Biography of SiaOften called an "Australian treasure," Sia is a singer with a unique voice. She's known for her eclectic style, blending jazz, folk, soul, and pop. Once you hear her voice, you'll remember it forever.
ChildhoodSia Kate Isobelle Furler was born into a family of musicians in the small Australian town of Adelaide. Her father, Phil Colson, was an art lecturer and musician, and her mother was a songwriter. Together, they performed in a rockabilly band called The Soda Jerx, led by Sia's uncle. So, from a young age, Sia was surrounded by music and creativity.
When her parents went on tour, they often left young Sia alone at home. She would entertain herself by dancing in front of a mirror, mimicking her favorite artists. Years later, these childhood memories inspired the music video for her famous song "Chandelier."
At 17, she joined a local jazz-funk band called The Crisp. She didn't stay with them long but recorded two albums, "Word and the Deal" and "Delirium," during her time with the band. Both albums flopped commercially, but the experience made her realize she needed to pursue a solo career.
Creative JourneyIn 1997, Sia moved to London, where her luck finally turned. Initially, she joined the renowned jazz-funk band Jamiroquai as a backup singer and recorded the album "OnlySee" with them. By 2000, she had signed a contract with the famous record label Sony Music.
Everything changed with the release of her second studio album "Colour the Small One" in 2004. The third track from the album, "Breathe Me," climbed the charts on several American radio stations. Importantly, the song was also featured in the TV show "Six Feet Under," marking a significant breakthrough. Later, the track was played at a Victoria's Secret show, in Australian supermarket commercials, during the Beijing Olympics, and in the trailer for the popular game "Prince of Persia."
By that time, the singer had started to work on other artists' projects. In 2010, she wrote four songs for Christina Aguilera's album "BIONIC," which Aguilera herself called the "heart of the entire album."
However, the most famous hit that Sia penned for someone else was the song "Diamonds," performed by Rihanna. In 2012, the track topped the charts in more than 20 countries worldwide.
In 2013, Billboard released its traditional annual magazine featuring the best artists of the year. The cover depicted a woman with a paper bag over her head. The text on the bag read: "She's sold 12 million tracks, wrote the soundtrack for 'The Hunger Games,' and still doesn't want to be famous." The sticker could be peeled off to reveal Sia's actual face underneath.
After a brief hiatus, Sia returned to the global music scene in 2014 with her new solo album "1000 Forms of Fear." The album's lead single, "Chandelier," was nominated for four Grammy Awards, solidifying her place in the industry.
Her songs later appeared in various films such as "Fifty Shades of Grey" ("Salted Wound"), "The Eagle Huntress" ("Angel by the Wings"), and "Lion" ("Never Give Up").
Sia's Personal LifeSia's life has been quite dramatic. In the early 2000s, she met a guy named Dan Pontifex in London, who became her first true love. They took a trip to Thailand, but due to work issues, Dan had to return to London before Sia. A week before her arrival, he was killed in a car accident.
After this tragedy, Sia fell into deep depression, accompanied by uncontrolled drinking and drug use. She even tried to commit suicide, but a friend called just in time to save her. In 2004, after another emotional breakdown, Sia completed a full rehabilitation program. In 2008, she publicly came out as bisexual and actively campaigned for same-sex marriage legalization.