Greta Gertler was born in raised in Australia, and got her start there as a songwriter, penning hits for other artists. She self-released a solo effort, Little Sins, and toured the country with her chamber pop combo, Peccadillo. But it wasn't until her move to New York City that Gertler's star began to really rise. In 2001, she took home the grand prize in N.Y.C.'s Indie Band Search Competition for her song "Everyone Wants to Adore You." The song became the first track on Gertler's May 2003 release, The Baby That Brought Bad Weather. A strikingly ambitious effort, Baby combined 1970s pop sensibilities with layers of strings, brass, jazz, Wurlitzer organ -- even tap dancing. Gertler also made a name for herself with live performances varying from solo piano/vocal to a full complement of musicians.