1. She doesn't use her sex appeal to sell.
Sia actually refrains from showing her face when singing in front of audiences and in interviews. She does this as a way of maintaining mystery and privacy. She also avoids showing her face because she is 41 years old and the public eye is unbearably heavy on looks. This maintains her artist integrity because I judge her on her talent (which is more than most of hollywood combined).
Her music and videos have a common theme of the beauty and vulnerability of life and love. This is in contrast to the superficial music of, say, Nicki Minaj who has hits about butts and being a hoe (which I enjoy as well but it has a time and place 😛).
2. She writes music of pure beauty with powerful, heart wrenching meaning.
In the song Chandelier, an insanely popular hit with 1.4 billion views on youtube, Sia sings passionately about life as an alcoholic and drug addict.
The lyrics and videography combine the raw beauty of the inner workings of an addict with the absolute darkness of the aftermath. Sia battled with alcoholism and addiction to pills, the song Chandelier is a way of showing the inner workings of a drug addict. The dancer in the video (Maddie Ziegler) is shown in a run-down apartment room.
She moves to the hauntingly dark lyrics in a frenzied, emotional and sporadic dance. Sia sings as if she is an exposed nerve. Raw, vulnerable, full of painful sensation to all the extremes.
This is just one description of one of her songs, I could go on forever to be homest. Every single song of hers has the ability to make me feel things from the sheer emotion and truth of the lyrics.
3. She has an incredible songwriting talent.
Most people don't know how big of a song-writer Sia is. Songs written by her sell for 1 million dollars, she's written many of the popular songs of today.
Sia wrote the lyrics for the song "Diamonds" by Rihanna in 14 minutes. The song now has nearly 1 billion views on YouTube.
Here's a short list of the most popular songs she's written for other artists:
-Diamonds by Rihanna
-Pretty Hurts by Beyonce
-Perfume by Britney Spears
-Chasing Shadows by Shakira
-My Heart Is Open by Maroon 5
and many, MANY more.
Sia compiled the album This Is Acting from somgs she originally wrote for artists like Shakira and Adele but were refused. You can tell just by listening to the songs. Move Your Body is sung by Sia in a deeper, mellow tone similar to Shakira's unique singing voice. Songwriting is actually how she makes most of her money since she is not a fan of touring.
I'll be the songwriter for pop stars and then they can be the front person and I don't have to be famous." -Sia
4. Her live voice sounds exactly like her recorded voice.
Sia has an amazing voice, no doubt. A lot of musicians do. But not all of them can knock your socks off without aid from any autotune or studio help. Sia is one of those raw, talented singers. She proves this not only in her live performances but even in Carpool Karaoke with James Corden.
She is my favorite artist of all time. Sia is The Greatest.
Thanks for reading xx