At the Sydney 2000 Sydney Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, millions around the world tuned in as a young child with blonde curls walked to the centre of the Olympic Stadium. Viewers held their breath as the 13-year-old ‘Hero Girl’ flew eight-stories high through a magnificent display of sea creatures, her voice ringing through the air.
This is the day that Nikki Webster became a household name and Australia’s childhood sweat-heart. It was the day that Nikki’s life changed forever and her own dreams began to come true. However her career began well before the Olympics. By the time Nikki had turned 10 she had numerous commercials under her belt, had performed a duet with Michael Jackson, and had already toured with pantomime productions of ‘Aladdin’ and ‘Cinderella’, as well as musicals such as ‘Les Miserables’ and ‘The Sound of Music’.
After her success at the Olympics, Nikki settled on an exclusive worldwide recording contract with Gotham Records/BMG Australia Ltd in November 2000 which saw the release of the Olympic hit singles ‘We’ll Be One’ and ‘Under Southern Skies’.
In early 2001 Nikki was launched as the face of Jäger, It’s a Girl Thing – a range of skincare and makeup for young teens.
Next, Nikki’s first pop single ‘Strawberry Kisses’ was released, immediately becoming one of the biggest selling Australian singles of the year and a double platinum hit. Her debut album, ‘Follow Your Heart’ followed with platinum status, and took Nikki on a promotional tour throughout Australia, Europe and Asia. Both the ‘Follow Your Heart’ album and ‘Strawberry Kisses’ single were ARIA nominated in the Highest Selling Album/Single categories in 2001.
She was also awarded the John O’Keefe Encouragement Award at the prestigious ‘Mo’ Awards, and the Variety Heart Award for Young Entertainer of The Year.
Following this early success, Nikki began making guest appearances all over Australia, and became the spokesperson for a number of different charities including The Spastic Centre of NSW and the Kids Helpline.
In 2002 Nikki released her second Album, ‘Bliss’, with two Gold hit singles. She also scored the dream role of Dorothy in the multi-million-dollar Australian production of ‘Wizard of Oz,’.
In late 2002, Nikki was named #10 on Who Weekly’s entertainment industry ‘power list’ and also became the face of ‘Movie World’ theme park.
In 2003 Nikki recorded a cover of ‘I Wanna Be Like You’ for the Australian version of Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book 2′ soundtrack and also co-choreographed the clip and helped design outfits.
This was also the year her first clothing label for tweens was released nationwide through Kmart stores.
In 2004, Nikki embarked upon her first full length concert tour. Then, with the release of her third album, ‘Let’s Dance’ Nikki juggled recording, performing and designing her fashion range all while studying for her high school certificate.