By Matthew Breen
Originally published on Advocate.com May 21 2010 3:40 PM ET
Whether you know her as the longtime vocalist and collaborator with U.K. band Zero 7 or as the singer whose haunting song “Breathe Me” was played over the final moments of the series Six Feet Under, there’s a good chance you’ve heard Sia’s rich, plaintive, and inimitable voice.
She has recorded acid jazz with Zero 7 and R&B on her Healing Is Difficult album, yet Sia firmly refuses to be placed in any one genre — and she’s had more than her share of headaches over being so musically catholic. We Are Born, her fifth solo album, due out June 7, is the first truly uptempo, dance floor-ready album from the Adelaide, Australia–born singer and songwriter, and many longtime fans are going to be pleasantly surprised. Some of those longtime fans include some major music heavyweights, like Christina Aguilera, with whom Sia collaborated on Aguilera’s new album, Bionic.
While in Los Angeles rehearsing for the tour in support of We Are Born, Sia spoke about the difficulty getting a record deal for an up-tempo album when she’s been primarily known for emotional slow-burners, life on the road, doing interviews (she’s not a huge fan of this part of the business, but she gamely played along), and how she met her girlfriend, Le Tigre band member JD Samson, with whom she is hoping to have a baby this year.
Sia’s tour schedule, videos, and sample tracks from her new album can be found here. Also, watch the video for Sia's song "Buttons" here and the video for "You've Changed" here.