The Face Behind the Music, Sia
By Christopher Tasso
Although Sia (link) has been receiving much popularity in the media recently due to her resilience of showing her face in public, and the controversial elements in her “Elastic Heart” music video, the brilliant Australian vocalist and songwriter has been a prominent figure in the music industry ever since the debut of her first album in 1997, titled Only See.
Throughout the years Sia has co-written music with tons of big names including: David Guetta, Madonna, Ne-Yo, Rhianna, Brittney Spears, Eminem, Maroon 5, Selena Gomez, and Kylie Minogue. Some of the hit songs she co-wrote with these artists include David Guetta’s Titanium, Ne-Yo’s Let Me Love You, and Rhianna’s top song Diamonds.
In order to fully understand and appreciate the artist Sia, it is necessary that one is aware of not only the multitude of songs she has written and co-written, but the journey she has traveled as a musician and vocalist throughout the years.
Starting in 1997, Sia’s album Only See revealed Sia’s essence as an extremely soulful and melodic vocalist. Many of the album’s grooving, r&b-esque instrumentals fully expose Sia’s vocal range and ability to carry her listeners through her songs.
Jump ahead some years to the release of Sia’s Some People Have Real Problems in 2008 where a flood of loaded and intricate musical background melodies accompany Sia’s sensitive and powerful lyrics and vocals.
And most recently in 2014, the release of the 1000 Forms of Fear album, which has won the Album of the Year, Best Female Artist, and Best Pop Release awards, along with other nominations, has yet again shown Sia’s ability to transform and progress; 1000 Forms of Fear is a testament to the growth Sia has undergone as an artist. The album features song elements of electronic pop, which project Sia’s vocals and in some cases delicately accompany them.
Keep an eye out for Sia (even if she is hiding her face)!