- In 1994, Ross Fraser heard a demo of mine, played it to John Farnham and signed me to their new label Gotham Records, which was distributed through BMG (now Sony) Australia.
- I spent the next 9 months locked away with a group of really talented people in Powerplant, a large recording studio in Melbourne, writing and recording my debut album, The Garden.
MOUTH – 1st SINGLE
- One day Ross heard a demo of a new track I’d just finished writing. He was excited. It was simple with a quick vocal I’d recorded in the control room, a guitar groove and a vocal beatbox drum loop. It was called Mouth and became the first single off my debut album, The Garden.
- When we first released Mouth it was ignored by radio and lost in the Christmas rush.
- In February of 1995, Tony Glover, BMG’s A&R manager took the song to Adelaide where it became an instant radio hit.
- Mouth ended up going to No.1 Nationally and staying there for 6 consecutive weeks.
- Mouth went on to sell over a Million copies Worldwide.
THE GARDEN – 1ST ALBUM
- My first album, The Garden was released with the second single, Under The Water.
- Both sold well with Under The Water at No.4 on the charts and The Garden at No. 5.
- 1996 – a loophole in my contract gave me the chance to sign with a different Record Company in the US.
- I signed with Universal Music in New York.
- Mouth became the most requested song Nationally on American radio for 3 weeks running.
- After 12 weeks on the American Billboard Chart it went to #4 and stayed there.
- Mouth was the most played song on US radio over the 1996 Christmas period.
- Mouth spent 30 weeks in the charts selling 600,000 copies and earning me my first US Gold single.
- Promoting Mouth in the USA took me to 42 cities in 6 weeks. Sometimes doing 3 cities a day.
- Flew by Lear jet between Dallas and Austin for 2 separate gigs in the one night.
- Performed with Sheryl Crow and No Doubt at Madison Square Garden, NYC.
- Toured America playing with Jewel and Wallflowers (Bob Dylan’s son)
- Got to meet some great people – Roger Daltrey, KD Lang, Ray Manzarek (The Doors) just to name a few.
- Presented at the Billboard Awards and was backstage while Madonna presented and Celine Dion performed.
- Presented with Coolio at The American Music Awards.
- Drank tea with all three Bee Gees backstage and shared a sandwich with Alice Cooper.
- Performed at Disney Land and got a special VIP tour behind the scenes through underground tunnels.
- Performed with John Farnham at Melbourne Grand Prix to 50 thousand people.
BETWEEN THE DAYS – 2nd ALBUM
- I wrote songs for the second album while touring US, Europe and Asia.
- When I returned to Australia I bought an old Church and converted it into a recording studio.
- I recorded the new album there.
- I began my own label producing new artists – who we later signed to BMG and one band to Columbia (Sony) in the US.
- Shaggy and I did a cover together of the Sonny & Cher hit, ‘I Got You Babe’ and shot the video in LA.
- I joined John Farnham on his “I Can’t Believe He’s 50″ Australia wide tour with Kate Ceberano, Ross Wilson, James Reyne, and Human Nature – singing duet with John on ‘Burn for You’ and ‘Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head’.
- In 2000, I wrote and recorded the song “Friends” for the Australian film ‘The Magic Pudding’.
- I recorded Paul Kelly’s ‘Sydney from a 747’ and filmed the video with Bruce Beresford.
THIRD ALBUM, GIRL NEXT DOOR & MOTHERHOOD
- By the time we’d finished recording the third album, everyone at BMG were excited about its impending release and the up coming promotional touring schedule.
- I married my long time friend and co-writer Owen Bolwell.
- And became pregnant with my first child.
- After my son’s birth, I kept working promoting my first single, Girl Next Door.
- But one day, after returning from a weekend interstate, I noticed that my baby would no longer look at me, he kept turning away and just snuggled into his dad and wouldn’t let go. I naturally burst into tears and spent the rest of the week doing some hard thinking.
- I decided to take a break.
- It was good timing.
- Because the Record industry was beginning to feel the bite of the free downloading trend and BMG was in the middle of a takeover by Sony. It was messy.
- During my break I had my second child.
- Finding nothing to wear while breastfeeding, I started my own breastfeeding clothing label, Peachymama.
- Launched in February 2013 the label is rapidly expanding and today is one of the most successful online retailers of clothing for new mothers.