Surprised and honoured to be nominated for The Helpmann Awards today for Best Australian Contemporary Concert for my orchestral tour last year, cool!
Hey WA friends, very pleased to announce that we’ve added another show in Broome on Sat 26 Aug! It’s on sale now from www.missyhiggins.com/shows hope to see you there
Hey WA friends, I’m doing a special show in Broome on Fri 25 Aug at the Goolarri Amphitheatre!
I’ve written so many of my songs in Broome and had the most inspiring moments of my life up there. It’s truly one of my favourite places on Earth. I can’t wait to go back, spend some time in the bush, get my feet dirty in the pindan soil, play guitar under a boab tree and have a mango beer! I’m really looking forward to this gig.
Tickets are on sale now, head to www.missyhiggins.com/shows for more info.
Here’s a little update on what’s happening in the world of Missy Music (can I talk about myself in third person yet?), otherwise known as: My Music.
The most exciting thing is that I have a single coming out THIS FRIDAY, a song called ‘Torchlight’ that I have written for an upcoming Australian film with an all-star cast called ‘Don’t Tell’. It is quite an extraordinary film: a true story about a courageous young girl seeking justice against the church. I really felt like I’d seen something special when I walked out of the preview the other day. I cried many, many tears (and it’s not often I cry during my own songs!) so please go and see it when it comes out. I feel incredibly honoured to have been a part of it. I should also add that the film was shot up in Toowoomba, so we decided to film the video clip up there also, at the Empire Theatre. You can watch that video at the link below. It was directed beautifully by the film’s director Tori Garrett.
Apart from Torchlight, you may have seen one or two Instagram pics of me (gawd, how slack am I??) slowly chipping away at my album over the last year. I went to Nashville, my home away from home, to write with my old friend Butterfly Boucher. I also worked with some incredible producers/beat-makers over there. Lots of fun. Lots of Nachos. Since being home, I’ve been working in Melbourne with producer Pip Norman to pull the album together. He is just a delightful human being and crazy talented. Writing, making beats (I now have a little home recording setup that I taught myself how to use by watching Youtube instructional videos!! Look at me now mum!!)… all of it has been happening behind closed doors. And I’m beyond excited to say that my album is now VERY NEARLY FINISHED! So so close. Home stretch. So watch this space. Now we just have to get it mixed, mastered, put the flourishes on, spray paint it with glitter and figure out how to get it out to the world.
Without giving too much away, this album is a pretty big departure from anything I’ve ever done before. No, it’s not a rap album (that’s next). Life is so crazy different for me these days, though. Since having a child my brain has expanded in a hundred different directions yet somehow my feet feel firmer on the ground than they ever have. But the ups and down take no prisoners. The songs and the music on this new album reflect that, I hope.
Anyway I’m sure I’ll be telling you much more about this over the next few months. For now, this Friday there’s my stand-alone single Torchlight, and the film I wrote it for, ‘Don’t Tell’ is coming out May. Please check out both!
Oh, and just before I go: shows! For now I have two coming up, Barunga Festival (Barunga, NT) on June 10 and the Big Red Bash (Birdsville, QLD) on July 4. Tickets via www.missyhiggins.com/shows. Hope to see some of you there!
Dear Mr Shorten and Mr Dreyfus,
I’m writing to strongly urge you to back away from anything that supports the Adani mega coal mine, planned for Queensland’s Galilee Basin.
Most urgently, please retract your support for Brandis’ amendments to the Native Title Act. To attempt to rush these amendments through parliament before anyone notices is shameful and so disrespectful.
For years, Indigenous Australians have seen their land rights abused, neglected and disregarded. So much of these so-called “rights” have been gradually taken away that now it seems it has almost become a tokenistic term.
As a white Australian, this saddens and angers me and doesn’t represent the equality and unity that I, along with so many others Australians, desperately want to see. If Adani plans to come to this country and bulldoze traditionally-owned land, surely the TO’s of that land should have their say? And not, as seems to be happening, have their “rights” changed in court quietly at the last minute, in order to expedite the Adani project. How insulting.
This proposed mine isn’t just an Indigenous Australian issue, this is a human issue. If the coal from this Adani mega mine is burnt, it will tip not only Australia over it’s carbon budget, but the ENTIRE WORLD over it’s combined budget.
Let that sink in for a minute.
Can I remind you how dangerously close we are to triggering a tipping point beyond which there is no return? The world’s top scientists right now are telling us that this is not a joke. They are telling us to wake up. Environmental devastation, the likes of which we have never seen, is knocking on our door. The world is watching Australia right now and many are struggling to see how we could be considering something like this, at this vital time.
This is a decision which should not be about money, or winning votes, or keeping your job, because this is about something much bigger. Our children and grandchildren will be paying the price for the mistakes we make now. It’s hard to contemplate, but it’s true. And it terrifies me as it should you.
This should be a turning point, we desperately need to be turning away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy. It is the energy of the future and in many respects our country is behind the ball on that front. Renewable energy projects around the world are taking off at the moment and non-renewable, dirty energy, is dying. It’s exciting and we can be a part of it if we choose to be!
So as a fellow human being and also a mother who will do anything to ensure my child doesn’t have to endure environmental collapse, I URGE you, please consider these decisions to be among the most important of your life and career. It is my belief that there has never been a more important time in history when it comes to making bold decisions about the environment and our future.
- Missy Higgins
While on tour in Australia earlier this year, American singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer hosted a special talk with Missy Higgins at Melbourne’s Astor Theatre.
The conversation, presented by The School Of Life, centred primarily around the topic of motherhood — with the two singer-songwriters sharing stories from their own experiences, both becoming mothers in the past few years. Structured around fan-submitted questions from each other’s Facebook feeds, Palmer and Higgins discussed all aspects of how their art intersects with their adapting lives, including the practicality of touring and as an source of inspiration.
Read more info and listen to the podcast HERE.
I had such an amazing experience at Barunga Festival when I attended a few years ago. I loved being immersed in the local culture and getting to see some really awesome bands from surrounding communities. I’m super excited to go back this time to be a part of the musical line up!
Missy Higgins will fuse her live band with some of Australia’s leading symphony orchestras for a handful of special concerts at the end of this year. The dates (listed below) will see the beloved Melbourne based singer/songwriter augmenting all her iconic hits like “Scar”, “The Special Two”, “Steer”, “Where I Stood” and “Everyone’s Waiting” with up to 60 of this country’s best orchestral musicians. Missy will also be using these unique performances to unveil a handful of brand new songs on which she’s been working for most of 2016.
“I’ve had lots of invitations to play shows with orchestras over the years but I always said no to them”, she explains. “I guess when I was younger I was just intimidated by the challenge of reworking my songs on that scale. Then last year I got asked to do a show with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in this incredible outdoor location called Skyfields in the forest outside Devonport. I’ve always liked new challenges so I figured that was a perfect opportunity to push myself out of my comfort zone and try something different. It was an amazing experience. The songs came to life in new and unexpected ways when we introduced all those other instruments so I decided to try something similar this summer in other parts of Australia.”
Joining Missy on all shows will be Melbourne folk artist, Ben Abraham, who has been building an international following for his personal and heartfelt cinematic folk music. Recently reformed iconic Brisbane band George, will also join Missy for her Perth show only.
One of the most successful and acclaimed female singer/songwriters in Australian music history, Missy Higgins has sold over a million albums in this country, enjoyed multiple #1 hits and won 9 ARIA Awards. Her latest release – a benefit single called “Oh Canada” to draw attention to the plight of Syrian refugees – attracted global attention.
Missy has spent the last few months in the U.S. playing several weeks of sold out club shows, co-writing songs in LA and Nashville and traveling with her husband and 18 month old son. After all that time away she’s looking forward to finally getting back home for this handful of concerts. Missy says:
“I know it’s not the first time that a contemporary musician has teamed up with great orchestras in this way but other than that one time in Tassie this is the first time for me so I’m really looking forward to it. It’ll be something very different and hopefully something very special.”
ORCHESTRAL CONCERT SERIES
PRESENTED BY FRONTIER TOURING
with special guest BEN ABRAHAM
Tickets available from www.missyhiggins.com
EXCLUSIVE FAN PRE-SALE
Exclusive fan pre-sale starting 10:00am (AEST) Friday, 12 August
and ends Saturday, 13 August.
(or ends earlier if pre-sale allocation exhausted)
GENERAL PUBLIC TICKETS ON SALE
Tickets for all shows available from 10:00am (AEST) Wednesday, 17 August.
Thursday, 3 November
State Theatre Sydney with Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Friday, 18 November
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre with Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Sunday, 27 November
The Plenary Melbourne with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, 3 December
Kings Park Perth with The West Australian Symphony Orchestra (special guests George)
Saturday, 10 December
Bird in Hand Winery Adelaide with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
***NEW SHOW ADDED*** Thursday 16 June – 12th and Porter, Nashville TN - Info & Tickets
On sale Thursday 26 May 10:00am CST
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I’m about to go to the US for a tour! I am super excited to be taking my little family over there.
It’s been a few years since I was last in America. Last time I had a tour there planned, my wonderful little accident happened (now named Sammy Arrow), so we unfortunately had to postpone… but now it’s back on!
I am doing a bunch of dates on the East and West coasts, and a few in the middle. Starting in New York and ending in LA.
Please check out the dates below to see if I’m playing anywhere near you. It’ll be an acoustic tour, just me and my instruments. Really intimate kind of shows, lots of story-telling, which is what I love.
See you all there!
Watch Missy’s special video message for her US fans!
2016 US SPRING/SUMMER TOUR DATES
ON SALE NOW
Friday 20 May – Rough Trade, Brooklyn NY SOLD OUT
Sunday 22 May – The Sinclair, Boston MA SOLD OUT
Tuesday 24 May – The Birchmere, Alexandria VA - Info & Tickets
Wednesday 25 May – World Café Live, Philadelphia PA - Info & Tickets
Saturday 28 May – Fine Line, Minneapolis MN - Info & Tickets
Sunday 29 May – Bluebird Theatre, Denver CO - Info & Tickets
Thursday 2 June – Star Theatre, Portland OR - Info & Tickets
Friday 3 June – Columbia City Theatre, Seattle WA SOLD OUT
Sunday 5 June – Great American Music, San Francisco CA - Info & Tickets
Monday 6 June – Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles CA - Info & Tickets
NEW SHOW ADDED Wednesday 8 June – Belly Up, Solana Beach CA - Info & Tickets
NEW SHOW ADDED Thursday 16 June – 12th and Porter, Nashville TN - Info & Tickets
On sale Thursday 26 May 10:00am CST
A note from Missy…
Like most people, the photo of little Alan Kurdi being carried out of the water shook me to my core. We often read about the tragic plight of refugees but I think that picture exposed us to the reality in such a raw way that the truth became inescapable. From where I sat in my comfortable living room nursing my newborn son, the tiny child in that wrenching image could have been my own little boy. I felt overwhelmed by a profound protective instinct for him and people like him.
Alan died along with his little brother, his mother and many other Syrian people on that boat. The only survivor of the Kurdi family was Alan’s father, Abdullah. My heart wept for Abdullah – his loss was literally unimaginable.
Writing songs has always been my way of dealing with strong feelings and this situation obviously stirred up a lot of emotions. So initially I started writing about it just to try and make some sense out of something so senseless.
At the same time I realised that it was a complicated situation and so I read as many articles as I could about the Kurdi family. It soon became clear that various people were trying to co-opt Alan’s story for their own purposes and that lead to all sorts of claims and counterclaims about their circumstances. As far as I could tell it seems that Abdullah’s sister lived in Canada and he ultimately dreamed of having his family join her there. Their brother had previously attempted to obtain a visa into Canada but had been refused, so believing that there was no other choice, Abdullah apparently borrowed the money from his Canadian sister to pay an illegal people smuggler to take him and his family somewhere safe. Their dream? To escape a life of violence in Syria and find peace in Canada.
I wanted to try to write this story from Abdullah’s perspective because ultimately I felt his quest was so relatable. I imagined that during that tumultuous boat journey, his heart cried out for Canada to embrace him and his family. Obviously, in this song, ‘Canada’ represents anywhere in the world that might be the preferred sanctuary for people like the Kurdi’s. Amongst other countries, it represents Australia which has such an abhorrent record in dealing with people seeking asylum who try to travel to our shores by boat. Some sections of the media have helped turned these poor people into criminals, but in reality they are usually exactly like us; just not lucky enough to be born into our privilege.
‘Oh Canada’ simply aims to tell a story. It’s not preaching anything in particular, it’s simply my attempt to make sense out of senselessness. If it also reminds people of what happened to Alan and his family then I think that would be good – after what they went through they don’t deserve to be forgotten. If the song reminds people how the picture of that lifeless little boy made them feel then that would be even better because that proves we’re all very similar people who just happen to live under different circumstances. If the song inspires anyone to do something on behalf of refugees – to speak up for their rights and to push back against those who seek to inflame our fears and prejudices – then I think that would be best of all.
‘Oh Canada’ is accompanied by a powerful animated video created by award winning director Natasha Pincus and animation director Nicholas Kallincos and you can view it below.
Caritas and World Vision support programs in Syria and neighbouring countries that create spaces where children can express their feelings of the past and hopes for the future. The drawings in the “Oh Canada” video are by children in Caritas programs in Damascus, Syria and in World Vision programs in Beirut, Lebanon. Both the global Caritas network and World Vision have helped millions of people affected by the crisis in the Middle East.
Help Caritas Australia and the Caritas network continue this important work by visiting www.caritas.org.au/syria
Help World Vision to provide ongoing support through these projects by visiting www.worldvision.com.au/syria
100% of net proceeds go to ASRC (Asylum Seekers Resource Centre)
Missy’s Summer Tour is well under way!
Missy had a great time performing in front of a sell-out crowd at the Riverstage in Brisbane alongside John Butler Trio and The Waifs – including a couple of new songs!
Check out Missy’s Instagram for some behind the scenes pics.
Missy is now looking forward to shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Fremantle, Tasmania and country Victoria… There are still tickets left for some of these shows – click here for full show details!
Gosh, a lot has happened in the last little while hey?
If you’ve been following my Twitter or Instagram you’ll have noticed these things: I managed to cook up a little human and now he’s here in the world bursting open hearts everywhere he goes; I’ve been slowly but surely writing new songs that I’m very excited about and can’t wait to record so I can share them with you; photo-shoots and preparations of all sorts are happening for my solo shows coming up in the new year- the first I’ve done since touring preggers Sept-Oct 2014!
I recently played a short set for the Seed Fundraiser where I previewed a few new songs and shared some stories about the past year of my life, and it felt SO GOOD to be up on stage again playing (albeit without a big tummy-ledge to rest my ukulele on this time), I was tingling all over afterwards.
So these new shows next year are going to be pretty special, I think, especially because I will be playing some spectacular venues (see below). I’ll have some of my fav musos up on stage with me once again (including Zoe Hauptmann on bass, very exciting), we’ll be playing some new material as well as, of course, a bunch from my old albums.
First up, Hamer Hall, Melbourne (with Something For Kate’s Paul Dempsey, who I’ve long been a fan of, supporting!!) and Twilight at Taronga in Sydney (which my Mum in particular is very excited about). Fan pre-sales for Hamer Hall starts 9am this Wednesday (click here: ), general public on Friday 30th October, so get in quick if you want to make sure to get a ticket.
Thanks guys, hope to see your faces soon!
CLICK HERE FOR HAMER HALL PRE-SALE (stars 9:00am Wednesday – tomorrow!)
Hey friends, pretty pleased to announce that I’ll be performing a very special Valentine’s weekend show for the Twilight at Taronga concert series in Sydney on Sat 13 Feb.
The best bit is that you guys get an exclusive pre-sale to the show – which is live now: Click here for Twilight at Taronga pre-sale! (it ends 5pm Monday 26 Oct). General public goes on sale 9am Thursday 29 October.
Missy has announced a string of new shows for 2016 – Check out the dates and details below!
RIVERBOAT MUSIC FESTIVAL Echuca, VIC
February 19 2016
Click here for more info + tickets
with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
March 19 2016
Click here for more info + tickets
THE PENINSULA PICNIC Mornington Peninsula, VIC
A food, wine and music gathering
March 20 2016
Click here for more info + tickets
Hope to see you there!
Missy will be Double J’s Artist in Residence for the month of Nov, presenting a diverse playlist of artists that have inspired her each Sun arvo from 3 – 5pm!
Tune in this week to hear Missy’s chat about her ‘Favourite Female Singer-Songwriters.’
Limited tickets to the final show of the OZ tour at the Regent Theatre this Thu Oct 30 are still available here. It will be Missy’s last show for at least the next 12 months, so jump in quickly if you’re keen.
Yep, don’t miss this one folks. Friday Night Crack Up coincides with World Mental Health Week and ABC’s Mental As week of programming.
The show has a jam packed 2-hour LIVE broadcast featuring a line-up of Australia’s biggest personalities – comedians, actors, sportspeople and musicians all in the name of a good cause – to support mental health research in Australia.
Missy’s OZ eBook is now available at JB Hi-Fi. Check out the link here if you’re looking for a new read.