Kate Ceberano

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Kate Ceberano (1966 - ) is a singer from Australia. She is a third-generation Scientologist, her grandmother having once been employed as a governess for L. Ron Hubbard's children. Noted for her soulful and powerful vocal style, singer-songwriter Kate Ceberano has won almost every entertainment award in Australia. She has released five Platinum albums, four Gold albums, selling in excess of 1 million albums in Australia alone, performed tours, starred in various feature films and hosted her own television show.

Ceberano first came to prominence as lead vocalist at 15 years of age, for the funk band I'm Talking. The group’s album produced three top ten singles, went Platinum and won Best New Talent (1984) at the Countdown Awards. Ceberano won Best Female Vocalist (1985) at the Countdown Awards as well as Best Female Singer (1985) at the Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) Awards. However after just one album, the group broke up and she went solo.

Ceberano’s first solo album was the live set Kate Ceberano and Her Septet (1987). Her following album You've Always Got The Blues (1988) earned her an ARIA Award for Best Female Artist (1988). One year later, she won another ARIA for Best Female Artist (1989) as well as one for Highest Selling Single (1989), which was Bedroom Eyes. At the end of 1990, she received three prestigious MO Awards for Jazz Performer, Female Rock Performer and Contemporary Concert Performer of the Year.

In 1992, Ceberano performed the role of Mary in Jesus Christ Superstar (1992), which toured Australia and also featured John Farnham. She followed this with her own late-night cabaret-style show on ABC TV called Kate Ceberano And Friends (1993-1994).

In 1996 Ceberano released her next solo album Blue Box, which went Gold and saw her nominated for another Best Female Artist ARIA. In 1997 she wrote and released Pash. It went Gold and establishing Ceberano as one of Australian's leading song-writers.

Ceberano has also appeared the feature films, Molokai: The Story of Father Damien (2002), Dust Off The Wings (1996), Garbo (1990) and Arguing the Toss of a Cat (1989). She also performs as a special guest with acclaimed Los Angeles improv group the Really Spontaneous Theatre Company.

In 2005, Ceberano appeared as a judge on the Australian version of the television reality show X Factor.




  • 2003 "The Girl Can Help It"
  • 1999 "True Romantic; The Best Of Kate Ceberano" - Double Platinum
  • 1997 "Pash" - Gold
  • 1996 "Blue Box" - Gold
  • 1994 "Kate & Friends" - live album from her TV show - Gold
  • 1992 "Jesus Christ Superstar Cast Album" - Role: Mary Magdalene (4 x Platinum, 10 weeks at No. 1)
  • 1991 "Think About It"
  • 1990 "Like Now"
  • 1988 "Brave" - Triple Platinum
  • 1988 "You've Always Got The Blues" - Platinum
  • 1987 "Kate Ceberano & Her Septet" - Gold
  • 1986 "Bear Witness" - Platinum

Awards / highlights

  • 2003 Performed Rugby World Cup anthem “True Colours” at the final, to an audience of over 1 Billion.
  • 2002 Performed “National Anthem” at AFL Grand Final
  • 1999 "Outstanding Achievement in the Arts in Asia" Business Asia Award.
  • 1989 Monte Carlo World Music Awards / ARIA Award - Highest Selling Australian Single
  • 1988/89 ARIA Awards - Best Female Artist 1988 and 1989 (Kate has been nominated 7 times; a record equalled only by Kylie Minogue)
  • 1985/1986 Countdown Awards- Best Female Artist 1985 and 1986
  • 1992/93/94 Peoples Choice Awards - Favourite Female Singer – 1992 / 1993 / 1994 (Record)
  • 1992 Coca Cola Australia Music Award - Most Popular Female Performer
  • 1990/91 MO Awards - Jazz Performer of the Year, Female Rock Performer and Contemporary Concert Performer of the Year


  • 1999 Opening theatrical sequence for Sydney's Fox Studios, Director: Baz Lurhmann
  • 1993 "Molokai: The Story of Father Damien" (feature film), Director: Paul Cox
  • 1997 "Dust Off The Wings" (feature film), Director: Lee Rogers
  • 1989 "Arguing The Toss of a Cat" (Telemovie), Director: C. Sammers

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