Melbourne-based Ralph Carr Management today (Jan. 24) signed 24-year old Australian soul-blues singer Vanessa Amorosi to his artist stable.

Melbourne-based Ralph Carr Management today (Jan. 24) signed 24-year old Australian soul-blues singer Vanessa Amorosi to his artist stable.

"I have been in awe of Vanessa's voice since she released her first single," says Carr, who guided singer Tina Arena and singer songwriter Rick Price to global success. He currently manages multi-platinum singing soul diva Kate Ceberano.

Carr tells Billboard.biz he will shop her demo tapes to labels, publishers and producers in the United States "to make the album she should have made a long time ago."

She was discovered singing in a cabaret restaurant by her first management team, TV producer Jack Strom and record producer Mark Holden of MarJac Productions.

Amorosi enjoyed phenomenal success after being signed as a 16-year old in 1999. Her second single "Absolutely Everybody" was a chart-topper in Australia that year for Sydney-based Transistor Music, and a Top 5 hit in six European territories, where she was distributed by Universal Music.

Her debut album "The Power" (2000) was certified four times platinum in Australia for sales of 280,000 units. It went gold in Germany, where she won best international newcomer at the Viva Comet Award mid-2001.

She also made her mark with performances at the opening ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and the closing ceremony of the Manchester Commonwealth Games in 2002.

Amorosi's self-penned track "Shine" was most broadcast Australian song of 2002, according to the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia. Her last album "Change" was released in 2003 to a lukewarm reaction.