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Zoë Badwi (born 3 May 1986[1]) is an Australian singer, songwriter, model, and actress.[2]

Zoë Badwi
Zoe Badwi, 2012.jpg
Badwi in May 2012
Background information
Born (1986-05-03) 3 May 1986 (age 33)
OriginMelbourne, Australia
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • model
  • actress
Years active2001–present
Associated actsLittle Mix

Early lifeEdit

Badwi was born in Germany but later moved to Melbourne, Victoria in Australia, where she was raised.[3] She is half Irish, one-quarter Egyptian, and one-quarter Saudi Arabian. Before her career in music began, Badwi spent time modelling and featured in a series of television commercials including advertisements for Telstra and Mars Bars.[4] She made her acting debut appearing in the Australian drama series Raw FM, which she took part in for eight months. Badwi is a cousin of Little Mix member Jade Thirlwall.[4]


In 2001, Badwi became a member of the Australian girl group Sirens, replacing the original third member who left to pursue a career in modelling.[5] They had minor success with the singles "Like Fire, Like Rain" and the cover version of The Pointer Sisters' "I'm So Excited" featuring Sara-Marie Fedele from the first series of Big Brother Australia.[4][6] Badwi later left the group to pursue a solo career.

After being discovered by Grant Smillie, a member of the Australian duo TV Rock at a venue in Melbourne,[4] Badwi went on to sign with Neon Records and released her debut solo single "Release Me" in November 2008. The single reached number one on the ARIA Clubs Chart[7] and received two award nominations for "Best Dance Release" at the 2009 ARIA Music Awards[8] and also "Dance Work of the Year" at the 2010 APRA Awards.[9] In July 2010, Badwi released her fourth single, "Freefallin". It reached a peak of number nine on the ARIA Singles Chart and was eventually certified platinum. In September 2010, it was announced that she had signed to US record label, Atlantic Records.[10]

"Accidents Happen" was released on 24 January 2011, as Badwi's fifth overall single.[11] While filming the music video for the song, a resident in the street where the clip was filmed fired a catapult at Badwi, who was unharmed. It is not known whether her singing was a motive for the attack.[12] The video shoot went on afterward with no incident and no one was apprehended over the matter.[13]

Badwi's sixth single, "Carry Me Home", featuring Grant Smilie, was released on 3 June 2011.[14] The song failed to impact the ARIA Singles Chart, but managed to peak at number six on the ARIA Club Chart.[15] Badwi's self-titled debut album was released in Australia on 5 August 2011.[16] Badwi worked on the album with Static Revenger, TV Rock, Stuart Crichton, Rogue Traders,[10] and Amy Pearson.[4] The following single, "Shoot Me Down" was released on 21 September 2012. The single has only managed to chart on Australia's official Radio Airplay chart at #58[17]

In 2011, saw the ABC Television's new music show Stay Tuned with Joel Phillips talks to across dance pop singing sensation Zoe Badwi will air on ABC3.

In June 2016, Badwi was the featured artist on three new-released singles. The Potbelleez with a cover of "Horny", Paki and Jaro with "I Must Have Died" and Tenzin with "Love Me Baby".[18]

In 2017, Badwi was the support act for the dates of Little Mix's Glory Days Tour in Australia and New Zealand.


Studio albumsEdit

Title Album details Peak chart positions
Zoë 35


Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album

"Release Me" 2008 1 Zoë
"Don't Wan'cha" 2009 7 N/A
"In the Moment" 6 Zoë
"Freefallin" 2010 9 1
"Accidents Happen" 2011 71 7
"Carry Me Home"
(featuring Grant Smillie)
"Shoot Me Down" 2012 N/A
"A Million Lights"
(Grant Smillie & Walden feat Zoë Badwi))[22]
"Torches" 2013
"My Way with You"
(2 Faced Funks feat Zoë Badwi) [23]
"Spasmodic Pop"
(featuring EXL) [24]
(The Potbelleez featuring Zoë Badwi)[25]
"Love Me Baby"
(Tenzin featuring Zoë Badwi) [26]
"I Must Have Died"
(Paki & Jaro featuring Zoë Badwi) [27]
"Time to Reload"
(Homes John featuring Zoë Badwi) [28]
"Release Me 2019" [29] 2019
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Type Award Result
2009 ARIA Music Awards[8] Best Dance Release ("Release Me") Nominated
2010 APRA Awards[9] Dance Work of the Year ("Release Me") Nominated
IT List Awards[30][31] Breakthrough Artist of 2010 Won
Australian Female Artist Nominated
Single of 2010 ("Freefallin'") Nominated
2011 APRA Awards[32] Dance Work of the Year ("Freefallin") Won
ARIA Music Awards[33] Breakthrough Artist – Single ("Freefallin") Nominated
IT List Awards[34] Single of 2011 ("Freefallin'") Nominated
Album of 2011 (Zoë) Nominated
Australian Female Artist Nominated


  1. ^ "Zoë Badwi on Twitter".
  2. ^ Q & A With Zoe Badwi Crushable. Retrieved 2010-08-28.
  3. ^ In May 2010 [1] refers to Zoe as a "24-year-old".
  4. ^ a b c d e Interview: Zoe Badwi Auspop. Retrieved 2010-12-10.
  5. ^ Sirens Biography Band Shop. Retrieved 2010-12-10.
  6. ^ Sirens - Discography Archived 24 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-12-10.
  7. ^ Zoe Badwi Biography Archived 3 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine Peppermint Blue. Retrieved 2010-08-29.
  8. ^ a b ARIA Awards 2010: History: Winners by Award[permanent dead link] Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 2010-08-28.
  9. ^ a b APRA AWARD WINNERS Auspop. Retrieved 2010-08-28.
  10. ^ a b Cameron Adams (2010-10-22) It's fallin' into place for Zoe Herald Sun. Herald and Weekly Times. Retrieved 2010-10-23.
  11. ^ "Accidents Happen - Single". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. Retrieved 8 March 2011.
  12. ^ "Singer shot at while filming in Sydney street". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 25 January 2011.
  13. ^ Australian pop star hit with a slingshot during video filming. Published by International Business Times AU. Retrieved: 2011-01-26. Archived 22 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ "Carry Me Home (Grant Smillie Edit) - Single by Zoë Badwi". 3 June 2011.
  15. ^ "Top 50 Club Chart". Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
  16. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 June 2011. Retrieved 30 June 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ [2] AUM Report. Retrieved 2013-1-13
  18. ^ "Q&A : Zoë Badwi". auspOp. 22 July 2016. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  19. ^ Peak chart positions on the ARIA Charts
  20. ^ Peak chart positions on the ARIA Club chart
  21. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2010 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original on 5 December 2010. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  22. ^ "A Million Lights feat Zoe Badwi (single)publisher=iTunes Australia". Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  23. ^ "My Way with You (single)". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  24. ^ "Smasmodic Pop (single)". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  25. ^ "Horny feat. Zoe Badwi". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  26. ^ "Love Me Baby - single". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  27. ^ "I Must Have Died". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  28. ^ "Time to Reload (single)". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  29. ^ "Release Me 2019 (single)". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  30. ^ Maser, Robert (17 February 2011). "IT LIST Winners Announced". Archived from the original on 29 November 2011.
  31. ^ Maser, Robert (20 December 2010). "IT LIST Awards Nominees Announced". Archived from the original on 29 April 2011.
  32. ^ "Latest Entertainment News & Celebrity News".
  33. ^ "2011 ARIA Nominations Announced – Full List Here!". Take 40 Australia. Mcm Entertainment. 12 October 2011. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 15 October 2011.
  34. ^ Manser, Robert (31 December 2011). "2011 IT List Awards Nominees Announced". Archived from the original on 26 May 2012.

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