Delta Goodrem is one of Australia’s most accomplished female performers of the past decade, having achieved multi-platinum-selling status, eight No. 1 singles and three No. 1 albums. The singer-songwriter has also been a coach and mentor on The Voice for the past two seasons. I caught up with the 28-year-old to chat about whether she will return to The Voice next year, how the show has changed her, and how she finds single life.
What are you up to at the moment?
I just [had] a bit of time off before I start making a new album. I’m based in LA – my cats are there, my whole world is sort of there. But in fairness, I tend to live between there and Australia, and it’s been like kind of half and half for quite a few years.
Will you return as a coach on The Voice again next year?
I have no idea. I mean I’m honoured to be part of the show, but we haven’t had a chance to think about next year yet.
Are you still in contact with the other judges?
Yes, definitely. I have a special bond with all of them. It’s such a good group. We have so much fun.
Has The Voice changed your life?
Yes, in so many ways. I’m just so thankful for it – musically and in life – on deeper levels than I can probably explain.
You really opened up on the show. Do you find Australia has really gotten to know you?
Yes, [before The Voice] I just didn’t know how to open up. I’ve always protected myself, I’ve always just done music and treated it like work. Then I have my own world of my friends. [Being in the spotlight] at a young age, it helped me keep my innocence by keeping those worlds separate … Being on The Voice, it forces you to open up and I’m proud of what I’ve done with the lessons I’ve learnt since then.
In what way has The Voice given people a different perception of you?
I think it’s probably the fact that before, people see you as one dimension. I’ve got emotions, I’m passionate, I’m fiery, I love to dance, I’m a prankster, I love joking around – I’m not as serious outside music … It’s been nice to share that side of me.
You’ve achieved so much at a young age. What’s your biggest career highlight?
I would say it was the other week, when it was my 15th top 10 and I was just really blessed and thankful for it.
What’s the best part of your job?
The singing, without a doubt. Getting to sing live, that’s my favourite thing to do. And when you invite people to your show and you’ve got an hour-and-a-half to sing, there’s nothing like it. That’s my favourite part because it shows the actual connection with the audience.
What’s the worst part of your job?
Without a doubt, the wonderful things balance it out, but I would say control, I guess. You can’t control everything. I mean, it’s kind of hard when things are said [that aren’t true], but you can’t battle it. I’ve never ever snapped or said anything, I’ve just sort of accepted it.
What do you do for fun?
I love food; I’m a foodie. I love being with my friends. I’ve had the same friends since I was five. I love going to dinners, I love going to movies, or I love watching a TV series. I love getting a box set. I’m addicted to Once upon a Time.
What are your favourite restaurants?
I like China Doll in Sydney and Cafe Sydney.
Do you have a nice man in your life?
No, no [laughs]. I don’t, but my friends are all having fun pimping me out. I haven’t had any time to sort of look at that side of my life … I mean, you know I’m a love bug, but I’m really happy kind of enjoying single life.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I would just love to be doing what I love to do, surrounded by the people I love. I love writing hit songs for people and myself and continually touring the world with music.
Do you have a secret talent?
I’m very good at languages. I can pick up languages very, very quickly. If I am somewhere more than a couple of days, I naturally just pick up the language.
WE WENT TO Sake, The Rocks.
WE ATE Edamame, sashimi tacos with chilled tomato salsa; salmon avocado salad and mixed sashimi and sushi.
WE DRANK Sake and Rose.
I WORE A Dion Lee top, Miu Miu leather pants and Gucci necklace.
DELTA WORE A Versace dress.
Photography: James Brickwood.
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