Full Name: Sia Kate Isobelle Furler
Date of Birth: December 18, 1975
Occupation: Downtempo, pop and jazz singer, and songwriter
Who is she?
Sia graduated in 1994. Her father, Phil B. Colson, was a musician and her mother, Loene Furler, a singer, songwriter, musician, and art lecturer who also provided backing vocals for Mount Lofty Rangers. In her 2008 NPR Music interview, Sia revealed that she had mimicked other singers while growing up, such as Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and Sting, who influenced her singing. In the 1990s, she started gigging in the Adelaide acid jazz scene and at the age of 17, joined the jazz-funk band, Crisp on vocals. The group released two albums: Word and the Deal (1996) and Delerium (1997). Sia released her debut album, OnlySee, in 1997. In 2000, her single “Taken for Granted” topped the charts in the UK. As a writer, Furler has collaborated with many artists such as Christina Aguilera, Eminem, David Guetta, JLo, Afrojack, Shakira, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Kylie Minogue, Leona Lewis, Katy Perry, Kesha, Britney Spears, Celine Dion, Maroon 5, and David Guetta.
At the ARIA Music Awards of 2009, she won the award for Best Music DVD and received six nominations at the ARIA Music Awards of 2010 and won Best Independent Release and Best Pop Release for We Are Born and Best Video for the song “Clap Your Hands.” Also, Some People Have Real Problems was nominated for ‘Best Breakthrough Artist Album.’ In 2009, Sia and Samuel Dixon collaborated with Christina Aguilera on tracks for the U.S. artist’s sixth studio album, Bionic, in 2010. Sia, Christina Aguilera, and Dixon co-wrote “Bound to You” for the soundtrack of Burlesque. Sia released her fifth studio album, We are Born, in 2010. She received six nominations at the ARIA Music Awards of 2010 and won ‘Best Independent Release’ and ‘Best Pop Release’ for We Are Born, while Kris Moves won ‘Best Video’ for “Clap Your Hands”. Sia also performed this song live alongside Guetta. She recorded “Kill and Run” for the soundtrack of the 2013 film, The Great Gatsby. In 2013 2013, Furler won both Urban Work of The Year for the single “I Love It” at the 2013 APRA Awards. Her sixth album was recently preceded by the lead single Chandelier.