December 18, 1975
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Erik Anders Lang
Born Sia Kate Isobelle Furler in December 1975, in Adelaide, Australia, Sia seemed destined for a career in music. Her father, Phil B. "Philby" Colson, was a career musician, and her mother, Loene Furler, was a back up singer as well as a teacher and art lecturer. At 17, she joined a local hip-hop band and her musical journey began. She self-released her first solo album OnlySee to limited success. In London, after the devastating death of her boyfriend, she picked herself back up and began a collaboration with the British trip-hop duo Zero 7, contributing vocals to three of their albums. Sia's second solo album, Healing Is Difficult, was released in 2001 and produced the single "Taken For Granted," which stayed on the U.K. Singles Chart for five weeks. In 2004 she released her third album, Colour the Small One, which contained the single "Breathe Me." It was this song, played over the final scene of the HBO series "Six Feet Under" (HBO, 2001-05) to much acclaim, that made her a star in her own right, as well as a sought after songwriter for superstars like Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears. Her fourth studio album, Some People Have Real Problems was released in 2008, and her fifth We Are Born in 2010. Neither record achieved the same commercial success as the songs she was writing for others, which between them sold over 25 million copies worldwide and appeared in a large number of TV shows, films and commercials. In 2014 she released her sixth studio album, 1000 Forms of Fear, which debuted on the Billboard Top 100 at No. 1, led by her first major American hit single "Chandelier." The equally successful This Is Acting (2016) reached the Billboard Top 5, powered by the number-one single "Cheap Thrills."