Worth an Ear: Sia Furler

Worth an Ear: Sia Furler

By Maggie Serota 06/30/14
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Spotlight on... Sia Furler

The Australian singer and songwriter began her career performing on the Adelaide jazz circuit before moving to London, sang back-up for Jamiroquai and signed her first deal as a solo artist, performing under the singular name Sia. 

In the early 2000’s, Furler got the ball rolling on her solo career in addition to regularly recording vocals for British downtempo group Zero 7. However, after racking up a steady stream of promising albums and singles, including 2005’s “Breathe Me,” Furler became increasingly uncomfortable with the concept of fame. While developing both panic attacks and depression after being outed as bisexual by Perez Hilton. Furler self-medicated with alcohol and prescription drugs before going into recovery in 2010. 

Around that time, Furler retired from performing and transitioned into writing songs for others and becoming a bona fide hitmaker, often effortlessly composing a full song in a matter of minutes. In the past few years, she’s written pop hits for the likes of Eminem, Flo Rida,Beyoncé, Britney Spears and Rihanna. To date, the sales for songs she’s written for others have totaled over 25 million dollars. 

Now that Furler has this new lease on life, she’s coming back with a new solo album in June. This time around, she’s hoping she can retain more of her privacy while putting out pop and dance track under her own name. 

Of the songs Furler performed herself, the best known is “Breathe Me” which played out during the ending montage in the finale of Six Feet Under.

Sia’s most recent solo release is her sixth studio album 2014’s 1000 Forms Of Fear with its first single, “Chandelier.”

Some of the best known hits penned by Sia Furler for other artists include:

Rihanna “Diamonds”

Britney Spears “Perfume”

Beyoncé “Pretty Hurts"

 

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