Jodi Phillis 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 for her father Brian to take up his new position as director of Channel 10's racy new soapy, Number 96.
Music and art were always Jodi's main obsessions. Jodi learned all about harmonies in her childhood choir, The Small World Singers, and started playing guitar and writing songs at age thirteen. Jodi started drawing pictures in coloured pencil and ink when she was a child and has been drawing ever since. At twenty Jodi had started playing in various bands but it wasn't until 1989 that she formed the alternative pop/rock group The Clouds with Trish Young. The original line-up consisted of Jodi, Trish, 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 RedeyeRecords/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 Out festivals, 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 explore more intimate and personal styles of songwriting and recording and to have her first daughter Ivy . She has since released five critically acclaimed solo albums. Jodi's second album In Dreams I Live received two ARIA nominations. In 2001 Jodi toured with Tim Oxley through the US and Canada to promote the album 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.
Jodi has also released albums with The Dearhunters, Roger Loves Betty and The Glamma Rays.
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’.
With a Graduate Certificate in Screen Music from The Australian Film, Television and Radio School, Jodi has been creating music for the screen for 15 years, applying her highly original and melodic style to all her work.
Since 2011, a reformed Clouds have performed each year while releasing new music. In 2017, Jodi re-united with The Clouds to tour with Blondie and Cyndi Lauper for A Day on the Green.
In 2017, Jodi worked in collaboration with six of Australia's most prominent female composers and Ensemble Offspring to create Seven Stories, a major work of classical/art music. The show premiered at City Recital Hall in June 2017.
Collaborating with Amanda Brown, Jodi is currently composing 'Encounter', a Form Dance Theatre production, to be performed by the Western Sydney Youth Orchestra and premiering at major arts festivals in 2020.
In July 2019, Jodi was an artist in residence at Bundanon writing songs for her sixth solo album, with a solo US and European tour to follow in September.
Jodi lives with her husband and singer, songwriter, producer Tim Oxley and their daughter Harmony on the south coast of Sydney, Australia.
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