There’s no denying that Sia is one of the most fascinating artists of present day. Throughout the span of her career, the Australian native (née Sia Furler) has bounced from being a band member and acclaimed “indie darling” to a bona fide solo sensation and hit-making songwriter for chart-topping stars, all while redefining the means of catchy pop anthems through indelible dance presentations and emotionally earnest lyrics.
Sia is a pro at crafting dance-tinged radio hits that can make anyone want to sing along, but behind her songs are painful stories of internal struggles, whether they’re her own or other’s that she helps tap into.
The singer just wrapped up her Nostalgic for the Present Tour, her first arena tour and North American one in five years, with Miguel and AlunaGeorge in Austin, and she continues to prove that she’s a must-see live act. While Sia’s catalog is filled with melancholy sentiments, she also has plenty of songs that center on inspirational themes to help overcome personal obstacles. There’s a story of survival behind every ounce of pain.