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    Missy Higgins

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    Genre:Rock, Pop
    Rank:2079
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    Albums:15
    Songs:92

    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1Confide In Me lyrics
    2
    4.5/5
    Steer lyrics
    3Patchouli lyrics
    4
    5.0/5
    Any Day Now lyrics
    5
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    Falling lyrics
    6You Just Like Me Cause I'm Good In Bed lyrics
    7Cooling Of The Embers lyrics
    8Drowning lyrics
    9World Gone Mad lyrics
    10
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    The River lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1The Missy Higgins EP [2004]
    2
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    Where I Stood (EP) [2008]
    3The Scar (EP) [2004]
    4Steer (EP) [2008]
    5The Sound Of White (International) [2005]
    6Where I Stood (Tour Edition EP) [2008]
    7The Sound Of White [2004]
    8On A Clear Night [2007]
    9The Special Two (EP) [2005]
    10All For Believing (EP) [2005]

    Biography

    Missy Higgins (born Melissa Morrison Higgins on 19 August 1983[1]) is an award-winning Australian singer-songwriter, best known for the hit singles "Scar", "The Special Two" and "Steer". Her second album, On a Clear Night, was released in April 2007.

    Missy Higgins, who was brought up in Melbourne, Australia, began her professional musical career in mid-2001, while she was still in boarding school at Geelong Grammar School. When she went home to visit her family she would occasionally sing in her brother's band. During this time she worked with the Kool Skools programme and also won the Triple J Unearthed competition while in high school with her song "All For Believing", which she wrote at 16 and later included in her first release.

    After attracting the attention of manager John Watson, she released her first EP with his record label Eleven in November 2003. Her second EP Scar was released in August 2004, debuting at #1 on the Australian charts. Her first album, The Sound of White, was released in September 2004. Many of her songs are based around her performance on the piano and guitar.

    The Sound of White was produced in the U.S. by John Porter with audio engineer Jay Newland, noted for his work with jazz singer Norah Jones.

    Throughout 2004, Higgins had been touring as a support act with Pete Murray and The John Butler Trio, including solo performances at the Horden Pavilion, The Clarendon, and the Enmore Theatre. With the release of The Sound of White, Higgins began another national tour, her first as the headliner.

    In 2004, Higgins was nominated in four categories at the ARIA Awards. These included "Best Female Artist" and "Single of the Year". At the awards ceremony on 17 October she received the award for "Best Pop Release".

    Following the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami, Higgins appeared as one of the headline acts of the WaveAid fund raising concert at the Sydney Cricket Ground, to raise funds for aids organizations working in disaster affected areas.

    In 2005, Higgins was nominated for a further seven ARIA Awards, winning "Album of the Year" (for The Sound of White), "Best Female Artist", "Best Pop Release" (for The Sound of White), "Breakthrough Artist - Album Release" (for The Sound Of White) and "Highest Selling Album" (again, for The Sound of White).

    Her single "Ten Days", co-written with Jay Clifford of Jump, Little Children, peaked at number 12 on the ARIA charts.

    She released her third single, "The Special Two", to both critical and commercial acclaim. It became an instant hit on Australian radio and in the charts debuting and peaking at number 2 on the ARIA charts. "The Special Two" EP included Missy's cover of the Skyhooks classic, "You Just Like Me Cos I'm Good In Bed", which she recorded for Triple J's 30th anniversary. "You Just Like Me Cos I'm Good In Bed" was the first song played on Triple J in 1975. She continued touring in mid-2005 and released her fourth single, "The Sound of White", in August 2005. In late 2005 she teamed up with Ben Lee for a national tour.

    In 2006, she toured the United States, United Kingdom and South Africa along with her band before basing herself in Los Angeles to record her second album with veteran producer Mitchell Froom. Her second album, On a Clear Night, was released on 28 April 2007. "Steer", the first single from the album was released on 4 April 2007.

    On 7 July 2007, Higgins participated in the Australian leg of Live Earth performing her own set, as well as joining Paul Kelly, Kev Carmody and John Butler on stage for the song "From Little Things Big Things Grow." The song could have been considered "the event's anthem" and Rolling Stone cited it as a highlight, stating that the "whole crowd sung along – all eleven verses."

    On Friday October 27th 2007, Missy with the Sydney Youth Orchestra headlined the second annual Legs 11 concert held in the Domain, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney. Legs 11 is a twilight concert in support of breast cancer research, proceeds from the event are donated directly to National Breast Cancer Foundation Australia. Other acts that performed on the night include Paul Kelly, The Waifs, Lior, Expatriate, Blue King Brown, Bob Evans and many more.

    "I just think it's a good cause," says Missy. "Although I haven't personally been touched by cancer, I do know a lot of people that have had cancer in their family or had breast cancer affect someone in their life – it's more and more prevalent these days – it's like everyone knows someone whose live's been touched by cancer. And even though it's not that common for someone of my age group – it's becoming more and more common – so I think it's important to draw attention to the issue."

    "Yeah I get to play with an orchestra – which is like one of my nerdy dreams – to hear my songs played in such a grandiose manner. I really wanted to do that. So when we were looking at ways to do this differently and Sydney Youth Orchestra had approached us to do it – I thought 'Yeah'!"

    Higgins' current tour is carbon neutral.

    " We have made our tour carbon neutral by purchasing green energy to power the venues and hiring hybrid cars wherever possible. Everything that's left over, we buy carbon offsets. "

    On 31 October 2007, Higgins was a special guest at the TV music channel MAX's "The Max Sessions: Powderfinger, Concert For The Cure" singing lead vocals to "Sunsets" alongside front man Bernard Fanning and joined in with the encore of "These Days". The concert was a fundraiser and thank you to the "unsung heroes" of breast cancer with an invite-only audience of breast cancer survivors and their support networks. The concert closed Breast Cancer Awareness Month and was the brainchild of 20-year-old Nick Vindin, who lost his mother Kate to the disease a few years ago.

    Higgins temporarily relocated to Los Angeles in August 2007 to concentrate on the US market and further her career. Higgins' second album, On a Clear Night, will be released in the US on February 28, 2008 with a tour in March to coincide with the release. Her stay in LA, which will last for at least the first half of 2008, is designed to get her music used in films and television shows. Higgins was not content with resting on her success in Australia, preferring to push for greater exposure overseas and reach a greater audience. Her success is steadily growing with her single "Where I Stood" recently featured in various popular US series including Grey's Anatomy, NCIS, Smallville, Lipstick Jungle, The Hills (TV series), One Tree Hill and So You Think You Can Dance.

    In June 2008 Missy got voted #48 in The 2008 AfterEllen.com's Hot 100; a list made by gay and bisexual women.

    During the summer of 2008, Missy joined piano and songwriter, Ben Folds, on his summer tour across the United States.

    Higgins, the youngest of three children of a doctor and a childcare centre operator, was raised in Melbourne, Victoria and attended Geelong Grammar School for her secondary education. She currently lives with her sister Nicola in Melbourne.

    She is a vegetarian, and in 2005 appeared in a marketing campaign for the animal rights group PETA promoting awareness of animal rights.

    Higgins' sexuality has been the subject of speculation due to the content of her lyrics. In a 19 October 2007 interview with lesbian magazine Cherrie, under the headline "Missy Higgins on life, music and not being straight", when asked if she fell under the 'moniker' of 'not-so-straight' girls, she laughed and said, "Um, yeah, definitely". She then went on to say "I think sexuality is a fluid thing and it's becoming increasingly more acceptable to admit that you're that way", without elaborating on whether she is lesbian, bisexual, or otherwise. As a result of press coverage, Higgins chose to clarify her statement via her Myspace blog stating, "I've been in relationships with both men and women so I guess I fall most easily under the category 'bisexual'...Please rest assured that I am not, never have been, and never will be ashamed of my sexuality but also please respect the fact that when I do an interview I want it to be about my music and not about my love life!"

    In a 5 March 2008 interview with SuicideGirls, she said "I don't mind talking about my sexuality and I don't mind it being known. I guess my only hesitation was that it would take over the music and—exactly, overshadow it. It was weird for me because I was so open about my sexuality with my friends and my family but it was also something that I was kind of discovering for myself. So when I started doing interviews for my songs and my album, I realized that I didn't know how to talk about this kind of thing with strangers because it was something I was just figuring out myself." She went on to mention that she is much more open about discussing her sexuality now since she realized the impact it can possibly have on LGBT youth who may be struggling with their sexuality. She is quoted as saying "That definitely motivates me to be more open about it, especially because it's something that I'm much more certain of now. I've never been ashamed of it, so if I can maybe influence other girls or guys who are going through the same thing to not be ashamed of it and to embrace their differences, and at the same time to know that they're not alone, it's a really beautiful thing and a beautiful opportunity that I've been given. I'm much more at ease with it these days."

    In a March 2008 interview with AfterEllen.com, Missy revealed that her song "Secret" was written for an ex-girlfriend who was not comfortable going public with their relationship, stating "When we first started our relationship, she was not comfortable with bringing it out into the open, and I was so head over heels in love with her I kind of wanted to shout it out to the world, so it was just a song about keeping something under the covers and not being comfortable sharing something with the world, keeping it away locked in a little room."



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