Australian Female Artists

Poetry Portfolio

Over the years women have proved men aren't the only ones who can succeed in the music industry. This portfolio looks into some of Australia's most successful women in music. Who run the world? girls!

1960's: Little Pattie

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Little Pattie, also known as Patricia Thelma Amphlett is an Australian singer who preformed in the 60's as a surf pop singer. In 1963, she released her debut single 'He's My Blond Headed, Stompie Wompie, Real Gon Surfer Boy'.

1970's: Marcia Hines

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Marcia Elaine Hines is a Australian vocalist, actress and TV personality. Marcia achieved her greatest success in the 70's with hit singles such as 'Fire And Rain' 'I Just Dont Know What To Do With Myself'.

1980's: Kylie Minogue

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Kylie Anne Minogue is an Australian singer, songwriter, recording artist and actress. After making her debut on the Australian soap opera 'Neighbours' in 1986 she released hit songs such 'Locomotion' and 'I should be so lucky'. Kylie has since become a household name in Australia.
Kylie Minogue Biography

Kylie Anne Minogue was born on 28 May, 1968. She is the eldest child of Ronald Charles Minogue and Carol Ann Minogue (née Jones) and the older sister of Dannie and Brendan Minogue. Kylie was raised in Surrey Hills, Melbourne and Educated at Camberwell High School.

Kylie appeared on small soap operas as a child such as The Sullivans and Skyways. She was interested in pursuing a career in music, giving the producers of the program Young Talent time a demo tape to listen to. Though her sister Dannie was a regular performer on the show, Kylie was not invited to join the cast.

In 1986 Kylie was cast as Charlene Mitchell in the popular Australian soap opera Neighbours. The show also achieved popularity in the UK with over 20 million British viewers tuning into a episode that featured Kylie and her on screen partner getting married. She appeared on the show till 1989. She then became the first person to win four Logie Awards in one event including being the youngest recipient of the "Gold Logie" as the country's "Most Popular Television Performer.

After preforming her song ‘Locomotion’ at a Fitzroy Football Club benefit she was subsequently signed to a recording deal with Mushroom Records in 1987. Her first sing ‘Locomotion’ spent seven weeks at number on the Australian music charts and became the highest selling single of the 80’s and scored Kylie an Aria award for this. Kylie’s newly found success resulted in her moving to England where she released the son ‘I Should Be So Lucky’. The song reached number one in the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Finland, Switzerland, Israel and Hong Kong and again won her an Aria award for the highest selling single.

Kylie released her debut album ‘Kylie’ in 1988. The album spent more then one year on the UK Albums Chart. Later that year she left Neighbours to focus on her music career. She also collaborated with Jason Donovan for the song ‘Especially for You’. The song peaked at number-one in the UK and sold almost one million copies. In 1989 Kylie starred in the film The Delinquents which was released in December 1989. In Australia, it was the fourth-highest grossing local film of 1989 and the highest grossing local film of 1990. In 1994, she released an album entitled 'Kylie Minogue' and appeared in Jean Claude Van Damme's film 'Street Fighter'. In 2000 Kylie was dropped by Deconstruction, she joined Parlophone and returned to her pop roots. Shortly after this Kylie featured in Baz Luhrmann's hit film 'Moulin Rouge'.

In May 2005 Kylie was diagnosed with breast cancer, and was forced to cancel the Australian leg of her 'Showgirl' tour to undergo immediate treatment. She continued to undergo chemotherapy. After successful treatment of her illness she went on to record material for a new album and making preparations to continue her newly renamed 'Showgirl Homecoming' tour.

Her children’s book ‘ The Showgirl Princess’ was published in October 2006. Her perfume “Darling” was launched in December. Kylie resumed her ‘Showgirl Homecoming tour’ with a show in Sydney.

In September 2007, Kylie released ‘X’, her first studio album in four years. In addition to the album, Kylie starred in a documentary in 2007 ‘White Diamond’ Directed by William Baker.

The documentary went behind the scenes of her 2006 Showgirl Tour.

In 2008 Kylie received an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to music. Kylie said she was “deeply touched” to receive the award.

In 2009 Kylie hosted the 2009 Brit Awards alongside British comedians James Corden and Mathew Horne. That year she also appeared in ‘Blue’, Bollywood’s biggest budget film made in history.

On the 30th of June 2010 Kylie released her eleventh album, ‘Aphrodite’. The album hit number one in the UK charts and was positively received throughout the world. That year she was also featured as a featuring artist on Taio Cruz's single ‘Higher’.

In 2011, Minogue embarked on the Aphrodite: Les Folies Tour, travelling to Europe, North America, Asia, Australia and Africa. The tour became her biggest to date.

In 2012 Kylie celebrated 25 years in the music business. That year she released not only The Best of Kylie Minogue in June and the singles box-set, a new single ‘ Timebomb’ and K25 Time Capsule in October, this resulted in 2012 being a big year for Kylie.

In October 2012 Kylie released “Abbey Road Sessions” which contained remixes and reworks of her previous songs. The album was well received by critics and hut number 2 in the UK.

Kylie is currently working on her twelfth album to date.

1990's: Natalie Imbruglia

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Natalie is an Australian born singer, songwriter, actress and model. Natalie started her career on the popular Australian soap opera 'Neighbours' in the early 1990's. Two years after leaving the show Natalie released her hit song 'Torn'. Soon after she released her debut album 'Left Of The Middle' which sold over 6 million copies worldwide.

2000's: Delta Goodrem

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Delta Goodrem is a Sydney born and raised actress, singer, songwriter and pianist. After beginning her career on the Australian soap opera 'Neighbours' she then went on to release her multi platinum album 'Innocent eyes' at the tender age of 15. Delta has since achieved international fame and success.

Song analysis - Mistaken Identity

On 8 July 2003, at the age of 18, Delta Goodrem was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is a type of Lymphoma, which is a cancer originating from white blood cells called lymphocytes. Delta was forced to put her life on hold to undergo treatment for the disease. Delta stated the year 2003 was “such a bipolar year” for her. After successfully treating the cancer Delta started working on her second album ‘Mistaken Identity’. The song ‘Mistaken Identity’ reflects on the place she was at mentally while trying to treat the disease. The song reveals her intense and painful emotions towards the subject. The song was released as a single on January the 14th 2005.

The song begins with a steady rhythm played by the piano and other orchestral instruments. Delta starts to sing in a melancholy tone singing “The girl in the chair with the long golden hair, well that used to be me”. This is her reflecting on the person she used to be. In the same tone Delta then sings “I was always walking one step ahead, or so I thought until the monster crawled into my bed”. “The monsters crawled into my bed” is a metaphor for the effect the cancer had on her mind. “Rewind and erase the shocked look on your face” Delta sings. This signifies that people were shocked when they found out she was so sick. Because she came across as a very strong woman it may have been shocking for some to see her try to cope with the disease. Continuing the last line Delta sings ‘Cause your Mona Lisa is dead”. The Mona Lisa is an extremely famous painting by the artist Leonardo da Vinci. The painting is of a woman who was considered beautiful yet people cannot seem to read her expression. With this Delta is referring to people not knowing who she really was. The mood changes to a much slower, calmer tone as she sings “a million words, a thousand days”. This seems to be referring to time dragging slowly when she was sick.

At the beginning of the second verse there is a change of key and Delta’s singing becomes more emotive and shows more passion. It begins with the line “And yesterdays girl is not what you see” this emphasises how she believed the cancer had changed her. The next line “The sun likes to rise, and the moon likes to fall” suggests that this is how she has learnt to live her life, from day to day. Although this line is a metaphor as the sun and moon do not literally rise and fall, the sentence as a whole is a simile because she is comparing her life to the cycle of the sun and the moon. Before the cancer Delta played the role of “The nice girl next door” and “She gets cut like a knife” is a metaphor for the dramatic and painful effect it had on her. Delta does not want people to feel sorry for her or pity her and she expresses this in the words “Not looking for apology eyes’. She accentuates this feeling in the line ‘ I don’t want to spend the night on a bed of beautiful lies” This is saying she doesn’t want to hear niceties; she wants to face the truth.

Delta sings, “Erase and rewind leave that sick girl behind and fast forward, fast forward”. This is a metaphor that she uses to compare this bad episode in her life to a tape. She wants people to forget about it and erase it from their minds. Delta wants to move on and needs other people’s support to achieve this.

The two parts of the song end with a slightly different version of the same phrase “A million words a thousand days” suggests that while she was sick there was a lot of talking and time passed very slowly while she was trying to recover. Later on it is repeated as “A thousand days” where she is saying she is trying to forget about that time in her life. The song finishes with the double repeat of the chorus, which is stressing how strongly she feels her personality has changed.

Australian female artists over the last few decades have kept the music world diverse and vibrant. Whether its surf pop or soul these women have changed the face of the industry for the better. Many strong and inspiring women have graced our stages over the years, these are just a few of Australia's most successful women in the business.