Singles Chart in November 2001.[10] The album and proposed second single “A Year Ago Today” were pushed aside as a result, allowing Goodrem and Sony to re-evaluate her future musical direction. In 2002, Goodrem took up the role as shy school girl and aspiring singer Nina Tucker in the popular soap Neighbours, which helped re-launch Goodrem’s music career.[14] The piano-based balladBorn to Try“, co-written by Audius Mtawarira, premiered on the show and reached number one on the ARIA Singles Chart and number three in the UK. Born to Try was certified triple Platinum in Australia for sales of over 210,000 copies.[15] Goodrem’s role on the show scored her a Logie for “Most Popular New Talent” at the 2003 Logie Awards[16] In January 2003, “Lost Without You” topped the ARIA Singles Chart and reached number four in the UK. it was certified double platinum for sales over 140,000 copies in Australia.[15]

Goodrem’s largely self-penned debut album, Innocent Eyes, was released on 24 March 2003 in Australia and debuted at number one on the ARIA Album Charts, breaking Australian records previously held by John Farnham‘s Whispering Jack (1986) by staying at number one for 29 consecutive weeks, while tying with Neil Diamond‘s Hot August Night (1972) as the second longest charting number one album with a total of 29 weeks at top spot. It was the highest-selling album in Australia of 2003[17] and sold 1.2 million copies in Australia, and over 4 million worldwide.[18] The album also charted highly in the UK, peaking at number two. The album’s third single “Innocent Eyes” again reached number one on the ARIA Singles Chart and number nine in the UK. it was certified Platinum in Australia for sales over 70,000 copies.[15]

On 8 July 2003, at the age of 18, Goodrem was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.[19] She was forced to put all working commitments on hold while undertaking treatment for the disease. In an exclusive interview with The Australian Women’s Weekly, Goodrem revealed that, since 2002, she had suffered from a head-to-toe rash, fatigue, weight loss, night sweats, and a lump on her neck.[20] “I was doing sit-ups when I felt something pop in my neck. I reached down and I felt a small lump at the base of my throat. It wasn’t sore, it wasn’t visible, but I could feel it.”[20] As part of her treatment, Goodrem undertook chemotherapy, which resulted in the loss of her hair, and radiation therapy.[20] The news of her diagnosis made newspaper and television headlines and an outpouring of support was shown by fans and the general public alike. Goodrem thanked them during The Visualise Tour for all the letters and well wishes she received.

The album’s fourth single, “Not Me, Not I“, was released following the announcement Goodrem had been diagnosed with cancer. It became her fourth consecutive number one single in Australia, overtaking the previous effort of three number-ones from Kylie Minogue‘s debut album, Kylie (1988).[21] It was certified Platinum for sales over 70,000 copies.[15] In early August, Goodrem announced she would not renew her contract with Glenn Wheatley. Her mother, Lea Goodrem, replaced him as her manager.[22] Later that month, Goodrem won seven ARIA Awards, including “Best Female Artist”, surpassing Natalie Imbruglia‘s previous record of six awards in 1999.[23] As Delta was too unwell to perform at the ceremony herself, singer Darren Hayes performed a rendition of “Lost Without You” as a tribute, bringing an overwhelmed Goodrem to tears. Her first full-length DVD Delta became the highest-selling music DVD by an Australian artist in Australia ever, with a certification of 11x platinum.[24] The Australian-only release “Predictable” became her fifth consecutive number one on the ARIA Singles Chart in December and was certified double Platinum for sales of over 140,000 copies.[15]

2004–06: Mistaken Identity and The Visualise Tour[edit]

After announcing in late December 2003 that she was in remission, Goodrem began work on her second studio album. Goodrem received two nominations at the 2004 Logie Awards including a Gold Logie nomination for “Most Popular Personality on Australian Television”. In September 2004, she became the face of soft drink company Pepsi in Australia, appearing on the product, billboards, TV advertisements and performing an exclusive show for competition winners.[25][26] In October Goodrem launched her own lingerie line titled “Delta by Annabella”.[27]

Delta Goodrem in concert

Goodrem’s second album Mistaken Identity, was released in Australia on 8 November 2004 and debuted at number one on the ARIA Albums chart. It was certified five times platinum for sales of 350,000 copies.[28] The album spent 46 weeks in the top fifty. It also reached number seven in New Zealand, and peaked at number 25 in the UK. The album’s lead single “Out of the Blue“, which was co-written and produced by Guy Chambers was released prior to the album on 8 October 2004. “Out of the Blue” debuted at number one on the ARIA Singles Chart and number nine in the UK”. This was Goodrem’s sixth straight number one single in Australia. It was certified platinum in Australia.[29] The second single “Mistaken Identity” was released only in Australia debuted at number seven and was certified Gold.[30]Almost Here“, a duet with Irish singer Brian McFadden was released as the third single and reached number three in the UK and became her seventh ARIA number one, along with her first number one in Ireland. It was certified platinum in Australia.[30]A Little Too Late” was released only in Australia and peaked at number 13. “Be Strong” was released as the album’s fifth and final single in Australia as a digital download on 17 October 2005. At the time of release, digital downloads were not included as part of the main singles chart, therefore it was ineligible to chart. Much of the album, in particular “Extraordinary Day”, was inspired by her battle with cancer.[31] Reflecting on that period of her life, Goodrem said “It’s weird to see pictures of that time. In some ways the fact that I was so sick was so out there, and yet I kept it really private. No-one saw me on the days I was really sick. I was 18 when I was diagnosed and I had a number one album and single in the country. And in the UK, I was number two. It was such a bipolar year.[32][33]

In March 2005, Goodrem starred in her first film role in Hating Alison Ashley, a film based on the children’s novel by Robin Klein, with Goodrem acting the title character. The film performed poorly at the box office and was not a critical success, with some critics citing Goodrem’s performance as too robotic and detached.[34] April 2005 saw Goodrem relocate to New York to launch her career in the United States with a re-worked version of “Lost Without You“. She appeared in the last two episodes of the short-lived American series North Shore in a bid to gain greater exposure. “Lost Without You” proved to be modestly successful, peaking at number eighteen on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, but Goodrem was reportedly dissatisfied with its performance. Plans to release a hybrid of her first two albums were later terminated and Goodrem put America on hold. In July, Goodrem embarked on her first headline concert tour of Australia, The Visualise Tour. Ticket prices, $90 each, came under criticism for being higher than most international acts touring Australia at the time and this initially led to slow sales.[35] By the time the concerts were due to take place, many venues sold out after tickets were reduced to $60. Once the tour concluded, over 80,000 tickets had been bought in total making The Visualise Tour one of Australia’s highest-selling local tours.[36] The Visualise Tour: Live in Concert was released in November and became Goodrem’s second No. 1 DVD.

On 15 March 2006, Goodrem performed a new song, “Together We Are One“, at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in front of 80,000 spectators and up to 1.5 billion television viewers worldwide. The song, written specifically for the event was released in Australia where it peaked at number two on the ARIA Singles Chart.[37] It was performed by the Top 5 contestants on season five of “American Idol“. In June 2006, Goodrem signed to Modest! Entertainment for her worldwide management.[38] In October 2006, Goodrem promoted in Japan with the release of an updated version of Innocent Eyes and the Japan-only single “Flawed“, which reached number one on the Japanese download chart. The album peaked at number eight on the Japanese international chart (excluding Japanese artists) and number nineteen on the official Japanese album chart (including Japanese artists). In November, Goodrem appeared with Westlife on UK talent series The X Factor to perform a duet titled “All Out of Love“, which appeared on the boyband’s ninth LP, The Love Album. She was in Melbourne on Christmas Eve to headline the annual Carols by Candlelight.[39]

2007–10: Delta and Believe Again Tour[edit]

Goodrem’s third studio album, the eponymous Delta, was released in Australia on 20 October 2007. Goodrem described the material as “…a lot lighter” compared to her previous album Mistaken Identity.[40] She has also stated, “As people become more aware of your life, they can pinpoint what songs are about. On this album, I’ve tried to remove a lot of that and just write great pop songs, songs that are from my heart but there’s no baggage with them”.[41][42] The album debuted at number one on the ARIA Albums Chart, making it her third number one album in her home country.[14] and received platinum certification for shipments of 70,000 records, though sales were much lower; only 23,000 copies were sold during the first week. In December the album was certified 2x platinum.[43] It eventually was certified 3x platinum in 2008.[44] In New Zealand, the album debuted at number twelve on the RIANZ Albums Chart.[45]

On 10 August 2007, Goodrem was in Los Angeles to film the music video for the album’s lead single “In This Life“, which is also the opening theme for the anime Deltora Quest, based on the novels by fellow Australian Emily Rodda. The video premiered on 31 August on Sunrise. “In This Life” was officially released on 15 September. It debuted at number one on the Australian Singles Chart, becoming Goodrem’s eighth number one single in Australia. It was certified platinum.[46]

Goodrem performing during promotion in Australia

The second single, “Believe Again” was released on 10 December. It debuted and peaked at number two on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified Gold.[47] The third single, “You Will Only Break My Heart“, was released on 29 March 2008 and peaked at number fourteen. The fourth single to be lifted from the album was “I Can’t Break It to My Heart“, which debuted and peaked at number thirteen.

In 2008, Goodrem focused on promoting music in Japan and the United States. She released “In This Life” on 23 January in Japan. She followed that up by releasing “Delta” on 20 February. The album peaked at number eight on the Japanese international chart and number 39 on the overall chart. The album sold almost 5,000 copies in its first week, 1,000 copies more than her previous album in Japan and overall sold over 30,000 copies in Japan.[48] In the United States, Goodrem released “In This Life” on 15 April 2008. “In This Life” was released to US radio on 9 April. It was first released to the Triple A radio format, and then to the Adult Contemporary and Hot Adult Contemporary formats. On 17 June 2008, Goodrem appeared for the second time on any Billboard chart with the single, debuting at number 40 on the Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks chart. The song later peaked at No. 21.[49] According to Nielsen SoundScan, the track sold 7,000 digital downloads in the week ending on 24 June 2008.[50] The song also charted at number 20 on the Hot Adult Top 40 Recurrents. The album was then released on 15 July 2008 in the United States and Canada under the label Mercury Records.[51] It peaked at number 18 on the U.S. iTunes Store. It later debuted at number 116 on the US Billboard Album Chart and No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Heatseekers with sales of 6,000 copies. Overall the album sold over 21,000 copies in the United States.[52][53]

In July 2008, it was announced that Goodrem would embark on a national tour of Australia, titled the Believe Again Tour.[54] She originally announced nine dates in seven cities, but later announced more shows, performing 14 in eight cities. The tour ran from 9 January to 4 February 2009. A concert DVD of the tour was released on 18 September 2009.[55] It was called Believe Again: Australian Tour 2009. It peaked at number one on the Australian ARIA DVD Chart and was certified Gold for sales over 7,500 copies.[56]

Goodrem also recorded a duet, “Right Here With You”, with Olivia Newton-John to help raise money for Newton-John’s cancer hospital in Melbourne.[57][58]

Goodrem was nominated for two awards at the 2008 ARIA Awards – Highest Selling Single and Highest Selling Album – and won the award for Highest Selling Album of 2008.[59] At the 2008 World Music Awards, held on 9 November in Monaco, Goodrem received her third World Music Award for World’s Best Selling Australian Artist. In March 2010, Goodrem and Guy Sebastian were chosen by the Jackson estate to perform at the Australian launch of Michael Jackson’s This Is It DVD.[60] The invitation-only event was attended by the film’s director Kenny Ortega, Jackson’s choreographer Travis Payne, and Jackson’s brother Jackie Jackson.[61] Goodrem and Sebastian performed “Earth Song“.[62]

2011–14: Child of the Universe, The Voice[edit]

Goodrem at the 2012 Logie Awards

On 24 November 2011, Goodrem was confirmed to be a part of the judging panel of the Australian version of The Voice which aired in early 2012, coaching alongside Keith Urban, Joel Madden, and Seal.[63] Some of Goodrem’s decisions on the show sparked criticism, with comments she was “all style” and “little substance”.[64] Rachael Leahcar was Goodrem’s contestant in the final four. This was after Goodrem chose Leahcar over Glenn Cunningham, who was Goodrem’s back up singer on her Believe Again Tour in 2009. Leahcar finished third. Goodrem returned for season two in 2013, again with Madden and Seal, with Ricky Martin replacing Urban. Goodrem’s finalist for season two was Celia Pavey who also finished third.[65]

An announcement was made on 19 March 2012, stating that there is now a countdown on Goodrem’s official website to 30 March, with the promise of “something new, something fresh, something altogether exciting”. On that day, it was then announced that Goodrem would be releasing her new single, “Sitting on Top of the World“.[66] “Sitting on Top of the World” debuted and peaked at number two on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified double platinum. It also peaked number twenty three in New Zealand and was certified Gold. The album’s second single, “Dancing with a Broken Heart” was released on 10 August 2012. It debuted and peaked at number 15 on the ARIA Singles Chart, and is Goodrem’s second lowest charting single to date. The third single, “Wish You Were Here“, was released on 12 October 2012. “Wish You Were Here” debuted at number seven on the ARIA Charts and later peaked at number five, and was certified Platinum. Goodrem’s fourth studio album, Child of the Universe was released on 26 October 2012, which debuted at number two on the ARIA Charts and spent ten weeks in the top 50. It was certified Gold in its second with for sales of 35,000 copies. Along with the release of the album, Goodrem embarked on her “An Evening with Delta: The Top of My World Shows” which supported the album release with a series of stripped back shows, starting in Brisbane on 27 October then two Sydney shows on 31 October 2012 and 2 November 2012 and finishing with Melbourne on 7 and 8 November 2012. Rachael Leahcar was the tour’s opening act.[67] Goodrem was featured on the album “Spirit of Christmas 2012”, singing “Blue Christmas”. In November, she also recorded a Christmas EP titled Christmas. It was released on 14 December 2012 in Australia and New Zealand.[68][69]

On 1 February 2013, it was confirmed that Goodrem had signed with US manager Irving Azoff.[70] Goodrem performed at the Mardi Gras in Sydney in March 2013. This was a late night performance, in Mardigrasland, which was well received by critics. She performed dance version of some of her hit songs including “Born to Try“, “Lost Without You“, “Predictable“, “Believe Again“, “Child of the Universe” and “Sitting on Top of the World“.[71] In May 2013, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu joined Goodrem for a special performance of “Bayini” on The Voice Australia, in celebration of National Reconciliation Week.[72] The song was later released on iTunes and debuted at number four on the ARIA Singles Chart on 10 June 2013.[73][74] On 17 June 2013, Goodrem released her new single “Heart Hypnotic“, which she also performed on the Live Finale of The Voice.[75]

Goodrem celebrated 10 years since releasing her multi-platinum album Innocent Eyes which topped the Australian ARIA Charts and reached number two on the UK Albums Chart by releasing Innocent Eyes: Ten Year Anniversary Acoustic Edition on 29 November 2013, which debuted and peaked at number 22 on the ARIA Albums Chart. On 26 November 2013, it was announced that Goodrem would not be returning to The Voice Australia for the third season in 2014 but instead chose to be a part of the new Australian version of The Voice Kids.[76] Goodrem revealed on her Twitter account that the decision was made because this would give her more time on her music career and more time to work on her new album. The show premiered on 22 June 2014 and finished on 10 August.[77] Goodrem was a coach alongside Joel Madden, who teamed up with his brother Benji Madden, and Mel B. Darren McMullen hosted The Voice Kids while also remaining on the original version.[78] Goodrem attended the 2014 AACTA Awards where she performed “Kissing You” in tribute to Baz Luhrmann‘s film Romeo + Juliet.[79] Goodrem joined the Australian and New Zealand leg of Andrea Bocelli‘s Passion For Life Tour in September 2014.[80] To celebrate being part of the tour, Goodrem released a cover of Martika‘s 1991 single “Love… Thy Will Be Done” on 12 September 2014.[81][82]

2015–present: Return to Neighbours, stage debut and Wings of the Wild[edit]

It was announced on 13 January 2015, that Goodrem was returning as a judge The Voice Australia for the show’s fourth season.[83][84] Goodrem’s single “Only Human” was released on 13 March to coincide with her return as Nina Tucker for Neighbours 30th anniversary.[85][86] She returned for three episodes starting from 16 March.[87][88] Goodrem also appeared in a documentary special celebrating the anniversary titled Neighbours 30th: The Stars Reunite, which aired in Australia and the UK.[89][90] She joined the Australian leg of Ricky Martin’s One World Tour in April as his supporting act.[86][91][92] She also revealed that she has been working with DNA and Jon Hume.[93]

On 24 July 2015, Goodrem released “Wings” as the lead single from her fifth studio album Wings of the Wild. The song peaked at number one on the ARIA Charts and was certified double platinum.[94][95] Goodrem also promoted the single in New Zealand and the UK.[96][97] From October 2015 to February 2016, Goodrem made her musical theatre debut playing Grizabella in an Australian version of Cats. She performed the role in the Sydney, Hobart, Melbourne and Brisbane legs of the show.[98][99]Dear Life” was released on 6 May 2016 as the second single from Wings of the Wild.[100][101][102] The single debuted and peaked at number three on the ARIA Singles Chart and was later certified Platinum.[95]Enough” featuring American rapper Gizzle was released as the third single on 24 June 2016 and debuted at number forty six on the ARIA Singles Chart. It later peaked at number twenty seven in its third week on the chart.[103] Wings of the Wild was released on 1 July 2016.[104][105]The River” was later released with a story music video for the tour in September 2016, while she was in New Zealand.[106][107][108]

Goodrem made her House Husbands debut in 2017.[109][110] In 2017 Delta became the V8 Supercars Australia ambassador, promoting the sport and being the official performer at the racing events throughout the year.[111][112] In 2017, an advertisement for Apple Music featuring Goodrem was criticised by the Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) for promoting unsafe driving. Complaints about the video to the Bureau stated that it “[sic]does not promote safe driving” and features Goodrem placing her head and arms outside a moving a vehicle and “moving around in a motor vehicle with no clearly visible safety belt”. In response to the complaints, Apple Inc. said that it felt “confident” that the advertisement didn’t breach the Australian Association of National Advertisers (AANA) Advertiser Code of Ethics standards and saw no issues relating to car safety, with both individuals in the car wearing lap seat belts. The ASB said that people may not realise that vintage cars are fitted with lap seatbelts which are not clearly seen in the video. The advertisement was pulled from screening and wouldn’t re-air until Apple re-edited it with all parts featuring Goodrem’s arms and hands outside of the car window removed.[113] On 15 February 2018 Goodrem released her latest single called “Think About You“, which was also released for streaming and download on her website on 16 February 2018. Her single “Think About You” was written by Goodrem in collaboration with other popular hit songwriters Julian Bunetta and John Ryan who also wrote for One Direction, Niall Horan, Harry Styles, and Maroon 5. “Think About You” is described as being a “feel good, upbeat song with an irresistible catchy groove”, yet is also noted for its cheeky sexualised lyrics that earned it to be called a “sexy upbeat banger” by reviewers [114][115][116] Goodrem reinvented her look which included colouring her hair darker for this promotional video.[117]

Delta played Olivia Newton-John in the Olivia Newton-John biopic called Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You and released a covers soundtrack album called I Honestly Love You [118] in May 2018. [119][120]

Personal life[edit]

In 2004, Goodrem began a nine-month relationship with Australian tennis player Mark Philippoussis. Her “comeback” single, “Out of the Blue“, was written about his support during her cancer battle.[121][122] The couple’s relationship ended in controversy when newspapers reported Philippoussis had been unfaithful.[123]

Later in 2004, Goodrem began dating former Westlife singer Brian McFadden, with whom she collaborated on the duet “Almost Here”. They were engaged but the pair ended their relationship in April 2011.[124] In May 2011, Goodrem started dating Nick Jonas. They broke up in February 2012.[125]

In July 2017, Goodrem was fined and suspended from driving after at least two accounts of speeding offences. She received a letter in May 2017 informing her about her infringements, and later sought to dispute the notices at a planned trial date with the Downing Centre Local Court on 4 July 2017; however, her management later told the court that she withdrew the appeal.[126][127]

Legacy and artistry[edit]

A wax figure of Goodrem at Madame Tussauds Sydney

Goodrem’s repertoire falls under the pop and adult contemporary styles, and heavily features the piano, which she usually plays barefoot while performing live.[128] Goodrem is also known for her technically skilled soprano voice,[129][130] which in a review of Delta was described as crystalline, fierce and illuminating in quality.[131] Goodrem has also endorsed many products such as WII, Sanitarium, So Good, Nesquik, Sunsilk and Pepsi[132][133][134][135][136] [137] Delta has also released an underwear range, Delta by Anabella (Briefly 2004–2006) and a self-titled perfume in 2017, followed by another perfume called “Dream” in 2018.[138][139][140][141]

Goodrem was honoured with a wax figure at Madame Tussauds in Sydney’s Darling Harbour, which opened in April 2012. The singer donated to the attraction a dress that she had previously worn on stage.[142]

Her debut album, 2003’s Innocent Eyes, made her one of Australia’s highest-selling female recording artists, spending 29 weeks at No. 1,[17] selling over 1.2 million copies in Australia and another 4.5 million internationally, debuting at number 2 in the UK and breaking various records in the process.[31]

In 2004, Goodrem released Mistaken Identity, her second studio album which entered the ARIA charts at No. 1 spawning two No. 1 singles and quickly gained multi-platinum status. In 2005, Goodrem embarked on The Visualise Tour, her debut concert tour of Australia, combining songs from both Innocent Eyes and Mistaken Identity. Goodrem released her third studio album, self-titled Delta, on 20 October 2007 to yet another number-one debut, gaining multi-platinum status within the first few months of release. Goodrem also shifted attention to different markets, releasing the album in the Far East and the USA. In January 2009, Goodrem embarked on the Believe Again Tour of Australia to support her third studio album.[59] Her fourth album Child of the Universe had two platinum singles, “Sitting On Top of the World” and “Wish You Were Here”. Her fifth album, Wings of the Wild became her fourth No. 1 album on the ARIA Albums Chart, while producing the No. 1 single “Wings” and “Dear Life” went platinum and peaked at #3.

Goodrem has a total of nine number-one singles and 17 top-ten hits on the ARIA Singles Chart.[14] She has sold over eight million albums globally.[143]

Charity work[edit]

In May 2005, Goodrem helped launch “Teen Info on Cancer”, a UK website aimed at supporting young teenage sufferers.[144] In November 2005, Goodrem became an ambassador for Research Australia’s “Thank You Day”, which honours the country’s health and medical researchers and received a Thank You Day Celebrity Advocacy Award “in recognition of her efforts in raising funds and awareness for Australian medical research and charities.”[145][146]

Goodrem is set to be the face of Alternative Hair, the UK hairdressing industry’s top fundraising event, in aid of cancer charity Leukaemia Research.[147] Goodrem is also a member of RADD (Recording Artists, Actors And Athletes Against Drink Driving), a group of celebrities raising awareness of the risks of drunk driving.[148] In 2011 Goodrem became an ambassador for the Kinghorn Cancer Centre at Sydney’s Garvan Institute of Medical Research.[149][150]

On 27 October 2017, she was featured on a cover of The Beatles‘ “With a Little Help from My Friends“, to raise money for the Sony Foundation’s project Friends4Youth.

Discography[edit]

Tours[edit]

Headlining
Supporting
Stage Show
  • 2015–2016: Cats: Australia – Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane Seasons

Filmography[edit]

List of appearances in film and television
Year Title Role Notes
1993 Hey Dad..! Cynthia Broadhurst Guest role; “The Real Ladies Man”
1993 A Country Practice Georgina Bailey Guest role; “Little Lies, Part 1” and “Little Lies, Part 2”
1995 Police Rescue Sophie Harris Guest role; “Conduct Endangering Life”
2002 Neighbours Nina Tucker Regular role; 2002–2003. Recurring role: 2003–2005. Guest role: 2015
2005 Hating Alison Ashley Alison Ashley Main role
2005 North Shore Taylor Ward Guest role; “The Ex-Games” and “The End”
2009 Australian Idol Herself Guest judge
2011 Santa’s Apprentice Little Beatrice Voice role
2012–13, 2015– The Voice Herself Judge
2012 Take Two with Phineas And Ferb Herself Guest interviewee
2014 The Voice Kids Herself Judge; 2014
2015 Neighbours 30th: The Stars Reunite Herself Documentary
2016 Who Do You Think You Are? Herself Documentary
2016 Play School Herself Guest presenter
2017 House Husbands Izzy Dreyfus 3 episodes, season 5
2018 Olivia: Hopelessly Devoted to You Olivia Newton-John Miniseries

Stage roles[edit]

Year Title Role
2015–2016 Cats Grizabella