What do you find most exciting about performing live?
I love performing live. It's my favourite part of my job. Seeing people from the stage singing my songs back to me is a beautiful thing. Seeing my fans so happy while watching the show is the best feeling. It's when I strike a connection with the audience that it makes it all worthwhile.
What has been your career highlight so far and why?
My career highlights so far include having a Number 1 single and a Number 1 album. These were pretty amazing!
When did you first get involved in performing?
I first got involved with performing when I was 12 years old and I got signed to a record deal at 14.
Who encouraged you to pursue singing as a career?
I guess my whole family did. Both my parents were in bands, my whole family are musical, so it just happened. We would all play music together at home. So when I started playing live, everyone was very supportive.
What are some of your future goals?
Just to keep going - writing and releasing music for my fans. I would really like to start working on the production side of things. I have set up my own home studio and am now able to record in my very own space. It's quite exciting.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Because I am always on the road touring, doing promos, or in the studio, my
favourite thing is to be at home. I love hanging out with my animals. Taking my dogs for walks and riding my horses.
What is your favourite holiday destination and why?
I love being at home in Melbourne. I am always travelling around the world, writing and recording so when I can I love holiday at home on our farm. It's relaxing. I can lose myself in so many different fun things. Like playing on tractors and riding horses. I am a kid at heart so I love to get out there and get my hands a little dirty.
What is your most unforgettable personal experience?
I would have to say performing at the Sydney Olympics. That is something that is just unforgettable. The whole event was so grand and to be part of it was a real honour.
How do you cope with the media attention and being in the public eye?
Because I have been in the public eye/media for so long it just feels like it is part of my job. I avoid listening to anything negative or taking it to heart. I just do my thing.
What is your top tip for aspiring singers/songwriters?
Just keep writing. Don't give up. It's hard, but you have to stick at it. Don't let the small things get you down.
Singer-songwriter Vanessa Amorosi was born 8 August 1981 in Melbourne, Australia. When she was four she attended tap, jazz and classical ballet classes.
She was discovered performing in a Russian restaurant by TV producer Jack Strom. In 1998, the 15 year old Vanessa achieved success when her debut single "Have a Look" went Gold after only seven weeks in the ARIA charts.
This achievement was followed by mega-hits in Australia and Europe with "Absolutely Everybody" and "Shine" and her album "The Power" reached Number 1 in Australia.
Vanessa is one of Australia's most talented rock, pop and acoustic stars. She has sold over 1.5 million records worldwide and received a vast collection of awards both within Australia and overseas.
Her career highlights include performing at the Sydney 2000 Olympics and the Manchester Commonwealth Games, to touring Europe with Joe Cocker.
As she moved out of her teens, Vanessa's musical tastes became heavier and more soulful, finding inspiration from 70's rock legends such as Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix.
"I never had vocal training but my mother was the best tutor I ever had," Vanessa says. "She used to sing in a rock band herself. She'd always tell me: "Put a bit of edge on those words, get across to the audience that those words mean a lot to you."
NEW Album 'V'!
New album 'V' has been proclaimed as a shining light from an international artist. Lyrically she's gone further than ever before. This album speaks one-to-one with the listener and its empowering message is catching.
It was recorded across the globe, first on her portable studio while on the road, with internationally renowned producers John Fields, Jimmy Harry and Macho.
It reflects Vanessa's diversity with eclectic sounds extending from trance, hip-hop, Primus, Tool to Mr Bungle.
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Get Ahead Kids® Jan/Feb 2012