Class of 2005
Her exceptional talent as a pianist was widely known during her time at John Paul College, but few realised that an amazing voice was also part of a secret music arsenal.
It has been this voice that has led Dami Im to international superstardom, firstly as winner of X-Factor Australia in 2013 and then as runner-up of the Eurovision Song Contest is 2016 – a televised spectacular with a world-wide audience of 200 million.
A career in music was always on the cards – her mother is a former opera singer. Dami emigrated to Australia as a nine-year-old from South Korea and joined John Paul College in Year Seven. She went on to win the Captain’s Cup in 2004 and 2005 as the College’s finest all-round cultural person. Dami received her Licentiate of Music qualifications in piano as a Year 10 student in 2003 and studied at the Queensland Young Conservatorium from Years Six – Twelve.
Many during Dami’s time at school would remember her accompanying the choir on piano and playing violin with the Silver Strings. Few knew she could sing. Away from school, Dami was fine-tuning her singing using computer recordings. She credits this for her vocal improvement and giving her the confidence to audition for a Masters Degree in Contemporary Voice at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music after completing a degree in classical piano at the University of Queensland.
Her X-Factor win gave her immediate results in the Australian market. She has gone on to achieve three number one Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) releases (‘Alive’, ‘Super Love’ and ‘Gladiator’), five top ARIA releases, two gold certified and four platinum certified releases.
Dami’s Eurovision Song Contest entry, ‘Sound of Silence’ charted at number three on the ARIA charts and gained huge success across Europe. It charted in Sweden, the UK, Spain, Germany and Austria and is her most successful to date.
In 2014 Dami John Legend on his national ‘All Of Me’ Australian tour and is the voice of Grandma Rosiepuff in the Australian release of DreamWork’s amination feature, Trolls. Dami is the ambassador for the children’s charity, Compassion Australia and she and husband, Noah, sponsor eight children.
Today, Dami maintains a demanding recording and performance schedule. Throughout 2017 and 2018 she performed 75 shows. She finds time however to stay connected with her three close school friends and has vivid memories of their lunchtime chats.
Dami is particularly appreciative of the School of Performing Arts for ‘giving her valuable experience and a sense of identity.’
‘All the teachers in the music faculty were always encouraging.’