When Australian sensation, Delta Goodrem, returns to the spotlight to release her new era of music, she doesn’t hold back. This new era started in the midst of an unforgettable time in history: COVID-19. Like many other musicians, Delta began a weekly “Bunkerdown Session”, performing all of her past songs and favorite requests. Several weeks later, she announced the journey to her new album’s release by putting out her first single, Keep Climbing. This song blew me away, as I think it is one of her most honest and powerful songs to date. As deep as its lyrics are, it is also an inspirational ballad to not give up.
Then, before the new single was able to sink in, Delta release another single, Paralyzed. This song, with a 60’s and 70’s vibe, quickly became a favorite of mine. At first, I thought the lyrics went back in time to discuss her battle with cancer…but it turned out to be about a recent health scare that Delta endured in private.
In 2018, following the surgical removal of a salivary gland, Delta discovered that her tongue was paralyzed, resulting in her loss of speech. She entered speech rehabilitation for a year to regain use of her tongue and sound. This prevented her from releasing any new music after the release of her 5th studio album, Wings of the Wild, a compilation album, I Honestly Love You, as well as singles such as Think About You.
“As a songwriter, I write songs from my own experiences. I tell stories about the path I have been on, wondering if anyone else has been on a similar journey. The first step in writing this new record was a personal transformation that I didn’t know I needed in my life! Even though, as I am sharing today, it was a challenging one – I learned so much and I’m so grateful to be here healthy, happy and singing away 🙂
I share this with you as an artist sharing where the poetry in this song comes from, and as a human who deeply feels and understands that everyone has their own story and their own challenges they are overcoming each day. You never know what someone is going through and this is an extremely hard time for people. So I send this story to you with the message of hope and love. Getting through the tough times is hard, but “with a little time and a little hope, with a little light you never know. For a little space, for a lot of love, close your eyes and think of a better time, big dreams; open your mind for you to find a little strength inside. Stop and rewind”.”
To support the release of Paralyzed, Delta released Back in 84, another strong piano ballad with a vintage theme to reflect on her struggles, both past and present. It quickly became another one of my favorites, and I hope she plans on putting this song along the others slated for the new album.
Delta’s untitled 6th album is scheduled to be released in early 2021, followed by her Bridge Over Troubled Dreams Tour in Australia and New Zealand in April and May.
I am sooo looking forward to Delta’s new album. Each one is better than the one before, and if the three singles mentioned above are any indication, I’m sure this album is going to be Delta’s best yet.