Born in Melbourne then moving to Los Angeles when she was a baby, multi Aria nominated singer, songwriter and composer Jodi Phillis was brought up in a show-biz family. Her mother Juni was a singer with Los Angeles doo-wop trio The Starr Sisters and her father Brian was a cameraman and director with the shows In Melbourne Tonight, Number 96 and The Mike Walsh Show. Jodi is best known as co-front woman of Australian band, The Clouds and has also released albums with The Dearhunters, Roger Loves Betty and The Glamma Rays. Jodi recently re-united with The Clouds to release a new ep Zaffre, and tour with Cyndi Lauper and Blondie for A Day On the Green.
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, resulting in four highly acclaimed solo albums Lounge-O-Sound (1996) In Dreams I Live (2001) For Lovers, Artists and Dreamers (2004) and Sonum Vitae (2011) with her fifth solo album in the works.
With a passion for music so eclectic and far-reaching, Jodi has produced masterful works in the styles of pop, rock, alt-country, jazz and most recently classical/art music. Rolling Stone tagged her a “national treasure” and from the Orange Press in 2013, “Phillis is one of the masters of Australian music” and “Phillis writes with such authority that we go with her vision wherever it may lead”. In 2008, Jodi was invited to appear on Rockwiz. Jodi also works as a screen composer and graduated from The Australian Film, Television and Radio School in 2013.
Jodi’s live, solo performances are intimate and magical, drawing on a rich repertoire of songs, peppered with new ones which she likes to road test on fresh ears. Sometimes joined by her long time collaborator and husband, singer, songwriter, Tim Oxley, Jodi’s main arsenal are her guitar, her sweet, smooth, expressive voice and words and melodies that take the listener on an epic journey inside themselves.
Now based in the Illawarra by the sea, Jodi and Tim have two daughters, Ivy and Harmony and work from their home studio. Jodi is a tree-hugger, bushwalker, illustrator and lover of all things old and enchanted.
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