The Sound of Whiteby Missy Higgins
The story behind Missy Higgins' "All for Believing," the young Australian singers' haunting, classically tinged piano ballad that launched her career, is the stuff of Hollywood dreams, even though the tale begins in a music class in Melbourne. At age 16, she had put off an assignment 'til the last minute and wrote the piece in a rushed half-hour before class. Her sister urged her to submit it to Unearthed, the national song competition run by the influential national alternative radio network Triple J -- and it won. When Los Angeles tastemaker KCRW started playing a live version of the song, Warner Bros. took interest and soon she was on her way to international stardom. Fortunately, she's not just a one-song sensation, as emotional and longing, more lushly produced tracks like "Ten Days" and the playful, folksy (and guitar driven) "Scar" demonstrate. At her core, however, Higgins needs little production to get her musical essence across -- sparse piano- and cello-enhanced tracks like "Don't Ever," "Night Minds," and the title track allow her to come across most honestly. Favorable comparisons to Kate Bush and Vanessa Carlton are inevitable, but as Higgins develops, there's no doubt she'll be the one up-and-coming singers want to compare themselves to.
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- Reprise / Wea
Performance CreditsMissy Higgins Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Vocals
John Patitucci Upright Bass
Ken Wiley French Horn
Carlos Cordova Double Bass,Upright Bass
Debra Dobkin Percussion
Walt Fowler Flugelhorn
Greg Leisz Dobro,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Darrell Leonard Flugelhorn
Stuart Mathis Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Helen Mountfort Cello
Jamie Muhoberac Piano,Keyboards
Jay Newland Acoustic Guitar
John Porter Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Martin Tillman Cello,Electric Cello
Helen Mountford Cello
Dean Butterworth Drums
Michael Barker Percussion
Keith Christopher Bass
Technical CreditsClif Magness Composer
Rik Pekkonen Engineer
John Porter Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Missy Higgins Composer
Cathie Glassby Artwork
James Major Clifford Composer
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I first heard Missy Higgins on VH1.com, listening to a sneak peak of her CD before it came out in the US. I was instantly hooked and had to buy the CD. You can hear her Australian accent, but I am used to that being a fan of Butterfly Boucher (which I highly recommend as well). "All for Believing" is my favorite song on the CD, with its haunting sound. "Ten Days" is beautiful with a cello playing with the chorus and "Scar" has very catchy lyrics with an upbeat sound. Missy Higgins has such feeling and strength in her voice, which is very apparent in "Katie." An overall outstanding artist!
I was in Australia in March and heard her song "The Special 2" playing in a CD shop. I fell in love with the sound of her voice then. I then purchased the album and many of my friends really like it as well. It is impossible to find except for online...
I am always on the lookout for female singer-songwriters who combine great lyrics with memorable melodies and chords. I especially love the ones who use simple acoustic piano or guitar. Missy Higgins' Sound of White is one of the best I've heard for a while. Her accented singing takes a little getting used to but it grows on me, and now I can't imagine her songs sung any other way. She has a unique sound that gets better every time I listen to it.