On the heels of her recent US tour supporting the highly anticipated Ben Folds Five reunion, chart-topping Australian singer/songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke will be releasing “Sarah”, the second single from Nightflight.
Already developing a buzz at radio, the bewitching song, which prominently displays Kate’s remarkable vocal range (she will be performing in 2014 at The Met when they debut their production of “The Death Of Klinghoffer”), tells the horrific true tale of a teenage girl who disappears at a music festival.
With Nightflight, her mission was simple: to focus on the craft of pure human storytelling with a clear-eyed clarity and for “Sarah”, Kate says, “It was a story that has always haunted me.”
According to Kate,“This story happened to one of my best friends from high school, and the story’s told from her point of view. In Grade 9, her friend went missing at a music festival and two weeks later, just turned up at her parents’ house with no memory of where she had been. My friend was never allowed to see her again, because everybody blamed her. To this day, my friend doesn’t know what happened, because her parents broke off contact. My friend and I had a sleepover in Grade 10, and she told this story to me over several hours while we were lying in our beds with our lights off. I’ve never forgotten it.”
Kate’s new album Nightflight debuted at #2 in her home country and the new album was previewed on a sold-out Australian tour following her performance in “The Death Of Klinghoffer” for the English National Opera in London. Kate will be returning to London shortly to film a prestigious new piece with the English National Opera, “Sunken Garden”, by Michel Van der Aa and David Mitchell (author of “Cloud Atlas’, “Black Swan Green” and “The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet”).
Known for having some of the most gloriously elastic vocal chords in contemporary music, Kate’s unique vocal and performance dynamics, learnt through early operatic training, have made her distinctly unforgettable. In one song, she will sound as hushed and intimate as a lover before sleep, before reverberating with an operatic force so great, it seems possible walls might collapse and time will fold in on itself. Across the Pacific and Atlantic-from Australia to Asia, the US and UK-stunned audiences have been mesmerized and transformed, one at a time, by the extraordinary talent that is Kate Miller-Heidke.