She’s the multi-platinum selling and award-winning singer-songwriter who was one of the first to be announced for Australia’s inaugural national final, Eurovision: Australia Decides.
After teasing us all week with snippets of her dramatic track, Kate Miller-Heidke has finally dropped her entry “Zero Gravity”. Written by Kate with her collaborator Keir Nuttal, it’s left us saying, wow — what a roller coaster of feels.
Opening with Miller-Heidke’s strongly identifiable ethereal and almost-haunting vocals, the Australian songstress takes us on a complete musical journey — from piano to popera to drum and bass. This is not monotone in the slightest, rather an eclectic collection of sounds, feelings and words blended together for the richest of flavour.
Miller-Heidke’s strength is not just in her song’s composition, but in her own vocals. She hits notes that would make 2018’s Elina Nechayeva from Estonia balk with jealousy, while also experimenting with some sizzling staccato in the chorus. She combines music genres so fluidly that she almost reinvents the musical wheel. Roll on, sister!
“Zero Gravity” is anything but the Swedish pop you see permeating many national finals — it is pure artistic flair that keeps you gripped for three minutes and beyond. In short, this is real good and a testament to Miller-Heidke’s ability.
In a statement sent to wiwibloggs, Miller-Heidke says she’s excited to perform — despite the song being a technically difficult one to sing.
“Zero Gravity is a song about emerging from a depression. I went through a very low period after the birth of my son. The song tries to capture the feeling of coming back to life. I really wanted to write a song that seamlessly blends pop and opera in a non-cheesy way. It’s ultimately a very empowering and uplifting song to perform (as well as a very challenging one with its long high D flat! Why the hell did I put that in??!!).”
Who is Kate Miller-Heidke?
A Brisbane native like 2016’s Dami Im, Kate Miller-Heidke has a prolific and successful back catalogue, even since leaving her record label and making it as an independent artist.
Trained as a classical singer at the Queensland Conservatorium, Kate has performed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and held several roles for the English National Opera.
She’s been nominated for multiple ARIA Awards and has also performed on stage. Her most famous track is “The Last Day on Earth”, which hit #3 in Australia and has been used in numerous TV shows as well.
With her collaborator Keir Nuttall, she has written the music and lyrics to Muriel’s Wedding: The Musical, which premiered at the Sydney Theatre Company and will play a return season in Sydney and Melbourne throughout 2019. It won five Helpmann Awards in 2018, which celebrates Australia’s performing arts, including Best Original Score.
Speaking about her participation in Eurovision: Australia Decides, Miller-Heidke spoke of her vulnerability in entering such a contest:
“I’ve never done anything like this before. I do feel vulnerable putting myself out there in a competitive setting. I’m trying to ignore that element, and thinking of it as a very eclectic celebration of Australian music. I think there will be a lot of solidarity amongst the performers.”
Australia’s finalists for Eurovision 2019 are Sheppard, Aydan, Mark Vincent, Electric Fields, Leea Nanos, Courtney Act, Kate Miller-Heidke, Alfie Arcuri, Ella Hooper and Tania Doko. Australia Decides will be presented at the Gold Coast Convention Centre on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 February.