Dami Im

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Dami Im
Dami Im.jpg
Im performing at The X Factor Live Tour in November 2013
Background information
Born (1988-10-17) 17 October 1988 (age 26)
South Korea
Origin Daisy Hill, Queensland
Genres Pop, jazz, soul, gospel[1]
Occupations Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, piano, violin
Years active 2010–present
Labels Sony
Website www.damiim.com

Dami Im (Korean: 임다미, born 17 October 1988) is a South Korean-born Australian singer, best known as the winner of the fifth series of The X Factor Australia in 2013. She subsequently signed with Sony Music Australia and released her winner's single "Alive", which debuted at number one on the ARIA Singles Chart. Im's self-titled album, Dami Im, was released in November 2013 and debuted at number one the ARIA Albums Chart. She became the first X Factor Australia contestant to follow up a number one single with a number one album on the ARIA Charts.

Early life[edit]

Dami Im was born in South Korea on 17 October 1988[2][3] to Hae Yun Lee, a trained opera singer, and Dong Eal Im.[4] She is the oldest of two children.[4] Im began learning the piano at the age of five,[4] and she taught herself to sing by recording herself copying her favourite artists.[5] Aged nine, Im emigrated to Australia with her mother and younger brother Kenny because their parents thought they would have more opportunity growing up in Australia.[4][6][7] They stayed with their uncle in Brisbane,[4] while her father stayed in South Korea to earn money to support them.[5][7] Im's parents now live together, spending part of the year in Australia and part in South Korea.[7]

Aged 11, Im began studying at the Young Conservatorium of Music program at Griffith University.[8] She was a national finalist in the Yamaha Youth Piano Competition, and won the Nora Baird Scholarship and the Queensland Piano Competition several times.[8] Im attended John Paul College in Daisy Hill, Queensland and graduated in 2005.[9] She never sang while at school and would only accompany the choir on piano, and play violin for the school's Silver Strings group.[10] In 2009, Im graduated from the University of Queensland with first class honours in a Bachelor of Music.[11] She subsequently completed a Masters of Arts degree in contemporary voice at Griffith University.[12] Prior to entering The X Factor, Im was a music and piano teacher.[13]

Career[edit]

2010–12: Early career[edit]

Im had a short career as a gospel singer in Korea,[5] performing at Christian youth camps.[12] In 2010, she released her debut studio album, Dream, which consisted of nine tracks and was recorded to raise money for church endeavours.[14] In July 2011, Im re-released the album with two extra tracks, which were both sung in English.[15] On 5 December 2011, Im released a Christmas extended play called Snow & Carol, which consisted of seven tracks.[16][17] On 9 July 2012, Im released her second extended play, Intimacy, which consisted of five tracks.[18]

2013: The X Factor Australia[edit]

Im successfully auditioned for the fifth series of The X Factor Australia in 2013.[6] She sang "Hero" by Mariah Carey and progressed to the super bootcamp stage of the competition.[19] On the first day of bootcamp, Im was placed in the Under 25 Girls category and sang "I'm with You" by Avril Lavigne in front of her entire category and judges Redfoo, Ronan Keating and Dannii Minogue.[6][20] On the second day of super bootcamp, she was put into an ensemble of 10 and they sang "Next to Me" by Emeli Sandé in front of the judges.[20] Im made it to the third day of bootcamp, where she sang "Jolene" by Dolly Parton to the judges and a live audience of one thousand.[21] After the judges made changes to the Boys, Girls and Overs categories, Im became part of the newly formed Over 24s category and she got eliminated.[22] However, Im was called back for home visits in New York City to replace Matt Gresham who decided he could not commit to the competition.[23] During home visits, she sang "If I Were a Boy" by Beyoncé in front of her mentor Dannii Minogue and guest mentor Kylie Minogue.[23] Dannii later selected Im, along with Barry Southgate and Cat Vas, for the live finals—a series of ten weekly live shows in which contestants are progressively eliminated by public vote.[24]

For the Judges' Choice-themed first live show, Im sang "One" by U2 and received a standing ovation from the judges.[25] Natalie Bassingthwaighte said she had "the best vocal of the night."[25] Im's performance of "One" peaked at number 42 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[26] For the Legends-themed second live show, she sang "Purple Rain" by Prince and received another standing ovation.[27] Keating told Im that the competition "at the moment, is yours."[27] Her performance of "Purple Rain" debuted at number 29 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[26] For the Top 10 Hits-themed third live show, Im sang Thelma Houston's version of "Don't Leave Me This Way",[28] and her performance of the song debuted on the ARIA Singles Chart at number 67.[29] Following the eliminations of Vas (in week two) and Southgate (in week three), Im became the only remaining contestant in the Over 24s category. After her performance of Katy Perry's "Roar" in the Latest and Greatest-themed fourth live show, Im received her fourth consecutive standing ovation from the judges.[30] Im's performance of "Roar" debuted at number 44 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[26] For the Rock-themed fifth live show, she sang "Best of You" by the Foo Fighters and received her fifth standing ovation.[31] Keating told Im that it is "an honour to work on this show with talent like you."[31] Im's performance of "Best of You" debuted at number 78 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[32]

Following Im's performance of Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge over Troubled Water" in the Family Heroes-themed sixth live show, her mentor Dannii notably teared up as she dedicated Im's song choice to her parents and grandfather, following the death of her grandmother.[33] Im's performance of "Bridge over Troubled Water" debuted at number 15 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[26] For the Judges' Challenge-themed seventh live show, Im sang Zedd's "Clarity", which was chosen by Keating, and her performance debuted at number 77 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[34][35] Im received a mixed feedback from the judges following her performance of John Farnham's "You're the Voice" during the Aussie Week-themed eighth live show.[36] Keating said "it was pitchy and a weak performance" and Bassingthwaighte agreed.[36] For the Power and Passion-themed ninth live show, Im sang "Saving All My Love for You" by Whitney Houston and "Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus.[37] Her performances of "Wrecking Ball" and "Saving All My Love for You" debuted on the ARIA Singles Chart at numbers 61 and 85 respectively.[38]

During the grand final performance show on 27 October, Im was required to perform three songs – her audition song, winner's single and last shot song.[39] Im's winner's single was "Alive" and her last shot song was "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going".[39] Her performance of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going", which debuted at number 29 on the ARIA Singles Chart,[40] saw all four judges standing on the desk.[41] Redfoo said Im's performance was "the best thing I've ever seen in my life", while Dannii added that she is "world class."[41] Im's performance of "Hero" debuted at number 62.[42] During the grand final decider show the following day, Im was announced as the winner.[43]

2013–present: Dami Im and Heart Beats[edit]

After winning The X Factor, Im's single "Alive" was released on the iTunes Store.[44] She also received a recording contract with Sony Music Australia and a management deal.[45] Four days after release, "Alive" debuted at number one on the ARIA Singles Chart.[26] It was certified platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association for selling over 70,000 copies.[46] Im's self-titled album was released on 15 November 2013 and features studio recordings of songs she performed on The X Factor.[47] The album debuted at number one on the ARIA Albums Chart and was certified platinum for shipments of more than 70,000 units.[48][49] Im became the first X Factor Australia contestant to follow up a number one single with a number one album on the ARIA Charts.[48] On 23 November 2013, Im toured alongside Third Degree, Taylor Henderson, Jiordan Tolli and Jai Waetford for The X Factor Live Tour, which ended on 2 December 2013.[50] In December 2013, she signed on as an ambassador for the children's charity Compassion Australia.[51]

It was reported on 19 January 2014 that fashion label Alannah Hill had signed Im to be the face of their autumn and winter 2014 collection.[52] On 24 January 2014, Im released a cover of "I Am Australian" with Jessica Mauboy, Justice Crew, Nathaniel Willemse, Samantha Jade and Taylor Henderson, to coincide with the Australia Day celebrations.[53][54] The song peaked at number 51 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[55] Im released an acoustic cover of Dolly Parton's "Jolene" on 7 March 2014, as her next single but it failed to chart.[56] In May 2014, she became an ambassador for Priceline Pharmacy's You Beauty campaign, which celebrates the diversity of Australian women.[57] "Super Love" was released on 16 May 2014 as the lead single from Im's third studio album Heart Beats.[58][59] It peaked at number 11 on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified platinum.[26][60] In June 2014, Im became the ambassador of Nintendo's video game, Tomodachi Life.[61] "Gladiator" was released on 8 August 2014 as the second single from Heart Beats.[62] It peaked at number 11 on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified gold for selling over 35,000 copies.[26][60] The album was released on 17 October 2014.[63] On 3 September 2014, Im performed at The Marquee in Sydney as part of Nova FM's Red Room Global Tour.[64] In December 2014, Im will be the supporting act for John Legend's Australian leg of his All of Me Tour.[65]

Artistry[edit]

Im has cited K-pop music as an inspiration in regard to her love and passion for singing.[4] Her musical influences are Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Norah Jones, Corinne Bailey Rae, Chris Tomlin and BoA.[6][12] She also cites BoA along with Lee Juk and Kim Dong-ryool as her favourite singers.[66] Aside from singing, Im also plays piano and violin.[6][14]

Personal life[edit]

Im is a Christian and a member of the Brisbane Full Gospel Church in Eight Mile Plains, Queensland.[14][67] She met Noah Kim, a former South Korean military serviceman, at the church and they were married in Seoul, South Korea in September 2012.[4][14] Im and her husband live in Daisy Hill, a suburb of Logan City.[68] In October 2013, she was named the cultural ambassador for Logan City and was offered the key to the city by mayor Pam Parker.[69] Im was presented with the key at a ceremony on 4 December 2013.[70]

Discography[edit]

Main article: Dami Im discography

Concert tours[edit]

Headlining
  • The X Factor Live Tour (2013)[50]
Supporting
  • Nova's Red Room Global Tour (2014)[64]
  • John Legend's All of Me Tour (2014): Australian leg[65]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Type Award Result
2013 Poprepublic.tv Awards[71] Breakthrough Artist of 2013 Nominated
Favourite Album of 2013 (Dami Im) Nominated
2014 ARIA No. 1 Chart Awards Number One Album (Dami Im)[72] Won
Number One Single ("Alive")[72] Won
World Music Awards World's Best Female Artist[73] Nominated
World's Best Live Act[74] Nominated
World's Best Entertainer of the Year[75] Nominated
World's Best Song ("Alive")[76] Nominated
Cosmopolitan Fun, Fearless, Female Awards[77] Singer Pending
Channel [V] Awards[78] [V] Oz Artist of the Year Pending

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Preceded by
Samantha Jade
The X Factor (Australia)
Winner

2013
Succeeded by
Marlisa Punzalan