February 4, 1975
Natalie Jane Imbruglia is an Australian singer-songwriter and actress. The second of the four daughters of an Italian father and an Australian mother, Natalie grew up on the Central Coast, North of Sydney, Australia. As a teenager she played a role in the soap Neighbours before venturing into a singing career.
Her first single, “Torn”, reached number 2 in the UK charts and became the most played song on the radio in 1998. “Torn” is originally written by Anne Preven, Scott Cutler and Phil Thornalley. In 1995, “Torn” was recorded by Preven’s and Cutler’s band Ednaswap, although the band would record several more versions prior and following Imbruglia’s hit recording. The first released version of “Torn”, though, was a 1993 version by Danish singer Lis Sørensen, entitled “Braendt”. Norwegian singer Trine Rein had a hit with an English language version of “Torn” in her home country, a year prior to Imbruglia’s million selling single. Co-writer Phil Thornalley was involved in all of these versions and eventually offered the song to Natalie Imbruglia, who’s album he produced. Imbruglia initially declined recording the song, stating she didn’t want to do a cover. Ironically, “Torn” did not only become her biggest hit, it also became her signature song.
In the early 1990s, Imbruglia was known to audiences as Beth Brennan in the popular Australian soap Neighbours. Three years after leaving the programme, Imbruglia launched a singing career with the international hit, "Torn". The subsequent debut album Left of the Middle (1997) sold over 6 million copies worldwide. Further releases, White Lilies Island (2001) and Counting Down the Days (2005), have been unable to match the commercial success of her debut, although the latter did become her first UK #1.
Her fourth studio album, Come to Life, was released on 2 October 2009 to little effect. The physical UK release has been delayed so that Imbruglia can commit to her duties as mentor and judge on the Australian version of The X Factor franchise. She co-starred in the 2003 film Johnny English and made her leading actress debut in the 2009 film Closed for Winter.
- Come To Life: Natalie Imbruglia is one of the most successful Australian pop acts of all time. Following the release of 'Counting Down The Days' (2005), Imbruglia immediately started work on the follow up. Four years in the making, 'Come To Life' features some of the singer's best work to date and includes collaborations with the likes of Brian Eno on production and Chris Martin on songwriting, as well as the single 'Wild About It'.
- Want: "Want" is the first single taken from Australian singer-songwriter Natalie Imbruglia's fourth studio album, Come To Life. The single was released on September 28, 2009, two weeks prior to the release of the album in Europe and Australia. The single is available from iTunes Australia and iTunes UK. The track was written by Natalie Imbruglia, Daniel Johns (credited Kat Kourtney), Gary Clark and Chris Martin and is one of three songs on the new album co-written by Martin.
- Glorious: The Singles '97-'07: Ten years after the release of Natalie Imbruglia's smash hit debut 'Left Of The Middle' comes this career spanning singles collection from the Australian singer. 'Glorious' contains all of Imbruglia's hits, ranging from the indie-tinged, angst-ridden early releases 'Torn' and 'Big Mistake' to the more recent pop gems including 'Shiver'. The album also features five brand new tracks, including the single 'Glorious.'
- Counting Down The Days: Natalie Imbruglia makes a welcome return to the world of music with her third album Counting Down the Days. The album features 12 brand-new songs including the first single to be taken from it, "Shiver". Natalie began initial work on Counting Down The Days in 2002. She assembled enough material for several albums and spent most of last year refining her ideas and identifying the direction she wanted to take the album in.
- White Lilies Island: White Lilies Island comes four years after "Torn" and her debut Left of the Middle propelled her into international stardom. It took a long time to get right, and it was worth the trouble. Produced by a variety of names including Ian Stanley and Pascal Gabriel, it also includes song collaborations with Pat Leonard (co-author of key Madonna hits). White Lilies Island has a driving, dramatic edge--particularly on the opener "That Day", and "Hurricane", a sweeping song about inexplicable passion. Natalie moves with ease between guitar-led rock and groove-orientated pop but it's obvious her heart lies with the former, particularly in the rich, freewheeling energy of tracks like "Goodbye" and "Do You Love?". --Lucy O'Brien
- Left of the Middle: One thing is for certain, Natalie Imbruglia has her late-'90s Pop Chick thing down. The slightly off-kilter melodies, the artf