Vocalist Kate Ceberano left school at 14 determined to become a professional singer and, within two years, her tenacity and talent saw her established as a much sought-after session singer.
In 1983, her growing reputation brought her to the attention of the newly formed Melbourne band I’m Talking (who had risen from the ashes of avant-garde Melbourne outfit, Essendon Airport) who recruited her as their lead singer.
The band enjoyed their first taste of success in 1985 with the single Trust Me.
They went on to enjoy two more hit singles (Lead The Way and Love Don’t Live Here Anymore), won a Countdown award for best single of the year, the Johnny O’Keefe award for best new talent, and attracted considerable interest from management companies keen to handle the group in the international marketplace.
Their funk-disco enchanted critics, who tossed around lines like “the most important chart act Australia has produced”.
But in 1986 their smooth and rapid rise began to develop hiccups. Original drummer, Cameron Newman was ousted in May by former Flotsam Jetsam sticksman Warren McLean, the release of their debut album was rescheduled, and plans for a national tour had to be aborted.
By 1987, the band had split. Kate Ceberano subsequently reached amazing levels of success as a solo artist.