9 November 1984, Sydney, Australia. One of the more impressive musical talents to emerge from the world of daytime television, Australian singer-songwriter Goodrem had already signed with a major label record company before she landed a choice role in the popular soap opera, Neighbours. The aspiring performer was playing piano by the age of eight and began writing material soon afterwards. She signed a recording contract with Sony Music Australia at the age of 15, and launched her solo recording career in November 2001 with I Dont Care. The record stalled at number 64 in the Australian charts, necessitating a rethink from the starlet and her record company. Goodrem landed the role of aspiring singer Nina Tucker in Neighbours and joined the cast in July 2002. Four months later, she relaunched her recording career with the self-written piano ballad, Born To Try. The single was a huge success, topping the Australian charts and also reaching the UK Top 5 (Neighbours enjoys strong viewing figures in England). Her debut album, Innocent Eyes, was equally successful, staying on the top of the Australian charts for over four months and spawning another chart-topping single, Lost Without You. In July 2003, Goodrem was forced to face up to an even greater challenge when she was diagnosed with early-stage Hodgkins disease.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.