Jul 04, 2019

Big Breakthrough

Sia Kate Isobelle Furler was born on 18 December 1975 in Adelaide, South Australia. Her father, Phil Colson, is a musician, and her mother, Loene Furler, is an art lecturer. Sia is the niece of actor-singer Kevin Colson. She said that as a child she imitated the performing style of Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Sting, whom she cites as early influences. She attended Adelaide High School. In the mid-1990s, Sia started a career as a singer in the local acid jazz band Crisp. She collaborated with the band and contributed vocals to their album Word and the Deal (1995) and EP Delirium (1997). In 1997 Crisp disbanded, and Sia released her debut studio album, OnlySee, on Flavoured Records, in Australia, on 23 December. The album sold about 1,200 copies. Unlike her later albums, OnlySee was marketed under her full name, Sia Furler. It was produced by Jesse Flavell. She moved to London, England, and provided lead vocals for the British duo Zero 7. In 2000, Sia released her second studio album, Healing Is Difficult, on the Columbia label the following year, and her third studio album, Colour the Small One, in 2004, but all of these struggled to connect with a mainstream audience. Sia relocated to New York City in 2005 and toured in the United States. Her fourth and fifth studio albums, Some People Have Real Problems and We Are Born, were released in 2008 and 2010, respectively. Each was certified gold by the Australian Recording Industry Association and attracted wider notice than her earlier albums. Uncomfortable with her growing fame, Sia took a hiatus from performing, during which she focused on songwriting for other artists, producing successful collaborations "Titanium" (with David Guetta), "Diamonds" (with Rihanna) and "Wild Ones" (with Flo Rida). In 2014, Sia finally broke through as a solo recording artist when her sixth studio album, 1000 Forms of Fear, debuted at No 1 in the U.S. Billboard 200 and generated the top-ten single "Chandelier" and a trilogy of music videos starring child dancer Maddie Ziegler. In an interview published by NME in February 2015, Furler revealed that the album as a contractual obligation: “Basically, I put this out to get out of my publishing deal. I was planning to be a pop song writer for other artists. But my publishing deal was as an artist, so I had to put one more album out. I didn’t want to get famous, so I kept all the songs I wanted and had fun making it.”

Written by @vildanasuta from Living Like V
Jun 28, 2019

A Night To Remember

Anytime I hear any of Sia's song, I always get to remember the very first day I heard her song, "Chandelier". It was far back in 2014 and I was preparing for a job interview that I was going to have the next day. After spending most of the day preparing my certificates and everything I would need for the interview, I became tired and I decided to catch a little sleep before going to get a trim at my barber's. I slept off completely, only to wake up later at night around 10:15, I knew certainly that my barber would have closed for the day and my hair was so rough that I couldn't even take it to the interview looking like that. After much consideration, I finally stepped out of the house and started walking around the neighborhood looking for a barber's shop that was still open. Luckily for me, I hadn't walked too far when I saw one that still had its lights on. I approached and met him just in time as he was about turning off his TV set, I persuaded him to give me a trim and after I offered more money than he charges, he accepted. I knew the guy was an amateur from the way he held the clipper, but I had no choice but to just let him continue. It was when he started taking the cut that the song "Chandelier" started playing on TV, I couldn't see the TV from the angle I was but tried to catch a glimpse through the little space between the barber's apron, trying to figure out who this vocal powerhouse was. At first, I thought it might be Rihanna because she's the only versatile artiste that could power such vocals on a track but then again, the voice texture was more powerful. I was so engrossed in the song and kept trying to see whom the artiste was, that I paid no attention to the guy that was giving me a trim. Finally at the end of the song, I told the barber to hold on a bit so I would be able to catch a clear view of her name. Just as I was about to turn, I caught a glimpse of my reflection in the mirror. At the speed of light, I turned my face back to mirror and the person I saw in the mirror was definitely not me. All the while that I was busy straining to see the TV, he was busy scraping off my hair completely, as against the little trim I always do, which was what I thought he was doing. I was so shocked and speechless that I stood up and went closer to the mirror to get a clearer view. He must have realized how pissed I was, "You didn't tell me the hairstyle you wanted" he murmured but when he saw the bad stare I gave him, he kept mute as I sat down and let him finish the rubbish he started. When he finished, I paid him and walked back to my home pissed. The next day at the interview, it felt like everyone there were staring at my bald head, especially a lady that also came for the interview, I had to do a lot of self motivation before I could pick up my confidence again and once we were done with the interview, the lady and I were inside the same elevator when her phone started ringing. For a moment I knew I had heard her ringtone somewhere, I finally remembered it was the song from the barber's shop. After she was done with the call, I asked her for the name of the artiste and she responded just before we exited the elevator. In order not to forget the artiste's name, I punched it into my browser and "Chandelier" popped up, I downloaded the song and plugged in my hands free to my device. As the song blared into my ears, the events of the previous day played in my head and I was reminded that I was carrying a baldhead. I later found out that the song is a track off her 6th studio album titled 1000 Forms Of Fear, an album that is regarded as a very successful one.

Written by @OBP from Omobaba Pension
May 31, 2019

Sia's ‘This is Acting’ is a rare soulful rendition of survival and bravery

We all have different ways of expresing ourselves. To some it comes with a nolstagic feeling that sweeps them off their feet, while to others it is a quiet moment of understanding and clarity. There are also those cut between the middle, who even though feel like letting it all out sometimes and going crazy like everyone else, or on the other hand toning it really down, just can't see themselves doing that. Indeed we are all different. But to Sia, full name Sia Isobel Furler, it is more and quite different. It is being too careful or too protective. That feeling you get when you don't want to be perceived as weak or seen as though you actually care, but still want to be perceived as being strong and free. Some people get it after experiencing something bad and terrible, while to others it just comes naturally. It is different, but still is very honest and truthful. It is not wierd nor negative. It is as normal as you can imagine. Sia showed this feeling in the better part of her sixth studio album This Is Acting. That album explores certain aspects of her life that she probably wanted to address and put behind her. Little things like living a free life, the strong feeling of survival, the sound of her voice, the strange topic of love, and many more including how they affect her and are part of her make up. These aspects of her life even though are normal, are described in ways you could possibly have never imagined. Sia went the extra lenght to use words that would probably truly picture exactly how she felt. Words that would show how strong she had become and how determined and brave she had turned out to be. Those words even though may be considered strange by some, did well to give her the representation she desired, and is that not what truly matters? Being in charge of your own life and deciding what happens at each point, and not the other way round?

Written by @timuwakwe from NaviCorp

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