"Intelligent songs full of an inner strength, a powerful voice projected with knowing confidence." That's how England's Melody Maker describes the music of newcomer Natalie Imbruglia.
Before breaking onto the music scene, however, the New South Wales-born Imbruglia starred as Beth Brennan in the Australian hit daytime drama Neighbours. After leaving the show in 1994 because of creative differences, Imbruglia moved to the U.K. to work on her music career. In 1996, after catching the attention of BMG's Mark Fox, Imbruglia was signed to RCA.
Her debut album, Left of the Middle, appeared in 1997. Collaborating with writer/producer (and former Cure bassist) Phil Thornally, singer/songwriter Mark Goldenberg and Radiohead producer/mixer Nigel Godrich, Imbruglia wrote or co-wrote nine of the 12 songs on the album. "Torn," the album's first hit, topped the charts across Europe, selling more than a million copies in the U.K.
In early 1998, Imbruglia headed Stateside for her first American television appearances on "Saturday Night Live" and "The Late Show with David Letterman."