Monday, March 24, 2008

Reminiscing Natalie Imbruglia in a Decade

It has been a bit more than ten years ago when I bought the first CD-album of Natalie Imbruglia titled, 'Left of the Middle.' Every FM Radio during that time plays this first hit single. Much more, her ‘Torn’ video clip becomes a favorite of MTV VJs all across the world in the '90s. I, myself was a witness to its phenomenon because I am traveling at that time. Even today, her music ’Torn’ is still in demand from every music lovers worldwide--young and old, presumably an all time favorite.

As the second of four female siblings, she was born on February 4, 1975 as Natalie Jane Imbruglia in a tiny beach town in Sydney, Australia. After her appearance as teen actress from Aussie soap [Neighbors] and several TV commercials [Coke and Twisties], she pursued her singing career in the UK, in which she considered later on, that it was the best and lucky move she had ever made in her life. Her first released single 'Torn' from RCA Records has become the most air-played with wild success in UK, and released later in US, the early part of 1998. Aside from receiving the MTV Awards for Best New Artist in 1998, she was nominated on Grammy for three consecutive times selling 9 million albums worldwide.

She had her fairytale wedding in Queensland on the New Year's Eve of 2003 to Daniel Johns [frontman of Silverchair and Dissociatives], whom she met in 1999. While Imbruglia lived mainly in Windsor, Berkshire, UK, on an island called, 'White Lilies,' where her second album 'White Lilies Island' was named, released in 2001; her husband Johns lived in Newcastle, Australia. In April of 2005, that was followed by 'Counting Down the Days' having the track, 'Shiver' as her longest running single after 'Torn.' Thereafter, her fourth 'Glorious: TheSingles1997-2007' was released in August, 2007. She has released four albums so far, and there are some variations as to the content tracks of these releases, some have bonus DVDs, whether Australia, Japan, UK, etc.

She become the face of L'Oréal as spokeperson ["Because I'm Worth It"], modeling for several of its products on TV commercials starting 2001 with a contract of five years, She also debuted in the movie 'Johnny English'[2003] along Rowan Atkinson and started the Australian film, in 2004, Elise announced to be release this month, March, 2008.

Last December, 2007 she is rumored to have auditioned in Wolverine [still on production] along Hugh Jackman, as she had always wanted to go back on her acting roles which began at the age of 16, on the same year she left high school.

Natalie also visited Africa on several occasions supporting campaigns for childbirth disease awareness as an ambassador for Virgin Unite joining forces with the United Nations Population Fund.

This year, January 4, just days after their wedding anniversary, a news report has astoundingly emerged. It is her split from her husband Daniel Johns. The pair made a joint statement:
"While we are very sad that our marriage has ended, we want to make it clear that our parting is amicable and we remain friends ... This mutual decision has not been taken lightly or quickly ... However, our career demands and our lives in different parts of the world have brought us to the point where unfortunately this difficult decision was necessary for both of us ... We have simply grown apart through not being able to spend enough time together ... We have issued this statement to set the record straight and to eliminate any need for speculation ... We will not be making any further public statements whatsoever in regard to this very private matter and politely ask that people respect our sincere wishes in this regard."
In UK two weeks ago, she joins campaign to save Windsor Fire Station from nighttime closure together with Sir Elton John, Ralf Little and Sir Michael Parkinson saying, "To Windsor Fire Station, you're a vital part of the community and I fully support your campaign to remain open ... All my love."

So, after a decade, the world is waiting now for her next big explosion--singing or acting!

Natalie Imbruglia - Torn [1997]

Natalie Imbruglia - Shiver [LIVE 2005]

Natalie Imbruglia - Glorious [2007]

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