You might’ve thought Vanessa Amorosi disappeared into the abyss, but really, she’s been here all along.
You might remember her debut single “Have a Look” in 1999, or danced around to her debut number one album The Power, which featured “Absolutely Everybody”, “Shine”, and “The Power”.
Or, if you were watching the 2000 Sydney Olympic games, saw Amorosi perform to an estimated two billion people. If you’re a 90’s kid like me, a teenage Amorosi from outer-eastern Melbourne would have definitely been in your reach. It’s safe to say, Amorosi’s music has lived through almost 20 years – with over two million albums and singles sold worldwide.
2009 was the last we heard from Amorosi with the release of her platinum-selling “Hazardous” LP, featuring her number one hit “This Is Who I Am”. Often not accounted for, the decades spent preparing music and as you might not guess, life itself, Vanessa has been keeping quiet. After dedicating most of her teenage years travelling, singing and performing, the artist’s route can get cloudy – which took Amorosi to move to Los Angeles in 2011.
“I took an opportunity to go to America and start working on gospel arrangements. It was only meant to be a six-month adventure, but it ended up turning into four years… it taught me a lot about a different style of singing and music.” says Amorosi.
Now married with a three-year-old son, LA’s influential music scene can be found in Amorosi’s new single, “Heavy Lies the Head” – something which she can stand behind and be proud of.
“..This song is something that I have wanted to create my whole career. It’s a real professional highlight for me musically. I believe everyone will be able to relate to the lyrics through their own personal experiences where it is usually harder to walk away from confrontation and maintaining the moral high ground, knowing in the end that karma will eventually kick in. I always believe good prevails over evil,” says Amorosi.
“I needed to start from the bottom and crawl again so I would relight that fuel in me. Sometimes I just get to a point where I reflect on what I’ve done and I think, ‘You know what? I’ve got to be better than that. I’ve got to be better. I’ve got to go and learn how to be better,’ and it just takes longer than the thought.”
Amorosi returns to Australian stages on tour this May.