by Robert S. Harmon
Kate Isobelle Furler know as the artist Sia is an Australian singer, songwriter, record producer and music video director. Her early years in Australia found her experimenting with acid jazz. In 1997, when Crisp disbanded, she released her debut studio album titled OnlySee. A move to London, England, gave her the opportunity to provide lead vocals for the British duo Zero 7. In 2000, Sia released her second studio album, Healing Is Difficult. She released her next studio album, Colour the Small One, in 2004. Then relocating to New York City in 2005, she 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. She 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).
2014 was her breakthrough year. She finally broke through as a solo artist with her sixth studio album 1000 Forms of Fear, which debuted at No 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and generated the top-ten single “Chandelier” and a trilogy of music videos starring child dancer Maddie Ziegler. In 2016, she released her seventh studio album This Is Acting, which spawned her first Hot 100 number one single, “Cheap Thrills.” The same year, Sia gave her Nostalgic for the Present Tour, which incorporated performance art elements. Sia has received accolades, including ARIA Awards and an MTV Video Music Award.
A December baby born in 1975, Sia has a brand-new album out for the holiday season titled, Everyday is Christmas. A sassy, spin that offers fun, frolic and pop goodness. Each tune is an easy-going super pop tune that injects a bit of lyric humor with a plethora of hook laden holiday cheer.
Tunes like “Candy Cane Lane,” “Snowman,” and “Snowflake,” have a 50s cheer about them with a cheery and bright feeling. While tunes like “Underneath the Mistle Toe,” offer a power-pop ballad feeling. A highlight of the album is “Sing For My Life,” Sia digs deep into the heartbreak of the lyric and pours out her emotions. Sia’s voice is unlike most pop singers of today; she is not afraid to incorporate tunes that cover a wide range of styles and melodies that demand vocal prowess. He voice is fluid and seamless. I highly recommend Everyday is Christmas for your holiday playlist, sprinkle some of that Sia joy into your festivities.