Nikki Webster

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Nikki Webster
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Background information
Birth name Nicole Marie Webster[1]
Born (1987-04-30) 30 April 1987 (age 27)
Origin Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Genres Pop, bubblegum pop
Occupations Singer, Actress
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2000–present
Labels Gotham (2001-2004)
Piller Records (2006-2010)
Spirit Music Group + Yummie Records (2012)-present
Website Official Website

Nikki Webster (born 30 April 1987) is a former Australian pop singer and actress. She is best known for her starring role in the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics opening ceremony and her single "Strawberry Kisses".

Early life, and career beginnings[edit]

Nikki Webster was born on 30 April 1987 to parents Tina and Mark. At a young age she told her parents that she wanted to go into show business, and started taking lessons.[2]

Webster's first job was as part of the ensemble cast in the pantomime "Cinderella", at the State Theatre in Sydney, at the age of five.[3] The production starred Jo Beth Taylor as Cinderella, Nancye Hayes as the Fairy Godmother, Lochie Daddo as the Prince, Bert Newton as The Baron, and Bruce Spence and Paul Blackwell as the Ugly Step-sisters. The following year she appeared in a production of "Aladdin".

She appeared in TV commercials including Twisties, Lays chips and Campbell's soup.[4] At 10 years old Webster played the Young Cosette in Les Misérables, and in 1999-2000 starred as Brigitta Von Trapp in a stage production of The Sound of Music, alongside Lisa McCune, John Waters and Bert Newton.

In March 2000, she auditioned for an unknown part in the 2000 Summer Olympics opening ceremony. In August following an elimination process, 13-year-old Webster was told by opening ceremony artistic director/producer David Atkins that the role was hers.[5]

Recording career[edit]

2000–04: Follow Your Heart, Bliss and Let's Dance[edit]

Webster signed a contract with BMG at the age of 13, after her success in the Olympics and her first single "Strawberry Kisses" reached No. 2 on the Australian singles charts in 2001 holding the position for 7 weeks. Her debut album Follow Your Heart also went platinum with second single "Depend on Me" going top 20 and third single "The Best Days"/"Over the Rainbow" reaching No. 21. She also starred as Dorothy in an Australian stage performance of The Wizard of Oz which Ran between 2001-2002. Webster was nominated for an ARIA Award for Best Selling album and she won a John O'Keefe Encouragement Award at the 2001 Mo Awards.

Webster's 2002 BLISS album also went gold with first single "Something More Beautiful" reaching No. 13 and going gold, while second single "24/7 (Crazy 'bout Your Smile)" also reached the top 20.

Later, Webster released a cover version of "Dancing in the Street" by Martha and the Vandellas which reached the top twenty while her 2004 single "Let's Dance" reached the top 40 in Australia. A greatest hits album was released soon afterwards.

2005–present: recent career[edit]

In early 2005 Webster hosted "The Greatest Circus Acts of All Time" on the Seven Network. She was announced as one of the contestants in season 2 of Dancing with the Stars (Australian TV series). She was criticized for having an "unfair advantage" over other dances because of her previous dancing experience.[6] Webster and dance partner Sasha Farber were eliminated in week six of the series after judge Todd McKenney gave them a score of one out of 10.[7] Webster appeared on the May 2005 cover of FHM after the magazine approached her to do the shoot as a celebration of turning 18.[8] She was voted #7 in the FHM Australia 100 Sexiest Women 2005 list.[9]

Webster also appeared in one episode of Australian TV series Thank God You're Here as a cast member.

In 2006, Webster stated in interviews that she was living and working in Nashville, USA writing with well-known writers working on her new album. It was also revealed she headed to Los Angeles to develop a new style of music heading for a more mature pop sound.

In May 2007, Webster played the lead role of Sheila in a Perth production of the rock musical Hair along with Rob Mills and Cosima De Vito.

In September 2007, Webster raised eyebrows by performing as a wind-up doll at the Sydney gay and lesbian dance party Sleaze Ball.[10] This and her October 2006 photoshoot appearance in men's magazine FHM was seen as an attempt to mature her image.

Webster regularly appeared on the show 20 to 1.

In January 2008, Webster announced she would be opening a performing arts school in February with brother Scott in a bid to help young people get into the industry.[11] In January 2012 they opened a second school on the Central Coast, NSW.[12]

It was announced in May 2009 that Nikki is set to release her first new single in five years, "Devilicious", on 12 June. She performed "Devilicious" on The Morning Show in August 2009 in order to promote the single.

Webster made a guest appearance on 15 July 2009 episode of The Chaser's War on Everything, in a music video parody of the Barack Obama viral video "Yes We Can", the parody based on Kevin Rudd's speeches.[13]

In February 2010, Webster and her brother Scott opened a talent and modeling agency for kids, Talent @ Nikki Webster.

In March 2011, Nikki landed her first lead film role shooting independent feature "Short Beach". Webster's been cast as V, a schoolgirl, in the "teen beach movie" also starring Johnny Boxer and Matt Zeremes.[14]

Other work[edit]

Nikki Webster was named the face of Jager Cosmetics' "It's a Girl Thing" range for young teens.[15] She was featured on their website, www.itsagirlthing.com.au, and in print ads.

Webster was approached by executives at Kmart to create her own range of clothing. The 'Nikki Webster' clothing and accessories range for girls 5-10 was first released in stores in August 2003. She said, "My clothes are more about fun and they're all bright colours. I want kids to have fun and be individuals in my clothes."[16] Webster designed the clothes herself and travelled to L.A. and London to "have a look at international fashion for inspiration."[17]

Personal life[edit]

Webster was in a relationship with Sasha Farber, her Dancing With The Stars dance partner, in 2005. In June 2009, she commented about the relationship between the pair stating "Sasha and I are still very close friends but there was no time to see each other, and I was too young to get locked down".

Nikki and her partner, Matthew McMah, were engaged in January 2011. In a recent interview, Webster was quoted as saying "I can't wait for the rest of our lives together."[18][19][20] They were married on Saturday, 10 November 2012 in front of 100 family and friends.[21]

In December 2013 it was announced that Nikki and husband Matthew were expecting their first child.[22] Their daughter, Skylah, was born in early 2014.[23]

Discography[edit]

Performances[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1994 The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Featured Extra Uncredited
2012 Circle of Lies V One of the exclusives
Theatre
Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Wizard of Oz Dorothy Ran between 2001-2002.
2007 Hair Sheila Only in Perth, Western Australia
Rent Maureen Only in Bunbury and Perth, Western Australia
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2010 Sunday Night: Stars of Sydney Herself
2009 Talkin' 'bout your Generation Herself
The Chaser's War on Everything Herself Sketch: "In Due Season" (a parody of "Yes We Can") from Series 3, Episode 6
The Merrick & Rosso Show Herself Sketch: Australian Story Season 2, Episode 3 and Sketch: Celebrity Skip Gotcha! Season 2, Episode 9
Advertising
Year Title Role Notes
2013 BPAY Herself [24]
19xx Twisties Herself
19xx Australian Toaster Biscuits Herself [25]

Awards and nominations[edit]

List of awards and nominations
Year Award Category For Result
2001 ARIA Music Awards Best Selling Single Strawberry Kisses Nominated
The 26th Annual Australian Entertainment 'Mo' Awards The John O'Keefe Encouragement Award Won
Variety Heart Awards Young Entertainer of the Year Won
2002 ARIA Music Awards Best Selling Album Follow Your Heart Nominated
ARIA Music Awards Best Original Cast / Show Recording The Wizard of Oz Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nikki Webster and Jamie from BB07 in a radio interview". YouTube. 30 May 2009. 
  2. ^ "Nice Life, how'd you get it?". Dolly. June 2005. 
  3. ^ "It pays to have a great accountant". WA Today. 13 April 2008. 
  4. ^ "Still flying high". The Sun-Herald. 10 December 2000. 
  5. ^ "Child Stars – What happens when they grow up?". Stage Whispers. November 2011. 
  6. ^ "Fair game?". TV Week. 2005. 
  7. ^ "Dancing controversy". TheAge.com.au. 17 March 2005. 
  8. ^ "Game on, says Nikki". www.smh.com.au. 6 April 2005. 
  9. ^ "Bec Australia's sexiest". WWW.THEAGE.COM.AU. 28 April 2005. 
  10. ^ "Daring Nikki has never feared the cutting edge of life". The Sydney Morning Herald. 30 September 2007. 
  11. ^ "Singer gives dance a chance". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  12. ^ "Nikki Webster set to expand her business to the Central Coast". Central Coast Business Insider. 
  13. ^ "In Due Season". The Chaser's War on Everything. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 13 June 2010. 
  14. ^ "Big break for Nikki Webster". The Sunday Telegraph. 27 March 2011. 
  15. ^ "Nikki Webster's cosmetics deal". B&T. 2 March 2001. 
  16. ^ "Nikki takes on the big girls of pop". www.smh.com.au. 6 October 2003. 
  17. ^ "Nikki Webster". Girl Power. February 2005. 
  18. ^ "Woman's Day". Nikki Webster Fan. 28 February 2011. 
  19. ^ "Nikki Webster all grown up and engaged". The Advertiser. 2011-02-282. 
  20. ^ "Nikki Webster's Olympic ring". Herald Sun. 22 February 2011. 
  21. ^ NIKKI WEBSTER GETS MARRIED - The Hype Yahoo!7
  22. ^ "Nikki Webster reveals: I'm pregnant!". Woman's Day. 16 December 2013. 
  23. ^ "Nikki Webster: Meet my little star!". Woman's Day. 10 March 2014. 
  24. ^ "BPAY View: Nikki Webster". SoundCloud. 
  25. ^ "Australian Toaster Biscuits: Nikki Webster". YouTube. 

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