If your hips are swaying, your lips are smiling and you're feeling some serious female admiration vibes, then you're probably listening to Sia. right back from her days featuring on garage tracks such as Little Man, through to her unique vocal tones making the sound of Zero 7 what it is, right up to today with her upbeat dance pop offerings with a difference, Sia has certainly been a subconscious part of my life journey, creating the backdrop to memories that I will preserve forever and the soundtrack to my formative years.
After cementing herself as a Top 40, five-time Grammy Award-nominee and multi-platinum selling artist, five years ago she took herself on another route into writing pop songs for other artists that she describes as “terribly, terribly cheesy”. These songs have been snapped up by likes of Beyoncé to Rihanna and Adele. The list of names is strong, and so, clearly is her songwriting.
Interestingly the title of her latest album released earlier this year This is Acting consists of songs she wrote for other artists that they didn't want. She used it as an experiment to see if the songs she wrote were hits as she suspected, and it's clear to see that experiment was a storming success. And lucky us, because as there is always a trick up this talented lady's sleeve, she will be releasing a deluxe edition of the album released by Monkey Records on the 21st October, featuring seven brand new tracks, including her new single The Greatest, featuring Kendrick Lamar.
Tracks will include her number one, chart-topping, two-times platinum-selling single Cheap Thrills featuring Sean Paul, and five more songs including brand new, never-before-heard tracks Confetti, Midnight Decisions, Jesus Wept, a remix of Move Your Body by Alan Walker, and a solo version of The Greatest.
Since its release on September 6th, The Greatest has been met with overwhelming critical and fan raves, amassing over sixty-six million video views since its release and charting at number one instantly on iTunes worldwide. Rolling Stone wrote of the video and single: “rapturous…cathartic …the dancing throughout The Greatest is wild and intricate…”. We at Candid call it epic and dazzling and can't wait to hear the new tracks added to the already insatiable album.
Sia started her days in Australia and her career in the mid-nineties as a singer in local Adelaide acid band Crisp. When the band disbanded she saw her opportunity to cross the pond – i.e. to London, which has been her home ever since. An avid vegan and supporter of animal rights, having fronted campaigns for PETA and Beagle Welfare, her compassion shines through in her thoughtful lyrics, underpinning the playful beats.
There is something about Sia that transcends genres, with a voice like no other, an eclectic mix of musical prowess and a growing list of pop stars queuing up to sing her songs – it doesn't look like she will be leaving the spotlight anytime soon, and we are very happy about that.
The deluxe album released on October 21st will continue to showcase talents we can't even imagine, and as for the songs that the pop stars didn't want, well what a happy ending they've had.
Words by Elspeth Pierce