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AMOROSI aka Vanessa Joy Amorosi is an Australian singer songwriter who has sold over 2 million albums worldwide releasing four studio albums, two compilation albums and twenty-one singles.
On her latest album, Amorosi dives deep into the heart of soul and gospel music, that mixed with her love of strong melodies and powerhouse vocals has created her strongest record to date.
The songs for this well thought out collaboration, written with her producer and mentor Eurythmics Dave Stewart, were put together slowly over a period of three years while Vanessa re-invented herself in many ways, bringing her closer to the woman she always strived to be: strong, confident and an artist in charge of her own destiny. What comes across on this, her fifth album, is exactly that. From the opening cry of “Wolf” you can tell she’s back and means business.
That sound was recorded at the legendary Willie Mitchell’s studio in Memphis Tennessee where Al Green recorded most of his best work. Vanessa even sang on that very same microphone that Al sang all his hits including “Let’s Stay Together”. The musicians Stewart put together for the sessions were legends in themselves playing with Al Green, Isaac Hayes, and many others. Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell was recording engineer (Bruno Mars, Al Green, Solomon Burke, John Mayer).
In addition to the studio sessions, some of the album was recorded in a Memphis church with the fifty piece Tennessee Mass Choir. Amorosi’s heavenly voice blends beautifully with them and it sounds like she was always meant to be there. Later, Vanessa said that it was a moment she will never forget and a dream come true. In songs like “Lift Us Up” and “Serious” the choir literally lift us up and make it known that this album serious!
These sessions were documented for a movie to be released later in the year that includes a surprising look into Amorosi’s life away from stardom, in Los Angeles.
Her first single, “Have a Look” went gold in Australia and her second single, “Absolutely Everybody”, an anthemic dance song was certified double platinum and became the longest charting Australian single by an Australian female artist. “Absolutely Everybody” was also released internationally and reached the Top 10 in many European countries including the UK and Germany where it received a gold certification.
Amorosi’s debut album “The Power” reached number one on the Australian album charts and she became the first Australian female artist to reach number one on the national album chart. The Power remained in the top 50 Albums Chart for 62 weeks after it’s release! Amorosi also received six ARIA nominations and The Power was nominated for “Best Female Artist” and “Best Pop Release” in the ARIA Music Awards of 2001. In her career to date Amorosi has had a total of 16 ARIA nominations! (Australian equivalent to the Grammy’s)
Amorosi won the APRA Award in 2001 for “Most Played Song” on Australian Radio with “Shine” and received international acclaim in Germany where she won “Best International Newcomer” at the 2001 VIVA Comet Awards.
Amorosi performed at the Sydney Olympics Opening Ceremony and the Paralympics opening and closing ceremonies. She also performed at the Commonwealth Games hand-over ceremony in Manchester in 2002.
Amorosi’s involvement with Kids Help Line and the Variety Club during this period led to a number of honors including a 2003 nomination for Australian of the Year.
Her next Australian album release, “Somewhere In The Real World”, bore the single “Perfect” which reached Platinum sales and was the most played Australian song on Australian radio for 2008. “Perfect” was used in the Seven Network for the American show Bionic Woman. It was also used in a commercial campaign for jeans by Calvin Klein in Australia. The track also hit #1 on the Australian iTunes Store on 6 June 2008. “Hazardous” is the fourth studio album by Vanessa Amorosi, released in Australia on 6 November 2009 to critical and commercial success, with Platinum accreditation in Australia. The album’s lead single, “This Is Who I Am” debuted at number 1 on the ARIA Charts and held the top spot for a second week in a row – becoming the first Australian artist to debut at No. 1 and hold No. 1 single since Silverchair’s “Straight Lines” in 2007. “ This Is Who I Am” has achieved 2× platinum sales in Australia making it her most successful single to date in her homeland.
I truly believe Vanessa is one of the greatest vocalists in the world today. Universal Music Australia
One of the most distinctive and powerful female voices in the country belongs to Vanessa Amorosi Hit Picks (The Music Network)
Vanessa is a world class singer with a one-in-a-million tone in her voice. Geffen records (Producer of Christina Aguilera , Lady Gaga)
She was a household name at only 23 and with huge hit singles, she is poised for a return to the top of the charts. ‘Woman of the Week’, Sunday Herald Sun