If openly bisexual singing sensation Sia (pronounced "See-ah") isn't familiar
to millions, her voice undoubtedly is having added her vocal talents to two tracks
on Zero 7's Simple Things album, collaborated with Beck, sang backup for
Jamiroquai and had her track Breathe Me used in the elaborate final scene
of the Six Feet Under series. Vancouver audiences will get to see what
all the fuss is about on Saturday, April 10th when she performs at the Commodore
in Adelaide, Sia was raised on the hippiest street in Australia. "Everyone was a
musician or worked for Circus Oz," she said. Her parents played in a rockabilly
band called The Soda Jerks, and her dad, "a real nut nut", briefly played guitar
in her 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."
In 2008, the Adelaide born Sia's coming out as bisexual made a bit of a splash
but she has always maintained it was never a big secret. Besides, she says in a
July interview with The Advocate, "I don't really call myself gay or bisexual- I
call myself 'friendly'".
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 early 2000 after a move to England, Sia released her first solo single, the
alternative pop tune Taken for Granted, which debuted at number ten on
the busy U.K. singles chart. Soon after, a string of big names in the British music
scene asked for Sia's services including projects with Massive Attack, Zero 7, and
Her latest album Some people have REAL problems continues to showcase
what her other 3 albums initiated – Sia’s upbeat, quirky and achingly gorgeous song-writing,
incredible vocals and lush arrangements.
Saturday, 10 April 2010 @ 9:30pm (doors @ 8pm)