Sia wasted no time invading the pop music scene with her cleverly-written hits, performed both by herself and other pop-queens. But Sia has something unique that no one else has and that is mystery. She also has an unforgettable voice with a fast vibrato and an original rasp, both of which allow her to adapt to all different genres. We delved into Sia’s past and present in the July/August M2Woman and shared what makes Sia so unforgettable.
Sia Kate Isobelle Furler, who is mononymously known as Sia, is an Australian singer-songwriter who has become unforgettable, not only because of her unique melodic voice but for her black and white wig that hides her face. Sia shared the heartbreaking truth behind her decision to hide her face during an episode of James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke “Well, I was a singer for already like for 10 or 11 years to mediocre success. I was an alcoholic and a drug addict, and I sobered up and decided I didn’t want to be an artist because I started to get a little bit famous, and it was a little destabilising in a way. So I asked myself what doesn’t exist in pop music at the moment, and it was mystery,” she told James.
Of course, she is also recognisable without sight, simply by her unique and powerful voice. This voice has been her ticket to worldwide success, something that was recognised at the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) where she took home the award for Most Played Australian Work Overseas.
Her most recent album This is Acting, which was released in January, has an unusual premise in that majority of the songs were written for other artists. Surprisingly the other artists turned the songs down, but rather than push them aside Sia followed her gut and produced her own album with them – and what an album it is. As her seventh studio album Sia knows what the audience wants from her, while also knowing how to pleasantly surprise with unique songs. Cheap Thrills, which was originally intended for Rihanna, quickly rose in the charts becoming her second highest charting song.
Despite the decision of other artists to turn down these songs, Sia has had great success writing songs for others. In 2010 Sia moved over to the pop world in a big way and worked with Christina Aguilera on her album Bionic and the emotional hit Bound to you from Burlesque. Sia’s first number one hit came from Rihanna and Diamonds. Another hit we have Sia to thank for is the empowering Beyonce hit, Pretty Hurts. It is safe to say Sia can perform and write like no other!
Sia has set some pretty big standards for herself, both lyrically and performance wise. Now, when a song is released we are already imagining the wonder that will be the music video. Especially after the incredible performance of Chandelier. Maddie Ziegler is the star performer in the music videos for Chandelier, Elastic Heart, Big Girls Cry and Cheap Thrills, which cumulatively have attracted more than 2 billion views on YouTube.
To add to her growing wall of success, the singer has recently recorded the theme song for Finding Dory, which is aptly named Unforgettable. The song was originally written by Irving Gordon, and made famous by Nat King Cole in 1950. The singer told Ellen that she agreed to perform this song because Dory’s story makes her teary and she couldn’t say no. With her success growing, there is no doubt that we could pick out her voice from a crowded choir – she is unforgettable.