Kate Ceberano

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Kate Ceberano
Background information
Born (1966-11-17) 17 November 1966 (age 48)
Melbourne, Australia
Genres Pop music, soul music, jazz
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, actress
Instruments Singing
Years active 1983–present
Labels Sony Music
Associated acts I'm Talking (1983–87), Models, Wendy Matthews
Website www.kateceberano.com

Catherine "Kate" Ceberano (/səˈbrɑːn/, born 17 November 1966) is an Australian singer. She achieved success in the soul, jazz and pop genres, as well as in her brief forays into musicals—with Jesus Christ Superstar—and film. She has also achieved success as a songwriter, with the hit "Pash" garnering a gold sales certification in 1998.

Ceberano was the Artistic Director of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in 2012 and 2013.[1]

Early life[edit]

Ceberano was born in Melbourne, Australia to an American father of Filipino descent[2] (karate master Tino Ceberano) and an Australian mother. Her maternal forebears were some of the earliest settlers and government officials in South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania.[2]


Ceberano first came to prominence singing back-up vocals with Melbourne, Australia band The Models. The band produced a top 5 album in 1985 called Out of Mind, Out of Sight, before Ceberano found fame with her funk band I'm Talking. I’m Talking are acknowledged as the band “who pioneered New York-style art pop in Australia during the Jurassic Period of Pub Rock”. The group was managed by Ken West, now famous for being co-founder of the Big Day Out. The group’s ‘platinum’ debut album Bear Witness included three top ten singles and achieved a platinum sales certification. Ceberano won Best Female Vocalist at the 1986 Countdown Awards.[3] After such an auspicious debut album, the group broke up and Kate went solo. It was here, in the late 80s, that Ceberano earned a formidable reputation for her soul, jazz and pop repertoire. Quite rightly radio labeled her as having “one of the greatest voices our music industry has ever produced”.

Kate’s first solo album was the live recording "Kate Ceberano and her Septet", released in 1987. The following year, Ceberano collaborated with Wendy Matthews on the album You've Always Got The Blues, which was the soundtrack to the ABC Television show Stringer.[citation needed] The album peaked at No. 7 in the ARIA charts and earned her a nomination for the ARIA Award for Best Female Artist in 1988.[citation needed]

In 1989, Ceberano released her acclaimed album Brave. The album was the 20th highest-selling album in Australia in the 1980s[4] and spawned four singles, including "Bedroom Eyes", which became the 5th highest-selling single in Australia in 1989 and the highest-selling single by an Australian artist in that year. At the 1989 ARIA awards, she won the ARIA Award for Best Female Artist, as well as 'Highest Selling Single' for "Bedroom Eyes".[5] At the end of 1990, she received three Mo Awards for Jazz Performer, Female Rock Performer and Contemporary Concert Performer of the Year.[3]

Ceberano contributed "Nature Boy" to the The Crossing soundtrack, before releasing the albums Like Now, in 1990, and Think About It!, in 1991. In 1992, Ceberano joined the Australian cast of Jesus Christ Superstar, in which she performed the role of Mary Magdalene, and the show toured nationally. The album was the highest-selling album in Australia in 1992, certified 4 x platinum.[6] Two singles were released from the album, including "Everything's Alright" (with John Farnham and Jon Stevens), which peaked at No. 6 on the ARIA charts.[7] Ceberano won a Logie Award for Most Popular Music Video in 1993 for "Everything's Alright". "I Don't Know How To Love Him" was the second single and won Ceberano another nomination for Best Female Artist in 1993.

Kate followed this success with her own late-night cabaret-style show on ABC TV simply dubbed Kate Ceberano And Friends (1993-1994), the album from which went Gold. It peaked at No. 19 in 1994.[8] In 1996 Kate released her next solo album "Blue Box", which also went Gold and saw her nominated for another Best Female Artist at the ARIA’s.[9] In 1997 Kate wrote and released what has become an Australian pop classic – Pash. A gorgeous slice of three-minute pop, the song went Platinum and established Kate as one of our leading female songwriters. The subsequent album Pash shot to #5 in the ARIA charts, was certified gold and produced the singles "Pash" and "Love Is Alive". Richard Wilkins of the Today Show simply referred to her as “Australian Music Royalty”.

Ceberano returned with her 2003 studio album Girl Can Help It. In 2007, Ceberano saluted the 1980s with her cover album Nine Lime Avenue, which was recorded in three weeks while she was on television show Dancing with the Stars. The album was a commercial success, peaking at No. 4[10] and gave Ceberano her first 'top 5' album since 1989's "Brave". Ceberano toured in late 2007 before recording another cover album, released in 2008, titled So Much Beauty, which peaked at No. 9 in Australia.[citation needed]

Ceberano released three albums in 2009: the first is a collaborative jazz album that was recorded with Mark Isham, titled "Bittersweet", which earned Ceberano a nomination at the 2009 ARIA awards; the second, an indie album with Dallas Cosmas, titled Dallas et Kate; and in November, Ceberano released her first Christmas album, simply titled Merry Christmas, which was certified gold.[11]

In 2010, Ceberano was crowned Queen of Moomba, while Molly Meldrum was crowned King.[12]

Ceberano launched a studio album in August 2013, titled Kensal Road, and it was her first album of new material in ten years. The album was preceded by the single release "Magnet" and Ceberano toured nationally in October 2013.[13][14]


In 1993, Ceberano hosted her own late-night cabaret-style show on ABC TV, called Kate Ceberano And Friends.[15]

In 2005, Ceberano was a judge in the inaugural season of X Factor Australia, along with Mark Holden and John Reid, before joining Dancing with the Stars in 2007, of which she was crowned champion. Late that year, Ceberano participated in series 2 of It Takes Two, where she mentored Australian swimmer Daniel Kowalski. She returned in 2008 for series 3 and mentored Australian Football League (AFL) player Russell Robertson, who would go on to be runner-up.

From January 2011, Ceberano was a presenter on the Nine Network's Getaway television series., as well as a relief host for Kerri-Anne Kennerley's morning programme, also on the Nine Network. In November 2011, Ceberano was announced as the host of the Nine Network's television series Excess Baggage.[16]


Ceberano made her acting debut in a feature film, playing Jenna in Dust Off The Wings, directed by her husband, Lee Rogers.[17] In 1999, Ceberano starred in the film Molokai: The Story of Father Damien, which was directed by Paul Cox.[18]

Other work[edit]

As the Berlei Curves ambassador, Ceberano launched the debut Berlei Curves Spring Summer 2010 collection and remained in this role in September 2012.[19]

Ceberano was appointed the Victorian Ambassador for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. As the Victorian Ambassador, she helps to raise funds and awareness about breast cancer. Ceberano explained: “I like to be as involved as I possibly can in causes I feel strongly about. Yes I am a musician, but if I can do more to help others then I will.”[3]

In April 2014, Ceberano will release her memoir, titled "I'm Talking: My life, my words, my music", through book publisher Hachette Australia. Ceberano co-wrote the book with Tom Gilling.[20]

Personal life[edit]

On 6 January 2004, Ceberano gave birth to her first child, a daughter named "Gypsy".[21][22] Ceberano is a Scientologist.[23]



with I'm Talking[edit]

as Kate Cebrano and her Septet/Sextet[edit]

with Wendy Matthews[edit]


Soundtrack appearances[edit]


Year Single Album Australia New Zealand
1984 "It's Magic" / "Only with You" (Backing vocals for John Justin)
"Someday" (with I'm Talking)
1985 "Barbados" (Backing vocals with the Models) Out of Mind, Out of sight 2
"Trust Me" (with I'm Talking) Bear Witness 10
"Lead the Way" (with I'm Talking) 25
"Out of Mind, Out of Sight" (Backing vocals with the Models) Out of Mind, Out of sight 1
"Love Don't Live Here Anymore" (with I'm Talking) Bear Witness 21
1986 "Do You Wanna Be?" (with I'm Talking) 8
"Holy Word" (with I'm Talking) 9
1987 "I'm Beginning To See The Light" Kate Ceberano and her Septet
1988 "You've Always Got the Blues" (duet with Wendy Matthews) You've Always Got The Blues 81
1989 "Bedroom Eyes" Brave 2 12
"Love Dimension" 14
"Brave" / "Young Boys are My Weakness" 15
1990 "That's What I Call Love" (featured on the soundtrack to She-Devil) 30
"Dindi" Like Now 105
"Nature Boy" The Crossing Soundtrack
1991 "Every Little Thing" Think About it! 34
"Satisfied" 71
"See Right Through" / "Everything Will Be Alright" 33
1992 "Calling You" (with Andrew Pendlebury on guitar) 97
"Everything's Alright" (with John Farnham and Jon Stevens) Jesus Christ Superstar 6
"I Don't Know How to Love Him" 38
1993 "You've Got a Friend" (Bass Culture Featuring Kate Ceberano) BC Nation (Bass Culture album) 100
1994 "Feeling Alright" Kate Ceberano and Friends 99
"All That I Want Is You" Blue Box 88
1995 "Change" 100
1996 "Love and Affection" 91
"Blue Box"
1997 "Pash" Pash 9 36
1998 "Love Is Alive" 57
"Time to Think"
1999 "I Won't Let You Down" True Romantic 50
"True Romantic" 79
2002 "Yes" The Girl can't help it
2004 "Higher and Higher" 19 Days in New York
"At Last"
2006 "Unchained Melody" Live with The WASO
2007 "Go Your Own Way" Nine Lime Avenue
2008 "She Will Be Loved" So Much Beauty
2009 "My One and Only Love"[29] (Mark Isham & Kate Ceberano) Bittersweet
"It's Only Christmas" (Ronan Keating & Kate Ceberano) Merry Christmas 134[30]
2013 "Magnet" Kensal Road
2014 "Falling Slowly" (with David Campbell) [31]

Awards / highlights[edit]

  • 2014 InStyle – Women of Style Awards Nomination – Arts & Culture
  • 2013 Ruby Award – Adelaide Cabaret Festival – Kate Ceberano – Artistic Director – Contribution to the Arts and Culture of SA
  • 2013 Helpmann Award Nomination – "Best Musical" – South Pacific
  • 2013 Winner "Best Musical" – South Pacific – Sydney Theatre Awards
  • 2013 Nomination "Best Supporting Actress" – Bloody Mary – Sydney Theatre Awards
  • 2009 ARIA Nomination "Best Jazz Release" – Bittersweet
  • 2008 Helpmann Award Nomination "Best Contemporary Concert"
  • 2008 It Takes Two TV Series – Runner-up
  • 2007 Series 6 Winner – "Dancing with the Stars"
  • 2004 Nominated "Female Artist of the Year" Secondary Radio USA
  • 1999 Outstanding Achievement in the Arts in Asia – Business Asia Awards
  • 1998 ARIA Award Nomination – Best Female Artist
  • 1996 ARIA Award Nomination – Best Female Artist
  • 1996 ARIA Award Nomination – BestFemale Artist
  • 1994 ARIA Award Nomination – Best Female Artist
  • 1994 Peoples Choice Awards – Favourite Female Singer (record 3rd time)
  • 1993 ARIA Award Nomination – Best Female Artist
  • 1993 Peoples Choice Awards – Best Female Artist
  • 1993 Logie Award Most Popular Music Video JCS
  • 1992 Peoples Choice Awards – Favourite Female Singer
  • 1992 ARIA Award Nomination – Best Female Artist
  • 1992 Peoples Choice Award – Favourite Female Singer
  • 1991 ARIA Nomination – Best Female Artist
  • 1990 ARIA Award Winner – Best Female Artist
  • 1990 ARIA Award Nomination – Album of Year – Brave
  • 1990 MO Awards – Jazz Performer of the Year
  • 1990 MO Awards Female Rock – Performer of the Year
  • 1990 MO Awards – Contemporary Conert
  • 1989 Monte Carlo World Music Awards – Highest Selling Australian Artist
  • 1989 ARIA Award – Highest Selling Australian Single*
  • 1989 ARIA Award – Best Female Artist*
  • 1988 ARIA Award – Best Female Artist*
  • 1987 Coca Cola Australia Music Award – Most Popular Female Performer
  • 1987 Asian Popular Song Contest – Winner
  • 1986 Countdown Awards – Best Female Artist
  • 1985 Countdown Awards – Best Female Artist
  • 1984 Countdown Awards – Countdown Award Best Debut Single – I'm Talking – Trust Me
  • 1983 Battle of the Bands – Winner Expozay (Kate Ceberano Lead Singer)
  • 1981 Winner "Search for Star"
  • Only Kylie Minogue has den nominated more than Kate for ARIA Best Female Artist Awards

Film / Television[edit]


  • 1986 Love Della (short film)[32]
  • 1987 "Australian Made: The Movie"
  • 1989 Arguing the Toss of a Cat (telemovie), Director: Christine Sammers
  • 1997 Dust Off the Wings (feature film), Director: Lee Rogers
  • 1999 Molokai: The Story of Father Damien (feature film), Director: Paul Cox
  • 1999 Opening theatrical sequence for Sydney's Fox Studios, Director: Baz Luhrmann

Television highlights[edit]

Charity Work[edit]


Ceberano joined other Australian public figures in support of the "Oscar's Law" campaign. Initiated in 2010, the campaign protests the factory farming of companion animals (the campaign is named after a dog named "Oscar") and a prominent slogan reads, "Break The Puppy Trade—Don't buy puppies from pet shops". Other advocates include Mick Molloy (comedian), Missy Higgins (musician) and Paul Dempsey (musician).[33]


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Preceded by
Anthony Koutoufides & Natalie Lowe
Dancing with the Stars (Australia) winner
Season 6 (Early 2007 with John Paul Collins)
Succeeded by
Bridie Carter & Craig Monley