2003 -2006 saw the singer jet-setting across continents. She toured the U.S. with a symphony orchestra that elevated her ballads and live performances. The accolades kept raining down, meanwhile. The evergreen singer received an ARIA award for her contribution to music in Australia.
In 2003, Olivia began her world tour, traveling to Japan, Australia, and the United States. Between her intensive world tour schedule, the singer released the Indigo CD in 2004 – an homage to iconic women singers who had inspired and influenced her music.
Taking The World By Storm
The millennium fittingly ushered in new beginnings for Olivia. She first embarked on a United States tour during the spring and early summer. After a successful U.S. tour, Olivia traveled to Korea and Hong Kong that same year.
Her largest and most spectacular performance came in the fall of 2000 at the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympics. Olivia’s duet with Australian star John Farnham stole the show.
Olivia and Chloe Appear Together In A Film
Olivia had a busy tour schedule for the next couple of years, but she managed to squeeze in time for film appearances. Her next TV movie appearance was for “Wilde Girls,” shot in Queensland. The movie was doubly special since it starred her daughter, Chloe.
“Wilde Girls” premiered in 2001 on the Showtime channel. Olivia also released her first Christmas album the same year and another compilation titled “Magic,” which featured her best singles.
Ever Stronger And Better
In 2005, Olivia released her twentieth studio album, “Stronger Than Before” – a collection of inspirational, life-affirming songs for women dealing with cancer. Proceeds from the album went to breast cancer awareness. The track “Can I Trust Your Arms” was composed by her daughter, Chloe, as a gift to her mother.
Keeping with the album's spirit, the single “Phenomenal Woman” (inspired by the Maya Angelou poem) featured vocal cameos by inspirational women such as Patti La Belle, Delta Goodrem, Mindy Smith, and Diahann Caroll.
Her Ex-Boyfriend Disappears
The mid-2000s were a challenging period for Olivia. In 2004, her ex-boyfriend Patrick McDermott went missing after leaving for an overnight fishing trip. The couple met soon after Olivia split from Matt Lattanzi and started dating. Although many described their relationship as on and off, it was one of Olivia’s most high-profile romances.
They were no longer dating when Patrick disappeared, but it understandably brought her a great deal of pain. Despite efforts by the authorities, Patrick has never been found and is presumed dead.