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Birth name: Melissa Morrison Higgins.
Also known as: August 19, 1983 Melbourne, Australia.
Missy Higgins, who was brought up in Melbourne, Australia, began her professional musical career in mid-2001, while she was still in boarding school at Geelong Grammar School. A few times every term when she went home to visit her family she occasionally sang in her brothers band. During this time she worked with in the Kool Skools programmme and also won the Victorian Unearthed competition with her song "All For Believing".
After attracting the attention of manager John Watson, she released her first EP with his record label Eleven in November 2003. Her second EP Scar was released in August 2004, debuting at #1 on the Australian charts. Her first album, The Sound of White was released in September 2004. Many of her songs are based around her performance on the piano.
The Sound of White was produced in the U.S. by John Porter with audio engineer Jay Newland, noted for his work with jazz singer, Norah Jones.
Throughout 2004, Higgins had been touring as a support act with Pete Murray and The John Butler Trio, including solo performances at the Horden Pavilion, The Clarendon, and the Enmore Theatre. With the release of The Sound of White, Higgins began another national tour, her first as the headliner.
In 2004, Higgins was nominated in four categories at the ARIA Awards. These included "Best Female Artist" and "Single of the Year". At the awards ceremony on October 17 she received the award for "Best Pop Release".
Following the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami, Higgins appeared as one of the headline acts of the Wave Aid fund raising concert at the Sydney Cricket Ground, to raise funds for aid organisations working in disaster affected areas.
In 2005, Higgins was nominated for a further seven ARIA Awards, taking out the awards for "Album of the Year" (for The Sound of White), "Best Female Artist", "Best Pop Release" (for The Sound of White), "Breakthrough Artist - Album Release" (for The Sound Of White) and "Highest Selling Album" (again, for The Sound of White).
Her single "Ten Days", co-written with Jay Clifford of Jump, Little Children peaked at number 12 on the ARIA charts.
She released her third single, "The Special Two", to both critical and commercial acclaim. It became an instant hit on Australian radio and in the charts debuting and peaking at number 2 on the ARIA charts. "The Special Two" EP included Missy's cover of the Skyhooks classic, "You Just Like Me Cos I'm Good In Bed" which she recorded for Triple J's 30th anniversery. "You Just Like Me Cos I'm Good In Bed" was the first song played on Triple J in 1975. She continued touring in mid-2005 and released her fourth single, "The Sound of White", in August 2005. In late 2005 she teamed up with Ben Lee for a national tour.
In 2006, she toured the United States, United Kingdom and South Africa along with her band before basing herself in Los Angeles to record her second album with veteran producer Mitchell Froom. Her second album, On a Clear Night, was released on April 28, 2007. "Steer", the first single from the album was released on April 4, 2007.
Higgins was raised in Melbourne, Victoria and attended Geelong Grammar School for her secondary education. She currently lives with her sister Nicola in Melbourne.
She is a vegetarian, and in 2005 appeared in a marketing campaign for the animal rights group PETA promoting awareness of animal rights.
Higgins' sexuality has been brought into question due to the content of her lyrics and her demeanour. It is also notable that she does not use male or female pronouns to describe her partner during her concerts. She has neither denied nor confirmed any stance, although she has been quoted as saying: "I think everyone is a bit bisexual but not everyone admits it. Or not everyone has realised it yet".
Higgins said recently in an interview on Channel V that her single "Ten Days" was written for her then boyfriend while she was backpacking in Europe.