Sam Kel­ton

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE 'N' LOUD -

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.

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