Case Study: Sia

I don’t know what I appreciate more about Sia.  Her voice.  Her melodies.  Or her distaste for ‘celebrity.’

 Most of the public didn’t realize they were a fan of Sia before hearing her smash hit ‘Chandelier’ earlier this Summer – but actually they’ve been a fan of hers for years!  That is because Sia is the songwriting force behind huge songs for the likes of Rihanna, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, and the list goes on…

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I’ve had her record ‘1000 Forms Of Fear’ on repeat the last two weeks and can’t get enough.  Along with that, I’ve tried to spend time getting to know the artist behind the music.

Sia pursued music from an early age, experienced moderate success (a generous description) with her own solo career.  But along the way realized that she did not like the touring aspect of being a pop artist, or the fact that you give up so much of your personal life and anonymity for that career.  What she discovered she loved was songwriting and it’s ability for her to pursue her passion and gifting without sacrificing her life to fame.

Sia’s story is her ability to pursue her dream her way.

Although writing is her main pursuit, Sia still performs as an artist, but now has the ability to decide how and when (ie: not facing the camera on national television, or appearing on the cover of a magazine with a paper bag over her head).

When you know your story, stick to it.  Let your story determine your journey – not what is expected of you as an artist.

‘Fame is a fickle food upon a shifting plate.’ – Emily Dickinson

What’s your story?  Let’s tell it together here.