Singing superstar Delta Goodrem has been accused of owing thousands of dollars to her former songwriter MARK HOLDEN.

Holden, an AUSTRALIAN IDOL reality TV judge, was a musical adviser to the BORN TO TRY hitmaker during 2001, when she was writing and composing her hit debut album INNOCENT EYES.

According to Melbourne newspaper HERALD SUN, Holden wants to clarify the terms of his contract with Goodrem and her record label SONY MUSIC and is demanding all consultancy fees owed to him under the agreement.

A music industry source told the Herald, "Mark is very unhappy with the circumstances. Like everyone else, he feels he had a little bit to do with Delta getting heard in the first place. He feels slighted.

"He was on a quasi-advisory agreement paid by the label. Admittedly, I could never figure out the relationship. Sony was filled with artist and repertoire people. But Mark was brought on as a consultant and he wrote some great songs with Delta."

Holden and Goodrem co-wrote three tracks, including the sad ballad A YEAR AGO TODAY for the former NEIGHBOURS star's debut disc.

Goodrem is currently facing legal action with her former music producers. TREVOR CARTER and PAUL HIGGINS are suing the singer and her parents LEA and DENNIS over unpaid royalties and for the right to release a 13-track album recorded with Goodrem, four years ago (00).

20/07/2004 17:30