Most of you have probably heard of or
seen listened to an Australian singer/songwriter by the name of Sia. She’s a very successful songwriter who has written songs, for and with, people like Christina Aquilera, Rhianna, Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Lea Michele and Mary J Blige, among others. She has also toured and performed on a number of television shows, including a recent appearance on The Voice.
However the thing that sets Sia apart from other people who decide to tour or perform live, is that she doesn’t want anyone to see her face. So she either wears a wig that covers all but her lips or she sings with her back to the audience.
At first I thought this was pretty cool. It’s a quirky thing to do but it does get your attention so from a publicity position people will definitely be talking about you and listening to your music.
But quite honestly, after five minutes the novelty wore off and it got old for me. I even started getting a little annoyed.
Now, I think people should be allowed to market themselves any way they like, regardless of how it makes them appear to me or anyone else. Hell, I don’t care if you walk down the street with a bag over your head or a wig covering your face. It’s your life and you can live it any way you choose as long as you’re not hurting anyone or invading my space.
Just please don’t be a hypocrite.
The reasons Sia gives for not wanting to show her face in public is because she claims that becoming a celebrity is her worst nightmare and she doesn’t want to sell her soul, body and peace of mind for fame. Hey, I’m all on board with that philosophy. You want to stay in the background anonymously and write music in the comfort of your room while you lay around with your dogs? I wish you all the peace and success in the world. Fame and success can be difficult, at time.
I’m just a little confused about why you’re looking to retain ownership of your body and soul, and then decide to go on tour. I’m also skeptical about why you feel being a celebrity is your worst nightmare and then appear on Ellen and The Voice, among other national shows. Did you believe your exposure on tour and national television would lessen after those appearances?
You also said you’re not going to tour anymore but when you do perform you’ll do it with your back to the audience. HUH? Now, I’m really stumped. Are you going to tour or not going to tour? Is performing different from touring if you travel to different locations and sing in front of live audiences? Is it just me that thinks you’re speaking out of both sides of your exposed lips?
Oh, I forgot to mention. In 2014, Sia was ranked as the 97th richest Australian under the age of 40. Now, I’m not a genius but I’m guessing some of that money came from those tours where she refused to look at her audience while she sang. Some people call that disrespect. Some might call it quirkiness. Some might even call it brilliant. Hey, she’s probably laughing on her way to the bank and can care less how this all sounds or what people think. Good for her.
I don’t know what it is with some artists today. Everything has to be an outlandish production that gets people talking the next day. Look, when you’re talented you don’t need props or twerks to get you headlines. A few years ago Adele took the stage at the Grammy’s in a simple black dress with four backup singers and six or seven band members. She stood in front of an audience of her peers and didn’t move at all as she sang.
And she burned the house down. Standing O. Take a look……
When you have talent,you don’t need anything else to make it work.
See ya, Sia.