O GET back to the top of the charts, Missy Higgins says she had to change her perspective and take some time off.
It soon became five years between albums for one of Australia’s favourite artists, but Higgins in that time realised her true calling and is now relishing being an active performer again.
‘‘It was a matter of changing my perspective,’’ she says.
‘‘I think I have a new sense of gratitude for what I have and I feel really lucky to be doing this for a living. That’s a really important thing I’ve learned over the past few years.
‘‘I tried to get into the frame of mind of doing something else with my life, but nothing else made me as happy as music makes me and nothing felt right.
‘‘I guess it took me a while to accept that this is what I’m good at and it comes naturally to me.’’
Higgins says she was desperate to get back on to the road, but there was one small problem – she needed a new album to do so. Enter her long-awaited third album The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle.
‘‘You have to have the songs, the record and really a reason,’’ she says.
‘‘So I’m finally touring now and it feels really good; it’s a good place to be having the new album to tour, especially when a crowd is singing the words back to you.’’
When Higgins burst on to the scene in 2004 with The Sound of White, the singer was hard to ignore and now, eight years on, she can reflect on those times and notice how much she has changed. ‘‘It was pretty strange,’’ she says. ‘‘I mean I had always been fairly introverted and enjoyed anonymity and quiet time to myself. It was strange to go from that to getting recognised.
‘‘It was a struggle for a few years. And I preferred to be on the road rather than be recognised at home.
‘‘These days I love being at home, so I’ve changed quite a bit,’’ she laughs.
Missy Higgins, Gurrumul and Emma Louise play Jupiters Hotel & Casino on November 30 and the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre on December 1.
Missy Higgins’ national tour, with Gurrumul (below) and Emma Louise, lands on the Gold Coast in November.