In 1987, Matthews collaborated with Kate Ceberano on the ABC-TV soundtrack for the series Stringer. You've Always Got the Blues was released the next year, reaching number four on the national charts. She then contributed to the Rockmelons and Peter Blakeley's respective debut albums. She helped form Absent Friends next, and sang on the number one hit "I Don't Wanna Be With Nobody But You" and the album Here's Looking Up Your Address. A supporting tour followed and in October 1991 she released the live mini-album The Way It Has to Be and supported the Neville Brothers' tour. She ended 1991 by recording her second full-length album, Lily. Released in October 1992 as she supported the Simply Red tour, it went double-platinum, with sales surpassing 140,000. Matthews won Best Female Artist and Best Single (for "The Day You Went Away") at the 1992 ARIA Awards. She won Best Female Artist for the third time at the 1993 ARIAs.
Her next album, The Witness Tree, was released at the end of 1994. Matthews continued to tour locally and internationally, releasing her fifth album, Ghost, in 1997. Beautiful View arrived in 2001, followed by Café Naturale in 2004. ~ Brendan Swift, Rovi