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Name  Collette Roberts

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Born  1968 (age 51–52) Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand

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Collette Roberts (born 1968), who performed mononymously as Collette, is a New Zealand-born, Australian-based model turned disco, pop singer during the late 1980s and early 1990s. She had a top five single on both the Australian and New Zealand singles charts in 1989 with her cover version of Anita Ward's "Ring My Bell". Collette's rendition was certified gold in Australia by ARIA. Sometimes considered a one hit wonder, Collette had two other top 40 Australian hits in 1989 with "All I Wanna Do Is Dance" and "That's What I Like About You". She retired from her music career in 1995 and focussed on her work as a stylist and make-up artist.

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Collette Roberts on her album "All I wanna do is dance" | cover photo

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Biography

Collette Roberts with her blonde hair doing fist-pose during her pictorial

Collette Roberts was born in Christchurch, New Zealand. She became a fashion model and relocated to Melbourne. In 1988 she started working with Guy Gross in Sydney to co-write material for her proposed solo career. They recorded demo tracks, which they took to Tony Briggs of CBS Records Australia; Briggs advised Collette to attempt a cover version of one of four tracks, which included Anita Ward's 1979 hit, "Ring My Bell". After recording a demo of that track Collette was signed to CBS.

Collette Roberts on her album "Raze the Roof" | cover photo

Collette worked with her producers, Peewee Ferris and Kirke Godfrey, on a new version of "Ring My Bell", which was recorded at CBS Studios in East Sydney. She co-wrote the B-side, "Save Yourself", with Ferris. The single was released in February 1989, and reached No. 5 on the ARIA Singles Chart and No. 4 in New Zealand. "Ring My Bell" was certified gold in Australia by Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA).

To promote the single, Collette performed in bright fluorescent lycra clothing, especially bike shorts, bras, and braces. In September 1989 a Federal Court of Australia case, CBS Records Australia Limited v Guy Gross, heard that Gross was counter-suing for a share in royalties and costs associated with Collette's single; the court determined that "There was nothing unjust in what occurred, no reason why Guy should be remunerated by Collette for his work and no reason why Collette should not retain any benefit she may receive from CBS. The cross-claim will therefore be dismissed."

The artist issued two more singles in 1989, "All I Wanna Do Is Dance" (July) and "That's What I Like About You" (October), and both reached the ARIA Singles Chart top 40. All three singles appeared on her debut album, Raze the Roof (October 1989), which peaked in the top 50 on the ARIA Albums Chart. Collette and Ferris co-wrote five of its ten tracks, with Collete writing or co-writing three other tracks.

Collette Roberts smiles while wearing a pink bra on a resort | Courtesy of YouTube

In 1990 the singer developed a new image of short hair and black clothing… she cast aside the bike shorts look in an attempt for her music to be taken more seriously. Her second album, Attitude, appeared in April 1991, which was produced by Mark S. Berry. The album and its singles, "Who Do You Think You Are?" (August 1990), "Upside Down" (November) and "This Will Be" (March 1991), yielded little commercial success. Collette appeared briefly as Isabelle Britton on the Australian soap opera, Home and Away, in late 1991.

Collette Roberts | Collette Raze the Roof VHS interview segments - courtesy of YouTube

Collette retired from the music industry in 1995 and pursued a career as a stylist and make-up artist. She appeared on Channel 7's Where Are They Now? in 2006, revealing that she does volunteer work at Sydney's Taronga Zoo. She occasionally performs "Ring My Bell" at gay-related events wearing her original regalia.

Studio albums

Collette Roberts while singing "This Will Be Everlasting Love" | Cpurtesy of YouTube
  • Raze the Roof (1989) – AUS #48
  • Attitude (1991) – AUS #107
  • Compilation albums

    Collette Roberts waves her two hands wearing black and white clothes with two other men beside her
  • The Very Best of Collette and Sharon O'Neill (J&B Records, 1991) – AUS #366
  • Extended plays

    Collette Roberts while singing "Collette Ring My Bell" wearing a yellow bra, matching yellow gloves, and pants | Courtesy of YouTube
  • Collette (1996) – 4-track EP containing her first four singles.
  • References

    Collette Roberts Wikipedia


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