Jodi Phillis - Biography
Jodi was born in Melbourne then moved to Los Angeles when she was a baby with her American singing mum and Australian camera-man/director dad. The family moved back to Australia in the early 70's and settled in Sydney's north shore suburb of Chatswood. Music and art were always Jodi's main obsessions. She sang in choirs throughout her childhood and started playing guitar and writing songs at age thirteen. At age twenty Jodi had started playing in various bands but it wasn't until 1989 that she formed the alternative pop/rock group The Clouds. The original line-up consisted of Jodi, Trish Young, Stuart Eadie and Rob Phelan. It was after only a few shows that the band found themselves to be at the centre of a record label bidding war. The Clouds chose to sign with Redeye Records/Polydor, run by John Foy. The line up changed a few times, with David Easton, Andrew Burns, Raphael Whittingham and Ben Nightingale all contributing to the sound, which evolved continuously as they worked hard for 8 years, gaining a loyal following around the world.
The Clouds were the recipients of three Aria nominations, repeatedly entered the top 20 of the mainstream charts, received a gold record for their debut album, Penny Century, played at the first six Big Day Outs, lived in the UK and the US, signed to Elektra worldwide and recorded over seventy songs which were released as four albums and sixteen eps.
Jodi chose to leave The Clouds in 1997 to go solo and explore more intimate and personal styles of songwriting and recording. She has released four critically acclaimed solo albums, with her fifth currently in production. It is scheduled for release in September 2018.
Jodi has been tagged a "national treasure” by Rolling Stone magazine and her second album In Dreams I Live received two Aria nominations. Jodi toured with Tim through the US and Canada to promote it and record some songs for her third album For Lovers, Artists and Dreamers with Ron Sexsmith’s drummer Don Kerr at his studio in Toronto.
Australia's favourite music trivia show Rockwiz invited Jodi to appear as a featured guest where she performed the old Clouds tune, Hieronymus and teamed up with Kim Salmon for a version of It Takes Two.
Jodi has been creating music for the screen for 15 years, applying her highly original and melodic style to all her work. She achieved a Graduate Certificate in Screen Music from The Australian Film, Television and Radio School in 2013 and scored her first feature film, Convict, directed by David Field.
In 2017, Jodi re-united with The Clouds to tour with Blondie and Cyndi Lauper for A Day on the Green and release new music. The Clouds hosted Rage for the 2nd time in March and Jodi was a featured writer/speaker at People of Letters for the Sydney Writers Festival. Jodi co-hosted a radio show on Double J every Sunday in March, with Patricia Young.
Most recently, Jodi worked in collaboration with six of Australia's most prominent female composers and Ensemble Offspring to develop Seven Stories, a major work of classical/art music. The show premiered at City Recital Hall in June, 2017 and will feature at festivals and venues throughout 2018/19.
Jodi’s 5th solo album Becoming, produced by Tim Oxley is out now. Jodi played to sold out audiences for her Australian album launch tour in November 2018.
Collaborating with Amanda Brown, Jodi has started composing 'Encounter', a Form Dance Theatre production, to be performed by the Western Sydney Youth Orchestra and premiering at Sydney Festival in 2020.
1990 -The Clouds, Clouds ep, vinyl double 7" single (Redeye/Polydor)
1991 - The Clouds, Loot ep, vinyl 12" single (Redeye/Polydor)
1991 - The Clouds, Hieronymus, vinyl 7"single (Redeye/Polydor)
1991 - The Clouds, Penny Century, vinyl 12" album (Redeye/Polydor)
1992 - The Clouds, Anthem, single (Redeye/Polydor)
1992 - The Clouds, Say it, single (Redeye/Polydor)
1992 - The Clouds, Octopus, mini-album (Redeye/Polydor)
1993 - The Clouds, Bower of Bliss, single (Redeye/Polydor)
1993 - The Clouds, Thunderhead, album (Redeye/Polydor)
1993 - The Clouds, Alchemy's Dead, single (Redeye/Polydor)
1994 - The Clouds, Beetroot, (Redeye/Polydor)
1995 - The Clouds, Aquamarine, ep (Redeye/Polydor)
1995 - The Clouds, Panelvan, ep (Redeye/Polydor)
1996 - Jodi Phillis, Lounge'O'Sound, album (Redeye/Polydor)
1996 - The Clouds, Here Now/Down From the Sky, double single (Redeye/Polydor)
1996 - The Clouds, Futura, album, (Redeye/Polydor)
1996 - The Clouds, Collage, US compilation
1996 - The Clouds, Pre-Raphaelites, B-sides compilation album, (Redeye/Polydor)
1997 - The Clouds, Never Say Forever, single (Redeye/Polydor)
1997 - The Clouds, Favourites, compilation album (Redeye/Polydor)
1997 - The Clouds, Pretty Greens, demos collection, (Redeye/Polydor)
1999 - The Dearhunters 7 inch split single with The Hired guns (Steady Cam Records)
1999 - The Dearhunters, Red Wine and Blue, album, (Candle Records)
1999 - The Dearhunters, All My Loving compilation album
1999 - The Dearhunters ‘Banter’ (Candle Records compilation)
2001 - Jodi Phillis, In Dreams I Live, album, (Candle Records)
2001 - Jodi Phillis, Lounge'O'Sound, album re-release, (Candle Records)
2002 - Jodi Phillis, Candle Records, Feast, compilation album, (Candle Records)
2003 - Jodi Phillis, For Lovers, Artists and Dreamers, album, (Candle Records) recorded and produced by Tim Oxley
2004 - Jodi Phillis, Feast, Candle Records compilation album, (Candle Records)
2005 - The Girls From The Clouds E.P. ’La La La La’(Candle Records) recorded and produced by Jodi Phillis and Tim Oxley
2006 - Jodi Phillis, Hamper, Candle Records compilation album, (Candle Records)
2008 - Roger loves Betty, Let Love Begin, album. (independent) recorded and produced by Tim Oxley and Jodi Phillis.
2009 - Roger loves Betty, Circle Suckers and Bubble Stars, album (independent) recorded and produced by Tim Oxley and Jodi Phillis
2010 - Ilona Harker debut album That which lasts, recorded and produced by Jodi Phillis and Tim Oxley.
2010 - Roger Loves Betty 3rd album (work in progress)
2011 - The Glamma Rays, The Austinmer EP. (independent) recorded and produced by Jodi Phillis
2013 - Jodi Phillis, Sonum Vitae (Solo album)
2015 - The Glamma Rays, Listen to the Birds album (independent)
2017 - The Clouds, Zaffre EP (Independent)
2017 - The Clouds, Beautiful Nothingness single (independent)
2018 - Jodi Phillis, Becoming SINGLE (independent) September 20
2018 - Jodi Phillis, Hudson Dreaming SINGLE (independent) October 09
2018 - Jodi Phillis, Becoming ALBUM (independent) October 19