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It's been five years since Australian songstress Missy Higgins last released an album, and now, to coincide with the release of her latest offering The Ol' Razzle Dazzle, she will be embarking on a long-awaited tour across Australia, New Zealand and the United States.
Missy Higgins' first foray into the Australian music scene came when she won the Triple J Unearthed radio competition for unsigned artists in 2001 (with her song 'All For Believing')- guaranteeing her airplay on the radio station. However, despite her popularity with the listening public, she didn't record her first single until a couple of years later, after taking time off to backpack across Europe. As her first official single 'Scar' gained popularity, other stations picked it up and before long, Missy Higgins was a household name. Following 'Scar', she released EP's of her other singles- 'Ten Days' and 'The Special Two'- as well as her debut album The Sound Of White. In 2004, she was nominated in five categories at the ARIA awards, winning Best Pop Release for 'Scar'. In 2005, she won multiple awards for her album The Sound Of White and toured Australia with a crop of Australian musical talent, including Pete Murray, The John Butler Trio, Ben Lee, Nick Cave and Powderfinger.
In 2007, Missy Higgins released her second album, On A Clear Night, which was written while she lived in Western Australia, and while she travelled in the United States and South Africa. 'Steer' and 'Where I Stood' are the most well known of her songs from this album, which won her a 2007 ARIA award for Best Female Artist.
During her On A Clear Night, Higgins was actively involved in many charity events, for groups that support breast cancer. She also performed alongside Paul Kelly at the Live Earth concert, raising awareness of environmental issues.
Now, in 2012, after a break from music that saw her enrolling at university and acting in the Australian musical film Bran Nue Dae, Missy Higgins has finally released her third and latest album, The Ol' Razzle Dazzle. Inspired by her break from the music industry, the album debuted at number one on the ARIA Albums Chart in the second week of its release, and draws from a variety of sources, including the ups and downs that she experienced in recent years. The Ol' Razzle Dazzle is quite different from Higgins' other music - it is more experimental, and it will be interesting to see if this album is just as successful as her others.
Costa Hall will be hosting Missy Higgins' Geelong show
Nevertheless, Missy Higgins' tour is already bound to be a success, with several of her shows around Australia already sold out. True fans will not want to miss this event. Tickets are available directly from the venues or through the official Missy Higgins website.
9 June 2012 - York Theatre, Seymour Centre, Sydney 10 June 2012 - York Theatre, Seymour Centre, Sydney 11 June 2012 Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Wollongong 13 June 2012 Newcastle City Hall, Newcastle
14 June 2012 The Playhouse, Canberra Theatre, Canberra
15 June 2012 Costa Hall, Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Geelong
16 June 2012 Her Majesty's Theatre, Melbourne
17 June 2012 Her Majesty's Theatre, Melbourne
8 July 2012 Nashville, USA
17 July 2012 New York City, USA
19 July 2012 Los Angeles, USA
27 July 2012 Mackay Entertainment Centre, Mackay
28 July 2012 The Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton
29 July 2012 Splendour In The Grass, Byron Bay
7 August 2012 Rangatira At Q Theatre, Auckland, NZ
22 August 2012 5 October 2012- Numerous venues across USA- See her website for more details.