Sia's quickly become a household name after many years of sitting in the wings. Although she's not as recognizable as say Beyonce or Rihanna she truly should be as you've likely heard her music just as much as both if not more. She tends to hide her face for television performances and is very selective when it comes to appearances of any kind. Her writing and vocal talents, coupled with her signature platinum blonde bob, have finally put her in the spotlight where she belongs.
I had the pleasure of working on 1 of Sia's albums back in 2004. It was her 3rd solo album and housed the breakout hit 'Breathe Me'. That particular track took on a new life when it was used during the last scene of HBO's Six Feet Under (spoiler scene - click here).
The only time she came to town around that album was doing back-up duties for Zero 7 on tracks like 'Distractions' and 'Destiny'. Both immense tracks with so much soul. I went to that show at Toronto's Opera House to say hello. She came out prior to the show and met me at the back bar. She was super friendly, pretty and quirky all at once. She was just excited to know that someone was handling this album and new it from cover to cover. I still love that album today and would stick it in my top 25 albums of all time for sure.
Sia's story hit the tipping point this past year and perhaps even exploded this afternoon when she performed on Ellen seen here.
She's written some of the biggest pop hits over the last couple of years including tracks for Rihanna, Beyonce, Katy Perry, David Guetta and FloRida to name a few. I knew a few of these were written by her - but when I heard her on the Howard Stern show my mind was blown. This is by far the most amazing interview I've heard in a long time - check it out.
Sia's one of music finest talents today as she embodies what it means to be a true artist. Look for her star to shine even brighter in February with the a Grammy performance and nods in multiple categories.
Here's my - 'You Know Sia' - Spotify Playlist.
Thanks for reading/listening,