Although initially known as an Australian actress and television personality, Natalie Bassingthwaighte launched a music career after gaining national recognition as Izzy Hoyland, a character on the long-running Australian soap opera Neighbors.
Bassingthwaighte ditched the acting gig to join the dance outfit Rogue Traders in 2004, serving as lead vocalist during the group's most successful period. After appearing on two platinum-selling albums, she left Rogue Traders in 2008 to focus on her solo career. Bassingthwaighte embraced a more pop-oriented style on her solo debut, 1000 Stars, which debuted atop the Australian charts upon its release in February 2009. ~ Andrew Leahey, Rovi