Noted for her soulful and powerful vocal style, singer-songwriter Kate Ceberano has won almost every entertainment award in Australia. She has released five Platinum albums, five Gold albums, selling in excess of 1 million albums in Australia alone, performed tours, acted in feature films and hosted her own television show.
Ceberano first came to prominence as lead vocalist at 15 years of age, for the funk band I'm Talking, which was managed by Ken West. The group's album produced three top ten singles, went Platinum and won Best New Talent (1984) at the Countdown Awards. Ceberano won Best Female Vocalist (1985) at the Countdown Awards as well as Best Female Singer (1985) at the Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) Awards. However after just one album, the group broke up and she went solo, with manager West soon replaced by Ceberano's mother Cherie.
Ceberano's first solo album was the live set Kate Ceberano and Her Septet (1987). Her following album You've Always Got The Blues (1988) earned her an ARIA Award for Best Female Artist (1988). One year later, she won another ARIA for Best Female Artist (1989) as well as one for Highest Selling Single (1989), which was "Bedroom Eyes". At the end of 1990, she received three prestigious Mo Awards for Jazz Performer, Female Rock Performer and Contemporary Concert Performer of the Year.
In 1992, Ceberano performed the role of Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar (1992), which toured Australia and also featured John Farnham as Jesus Christ, and former Noiseworks howler Jon Stevens as Judas Iscariot. She followed this with her own late-night cabaret-style show on ABC TV called Kate Ceberano And Friends (1993-1994).
In 1994 a portrait of Kate Ceberano by painter Peter Robertson won the Packing Room award at the Archibald Prize.
In 1996 Ceberano released her next solo album Blue Box, which went Gold and saw her nominated for another Best Female Artist ARIA. In 1997 she wrote and released Pash. It went Gold and establishing Ceberano as one of Australian's leading song-writers.
Ceberano has also appeared the feature films, Molokai: The Story of Father Damien (2002), Dust Off The Wings (1996), Garbo (1990) and telemovie Arguing the Toss of a Cat (1989). She also performs as a special guest with acclaimed Los Angeles improv group the Really Spontaneous Theatre Company.
In 2005, Ceberano appeared as a judge on the Australian version of the television reality show X Factor for which she was voted Australia's Worst Female TV Personality by the annual satirical TV Fugly Awards.
Later she performed at the Kimberley Moon Experience at Kununurra, marking her first time in the Kimberley.
She has also appeared on Network Ten Australia's "David Tench Tonight" program, as well as on the 2007 edition of the Seven Network's Dancing With The Stars, which she won, and has also featured as a guest contributor on Series 4 of the Nine Network's "20 To 1". She appeared on the Seven Network's second and third season of It Takes Two. In the second season in 2007, she accompanied swimmer Daniel Kowalski who came 5th and in 2008, she accompanied footballer Russell Robertson who came second in the competition.
Kate appeared in the Countdown Spectacular 2 concert series in Australia between late-August and early-September 2007, singing the I'm Talking favourites "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" and "Trust Me".