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Sia


Sia Kate Isobelle Furler (born 18 December 1975) or simply Sia, is an Australian pop, downtempo, and jazz singer and songwriter. In 2000, her single, "Taken for Granted" was a top 10 hit in the United Kingdom. Her 2008 album, Some People Have Real Problems peaked in the top 30 on the Billboard 200. At the ARIA Music Awards of 2009, she won the award for 'Best Music DVD' and received six nominations at the ARIA Music Awards of 2010 and won 'Best Independent Release' and 'Best Pop Release' for We Are Born and 'Best Video' for the song "Clap Your Hands".

In 2000, the Adelaide born singer scored a bolt from the blue Top 10 hit with her debut single, Taken For Granted. Pairing her unique Australian drawl with the strident strings from Sergei Prokofiev's 'Romeo & Juliet', the track was championed by Trevor Nelson and had Sia performing live on Jo Whiley's Radio 1 show. Her debut album, Healing Is Difficult, arrived to similar cries of ´the next big R&B thing'. Then, to cap it all, she added her jazzy slurs to two tracks on Zero 7's Simple Things album and became the unmistakable voice of the year's coolest down-tempo soundtrack. All the pieces for a phenomenal career seemed to be in place.

And then nothing.

"I went a bit mental after that," she explains, before letting out a laugh that would stop traffic. "No seriously, I needed therapy and everything." She recovers her composure only long enough to explain that going from hero to zero left her confused and frustrated and that it was a really enjoyable time, those moments of feeling like a 'Coolio'! But sadly they've passed now.

Brandishing both wicked humour and brutal honesty, it's sometimes hard to know exactly when Sia's joking. What is certain is that, with fragile beauty, a collaboration with Beck, and swathes of sensual soul-searching, 'Healing Is Difficult's long overdue follow-up, ‘Colour The Small One, rekindles thoughts of an all conquering phenomenon and will surely make her a 'coolio' once again.

From the lilting pianos and claustrophobic beats of Breathe Me, to Sunday's enchanting harmonium and breathless chant, it's a mesmerising album, undercut by the hope and despair of a little girl lost. Guilt, and how to deal with it, is the recurring theme with Sia's vulnerable voice as a beacon guiding through the pain and fear. "I call it easy Listening," snorts Sia trying to keep a straight face. "That's what I've been telling everyone." A mix of horror and hilarity dawns on her face. "Do you think it's depressing? It's not too depressing is it? It's meant to be nice, easy, music. Songy and lush."

Whatever it is, it certainly isn't the album anyone was expecting. The muffled rhythm track and sensual cinematic strings of Don't Bring Me Down are a stratosphere away from Taken For Granted's dogmatic march. Colour The Small One would never be mistaken for R&B. "I hated that," she cringes at the thought of the jazzy beats and soulful grooves of her first album being tagged 'urban'. But that's not why this album's different. "I just wanted to make an album that was more song driven, and I've changed as a person. After the first album I lost it, and this album reflects how I was feeling. The vocals are small and needy, because that's how I felt." She looks momentarily troubled before adding, "Plus, I'd tried to have a pop career and it didn't work, so I thought I'd try something else." More strangulated giggling. "If this doesn't work I'll fuck off back to Australia."

Sia's vocal talents extend all the way back to her earliest memory. But unlike most singers, she isn't exactly the product of her childhood influences. Born in Adelaide, she was raised on the hippiest street in Australia. "Everyone was a musician or worked for Circus Oz." Her parents played in a rockabilly band called The Soda Jerks, and her dad, "a real nut nut", briefly played guitar in uncle Colin's band Men At Work- yes, they of 'I Come From A Land Down Under' fame- but "they kicked him out for being too in yer face." Early appearances singing Shangri-Las songs aside, Sia's musical leanings didn't get serious until she joined jazz-funk bar band Crisp at 17. "We thought we were really cutting edge," she sniggers with a roll of her eyes, "but we were trying way too hard."

In fact, Sia credits the biggest influence on both her and Colour The Small One as touring with Zero 7. "That's when I actually started listening to music," she says with a grimace of embarrassment. "All the other music I'd listened to in my life had been incidental; in clubs, cars, lifts. I only owned 2 CDs: The Jackson 5 anthology and Jeff Buckley's Grace. While we were on tour, the Zero 7 guys were always talking about artists I'd never heard of, so I bought a Discman and started listening to their James Taylor, Nick Drake, Harry Neilson, Randy Newman and Django Bates CDs. And it all just really blew me away."

Colour The Small One's lyrical roots, however, run much deeper. After three years fronting Crisp, Sia packed her bags and headed off with an open ended ticket on a round the World trip. After enjoying colourful times in some unusual places, she agreed to meet up in London with the man she describes as her 'first true love'. A week before she arrived, he was run down and killed by a black cab on Kensington High Street.

"Nearly everything on the first album was about that," she says, her chirpy facade slipping. "I was pretty fucked up after Dan died. I couldn't really feel anything. I could intellectualise a lot of stuff; that I had a purpose, that I was loved, but I couldn't actually feel anything. The last album was very deflective. This one's very exposing. I think that's the difference between the two albums, the first was intellectualising, this one is feeling." Catching herself being uncharacteristically serious, she quickly deflects with a half chuckle of, "and I'd quit drinking. That was probably what it was."

Bully, the track she wrote with Beck has similarly serious roots. "There was this kid at school who I used to be really cruel to, and I've felt bad about it ever since. It got to the point where I was having nightmares about it. So I wanted to write a sorry song." Thankfully, the collaboration itself had happier origins. "The last date of the Zero 7 tour was a festival at the Universal Amphitheatre in LA and Beck was on the same bill. Next thing he's ringing Zero 7's management asking if I'd like to duet with him." Understandably she said yes, and found herself on stage singing 'You're The One That I Want' from Grease. "I suggested it as a joke; but we changed the major to a minor, made it really slow and turned it into a bit of a country stalker anthem."

The Beck and Zero 7 connections- Sia's already recorded two more tracks to their next album - give the biggest clues to ‘Untitled’ and the giggling Australian's current intentions. "I don't want to be a superstar, doing all that wibbly-wobbly stuff. It's too emotionally stressful; photo shoots always make me want to have plastic surgery. I just wanted to write an album that was me: a small, weird, needy freak. It's a slow burner, but it's honest."

Colour The Small One was released in the UK on 12th January 2004.

And then, she came back with her new album Some People Have Real Problems, released on 8 January 2008. A little bit different from her previous albums, the new album received good reviews, although some critics and fans didn't really like the new "a little bit more pop" direction.

The first single Day Too Soon was released on 12 November 2007 in the UK and was followed by The Girl You Lost to Cocaine on the 21st April 2008 and later followed by Soon We'll Be Found which was released on 13 October 2008. Soon We'll Be Found got the best reviews because of its music video. In the music video, Sia sings while signing the lyrics in American Sign Language.

Sia worked with Christina Aguilera on her new album Bionic and the new collaboration has produced four tracks including the soulful ballad "You Lost Me". The album was released June 8, 2010.



Song lyric Breathe Me BREATHE ME Sia
Song lyric Chandelier CHANDELIER Sia
Song lyric Elastic Heart ELASTIC HEART Sia
Song lyric Sunday SUNDAY Sia
Song lyric Cheap Thrills CHEAP THRILLS Sia
Song lyric Big Girls Cry BIG GIRLS CRY Sia
Song lyric Don't Bring Me Down DON'T BRING ME DOWN Sia
Song lyric Numb NUMB Sia
Song lyric Moon MOON Sia
Song lyric Rewrite REWRITE Sia
Song lyric Soon We'll Be Found SOON WE'LL BE FOUND Sia
Song lyric Natale's Song NATALE'S SONG Sia
Song lyric Sweet Potato SWEET POTATO Sia
Song lyric Where I Belong WHERE I BELONG Sia
Song lyric Little Black Sandals LITTLE BLACK SANDALS Sia
Song lyric Alive ALIVE Sia
Song lyric Burn the Pages BURN THE PAGES Sia
Song lyric Fire Meet Gasoline FIRE MEET GASOLINE Sia
Song lyric Lentil LENTIL Sia
Song lyric Hostage HOSTAGE Sia
Song lyric Playground PLAYGROUND Sia
Song lyric Straight for the Knife STRAIGHT FOR THE KNIFE Sia
Song lyric Free the Animal FREE THE ANIMAL Sia
Song lyric Lullaby LULLABY Sia
Song lyric Fair Game FAIR GAME Sia
Song lyric Dressed In Black DRESSED IN BLACK Sia
Song lyric Cellophane CELLOPHANE Sia
Song lyric Bird Set Free BIRD SET FREE Sia
Song lyric Angel By The Wings ANGEL BY THE WINGS Sia
Song lyric Angel By The Wings (from the movie "The Eagle Huntress") ANGEL BY THE WINGS (FROM THE MOVIE "THE EAGLE HUNTRESS") Sia
Song lyric Audio AUDIO Sia
Song lyric Beautiful People Say BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE SAY Sia
Song lyric Blank Page BLANK PAGE Sia
Song lyric Blow It All Away BLOW IT ALL AWAY Sia
Song lyric Born Yesterday BORN YESTERDAY Sia
Song lyric Bring Night BRING NIGHT Sia
Song lyric Broken Glass BROKEN GLASS Sia
Song lyric Bully BULLY Sia
Song lyric Butterflies BUTTERFLIES Sia
Song lyric Buttons BUTTONS Sia
Song lyric California Dreamin' CALIFORNIA DREAMIN' Sia
Song lyric California Dreamin' (by The Mamas & The Papas) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN' (BY THE MAMAS & THE PAPAS) Sia
Song lyric Candy Cane Lane CANDY CANE LANE Sia
Song lyric Cheap Thrills Remix CHEAP THRILLS REMIX Sia
Song lyric Church of What's Happening Now CHURCH OF WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW Sia
Song lyric Clap Your Hands CLAP YOUR HANDS Sia
Song lyric Confetti CONFETTI Sia
Song lyric Drink To Get Drunk DRINK TO GET DRUNK Sia
Song lyric Elastic Heart Feat Feat The Weeknd and Diplo ELASTIC HEART FEAT FEAT THE WEEKND AND DIPLO Sia
Song lyric Elastic Heart feat. The Weeknd & Diplo ELASTIC HEART FEAT. THE WEEKND & DIPLO Sia
Song lyric Everyday Is Christmas EVERYDAY IS CHRISTMAS Sia
Song lyric Eye of the Needle EYE OF THE NEEDLE Sia
Song lyric Fear FEAR Sia
Song lyric First Fighting A Sandstorm FIRST FIGHTING A SANDSTORM Sia
Song lyric Fist Fighting A Sandstorm FIST FIGHTING A SANDSTORM Sia
Song lyric Footprints FOOTPRINTS Sia
Song lyric Free Me FREE ME Sia
Song lyric Freeze you out FREEZE YOU OUT Sia
Song lyric Genius GENIUS Sia
Song lyric Get Me GET ME Sia
Song lyric Healing Is Difficult HEALING IS DIFFICULT Sia
Song lyric Helium HELIUM Sia
Song lyric Helium (Sia vs. David Guetta & Afrojack) HELIUM (SIA VS. DAVID GUETTA & AFROJACK) Sia
Song lyric Ho Ho Ho HO HO HO Sia
Song lyric House On Fire HOUSE ON FIRE Sia
Song lyric I Go to Sleep I GO TO SLEEP Sia
Song lyric I'm In Here I'M IN HERE Sia
Song lyric I'm Not Important To You I'M NOT IMPORTANT TO YOU Sia
Song lyric I'm Still Here I'M STILL HERE Sia
Song lyric Insidiously INSIDIOUSLY Sia
Song lyric It's Time (feat. Sia, Diplo, and Labrinth) IT'S TIME (FEAT. SIA, DIPLO, AND LABRINTH) Sia
Song lyric Jesus Wept JESUS WEPT Sia
Song lyric Judge Me JUDGE ME Sia
Song lyric Life Jacket LIFE JACKET Sia
Song lyric Little Man LITTLE MAN Sia
Song lyric Makin The Most Of The Night MAKIN THE MOST OF THE NIGHT Sia
Song lyric Midnight Decisions MIDNIGHT DECISIONS Sia
Song lyric Moonquake Lake MOONQUAKE LAKE Sia
Song lyric Mountains (with Sia, Diplo & Labrinth) MOUNTAINS (WITH SIA, DIPLO & LABRINTH) Sia
Song lyric Move Your Body MOVE YOUR BODY Sia
Song lyric My Old Santa Claus MY OLD SANTA CLAUS Sia
Song lyric Never Give Up NEVER GIVE UP Sia
Song lyric No New Friends NO NEW FRIENDS Sia
Song lyric Oh Father OH FATHER Sia
Song lyric One Million Bullets ONE MILLION BULLETS Sia
Song lyric Original (from Dolittle) ORIGINAL (FROM DOLITTLE) Sia
Song lyric Puppies Are Forever PUPPIES ARE FOREVER Sia
Song lyric Push (Feeling Good on a Wednesday) PUSH (FEELING GOOD ON A WEDNESDAY) Sia
Song lyric Rainbow RAINBOW Sia
Song lyric Reaper REAPER Sia
Song lyric Salted Wound Ost. Fifty Shades Of Grey SALTED WOUND OST. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY Sia
Song lyric Santa's Coming For Us SANTA'S COMING FOR US Sia
Song lyric Satisfied SATISFIED Sia
Song lyric Sea-Shells SEA-SHELLS Sia
Song lyric Sing For My Life SING FOR MY LIFE Sia
Song lyric Snowflake SNOWFLAKE Sia
Song lyric Snowman SNOWMAN Sia
Song lyric Sober And Unkissed SOBER AND UNKISSED Sia
Song lyric Space Between SPACE BETWEEN Sia
Song lyric Summer Rain SUMMER RAIN Sia
Song lyric Sweet Design SWEET DESIGN Sia
Song lyric Taken For Granted TAKEN FOR GRANTED Sia
Song lyric The Fight THE FIGHT Sia
Song lyric The Girl You Lost to Cocaine THE GIRL YOU LOST TO COCAINE Sia
Song lyric The Greatest THE GREATEST Sia
Song lyric To Be Human TO BE HUMAN Sia
Song lyric Under the Milky Way UNDER THE MILKY WAY Sia
Song lyric Underneath The Mistletoe UNDERNEATH THE MISTLETOE Sia
Song lyric Underneath the Christmas Lights UNDERNEATH THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS Sia
Song lyric Unstoppable UNSTOPPABLE Sia
Song lyric Waving Goodbye WAVING GOODBYE Sia
Song lyric You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile YOU’RE NEVER FULLY DRESSED WITHOUT A SMILE Sia