Sia is famous for chart-topping hits such as “Cheap Thrills” and “Chandelier.” However, she didn’t become a superstar overnight. Rather, Sia worked in music for nearly twenty years before she made it big.
Here’s how Sia became a pop superstar.
1. She got her start as part of a local band.
Before she was a Hollywood star, Sia got her start fronting a local band. In the 1990s, she sang lead in the Adelaide acid jazz band Crisp. However, when Crisp disbanded in 1997, Sia released her debut album OnlySee in Australia.
Joining a band is a great way to get your foot in the door of the music industry. Local clubs and venues are more likely to book an act they don’t have to hire a separate backing band for. You can also learn a lot about the industry from your band members.
Listen to one of the songs Sia sang with Crisp.
2. She moved to a bigger city with more opportunities.
After she released OnlySee in Australia, Sia moved to London, where she sang for the British duo Zero 7. Two records deals and a few albums later, Sia relocated to New York City to open up more career opportunities.
When you start to feel that you’ve reached the top of your local market, don’t be afraid to pack your bags. Relocating to a bigger city will open up new career opportunities.
Check out a song that Sia sang for Zero 7.
3. She learned how to craft a hit as a songwriter and collaborator.
After releasing her fifth studio album, Sia took a break from making music to work as a songwriter instead. She penned several hits, such as Rihanna’s “Diamonds.” She also lent her vocals to hit collaborations such as “Titanium” and “Wild Ones.”
Working as a professional songwriter is the best way to learn how to write a hit single. You may also get the chance to feature your vocals on a track that you’ve helped write.
Listen to the hit Sia constructed with David Guetta below.
4. She collaborated with a dance star for her first breakthrough music video.
Sia released her first chart-topping video in 2014. The “Chandelier” music video starred child dance and reality star Maddie Ziegler. Two years later, the video has almost 1.5 billion views.
Reach out to local celebrities for your next video, whether it be a community theater star or a popular reporter. If there’s a reality show filmed nearby, try to contact the producers. Getting noteworthy people to be in your videos is a great way to guarantee views.
Watch the “Chandelier” video here.
Sia became a superstar through decades of hard work and a willingness to move around. Follow in her footsteps on your own path to music stardom.
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Kristen Harris enjoys listening to a wide range of music, from Taylor Swift to, on occasion, Celtic instrumental. She also spends her time writing, reading, and baking.