Birthday: December 18, 1975
Fav Dish: Cake Yogurt
Sia Kate Isobelle Furler was born 18 December 1975. She is an Australian singer and songwriter and started her career as a singer in the local Adelaide acid jazz band Crisp in the mid-1990s.
In 1997, when Crisp disbanded, she released her debut studio album titled OnlySee on Flavoured Records in Australia. Following the event, she moved to London, England and provided lead vocals for British duo Zero 7.
In 2000, Sia signed to Sony Music’s sub-label Dance Pool and released her second studio album, Healing Is Difficult, the following year. Displeased with the promotion of the record, she signed to Go! Beat and released her third studio album, Colour the Small One, in 2004. Dissatisfied with the project’s struggling to connect with a mainstream audience, Sia relocated to New York City in 2005 and began touring across the United States.
Sia released her fourth and fifth studio releases, Some People Have Real Problems and We Are Born, in 2008 and 2010, respectively. In 2014, Sia released her sixth studio album, 1000 Forms of Fear, which debuted atop the U.S. Billboard 200 and generated the top-ten single “Chandelier”. In 2016, she released her seventh studio album This Is Acting, which spawned her first Hot 100 No. 1 “Cheap Thrills”. Her catalogue also includes successful collaborations “Titanium” (with David Guetta) and “Wild Ones” (with Flo Rida).
Sia’s music incorporates hip hop, funk and soul as a base for her vocal styling. In 2014, she was ranked the 97th richest Australian person under the age of 40 by BRW magazine, with a reported net worth of AU$20 million. Her music has received an array of accolades, including ARIA Awards and MTV Music Awards
In October 2013, Sia released “Elastic Heart” featuring The Weeknd and Diplo for the soundtrack of the American film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013). In July 2014, Sia released her sixth studio album, 1000 Forms of Fear.The album debuted atop the US Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 52,000 copies.
As of January 2015, the release has sold 177,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The record was also successful worldwide, peaking at number 1 in Australia and reached the top ten of charts in numerous European regions. It was certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry and gold by the Australian Recording Industry Association.
1000 Forms of Fear’s lead single, “Chandelier” was released in March 2014. The song peaked at number 8 on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming Sia’s first entry as the lead artist on the chart. Elsewhere, the song experienced similar commercial success, charting within the top ten of the record charts in Australia and numerous European regions.
As of January 2015, the single has sold 2 million copies in the United States. “Eye of the Needle” and “Big Girls Cry” were released as the second and third singles from the album, respectively, in June 2014. In January 2015, Sia released a solo version of “Elastic Heart” as the fourth single from 1000 Forms of Fear. At the 57th Annual Grammy Awards (2015), Sia received four nominations for “Chandelier”: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Music Video.
For live performances of songs from 1000 Forms of Fear, Sia chose not to show her face, either facing away from audiences or hiding it behind over-sized platinum blonde wigs. In videos for the singles “Chandelier”, “Elastic Heart”, and “Big Girls Cry”, Dance Moms star Maddie Ziegler danced in similar wigs. The three videos have received a total of more than 1.7 billion views.
Sia explained to Kristen Wiig in an interview in Interview magazine that a need for privacy and desire for a non-celebrity lifestyle motivated her to conceal her face: “I’m trying to have some control over my image. And I’m allowed to maintain some modicum of privacy. But also I would like not to be picked apart or for people to observe when I put on ten pounds or take off ten pounds or I have a hair extension out of place or my fake tan is botched. Most people don’t have to be under that pressure, and I’d like to be one of them.”
In 2014, Sia contributed to the soundtrack to the 2014 film adaptation of the Broadway musical Annie. Sia, along with producer Greg Kurstin wrote three new songs for the film as well as re-worked songs originally from the musical. Sia, Kurstin, and Annie director Will Gluck were nominated at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards for Best Original Song for one of the film’s original songs, “Opportunity”.
In an interview with NME from February 2015, Sia revealed that she had completed the follow up to 1000 Forms of Fear, entitled This Is Acting. Furler said that 1000 Forms of Fear was released so she could be freed from her record deal and simply write for other artists, but the album’s success has spurred her to continue writing her own music. On 12 May 2015, Sia’s cover of The Mamas & the Papas’ “California Dreamin'” was released on the soundtrack of the movie San Andreas. The same month, alongside the digital deluxe release of 1000 Forms of Fear, she released a mobile game, Bob Job.
Sia collaborated with composer J. Ralph on the soundtrack of the environmental documentary Racing Extinction, adding vocals to the song “One Candle”.
At the 72nd Venice International Film Festival in early September 2015, Sia announced that her new single “Alive” from This Is Acting was co-written by Adele and had originally been intended for Adele’s third album. On 3 November 2015, Sia released another song from the album, “Bird Set Free”, on Vevo. She released “One Million Bullets” on 27 November 2015.”Cheap Thrills” and “Reaper” were subsequently released as promotional singles for the album. On 21 January 2016, eight days prior to the release of This Is Acting, “Unstoppable” was released on Vevo and other platforms. It is the album’s fifth track and served as the final pre-release promotion single for the album.
On 17 April 2016, Sia gave a widely-acclaimed performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival that went viral online. Her performance was labeled “incredible,””already legendary,””one of the greatest moments in Coachella’s 17-year history,” and was consistently ranked on lists of the best performances from the 2016 festival. The performance was her first full concert since 2011.
On 18 May 2016, Sia made a surprise appearance during the finale for Survivor: Kaôh Rōng where she personally gave $50,000 to fan favorite contestant Tai Trang. She donated another $50,000 to an animal charity of his choice, citing that the two share a mutual love of animals.
Sia contributed vocals to a cover of Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable” which was featured on the soundtrack of 2016 Pixar film Finding Dory.