Gabriella Cilmi performing live on the 4 July 2009
|Birth name||Gabriella Lucia Cilmi|
|Born||10 October 1991|
|Genres||Pop, funk rock, crossover jazz, vocal jazz, country|
|Occupations||Singer-songwriter, record producer|
Island Records (UK)
Universal Republic (USA)
Gabriella Lucia Cilmi (pron.: // CHIL-mee; born 10 October 1991) is an Australian singer-songwriter. In 2008, Cilmi was awarded six ARIA awards, including Single of the Year and Best Female Artist. Her debut album, Lessons to Be Learned, was released in 2008, and was a moderate international success. In 2010 she recorded her second album, Ten. She is working on a third album, whose lead single is Sweeter in History.
Early life 
Gabriella Cilmi was born in the Melbourne suburb of Dandenong. Of Italian heritage, she moved to London with her family when she was 15, where she currently lives with her parents Paula and Joe (whose origins are in Calabria & Sicily, Italy) and her brother Joseph.
At an early age, Cilmi developed an interest in a wide range of pop music acts, including Nina Simone, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, The Sweet, T. Rex and Cat Stevens. She has also cited Suzi Quatro as a particular influence. Despite her natural aptitude and vocal talent, Cilmi was told that she lacked the discipline necessary to pursue a singing career. Idolising Janis Joplin, during this time she sang with a band (Foucault) covering songs by Led Zeppelin, Jet, Silverchair and others. Cilmi recorded original songs with writer/producers Barbara and Adrian Hannan of The SongStore.
In 2004, Cilmi captured the attention of Warner Music executive Michael Parisi while giving an impromptu rendition of the Rolling Stones' song "Jumpin' Jack Flash" at the Lygon Street Festa, a community festival in Melbourne. At the age of 13, Cilmi travelled to the US and UK with Adrian Hannan and was offered four major US deals. She eventually signed a contract with Island Records UK.
Musical career 
2005–2009: Lessons to Be Learned 
The tracks "Don't Tell Me" and "Sorry", co-written with Barbara and Adrian Hannan, appeared on the soundtrack of 2005 Australian film Hating Alison Ashley. Cilmi shares a manager (Cassandra Gracey), writer/producers (Xenomania) and UK record label (Island) with the Sugababes, and supported former Sugababe Mutya Buena at the Jazz Café in London in 2007. She made her UK TV debut in December 2007 when she sang her single "Sweet About Me" on Later... with Jools Holland. The same month, Cilmi's song "Sanctuary" featured in the film St Trinian's and on its soundtrack. Cilmi recorded the theme to UK TV series Echo Beach, which aired in early 2008 on ITV1; it is a cover of "Echo Beach" by Martha and the Muffins. In February 2008, she supported the Parisian band Nouvelle Vague on their UK tour.
Cilmi's first album, Lessons to Be Learned, was written and recorded with hit production team Xenomania and was released in March 2008 in the UK. Cilmi has been compared to Amy Winehouse. The first single, "Sweet About Me", debuted on the UK Singles Chart that month and climbed to number six three months later, in June. It reached number seventeen on the Irish Singles Chart, and peaked at number one on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart. The song was used in a worldwide advertising campaign for the deodorant Sure/Rexona. Cilmi's second UK single, "Save the Lies", was not as successful as "Sweet About Me", peaking at number thirty-three in the UK. In Australia, the second single from the album was "Don't Wanna Go to Bed Now", which reached number twenty-eight. The subsequent single, "Sanctuary", was issued in November 2008 and failed to chart.
From March to May 2008, Cilmi supported the Sugababes on their UK Change Tour. She opened for James Blunt on his June 2008 Australian tour, and participated in the October 2008 MTV Greece concert alongside R.E.M. and Kaiser Chiefs. Also in 2008, Cilmi won six ARIA Awards in Australia, taking Best Female Artist, Breakthrough Artist: Single ("Sweet About Me"), Breakthrough Artist: Album (Lessons to Be Learned), Best Pop Release (Lessons to Be Learned), Highest Selling Single ("Sweet About Me"), and Single of the Year ("Sweet About Me"). Cilmi covered a Connie Francis song, "Warm This Winter", for Co-operative's Christmas 2008 advertising campaign; released as a single, it reached number twenty-two on the UK Singles Chart. In January 2009, Cilmi was nominated in the International Female category at the BRIT Awards and sang in the Rod Laver Arena before the 2009 Australian Open Men's Final.
Cilmi performed at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in March 2009 for Sound Relief, a multi-venue rock music concert in support of relief for the Victorian bushfire crisis. The event was held simultaneously with a concert at the Sydney Cricket Ground. All the proceeds from the Melbourne Concert will go to the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire relief. Cilmi made her U.S. television debut in March 2009 and performed on the Pyramid (main) stage at the Glastonbury Festival in June 2009. The following August, she won Grand Prix at Sopot International Song Festival, an international song contest in Poland.
2010: Ten 
The lead single of Gabriella Cilmi's Ten is "On a Mission". It was released on 5 February 2010 in Australia and on 7 March 2010 in Europe. As soon as the song was broadcast on Australian radios, it reached number-one most added track to Australian radio in its second week of release, getting played 296 times. The song reached number 9 on the UK Singles Chart and number sixteen in Australia.
The new album Ten was planned for 22 March 2010 and Cilmi said it would feature "lots of uptempo funk and disco-inspired numbers designed to make people groove", referring to "On a Mission", "Hearts Don't Lie", and "Love Me Coz", as well as "some more sexy tracks" probably referring to "Superhot" and "Invisible Girl". The song "Superman" incorporates a type of yodel into it. The song "Let Me Know" is described as the "Lessons To Be Learned-ish" song of the album.
It also features a new version of "Sweet About Me", with some disco/electronic style to show her music has changed.
While producing the album, Cilmi worked with Greg Kurstin, The Invisible Men and Dallas Austin, as well as Xenomania. She made her debuts in producing songs with the track "Love Me Coz", she says the song she is most proud of due to the fact it was produced with her band. It features production from Xenomania, Dallas Austin and Greg Kurstin, and bears an electropop sound in contrast to her first album, which had more of a pop/rock style.
Ten was not as successful as Lessons to Be Learned, reaching number 17 in Australia and number 28 in the UK. In an interview, Cilmi explains that the sales were not her first concern; however, she regrets posing topless for FHM magazine Ten during publicity for the album. She said in January 2012 that for her new album, she won't stoop to the same tactics.
The second single, "Hearts Don't Lie", was released in June 2010 in the UK. while the third single, "Defender", was released in August 2010 accompanied by a B-side track, "Magic Carpet Ride", but failed the charts. Gabriella's version of "Magic Carpet Ride" was featured over the closing credits of British film "Soulboy (2010)". Cilmi supported British artist Leona Lewis on the UK leg of her 2010 The Labyrinth Tour.
Popjustice named Ten as their 4th best album of 2010.
2011–present: Third album 
By October 2010, Cilmi had begun work on her third studio album. She has been quoted as saying: "It's totally exciting because I am spending a bit more time with this record. I want to see what works. I really love Dolly Parton, roots music, Tricky and Enya, so anything could happen."
On 20 January 2012, Cilmi has broadcast a new acoustic version of a new song from her album "Vicious Love". It is played in a clip video where she sings with her band and walks around an Italian restaurant with sunglasses. Two days after the broadcast, she says: "This is an “Acoustic-ish” version of a tune that will be on the new record, one that I love very much". The song has blues influence, and shows a different kind of music since Ten, which was more of a disco type of album.
Things might be different with the forthcoming album. Cilmi admitted in "The Herald Sun" that the poor commercial reception of her last album, Ten taught her not to compromise herself or her music: "It was an awakening for me to realise the position I am in to make the record that I want to make and just stand up for myself." She also said that she hopes to have consecutive albums finished by the middle of this year.
On 22 January 2012, Cilmi explained how the song "Vicious Love" was inspired. She states : "If you’ve ever experienced any type of “Vicious Love” you will know that sometimes despite all the arrows pointing to a dead end there is just no way out, there is no way back. But then again don’t all roads lead to dead ends? Guess we should just enjoy the ride..."
As of March 2013, the album is almost ready. Cilmi first performed live two new songs on the Moxafrica Festival, along with Sweet About Me : "Come Wander With Me" and "Sweeter In History". On Friday 15 March, the clip from her new single "Sweeter in History", is shown on her youtube page. It was shot in Italy, precisely in Cassino and Valvori, Lazio.
Cilmi has a contralto vocal range and has been compared to Anastacia and Amy Winehouse for her vocal stylings. Cilmi also discovered her sound was partly caused by a back problem, known as hollow back or lordosis, which affects the way in which she uses her diaphragm muscles when singing, producing a more throaty sound. In a review for Ten, Caroline Sullivan of The Guardian complimented her voice stating it as 'precociously blistering' and 'Her zest and powerful voice can't be faulted'. Take40 commented further 'a voice that sounds like it fell from the heavens' further noting her abilities as a 'vocal powerhouse' and being a 'brilliant and unique vocal talent'.
- 2008 – Lessons to Be Learnt Tour
- As supporting act
- 2008 – Sugababes – Change Tour (selected dates)
- 2010 – Leona Lewis – The Labyrinth (UK dates only)
Awards and nominations 
|2008||ARIA Music Awards||Breakthrough Single||Won|
|Highest Selling Single||Won|
|Best Pop release||Won|
|Best Female Artist||Won|
|Single Of The Year||Won|
|Q Awards||Breakthrough Artist||Nominated|
|MTV Europe Music Awards||Breakthrough Artist||Shortlisted|
|2009||BRIT Awards||Best International Female Artist||Nominated|
|Echo Awards||Best International Newcomer||Nominated|
|Sopot International Song Festival 2009||Best Performer||Won|
|2010||ARIA Music Awards||Most Popular Australian Single ("On A Mission")||Nominated|
Television appearances 
- Hating Alison Ashley (2005) .... Performer of "Don't Tell Me" (movie exclusive) and "Sorry" (from Lessons to be Learned)
- Later... with Jools Holland (1 episode, "#30.7", 2007) .... Herself
- Echo Beach (unknown episodes, 2008) Soundtrack
- This Morning (1 episode, "14 February 2008", 2008) .... Herself and Singer
- Saturday Disney (1 episode, "Mothers, Muck, Music and Manners!", 2008) .... Herself
- The National Lottery: Big 7 (2008) (TV) .... Herself
- Wetten, dass..? (1 episode, "4 October 2008") .... Herself
- Today Show (1 episode, "27 October 2008" .... Herself
- GMTV (1 episode, "29 October 2008" .... Herself and Singer
- Australian Idol (1 episode, "Top 7 Verdict", 2008) .... Herself
- Never Mind the Buzzcocks (1 episode, "#22.6", 2008) .... Herself
- Star Academy (1 episode, "31 October 2008", 2008) .... Herself
- The Xtra Factor (2 episodes, "#5.17" and "#5.18") .... Herself
- Loose Women (1 episode, "#14.48", 2008) .... Herself and performer
- City Homicide (1 episode) .... as Claudette Wyms
- TV total (1 episode, "11 November 2008", 2008) .... Herself
- Hollyoaks (1 episode, #1.2367, 2008) "Sweet About Me"
- Other People's Breast Milk (2008) (TV) Performer of "Sweet About Me"
- Lipstick Jungle (1 episode, "Chapter Nine: Help!", 2008) Performer of "Sweet About Me"
- 90210 (1 episode, "That Which We Destroy", 2008) "Save the Lies" (uncredited)
- Divas II (2008) (TV) .... Herself and performer of "Sweet About Me" (uncredited)
- Top of the Pops (2008) (TV New Years Special) .... Performer of "Sweet About Me"
- The L Word (1 episode, "Long Night's Journey Into Day", 2009) "Awkward Game" (uncredited)
- The Paul O'Grady Show (2009) (TV) .... Performer with Enrique Iglesias
- Loose Women (2009) (TV) .... Performer] with Enrique Iglesias
- Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (24 March 2009) ... Herself
- Let's Dance for Sport Relief (27 February 2010) .... Performer
- GMTV (11 March 2010) .... Performer
- The Alan Titchmarsh Show (22 March 2010) .... Performer
- Logie Awards of 2010 (2 May 2010) .... Performer with Urban Cirque
- Popstars: Girls forever (9 September 2010) ... Performer/Vocal coach
Other appearances 
- "Warner Chappell Music entry".[dead link]
- "Gabriella Cilmi on make-up". YouTube. Video clip in which Gabriella Cilmi pronounces her own name
- "Jahreshitparade 2008 – austriancharts.at" (in German). austriancharts.at. Retrieved 28 March 2010.
- "Jaaroverzichten 2008" (in Dutch). dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 18 August 2009.
- "Classement Albums – année 2008". Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique (in French). Retrieved 18 August 2009.
- "Deutsche Alben-Charts 2008 (select "Deutsche Album-Charts", "Top 100" and "2008")" (in German). Charts-Surfer. Retrieved 28 March 2010.
- "Swiss Year-End Charts 2008". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 18 August 2009.
- "A piece of my mind: Gabriella Cilmi, singer-songwriter" by Paul Dalgarno, The Herald, Glasgow (19 July 2008)
- Reid, Mark (4 June 2008). "Gabriella Cilmi – Sweet at 16". The New Zealand Herald.
- Mail on Sunday, 4 April 2010
- "Meet Aussie singer Gabriella Cilmi". BBC. 23 June 2008.
- SongStore biography[dead link]
- "Is Gabriella Cilmi the new Amy Winehouse?", The Times Online, 10 February 2008[dead link]
- "Gabriella Sweet About Me in Commercials". The Inspiration Room. 19 October 2008.
- http://christmas.co-operative.coop/gabriella.php Gabriella Cilmi – That's the spirit[dead link]
- "Gabriella Sweet About Me in Commercials". The Inspiration Room. 19 October 2008.
- "Gabriella Cilmi interview at the BRITs nomination party". Capital FM.[dead link]
- Brumby, John (24 February 2009). "Artists Unite For 'Sound Relief' Bushfire Benefit – Premier of Victoria, Australia". Premier of Victoria. Retrieved 25 February 2009.
- Mitchell, Geraldine (24 February 2009). "Coldplay, Kings of Leon to headline bushfire relief concerts". Herald Sun (The Herald and Weekly Times). Retrieved 25 February 2009.
- Nick Levine (12 January 2010). "Interview – Exclusive: Gabriella Cilmi". Digital Spy. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
- "Gabriella Cilmi - Ten". australian-charts.com.
- "Gabriella Cilmi - Chartstats - Ten". chartstats.com.
- "Scots singers have more integrity, claims Aussie star Gabriella Cilmi". The Daily Record. Retrieved 2012-03-28.
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- Walters, Sarah (7 August 2008). "Review: Gabriella Cilmi – Save The Lies". citylife.co.uk.
- Goodchild, Sophie (9 June 2010). "Gabriella Cilmi: Back in tune". The London Evening Standard.
- Sullivan, Caroline (19 March 2010). "Gabriella Cilmi: Ten – CD review". The Guardian (London).
- "Gabriella Cilmi Biography". Take40 Australia. mcm entertainment.
- Copsey, Robert (15 April 2010). "Cilmi confirmed as Leona tour support". Digital Spy.
- "2010 ARIA Nominations Announced". Take40 Australia (mcm entertainment). 23 June 2008. Retrieved 29 September 2010.
- Hood, Stewart; Mosel, Guy (May 2010). "Hold me/Thrill me Cilmi". FHM (145). pp. 62–70.
- Gabriella Cilmi poised to make a big splash Jack Foley, Indie London, March 2008
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