Missy announces new album & book

It’s Australian stories for the ears, the eyes, the head and the heart.

Missy Higgins’ OZ is something different … an eclectic album of Aussie cover versions and a quirky book of related essays. The music and the prose are best experienced together in a beautiful clothbound CD/Book edition but they can also be enjoyed separately in physical or digital forms, and all are released on September 19.

The OZ album features Missy re-imagining 15 Australian songs that were originally recorded by a diverse set of artists including The Angels, Slim Dusty, Something For Kate, Warumpi Band, Paul Kelly and The Drones. In the accompanying OZ book, Missy uses each of those recordings as the starting point for a sprawling series of essays; reflecting on life, love and how not to wear high heels.

“I wanted to try something different this time around”, explains Missy. “I couldn’t decide between making a covers album or writing a book so I decided to do both at once. Musically it’s intended to be a real mixed bag of lollies.

“Obviously part of the reason I called the whole project OZ is that it’s all about Australian songs. Plus, for the first time, I recorded the whole thing in Australia. However the title has a second meaning. I like the idea of songwriters being like the Wizard in “The Wizard of Oz”. Some people think we’re special people who have special powers but really we’re just scared little people hiding in a backroom somewhere, working like crazy to make sure we don’t get found out.”

There are four main threads that bind this disparate collection of tunes. The first is obviously the lyrical and vocal combinations that allow Missy to truly inhabit each of these works as if she had written it herself. The second is the strikingly live production by Missy and American orchestrator Jherek Bischoff (Amanda Palmer, David Byrne, Kronos Quartet).

The third thread that runs through the OZ recordings is the presence of contributions from various friends of Missy’s. Not only does she cover Dan Sultan’s timeless “Old Fitzroy” but the Deadly Award winner (and “Bran Nue Dae” co-star) also adds his unmistakable voice to an ol’ timey rendition of “The Biggest Disappointment”. Kate Miller Heidke and Amanda Palmer are among others to feature prominently.

Finally, the entire collection was mixed by multiple Grammy recipient Jay Newland who also mixed Missy’s breakthrough album The Sound of White.

In other major news, Missy revealed over the weekend that she is due to give birth to her first child in January.

Over the last decade Missy has become one of our most beloved singer/songwriters. Her three previous albums, The Sound of White, On a Clear Night and The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle, have sold more than a million copies. They’ve each gone to #1 on the Australian charts and each has also been recognised with ARIA Awards.

MISSY HIGGINS – OZ

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Available for pre-order from Tuesday August 5.

TRACKLISTING:
1. You Only Hide (Something For Kate)
2. Old Fitzroy (Dan Sultan)
3. NYE (Perry Keyes)
4. Shark Fin Blues (The Drones)
5. Was There Anything I Could Do (The Go-Betweens)
6. Back To The Wall (Divinyls)
7. Don’t Believe Anymore (Icehouse)
8. The Biggest Disappointment feat. Dan Sultan (Slim Dusty)
9. Everybody Wants To Touch Me (Paul Kelly)
10. Curse On You (The Blackeyed Susans)
11. No Secrets (The Angels)
12. Before Too Long feat. Amanda Palmer (Paul Kelly)
13. Blackfella/Whitefella feat. Crystal Itjuwalyi Butcher (Warumpi Band)
14. Calm And Crystal Clear (Neil Murray)
15. The Way You Are Tonight (Don Walker)

National Gallery of Victoria Series featuring Missy

National Gallery of Victoria are staging a new music, art & conversation series at NGV Aust this winter.

Join emerging & established artists including Missy, Paul Dempsey, Bob Evans, Melody Pool & New Gods as they perform in the iconic Australian art spaces on Sundays from 6 Jul … all for free!

Curated by Jae Laffer, the series will showcase ten of Australia’s best loved songwriters over ten weeks, set amongst classic Australian works in the NGV’s Ian Potter Centre. Each Sunday afternoon the public have the chance to hear about the background of a great Australian work of art, followed by a performance from an Australian musician who will play a handful of songs and also discuss some of the themes and inspirations for their songs. Discussion will focus on comparisons to each week’s selected visual work of art, and show the similarities between the two art forms.

  • Sun 6 Jul Bob Evans
  • Sun 13 Jul New Gods
  • Sun 20 Jul MT WARNING
  • Sun 27 Jul Melody Pool
  • Sun 3 Aug Adalita
  • Sun 10 Aug Georgia Fair
  • Sun 17 Aug Glenn Richards
  • Sun 24 Aug Jae Laffer
  • Sun 31 Aug Paul Dempsey
  • Sun 7 Sep Missy Higgins

Cost Free, places are limited, no bookings
Venue The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Level 2

Click here for more on Unplugged.

BYRON BAY WRITERS FESTIVAL

Missy will appear at The Byron Bay Writers Festival this August, participating in two intimate spoken sessions across the three day event. The festival boasts showcases with more than 130 writers, thinkers and creative spirits and a world of ideas over the action-packed days.

On Fri August 1, Missy will be joined by Darren Hanlon speaking on ‘The Art of Songwriting’ chaired by Anneli Knight, followed on Sat Aug 2 by an ‘In Conversation’ session featuring Simon Marnie, at  which Missy will make a special announcement …

Missy will also participate with ‘Liner Notes presents David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust: a spoken word tribute,’ at the Byron Bay community centre on Fri Aug 1.  A stellar line-up of writers, poets and musicians explore their personal connection to Bowie, including Missy, Andrew Denton, Andy Griffiths and Benjamin Law with Maxine Beneba-Clarke, Asphyxia, Omar Musa, Luka Lesson, Emilie Zoey Baker and Sean M Whelan.

The Festival runs at North Byron Beach Resort from 1- 3 August with workshops commencing on 28 July. For more Festival information or to purchase tickets visit www,byronbaywritersfestival.com or call 1300 368 552.

Friday 1 August, 1.45pm – 2.30pm
The Art of Songwriting
Darren Hanlon
Missy Higgins
Chair: Anneli Knight

Friday 1 August, 8:00 – 9:00pm
Liner Notes presents David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust: a spoken word tribute
Info & ticket info here

Saturday 2 August, 10.15am – 11.00am
Missy Higgins
In conversation with Simon Marnie (including special announcement)

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MISSY TO PERFORM AT ART OF MUSIC IN SYDNEY

Art of Music returns to the Art Gallery of New South Wales this Saturday June 14, and will feature a special performance from Missy, along with a stack of other incredible musicians including Don Walker and Sunny Amoreena.

The event combines the mediums of visual art and music, with eleven  prominent contemporary visual artists from Australia coming together to create a uniquely music inspired exhibition. Each artist choosing an iconic piece of Australasian music, using it as inspiration for their own  original artwork, culminating in the Art of Music Charity Auction and Gala Dinner, packed with special guests and live entertainment.

For the full list of the artists, as well as their chosen piece of music and event visit www.artofmusic.com.au.

Tickets to this special event are available now and the booking form is available here.

 

‘Sounds for the Reef’ Compilation

Sounds For The Reef is an album created to raise awareness and funds for the plight of the Great Barrier Reef.

21 artists including Missy, along with a lot of other talented people, have brought their songs together on the album to fundraise for the “Fight For The Reef” campaign of WWF-Australia and Australian Marine Conservation Society.

By buying this album, or just a few songs, you will help tackle legal fees in the two ongoing court challenges against the granted government development permits.

Listen up and help out, music is the weapon!!

Get ‘Sounds for the Reef’ here

- Missy HQ

Missy in the finals of the International Songwriting Competition 2013

Missy has been selected as a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition 2013, People’s Voice category.

Voting closes March 31, if you’d like to have you say go to go here and visit the  “Click Here To Vote” tab  and follow the prompts. Happy voting!

- Missy HQ

FREE MISSY DOWNLOAD

Missy worked with MTC (Melbourne Theatre Company) writing the score for their latest production, ‘Cock’. The cheekily titled play written by Mike Bartlett is about an unconventional love triangle and earned rave reviews in London and New York, picking up an Olivier Award in the process.

Enjoy this free download!

MTC Official Site 

‘Cock’ – by Mike Bartlett
7 February-22 March
Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio
Duration: One hour and 40 minutes, no interval.
Tickets available here

 

 

Missy guest presenting on Dig Music this week

Missy will guest present a show on Dig Music this Fri Nov 1 from 2pm east coast time. From lush instrumental soundscapes to the female artists she looks up to, Missy will share a playlist of her favourite new music and some classic tracks too.

Tune in via the Dig Music radio app, your dig radio or online right here.

MIssy’s show will be replayed Sun Nov 3 from 9 – 11pm. Further details visit Dig Music

Happy listening.

- Missy HQ

Soundtrack: ‘SPARK: A Burning Man Story’ featuring new Missy track – out now

A new documentary ‘Spark: A Burning Man Story’ opened in select theatres across the U.S. and was released in North American iTunes stores in mid August this year. The film is shot at the ‘Burning Man Festival,’ which is held each year in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance.

Accompanying the doco is a beatuifully crafted soundtrack which includes a new original theme song written by Missy for the film ‘We Ride,’ as well as a stack of other talented artists from around the globe.

Also featuring other inspired tracks, original remixes, original theme songs, classics and unreleased tracks by Michael Franti, Stanton Warriors, Adam Freeland, Cazzette, Benoit & Sergio, Damian Lazarus, Diplo, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Hot Chip, Sasha, Tycho & more.

The soundtrack and Missy’s new single ‘We Ride’ is available digitally in Australia and around the world now. 

A release date for the documentary around the rest of the globe is still being confirmed.

More soon …

TRACK LIST

SPARK – DAY ALBUM:

1. Rudimental – Feel The Love feat. John Newman
2. Cazzette – Heroes
3. Tycho – Coastal Brake
4. Marcus Andersson & Alex Talan – The Event
5. Scoredraw – Dubstep Dark
6. Michael Franti & Spearhead – Let It Go feat. Ethan Tucker
7. Missy Higgins – We Ride
8. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Man On Fire
9. Crystal Fighters – Wave
10. Damian Lazarus & Mathew Jonson – Going To The Desert
11. Amanda Palmer – In My Mind feat. Brian Viglione
12.Scoredraw – Quietly Happy

SPARK – NIGHT ALBUM:

1. Hot Chip – Flutes (Sasha Remix)
2. The Scumfrog – Running
3. Michael Franti – Let It Go feat. Ethan Tucker (Stanton Warriors Remix)
4. Pachanga Boys – Time
5. Colombo – Summit
6. Diplo – Express Yourself feat. Nicky Da B
7. Ginger And The Ghost – One Type Of Dark (Ta-Ku Remix)
8. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Man On Fire (Adam Freeland Remix)
9. Benoit & Sergio – Principles
10. Infected Mushroom – Scorpion Frog
11. Colombo – Clubbing
12. Joe Smooth – Promised Land

- MISSY HQ

MISSY TO PERFORM AT ‘A SHOW FOR CASEY’ IN GEELONG

Missy will return to her high school town of Geelong on Sun Sept 29 to perform in a very special show, alongside a huge list of talented Australian artists.

The show, to be held at Simonds Stadium the day after the Grand Final, is a fundraiser for local lad Casey Tutungi, who suffered a horrific spinal injury several months ago while playing football for South Barwon in Geelong.

A Show For Casey boasts a truly stellar line up with You Am I Allstars, Something For Kate’s Paul Dempsey, Regurgitator, Lisa Mitchell, Magic Dirt’s Adalita, The Bamboos, Dan Sultan Yacht Club DJs and now the addition Missy Higgins. An all ages show (children 12 and under admitted for free. Over 18’s bring I.D – this is a licensed concert), with a low ticket price of $50 (+ bf).

Casey and his family have received an outpouring of support from the local community as well as from the national football and now music communities with A Show For Casey bringing people together for a great day and a great cause. All profits from A Show For Casey will go directly to The Casey Tutungi Appeal

Tickets available from Oztix or at your nearest Ghanda store.

For further info visit  www.caseytutungi.com

- Missy HQ

HUNTERS & COLLECTORS TRIBUTE ALBUM FEATURING MISSY REVEALED

In case you missed the unveiling last night; Mushroom have announced the Hunters & Collectors tribute album ‪ ‎Crucible‬. The album features a plethora of talent including Missy & Matt Corby interpreting the Australian music icons legendary catalog.

1. Birds of Tokyo – Talking to a Stranger
2. Eddie Vedder & Neil Finn – Throw Your Arms Around Me
3. Matt Corby & Missy Higgins – This Morning
4. Oh Mercy – The Slab (Betty’s Worry)
5. Alpine – Hear No Evil
6. The Living End – Say Goodbye
7. Paul Kelly & Emma Donovan (featuring Jimblah) – True Tears of Joy
8. The Rubens – Holy Grail
9. Husky – Blind Eye
10. Something For Kate – When the River Runs Dry
11. The Panics – Alligator Engine
12. Abbe May – Dog
13. British India – Do You See What I See?
14. Cloud Control – Still Hanging ‘Round
15. The Avalanches – Stalking to a Stranger (Planets Collide Remix)

Read more: http://bit.ly/16yde8K

TOWNSVILLE SHOW ANNOUNCED IN OCTOBER

Missy has just announced she’ll be heading to Townsville for a very special show this October. 

Performing an intimate acoustic set, Missy will play at Jupiters Ballroom in Townsville on Thursday October 10.

Pre-sale tickets will be available to members of Missy’s facebook page at 9am on Tuesday August 6. Stay tuned for the pre-sale password, which will be posted Monday August 5. Tickets then go on sale to the general public at 9am on Thursday August 8.

Special guests on the night will be acoustic folk duo The McMenamins. Originally hailing from far north Queensland, the siblings have released four independent albums, received two Queensland Music Awards and toured extensively both locally and internationally for the past decade.

Missy last played in Townsville in 2007 and while it’s been a while between shows and she’s excited to return to the warmth of far north Queensland to perform for fans.

Facebook pre-sale commences 9am on Tuesday August 6
General public onsale commences 9am on Thursday August 8
With special guests The McMenamins

Thursday 10th of October: Jupiters Ballroom, Townsville
Presented by HOT FM 103.1
Tickets: www.townsvilletickets.com.au / PH (07) 4722 2333

MUSIC BOTANICA UNDER THE STARS ANNOUNCED FEATURING MISSY IN CAIRNS

Music Botanica is back, but this time under the stars in the Cairns Botanic Gardens! The event held on Friday October 11 has announced today it will feature a special performance from Missy, as well as local favourites The McMenamins.

On sale at 9am on Friday 28 June,  fans are being urged to secure tickets early as the show is expected to sell-out quickly. Tickets will be available from www.ticketlink.com.au or phone 1300 855 835.

Music Botanica Under The Stars is an outdoor musical celebration proudly presented by Tanks Arts Centre in the Cairns Botanic Gardens.

Friday October 11: Music Botanica, Cairns Botanic Gardens
Tickets: www.ticketlink.com.au |PH:1300 855 835.
COST: $58 [adults] | $30 [children 6-12years] PG

BE HEARD – A MESSAGE FROM MISSY

A few days ago I blacked out, had a dream about all young people being properly enrolled to vote, and this happened.

VIEW MISSY’s VIDEO MESSAGE ‘BE HEARD.’

Share it with your friends if you believe we should all have a say in the future of our country, or just to have a giggle at my expense. I would. I do! Then, go to: www.aec.gov.au/enrol.

Even if you think it won’t make a difference, or you’ve lost hope in our leaders (like a lot of us have)… let me tell you that every vote you make puts a little bit more power in the hands of the good people in the Senate. In other words, it’s not just about who becomes Prime Minister, there are plenty of other people in parliament who are doing great things, they just need your vote to give them a louder voice. And if anything, it will stop just one party from having COMPLETE CONTROL over everything. That’s a scary idea.

So get involved!

Be heard!

Thanks for watching.

Luv Missy

MISSY SELLS OUT ICONIC THEATRE IN BROOME AND ANNOUNCES 2nd & FINAL SHOW

Tickets for Missy’s first ever live show in Broome were eagerly snapped up by fans this week, with the show at the iconic Sun Pictures on Friday June 14 selling out within 24 hours.

A second and final show in Broome has now been announced at Sun Pictures on Thursday June 13. Tickets are on sale now with net proceeds from both shows being donated to the Leukaemia Foundation, Kyle Andrews Foundation and the Royal Flying Doctors Service.

Local favourite Naomi Pigram will also perform at the additional show. Naomi is one of the most exciting new Indigenous female artists to spring from the dynamic musical culture of Broome and has also fronted notable Indigenous bands such as One Strum and St Agne.

With tickets for the second show expected to sell quickly, fans are being urged to secure tickets early to avoid being disappointed.

Thursday 13th June: Sun Pictures, Broome – NEW SHOW ON SALE NOW
Presented by Spirit 102.9
Oztix: www.oztix.com.au // PH: 1300 762 545
Heatseeker: www.heatseeker.com.au

Friday 14th June: Sun Pictures, Broome – SOLD OUT
Presented by Spirit 102.9