Words: Gavin Scott. Images: courtsey of Sony Music
Dami Im is at a career crossroad.
Three-and-a-half years after winning the fifth season of The X Factor, the 28-year-old has proved to be one of the most successful – and visible – victors to emerge from the TV singing competition.
Besides her three Australian Recording Industry Association Awards top 10 albums, she has become known for her show-stopping performances at everything from the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards to Carols By Candlelight and the Eurovision Song Contest. She was also cast as voice talent in DreamWorks’ Trolls and as the first female Teen Angel in an upcoming production of Grease in Brisbane, Australia.
With all of those accomplishments behind her, the singer and multi-instrumentalist has a very clear idea of the type of music she wants to make going forward – and how she wants to make it.
“I’m at the point where I want to go back to my roots,” Im says.
“I want to go back to where it started, where I can just sit down on my own, share deeper things through my songs and spend more time at the piano recording things myself. I want to take charge and control of my music a bit more, rather than trying to make what people want to hear.”
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