Monday, January 14, 2008

Missy Higgins

Missy Higgins, who was brought up in Melbourne, Australia, began her professional musical career in mid-2001, while she was still in boarding school at Geelong Grammar School. A few times every term when she went home to visit her family and occasionally sang in her brother's band. During this time she worked with the Kool Skools programme and also won the Triple J Unearthed competition while in high school with her song "All For Believing", which she wrote at 16 and later included in her first release.

Ater attracting the attention of manager John Watson, she released her first EP with his record label Eleven in November 2003. Her second EP Scar was released in August 2004, debuting at #1 on the Australian charts. Her first album, The Sound of White, was released in September 2004. Many of her songs are based around her performance on the piano and harmonica.

All for Believing EP (USA)

The Sound of White was produced in the U.S. by John Porter with audio engineer Jay Newland, noted for his work with jazz singer, Norah Jones. Throughout 2004, Higgins had been touring as a support act with Pete Murray and The John Butler Trio, including solo performances at the Horden Pavilion, The Clarendon, and the Enmore Theatre. With the release of The Sound of White, Higgins began another national tour, her first as the headliner.

In 2004, Higgins was nominated in four categories at the ARIA Awards. These included "Best Female Artist" and "Single of the Year". At the awards ceremony on October 17 she received the award for "Best Pop Release". Following the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami, Higgins appeared as one of the headline acts of the WaveAid fund raising concert at the Sydney Cricket Ground, to raise funds for aid organisations working in disaster affected areas.

In 2005, Higgins was nominated for a further seven ARIA Awards, winning "Album of the Year" (for The Sound of White), "Best Female Artist", "Best Pop Release" (for The Sound of White), "Breakthrough Artist - Album Release" (for The Sound Of White) and "Highest Selling Album" (again, for The Sound of White). Her single "Ten Days", co-written with Jay Clifford of Jump, Little Children, peaked at number 12 on the ARIA charts.

She released her third single, "The Special Two", to both critical and commercial acclaim. It became an instant hit on Australian radio and in the charts debuting and peaking at number 2 on the ARIA charts. "The Special Two" EP included Missy's cover of the Skyhooks classic, "You Just Like Me Cos I'm Good In Bed", which she recorded for Triple J's 30th anniversary. "You Just Like Me Cos I'm Good In Bed" was the first song played on Triple J in 1975. She continued touring in mid-2005 and released her fourth single, "The Sound of White", in August 2005. In late 2005 she teamed up with Ben Lee for a national tour.

In 2006, she toured the United States, United Kingdom and South Africa along with her band before basing herself in Los Angeles to record her second album with veteran producer Mitchell Froom. Her second album, On a Clear Night, was released on April 28, 2007. "Steer", the first single from the album was released on April 4, 2007

On a Clear Night is the second studio album by Australian female artist Missy Higgins, which was released by Eleven on 28 April 2007 . The first single from On a Clear Night is "Steer", which swiftly rose to the top position of the Australian Singles chart in its first week of release.

Higgins actually started writing tracks for her second album as soon as she had finished recording The Sound of White. She stated that “I started quite early because I knew there would be a lot of pressure for the second album and I didn’t want to write songs under anyone’s stopwatch. It hasn’t been too bad.” Despite primarily being a pianist, the guitar was the foundation for most of the songs on the album. Higgins admitted that it was easier to write songs on guitar while on tour as opposed to having to "plug your keyboard in, plug it in, set it all up and get headphones”. She joked that she is now a much better guitar player and a worse piano player because she was unable to play it over the last few years. Neil Finn appeared on this album to play the electric guitar for the song "Peachy"

Sound of White

On July 7, 2007, Higgins participated in the Australian leg of Live Earth performing her own set, as well as joining Paul Kelly, Kev Carmody and John Butler on stage for the song "From Little Things Big Things Grow. The song could have been considered "the event's anthem" and Rolling Stone cited it as a highlight, stating that the "whole crowd sung along – all eleven verses."

Higgins' current tour is carbon neutral

We have made our tour carbon neutral by purchasing green energy to power the venues and hiring hybrid cars wherever possible. Everything that's left over, we buy carbon offsets.

We have made our tour carbon neutral by purchasing green energy to power the venues and hiring hybrid cars wherever possible. Everything that's left over, we buy carbon offsets.

On October 31st, 2007, Higgins was a special guest at the TV music channel MAX's "The Max Sessions: Powderfinger, Concert For The Cure" singing lead vocals to "Sunsets" alongside front man Bernard Fanning and joined in with the encore of "These Days". The concert was a fundraiser and thank you to the "unsung heroes" of breast cancer with an invite-only audience of breast cancer survivors and their support networks. The concert closed Breast Cancer Awareness Month and was the brainchild of 20-year-old Nick Vindin, who lost his mother Kate to the disease a few years ago.

Higgins is planning to temporarily relocate to Los Angeles in August of 2007 to concentrate on the US market.

Higgins' second album, On a Clear Night, will be released in the US in early 2008. She is basing herself in LA for three months of music industry showcases and meetings designed to get her music used in films and television shows. The single "Where I Stood" was recently featured in an episode of US TV show Grey's Anatomy, as well as Smallville.

Steer EP - 2007