Kate Ceberano

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Kate Ceberano
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Background information
Birth nameCatherine Yvette Ceberano
Born (1966-11-17) 17 November 1966 (age 53)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
GenresPop, rock, soul, jazz
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actress
  • musical theatre performer
  • TV personality
Years active1983–present
LabelsSony, ABC
Associated actsI'm Talking, Models, Wendy Matthews

Catherine Yvette "Kate" Ceberano AM[1] (/səˈbrɑːn/ or /sɛbəˈrɑːn/, born 17 November 1966) is an Australian singer who performs in the soul, jazz, and pop genres, as well as in film and musicals such as Jesus Christ Superstar. Her song "Pash" received a gold sales certification in 1998. In 2019, she was one of the contestants in season one of The Masked Singer Australia as ‘The Lion’, where she was unmasked in episode seven, placing sixth.

Ceberano was the artistic director of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Early life[edit]

Catherine Yvette[2] Ceberano was born in Melbourne, Australia to an American father of Filipino descent[3] and an Australian mother. Her father is karate master Tino Ceberano, from Hawaii (his father emigrated from the Philippines to Hawaii; his name was Sobirano, but because of his illiteracy the spelling was changed on arrival).[4] Her maternal forebears were some of the earliest settlers and government officials in South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania.[3]


Ceberano first came to prominence singing back-up vocals with Melbourne, Australia band 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".[citation needed] The group was managed by Ken West, now known for being a co-founder of the Big Day Out events. The group's debut album, Bear Witness, included three top ten singles and achieved a platinum sales certification. Ceberano won the Most Popular Female Performer award at the 1986 Countdown Awards.[5]

After the debut album, the group broke up and Ceberano went solo. It was then, in the late '80s, that she earned a reputation for her soul, jazz and pop repertoire. Radio stations labelled her as having "one of the greatest voices our music industry has ever produced".[6] Ceberano's first solo album was the live recording Kate Ceberano and her Septet, released in March 1987. The following year, she 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 on 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 album Brave. The album was the 20th highest-selling album in Australia in 1989[7] and spawned four singles, including "Bedroom Eyes", which became the fifth highest-selling single in Australia in 1989 and the highest-selling single by an Australian artist 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".[8] At the end of 1990, she received three Mo Awards for Jazz Performer, Female Rock Performer and Contemporary Concert Performer of the Year.[5]

Ceberano contributed "Nature Boy" to The Crossing soundtrack, before releasing the albums Like Now in 1990 and Think About It! in 1991. In 1992, she joined the cast of the Australian national tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, in which she performed the role of Mary Magdalene. The album was the highest-selling album in Australia in 1992, certified four times platinum.[9] 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.[10] 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. Ceberano travelled to New York and recorded a number of songs which were to appear of an album with the working title of Globe. The album was scrapped by label Elektra Records. However, a number of recordings from this session appears on her 1996 album Blue Box.

Ceberano followed this success with a late-night cabaret show on ABC-TV called Kate Ceberano and Friends (1993–1994). The album from the program was certified gold and peaked at No. 19 in 1994.[11] In 1996 she released her solo album Blue Box, which also went gold. She was nominated for another Best Female Artist at the ARIA awards.[12] In 1997 she wrote and released "Pash", a pop song which went platinum. The album Pash went to No. 5 on the ARIA charts, was certified gold, and produced the singles "Pash" and "Love Is Alive".

In 1996, Ceberano recorded a cover version of The Carpenters' song, "We've Only Just Begun". Ceberano's label at the time (Mushroom Records) did not release the song commercially, however it was used over the end credits in the 1997 Australian film, The Castle, and appeared on a short run of CD soundtracks. In 2016, the song was included on her compilation album, Anthology.

Ceberano returned with her 2003 studio album The 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[13] 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.[14]

In 2010, Ceberano was crowned Queen of Moomba, while Molly Meldrum was crowned King.[15]

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.[16][17]

On 6 May 2016, her 3-disc Anthology album was released. On 15 April 2018, Ceberano performed at the 2018 Commonwealth Games closing ceremony.

On 17 October 2018, Ceberano confirmed that she will reunite with I'm Talking, who will return to the stage in 2019 for to support Bryan Ferry's Australian tour. "I never, ever thought I'm Talking would reform and I'm a very optimistic person. The band split due to external pressures. So this reunion feels really good. Everything’s amicable, we're all getting along. You learn a lot in hindsight. After 30 plus years things take on a treasured hue. You're not tired of the songs. They actually sound awesome. We are a time capsule."[18]

In 2019, Ceberano released Tryst with Paul Grabowsky. The album won the ARIA Award for Best Jazz Album at the ARIA Music Awards of 2019.[19]

Film and television[edit]

Ceberano made her acting debut in a feature film, playing Jenna in Dust Off The Wings, directed by her husband, Lee Rogers.[20] In 1999, Ceberano starred in the film Molokai: The Story of Father Damien, which was directed by Paul Cox.[21]

In 1993, Ceberano hosted her own late-night cabaret-style show on ABC TV called Kate Ceberano And Friends.[22]

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.

In January 2008, Ceberano's family tree and career was documented in SBS's Who Do You Think You Are? (series 1/ episode 2).

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 program also on the Nine Network. In November 2011, Ceberano was announced as the host of the Nine Network's television series Excess Baggage.[23]

In late 2019, she was eliminated seventh from The Masked Singer and revealed to be the 'Lion'.[24]

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.[25]

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."[5]

From August to October 2012, she played the part of Bloody Mary in the Bartlett Sher directed revival of the musical South Pacific throughout the Australian east coast. The show included Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Lisa McCune, and Eddie Perfect.[26]

Her memoir, I'm Talking: My Life, My Words, My Music, was published by Hachette Australia in 2014. She co-wrote the book with Tom Gilling.[27]

On 3 October 2015, she sang the Australian national anthem before AFL Grand Final at the MCG in Melbourne, Australia.[28]

Personal life[edit]

In February 1996, Ceberano married Lee Rogers after an almost four-year engagement. They married at Mietta O'Donnell's Queenscliff Hotel on Port Phillip Bay.[29]

In 2004, she gave birth to their daughter.[30][31]

She is a Scientologist.[32]


Studio albums[edit]

See also[edit]


Order of Australia[edit]

In the 2016 Queen's Birthday Honours, Ceberano was appointed Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the performing arts, particularly music, as a singer, songwriter and entertainer, and to charitable organisations.[33]

ARIA Awards[edit]

Ceberano has been nominated nine times for the ARIA Award for Best Female Artist, winning twice. Only Kylie Minogue has been nominated more times for this award.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1988 N/A Best Female Artist Nominated
1989 You've Always Got The Blues Best Female Artist Won
Best Adult Contemporary Album (with Wendy Matthews) Nominated
Best Jazz Album (with Wendy Matthews) Nominated
1990 "Bedroom Eyes" Highest Selling Single Won
Brave Album of the Year Nominated
Best Female Artist Won
1991 Like Now Best Female Artist Nominated
1992 Think About It! Best Female Artist Nominated
1993 "I Don't Know How to Love Him" Best Female Artist Nominated
1994 "You've Got a Friend" Best Female Artist Nominated
1996 "Change" Best Female Artist Nominated
Best Adult Contemporary Album Nominated
1998 "Pash" Best Female Artist Nominated
2009 Bittersweet Best Jazz Album (with Mark Isham) Nominated
2019 Tryst Best Jazz Album (with Paul Grabowsky) Won

Helpmann Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2008 Nine Lime Avenue tour Best Australian Contemporary Concert Nominated

Other awards[edit]

  • 2014 Australian Songwriters Association (ASA) Hall of Fame (the first female inductee)
  • 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 Sydney Theatre Awards - Nomination - Best Supporting Actress – Bloody Mary in South Pacific
  • 2004 Secondary Radio USA - Nominated "Female Artist of the Year"
  • 1999 Business Asia Awards - Outstanding Achievement in the Arts in Asia
  • 1994 Peoples Choice Awards – Favourite Female Singer (record 3rd time)
  • 1993 Peoples Choice Awards – Best Female Artist
  • 1993 Logie Award - Most Popular Music Video - Jesus Christ Superstar
  • 1992 Peoples Choice Awards – Favourite Female Singer
  • 1990 MO Awards – Jazz Performer of the Year
  • 1990 MO Awards - Female Rock Performer of the Year
  • 1990 MO Awards – Contemporary Concert
  • 1989 Monte Carlo World Music Awards – Highest Selling Australian Artist
  • 1987 Coca-Cola Australia Music Award – Most Popular Female Performer
  • 1987 Asian Popular Song Contest – Winner
  • 1986 Countdown Awards – Most Popular Female Performer
  • 1984 Countdown Awards – Best Debut Single – I'm Talking – "Trust Me", and Best New Talent - I'm Talking
  • 1983 Battle of the Bands – Winner - Expozay (Kate Ceberano Lead Singer)
  • 1981 Winner "Search for a Star"

Film and television[edit]


Television highlights[edit]

Charity work and activism[edit]


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Awards and achievements
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