Kate Miller-Heidke

Kate Miller-Heidke

 New South Wales, AUS
DuoPopRock

New Yorker music critic Sasha Frere-Jones described her songs as “a big clutch of Pantone swatches”. American writer Neil Gaiman compared her voice to “being fucked by butterflies”. When people discuss Kate Miller-Heidke, the metaphors have to be big, in order to match that monumental voice.

Biography

New Yorker music critic Sasha Frere-Jones described her songs as “a big clutch of Pantone swatches”. American writer Neil Gaiman compared her voice to “being fucked by butterflies”. When people discuss Kate Miller-Heidke, the metaphors have to be big, in order to match that monumental voice. 


March 2014 saw Kate Miller-Heidke release her 4th studio album, O Vertigo!, her first independent release.  The album was funded entirely by the direct-to-fan platform PledgeMusic, with Kate smashing the records for quickest and most successful crowdfunding campaign by an Australian artist.  Kate achieved her goal in only 3 days, and the campaign went on to reach over 215% of it’s original target.

 

Prior to this, Kate released 3 studio albums through Sony. Her 2012 album, Nightflight, debuted at #2 on the ARIA album charts and #1 on the iTunes album charts, while previous releases Little Eve and Curiouser achieved gold and double-platinum sales.

 

In 2009 Kate became the first Australian to win the grand prize in the International Songwriting Competition for ‘Caught In The Crowd’. ‘Last Day On Earth’ was the 3rd most-played song on Australian radio in 2009. In recent years Kate tour the US, UK, Asia and Europe extensively as well as performing over 100 shows with Ben Folds, appearing on his latest album “Lonely Avenue”, and supporting the newly-reformed Ben Folds Five in stadiums across America.

 

In 2012 she opened the Coachella Festival in California and on returning to Australia Kate performed a series of sold-out shows in churches, cathedrals and theatres around the country on her Heavenly Sounds tour. These intimate acoustic shows formed the basis the Heavenly Sounds Live album that all contributors to Kate’s PledgeMusic campaign received as a free bonus.  She also toured India for the first time, performing in Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune and Delhi.

 

Her electronic side project with collaborator/husband Keir Nuttall, Fatty Gets A Stylist, released their debut album in 2011 and made waves in the US after appearing in a commercial for the New York Lottery, the song received airplay on America’s largest radio station Z100.  A new Fatty Gets A Stylist album is in the works for 2015.

 

If electronic and pop music weren’t keeping her busy enough, Kate recently performed several roles for the English National Opera.  In 2013 she appeared on stage as a holographic projection in their original production “Sunken Garden”, while in 2012 she appeared in “The Death of Klinghoffer”, a role she will be performing again in 2014 for the New York Metropolitan Opera. Kate studied classical voice at the Queensland Conservatorium, and her previous opera roles include Flora in The Turn of the Screw and Baby Jane in Jerry Springer the Opera, at the Sydney Opera House. She is currently writing an opera for Opera Australia, set to debut next year.

Lyrics

Share Your Air

Written By: Kate Miller-Heidke,Keir Nuttall,Samuel Cromack

Same river from my window
Same moon on the same trees
I lie in the same bed where I held you
Through winter nights that were just like these

But nothing feels at all the same
The old piano or the sound of rain
Pick out a memory to keep me company
To hold beside me while I sleep

So goodnight, my favourite dream
To share your air, share your air 'til dawn
So goodnight, my favourite dream
To share your air, share your air once more

Unbearable thought that my love could not hold you
Here comes the silence, here comes the quiet
Unbearable ache, to feel that I've lost you
How can my soul be satisfied?
Oh how can my soul be satisfied?

So goodnight, my favourite dream
To share your air, share your air 'til dawn
So goodnight, my favourite dream
To share your air, share your air once more

I didn’t mean to upset you
I didn’t know it was a test
I was asleep before I met you
And now you’re gone I can get no rest

So goodnight, my favourite dream
To share your air, share your air 'til dawn
So goodnight, my favourite dream
To share your air, share your air once more

I dreamed you stayed

You stayed an extra day and we walked to the riverside

You said you’d never felt so awake

You’d said you’d never felt so alive

So alive, so alive

Discography

2014 – O Vertigo!        

2013 – Heavenly Sounds Live    

2012 – Nightflight

2011 – Fatty Gets a Stylist

2009 – Live At The Hi-Fi                    

2008 – Curiouser

2007 – Little Eve         

2006 – Circular Breathing EP   

2004 – Telegram EP

Set List

60 - 90 mins of original music featuring tracks across all her recordings PLUS a twist with some comic delivery, delightful story telling and a surprising cover arrangement.