Sia, born Sia Kate Isobelle Furler (December 18, 1975 in Adelaide) is an Australian singer, songwriter and composer.
She began her career in her home country and then continued it in London, but it was when she moved to New York that she gained more popularity with her fourth and fifth studio albums Some People Have Real Problems (2008) and We Are Born (2010). At the time, Sia was uncomfortable with her growing recognition and stopped performing temporarily shortly thereafter, focusing on composing for other artists and taking part in the successful collaborations “Titanium” (with David Guetta), “Diamonds” (with Rihanna) and “Wild Ones” (with Flo Rida).
In 2014, her sixth studio album 1000 Forms of Fear debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, its single Chandelier reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart and her trilogy of co-directed music videos featuring then child dancer Maddie Ziegler have been viewed a total of several billion times. Since then, Sia has mostly worn a wig covering her face to protect her privacy. The single Cheap Thrills from her seventh album This Is Acting (2016) was the singer’s first song to top the U.S. chart and also lists in many other countries.
Sia has composed songs for other well-known artists such as Beyoncé, Rihanna, Kylie Minogue and Flo Rida. She has also composed and/or performed them for many film soundtracks and movie musicals.
She has won nearly a dozen domestic ARIA Awards, been nominated nine times for a Grammy Award, and received an MTV Video Music Awards.
She is a vegan. She participated in a commercial for PETA: Asia-Pacific with her dog, encouraging the sterilization of pets. She was involved in the Oscar’s Law campaign, in protest against large-scale animal farming.
She is a supporter of the Beagle Freedom Project. In 2016, during her Nostalgic for the Present Tour, she partnered with various stray dog rescue organizations to host a dog adoption fair at each of her concerts. In 2016, she was nominated for a Libby Award for Best Voice for Animals.
The song “The Greatest” is a tribute to the victims (the music video features 50 dancers along with Maddie Ziegler – they represent those killed in the attack) of the Orlando nightclub shooting.