— Missy Higgins (@missyhiggins) February 20, 2020
New single ‘Carry You’ out now: missyhiggins.lnk.to/CarryYou
I hadn’t seen Upright before Tim asked me if I wanted to record a song for it, but I was a big fan of Tim’s work so I knew it would be good. When he played me ‘Carry You’ on the piano I instantly felt how beautiful and universal it was and how I might make it my own.
Sarah Belkner (who plays keyboard for both of us) did an incredible job of wrapping it in some classy, understated production, and I love how it turned out in the studio with her.
After I watched the series (which blew me away, it was so good) I finally understood how multi-dimensional the song is and it made me love it even more. When I sang it in the studio, I felt the ache of regret and the longing for connection through the lyrics, which is something any of us can relate to I think.
I’m so happy to be a part of this project, it’s Aussie TV at its absolute best.
‘Carry You’ is written by Tim Minchin, and is taken from his new Australian TV show ‘Upright’ on Foxtel.
Wow! 3rd and final Melbourne Zoo show is now SOLD OUT. Tickets for Perth, Sydney and Hobart selling fast – head to www.missyhiggins.com/shows quick sticks!
I cannot believe it but it has been fifteen years since I released ‘The Sound of White’! Then again, it feels like another lifetime ago that I wrote and recorded those songs, the first of which I wrote when I was fifteen years old myself.
So, on this special day, I wanted to write and tell you what you all mean to me. It’s been a gigantic personal journey for me over the last fifteen years. I’ve made so many mistakes, I’ve broken apart along every seam, been put back together by the things I least expected. I’ve felt connections with audiences so strongly that my entire body felt electrified and boundary-less and I’ve wanted to cry from happiness. I’ve ridden the wave of what it feels like to be in your twenties and learning un-pretty things about yourself every day, I’ve taken risks, I’ve been careful, I’ve crawled away from the light and come running back to it.
And all through that, you’ve been there. Without you I’m a lone voice singing to a bedroom wall. At the risk of sounding like Jerry McGuire, you complete the story, every time. So thank you isn’t enough but here it is anyway: Thank you! Thank you!
And to also mark this day, here is a live version of me singing ‘Any Day Now’ at The Palais in Melbourne from the On A Clear Night Tour.
A few years ago 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 loved playing outdoors as well as with orchestras, both seem to somehow elevate my music to a new level. It was an amazing experience. The songs came alive in unexpected ways when we introduced all the other instruments.
I can’t wait to do it again, this time at Wrest Point Lawns in Hobart on Sat 15 Feb next year. Fan pre-sale start tomorrow, Thu 22 Aug at 10:00am Tasmanian local time and lasts until 10:00am Sat 24 Aug or until allocation exhausted.The pre-sale is happening via my newsletter, so if you haven’t signed up yet head to www.missyhiggins.com/mailing-list and I’ll resend the link an hour before the pre-sale starts. General public on-sale Mon 26 Aug at 10:00am Tasmanian local time.
See you there!
See you in SA this November! 🍇
New single ‘Song For Sammy’ 💗 missyhiggins.lnk.to/SongForSammy
Today I’m doing a special little thing. I’m releasing a song for Mother’s Day. It’s a ukulele song I wrote for my boy Sammy a little while ago when he was a wee baby. I came up with the melody one night when i was doing laps of the room, rocking him back and forth trying to get him to sleep. I just kept singing this melody over and over and over, so much so that a song started to form in my head. When he finally went to sleep I put him down, went out of the room and quietly sung this song into my phone. The next day I put the lyrics to it.
It’s a song about the crazy extreme emotions that come with being a parent for the first time. The feeling that you would do ANYTHING for this kid, which is at once exhilarating and terrifying. Suddenly your heart is ripped open and exposed to all the elements. Vulnerable but so, so alive. Exhausted but drunk on love. Acutely aware of all the children in the world and how that is, actually, every single goddamn person. How every man is somebody’s son, every woman is somebody’s daughter. And how realising that, changes everything.
Anyone that’s been coming to my shows knows that I’ve been playing this song live for quite a while now, and I’ve wanted to release it but it’s never quite been the right time. And I realise too now, that having a song for Sammy I’ll have to write one for Luna or there’ll be some serious sibling rivalry going on one day and I ain’t paying for those therapy fees! So perhaps that’ll be next, watch this space 🙂 I really hope you enjoy it.
A huge Happy Mother’s Day to all you amazing mum’s out there. It can be such an isolating and challenging time, and these days more than ever it’s hard to feel truly connected to each other. So I want to tell you that you’re not alone, I see you out there and you’re doing a bloody incredible job at keeping those little human’s alive. I also want to send love to everyone doing it tough this weekend, who perhaps has lost their mum, or lost a child. You need all the love and hugs in the world, so as much as I can through the silly internet, I am sending that to you right now.
Thanks everyone, thanks heaps for all your support. I’ll keep keeping you updated on my goings-on, on the big family/life/music juggle… until then!
Well the tour is finished. Wow. Great show to finish on at the Gold Coast Convention Centre on Saturday night. We were lucky enough to have @dansultanmusic open up who blew the whole audience away.
I need a little while to recuperate now and concentrate on health and sleep and family as it’s all a bit haywire from the last couple of months and I’m a bit frazzled. Touring with baby is no fricken joke.
But I do want to say thank you so much to the band and crew who are like family and especially you guys, the fans, who came to see us live. Im so so so so grateful you keep coming out and being so generous with your time and energy and allowing me to do what I do, I love it so bloody much and will never take it for granted. Speak soon.
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Hi friends, sending you a message from WA where we kicked off the Coming Home Tour with John Butler Trio+ last weekend! Such gorgeous crowds, and so many cute kiddies dancing front of stage! It’s been a truly magical week in Margaret River, especially spending some time with John and Danielle and their beautiful family and community. Yesterday we swam in water holes, sun-baked on rocks, dodged bull ant nests and Christmas spiders, ate homemade spaghetti with salad from the garden and laughed around an un-made fire. This has been good for the soul and so inspiring in so many ways, looking forward. Sammy has been in nudie heaven, running through the bush like a wild man. Then this arvo to top it off John Butler tattooed a beautiful little moon onto my wrist, to represent my daughter, my Luna. My squeezable little love. Now I have an arrow on my foot for my boy Sammy Arrow, and a moon on my wrist for Luna.
Hey gals and guys! Over the years people have always asked me why my first two albums have never been on vinyl… so we finally got our act together and now ’The Sound of White’ and ‘On A Clear Night’ are out on limited edition vinyl today!
The Sound of White’ is on white vinyl while ‘On A Clear Night’ is on – yep, you guessed it – clear vinyl (which I didn’t even know was a thing!). Head to www.missyhiggins.com/vinyl to get yours – only 1000 copies of each are available.
Love Missy x
THE SOUND OF WHITE
ON A CLEAR NIGHT
Hi everyone, just wanted to say the response to last night’s show on @abctv and @doublejradio has been amazing! Thank you all so much for tuning in! It really was such a special experience and I want to say another MASSIVE thank you to everyone involved, you make me feel like a very lucky gal to do what I do. If you missed the show you can watch it anytime on ABC iView, doublej.net.au, Facebook or YouTube (have included the link below). And remember, all these songs are on my new ‘The Special Ones’ album, including the new tracks ‘Arrows’ and ‘Run So Fast’ 😊
Thanks again everyone! X
Hey gals and guys! Today is a special one (see what I did there?) because I’m releasing into the world my Best Of, ‘The Special Ones’!
It really has been quite a crazy ride back through memory lane putting this together, going over old recordings and footage. I’m finding myself feeling even more grateful for everything and everyone out there who has got me to this point. And don’t worry I’m not about to stop, I’m hoping in another 20 years there’ll be a Best Of #2! I still have a whole lot more to say, whether people wanna hear it or not, ha!
New track ‘Run So Fast’ ft. Ben Abraham is on the album, along with my other new song Arrows, the VERY FIRST demo of All For Believing, and a live version of ‘Throw Your Arms Around Me’ from my performance at Etihad Stadium. I hope you love this collection of songs and they mean something special to you like they do to me. Listen to ‘The Special Ones’ here.
Also, this Sunday at 8:40pm my show at the Melba Spiegeltent for Ausmusic Month airs on the ABC! I was joined by a superstar lineup of friends: Dan Sultan, Kasey Chambers, Ladychoir, Peter Garrett, Gretta Ray and Ben Abraham and it really was sooooo incredibly special. My mum and husband were in the audience and even got a bit of airtime, much to their surprise! I hope you love watching it, it really was an honour to be a part of.
Next up for me is the Coming Home tour with John Butler Trio+ in Jan/Feb next year which is gonna be awesome!!! Tickets selling fast but some are still available here so get in quick! Really looking forward to these shows with John, we go way back and there’s a lot of mutual respect there. I hope to see your lovely faces in the crowd somewhere soon.
Thanks as always!
Love Missy x
Tune in to ‘Missy Higgins & Friends Live’ this Sunday 25 Nov at 8:40pm on ABC TV.
Hi friends! Today I’m releasing the very first recorded version of ‘All For Believing’ that’s on my album ‘The Special Ones’ coming out on Nov 23. I was in high school, and being known as a singer/songwriter I was chosen to be the guinea pig for a Roland Music equipment salesman visiting the school. The company apparently liked the song so much that they approached me to ask if they could record the song to be the official ‘demo’ on some their equipment. I was stoked! It was the first time anyone had showed interest in my songs and I felt honoured. This recording is the version my sister, a year or two later, would send in to triple j Unearthed… and winning that changed everything. There’s also a video that was made during the recording session in a hotel room – I am so young in this I can’t believe it was so long ago, ah – I must have been 15! Anyway I hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane as much as I do! Missy xx
Fan pre-sale starts Wed 14 Nov at 2:00pm local time (access this by signing up to my newsletter at www.missyhiggins.com/mailing-list, password will be sent out 24 hours before the pre-sale begins), and general public on sale is from Fri 16 Nov at 11:00am local time via www.missyhiggins.com/shows.