Kate Miller-Heidke will represent Australia at Eurovision 2019. She will sing the dance pop-opera song “Zero Gravity”. She wrote the song following her battle and triumph over post-natal depression following the birth of her son.
Australian broadcaster SBS chose Kate through the country’s first ever national selection, Australia Decides. “Zero Gravity” won both the public and jury votes. With Australia coming last in the televote at Eurovision 2018, the nation is hoping that a national selection might reinvigorate its Eurovision efforts — and with “Zero Gravity”, it just might!
As we draw closer to Tel Aviv, we have compiled a list of 10 facts you need to know about Kate Miller-Heidke. So without further ado, let’s take a closer look.
1. She comes from Brisbane
Kate was born in Brisbane, Australia’s third largest city. Australia Decides was held at the Gold Coast, which is in the same state. Her achievement must have been even more meaningful winning so close to home.
2. She is a classically trained singer
Kate is not just any singer, but one that has the smarts! She completed a Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Voice from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music at Griffith University on full scholarship. She then completed a Master of Music degree at Queensland University of Technology. With so much knowledge behind her, it’s easy to see where her talent and vocal composure comes from.
3. She is an award winning singer-songwriter
Kate has released four LPs to date, achieving many certifications and three top tens (plus an #11) on the Australian album charts. She has also been nominated for countless awards, including the ARIAs. However, one of the most prestigious achievements was when she became the first Australian to win the the grand prize in the International Songwriting Competition, for the song “Caught in the Crowd”.
4. She crowdfunded one of her albums… but with a twist
Back in 2013, Kate became an independent artist. However, in order to fund the recording and promotion of her album O Vertigo!, Kate undertook a spot of crowdfunding. She came up with many creative ways to secure donations from fans, including singing “Happy Birthday” down the phone. The project was a success. Kate reached her target in three days, breaking crowdfunding records in the process.
5. Her husband is also a musician
Kate is married to Keir Nuttall. He performs and records with Kate’s band as well as with the progressive rock trio Transport. The husband/wife duo have a strong collaboration record, writing many award-winning songs together. The pair co-wrote “Zero Gravity”.
6. She has a son and he’s totes adorbs
Going through Kate’s Instagram, you might notice that she has a three-year-old son called Ernie. Super adorable and cute, he is sometimes featured in her snaps. You can tell that Kate loves her son very much. Judging by this video, it also looks like Ernie could follow in his mother’s footsteps.
7. She’s presented on children’s TV
And Kate’s love for children doesn’t stop there! She was a guest presenter on the children’s television show Play School. It is the longest running kids programme in Australia. With Kate being a part of this iconic show, we are sure she has inspired the next generation of Australians.
8. She has written musicals
Any Australian will know how iconic and popular the film Muriel’s Wedding is. Kate took the movie even further by turning it into a stage-musical. She and Keir wrote the music and lyrics. The musical was originally shown in Sydney between 2017 and 2018 with generally positive reviews. It will tour around Australia this year. In 2018, the musical was nominated for and won several categories at the Helpmann Awards, which celebrate live performance arts in Australia.
9. She’s also an actress
She sings, presents, writes music and musicals — but that’s not all. Kate has done some acting too. Her most notable role was in the Australian miniseries The Divorce. Described as a comedy opera, the plot involves a couple who are getting a divorce which impacts on the other characters. Kate played Caroline, a personal assistant to the focal couple.
10. Her humour is out of this world
Kate is real and down to earth. Even just looking through her Instagram, some of the captions are hilarious. When you meet and chat with her, she doesn’t take herself too seriously and is keen to have a laugh. So much so that this witty humour has made its way into her music. She was nominated for an ARIA award for Best Comedy Release for her ode to pubic hair — “I’m Growing A Beard Downstairs For Christmas”.
What do you think of Australia’s Eurovision 2019 chances? What was the most interesting fact about Kate to you? Let us know in the comments down below!