with special guest BILLY RAFFOUL
Presented by First Avenue
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Australian singer/songwriter Missy Higgins has enjoyed phenomenal success with her irresistible melodies and ‘arrow through the heart’ lyrics, delivered by a striking voice that clearly means it. After touring the globe with her undeniable songs and unforgettable live performances, Missy’s highly acclaimed albums The Sound of White (ARIA Album Of The Year featuring the hit singles ‘Scar’ and ‘The Special Two’), On A Clear Night (featuring North American top 20 airplay hit ‘Where I Stood’ and ‘Steer’) and The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle (#1 album featuring ‘Everyone’s Waiting’ and ‘Hello Hello’) have sold over two millions copies globally. Missy has appeared on the cover of Australia’s Rolling Stone magazine twice and is a three-time chart topper and multiple ARIA Award winner (Australia’s Grammys).
After seven years of touring and recording, Missy quietly took a break from music in 2009 to pursue other interests including a course in indigenous studies. She also made her acting debut in Australian film, Bran Nue Dae. In 2011, Missy’s love of music lead her back to the studio when she set up in Nashville to record her first new songs in five years with local producer Brad Jones and co-producer Butterfly Boucher. Those recordings became The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle, Missy’s third #1 studio album in her homeland which despite the five year wait, became the most acclaimed work of Missy’s extraordinary career. The breakup album with a difference, chronicling the much loved singer’s estrangement – and eventual rapprochement – with music making, spent over three months in the Australian top 10 after its mid 2012 release and became Missy’s first release to make the Billboard 200 in America.
In September 2014, Missy released her fourth studio album OZ, an eclectic mix of Aussie cover versions also accompanied by a quirky book of related essays. The album received rave reviews on release and in the accompanying OZ book, Missy uses each of the recordings as the starting point for a sprawling series of essays; reflecting on life, love, music and much more.
In early 2015, Missy gave birth to her first child; a beautiful baby boy and she spent the rest of the year focused on motherhood. Then in February 2016, Missy released ‘Oh Canada’ – a song written about the Syrian refugee crisis. The song was inspired by the tragic death of three-year-old Alan Kurdi, whose body was found washed up on a Turkish beach. The accompanying video, created by award-winning director Natasha Pincus and animation director Nicholas Kallincos, was viewed close to a million times within days of its release. All proceeds from the sale of the release are being donated to the Australian Asylum Seekers Resource Centre.