The Winner's Journey (Natalie Gauci album)

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The Winner's Journey
Studio album by Natalie Gauci
Released 8 December 2007[1][2]
Recorded Sony BMG Studios, Sydney 2007
Genre Pop
Label Sony BMG Australia
Producer Ross Fraser (executive producer), John Foreman
Natalie Gauci chronology
Take It or Leave It
(2006)Take It or Leave It2006
The Winner's Journey
I'm Ready
(2010)I'm Ready2010
Singles from The Winner's Journey
  1. "Here I Am"
    Released: 26 November 2007

The Winner's Journey is the debut studio album by Australian Idol 2007 winner Natalie Gauci. As opposed to the previous format of releasing the winner's album consisting of recordings of the winner's live performance on the show, the album is composed of full studio-recorded versions of songs performed by Gauci on the show, including her debut single "Here I Am".[3]

The album also includes a bonus DVD which features an "exciting in-depth interview" with John Foreman (producer) and Ross Fraser (Sony BMG A&R); as she tells her story of her journey to Idol fame and demonstrates her unique song arrangements on piano.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[5]

Matthew Chisling from Allmusic gave The Winner's Journey a generally positive review, saying "What makes the album work is that the tunes included are a mixed bag of pop hits, jazz tunes, and rock ballads that Gauci effortlessly sings through. However, she manages to put her own stamp on many great tracks by incorporating her skills as a piano genius, putting dark spins on crowd favorites (such as "Apologize" and "Umbrella")." He also called it "a strong base for Gauci's next effort".[5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Here I Am" 3:46
2. "Man In the Mirror" 3:50
3. "Umbrella" 3:34
4. "Apologize" 2:26
5. "Boys in Town" 2:30
6. "Crazy" 3:42
7. "Running Up That Hill" 2:29
8. "Orange Colored Sky" 2:25
9. "How High the Moon" 2:50
10. "Nobody Knows" 3:22
11. "(Baby I've Got You) On My Mind" 3:14
12. "Nothing Compares 2 U" 3:10
13. "Feeling Good" 3:46
No. Title Length
1. "Interview between Natalie Gauci, John Foreman & Ross Fraser"  

Charts and certifications[edit]


  1. ^ Natalie Gauci wins Idol 2007
  2. ^ Natalie Gauci wins Australian Idol 2007
  3. ^ Official Natalie Gauci Music Website
  4. ^ The Tracklisting For Natalie's Debut CD/DVD 'The Winner's Journey'. Sony BMG. Retrieved on 29 December 2007.
  5. ^ a b Chisling, Matthew. "Review: The Winner's Journey - Natalie Gauci Allmusic Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Natalie Gauci - The Winner's Journey. Retrieved on 29 December 2007.
  7. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2007 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original on 13 May 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2010.