Grammy nominated Natalie Imbruglia needs no introduction. With sales in excess of 10 million and a total of 3 years on the UK charts, she remains one of music’s most luminous, enduring and successful young performers. An accomplished singer, songwriter and actress, she’s released three critically acclaimed albums over the last decade and returns now with ‘Glorious: The Singles 1997-2007’.
Her first ever hits collection, it’s an impressive anthology of Top Ten hits and brand new material that effortlessly precedes her eagerly awaited fourth studio LP, due 2008.
Born in New South Wales on February 4, 1975 to an Italian father and Australian mother, Natalie grew up on the scenic Central Coast, north of Sydney. Having studied ballet and dance as a child, she began her impressive career at the age of 16 with the smash-hit soap opera ‘Neighbours’. After 2 successful years, which deftly propelled her into public focus, Natalie relocated to London and immersed herself in the cities’ thriving music scene. Within a year, she had signed to BMG Records.
Her hugely popular 1997 debut LP ‘Left Of The Middle’ was both a critical and commercial success – being certified platinum within 8 weeks. With the help of Phil Thornalley (of The Cure), she developed her own particular style, which immediately captivated international audiences. The album’s lead single ‘Torn’ was a massive global success, selling more than six million copies worldwide and becoming one of the UK’s Top 100 best-selling singles of all time. The LP also launched the hits ‘Wishing I Was There’, ‘Smoke’ and ‘Big Mistake’.
In 1998, Natalie won the Billboard Music Award for Track of the Year and was nominated for 3 prestigious Grammy Awards: Best New Artist, Best Pop Album and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. The following year, in 1999, she won the Best International Female & Best International Newcomer accolades at the BRIT Awards.
Natalie’s eagerly awaited second studio album – the million-selling ‘White Lilies Island’ – was released in November 2001. Fully co-written by Natalie while touring between the UK and Europe, it embraced an increasing musical maturity and featured the hit singles ‘That Day’ and ‘Wrong Impression’.
In December 2002, Natalie took part in the Rumba Festival in Australia and New Zealand. The same year she also became one of the faces of L’Oreal and took her first steps in the world of cinema, starring alongside Rowan Atkinson and John Malkovich in the feature film, ‘Johnny English’. Later that year she also appeared on the Stigmata soundtrack with the track ‘Identify’, which was written by the Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan.
Natalie’s third album, the platinum-selling ‘Counting Down The Days’, was equally successful and her first LP for new label ‘Brightside’. Boasting the smash-hit single ‘Shiver’, which became the Number 1 airplay record of the year, it featured songwriting and production credits by Natalie’s husband Daniel Johns – frontman of Silverchair.
The highly anticipated new singles collection ‘Glorious’ features 5 brand new Natalie-penned songs, including ‘Be With You’ and the forthcoming single ‘Glorious’, August 27th. “I have been busy for the last 12 months writing and recording my 4th album, and started reflecting on the past 10 years and all the fond memories I have of that time.” Natalie says. “So, I wanted to put out this singles collection to celebrate it.”
Currently working alongside Gary Clark, Daniel Johns, Jamie Hartman, Shep Solomon and Crispin Hunt, the new album is written by Natalie and will be her first new studio LP in 2 years. Produced by Ben Hillier, it’s being recorded in London’s Pool Studios.
Natalie is currently preparing for her role in the independent Australian film release ‘Elise’. Based on Georgia Blain’s acclaimed novella ‘Closed for Winter,’ it’s directed by James Bogle, whose previous credits include ‘In The Winter Dark’.