On the brink of a new chapter, Delta Goodrem sits down with Body+Soul to talk about being a late bloomer, building strength and resilience through her years as a performer, and the lessons that have shaped the woman she is today.
After 10 years, you’ve finished up on The Voice. How does it feel to close such a big chapter of your life?
“I’m so grateful. I’ve given my heart and soul to Team Delta. It’s been a wonderful chapter, but I’m very, very inspired and motivated for my music and the things we have coming up this year.”
You’ve released a couple of tracks over the past year, and next up is a new album?
“Yes, and the best is yet to come. This album is about telling some of the stories I’ve never told from when I was born right through to now. I’m releasing my first book, Bridge Over Troubled Dreams, to accompany it.”
“It’s a deep dive through the lyrics and further explains the lessons I’ve learnt and the storms I’ve weathered. I’m always grateful for the challenges I’ve overcome, and I’ve learnt that you have to move forward.”
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Your new song ‘Billionaire’ makes reference your late-20s being a tumultuous time.
“I’m really proud to have started on this career path at a young age. At 15 years old, I signed my first record deal and I’m so grateful to have had the experience of travelling the world with my music.”
“That said, I was a late bloomer in some ways, and I experienced my “teenage years” in my 20s. At the core of this song is ultimately a message of leading with your heart and feeling empowered in finding your own strength and resilience to make your own dreams come true.”
It sounds like your late-20s perhaps wasn’t as shiny a time as it appeared from the outside. Was that the reality for you?
“I think that would be misinformed to say it in that way. The reality is that my late-20s were incredible. I had a wonderful era on The Voice and I loved mentoring young talent. I was very clear and focused, and always a proud professional at what I was doing.”
Would you say you’re a resilient person?
“Yes, I would. And I believe it comes from having the right intentions. It’s always been about speaking through music to touch someone’s life and to connect with people. That’s what has always pushed me through – knowing in my heart that there’s a genuine reason I do what I do, and I believe that people know this about me.”
If you could tell 27-year-old Delta one thing now, what would it be?
“I share a lot of my learnings in the book that goes with the new music – all these chapters make me who I am today. I’d say, “I’m proud of you for continuing to work so hard at being the best version of yourself” and “You’re always a work in progress.” The response I always took [during times of] adversity was to go down the route of kindness.”
“I look back and I’m grateful for all the moments that have made me who I am today. I have so much love surrounding me in my life.”
What kind of physical activity do you do?
“I go for long walks. It’s really important for me to get out in the fresh air and enjoy being in nature. I also love swimming and doing laps. I did try to set up a basketball comp a few years ago, but it was too difficult with my schedule.”
So you opt for more calming ways of exercising, rather than sweating it out in the gym?
“I’m very big on [living life in cycles], so when I’m not touring, I do more walks and swims and I look forward to eating a few treats on the weekend, but I approach my tours like a professional sportsperson. I’m disciplined and completely dedicated to sleeping, eating healthily and exercising so I can sustain the schedule and bring the energy I need to be my best.”
You recently announced that you’re postponing your upcoming tour until September. There are a number of artists kicking off tours soon, so what brought you to that decision?
“We’ve pushed it back because the most important thing is people’s health and we want to be sure that it’s safe for the shows to go ahead. September is just around the corner and it will be really special when it gets to happen.”
You’ve achieved so many things throughout your career. Is there anything you haven’t done yet that you’d really like to do?
“There are so many things I haven’t done yet. Are you kidding me? I’m just getting started!”
At this point in your life, do you feel this is the most comfortable and confident you’ve ever been?
“Yes, absolutely. I’m also humbly aware that there are always more lessons to learn, but I now have the confidence to stand in my lane and own it. I’ve never really looked left or right anyway – I know what I can do, but it’s time for me to break through my boundaries and push myself to continue to grow and do it better.”
Delta through the decades
The 36-year-old singer shares the lessons she’s learnt throughout her teens, 20s and 30s (so far).
“My mum always taught me from a very young age that if it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well, and I’ve carried that lesson throughout my life and in everything I do.”
“I also learnt the hard way in my teenage years that I’m not superhuman. You can’t live off two hours’ sleep every night and go straight to work. But would I do it all again? Absolutely.”
“In this decade, I learnt to be careful of who you surround yourself with. Everyone experiences, from time to time, being let down by some people who you have in your life, and I definitely learnt that lesson in my 20s.”
“I can look back now and be grateful for what I did learn then, and my ability to now let things go and move on. That’s another lesson – moving forward without letting challenges hold you back.”
“I’ve learnt how important it is to have balance and have fun. My drive, my fire and my love of music still inspires me as much now as it did when I started, and at this point in my life, I can really enjoy the fruits of everything I have worked for.”
Delta Goodrem’s album and accompanying book, Bridge Over Troubled Dreams, are out May 14 and available to pre-order now.
Her Australian tour runs this September/October.For more details, visit deltagoodrem.com.