In December, 1973, she fronted a dance-oriented remake of Paul Kelly
's "Last Train" for her first single. Paul Kelly sang backing vocals. Her second single, "Monkey and the Turtle," mixed urban dance sounds with a traditional islander fable she had an uncle translate. Her version of Neil Murray's Warumpi Band "My Island Home" -- the song which has come Anu's trademark -- was released three months later, as a prelude to the release of the May, 1995, album Stylin' Up, produced by Not Drowning Waving's David Bridie
. The single won Neil Murray a Song of the Year Award. The album cast Anu in an urban pop diva role and gave her her first hit with the dancefloor celebrating "Party." Promoting her album, the singer/dancer found herself becoming a role model and spokesperson for Australia's aboriginal people.
It was another five years before Christine Anu released her second album. She needed a change of pace and found it in 1997 by taking the coveted lead role in the smash hit musical Rent, but then turned down the chance to reprise the role on Broadway to play Arabia an exotic dancer in Baz Luhrmann's film Moulin Rouge. The second album, Come on Down, again with contributions from Paul Kelly and David Bridie, built on the dance orientation of the first while at the same time taking her into the mainstream pop arena. For her performances during the 2000 Sydney Olympics ceremonies, she chose to reprise "My Island Home," a new version of which appeared on the new album. ~ Ed Nimmervoll, Rovi