Kate Miller Heidke is the Aussie pick for 2019. Check out 10 Things About…Kate Miller Heidke!
1. Kate Miller Heidke is an classically trained Australian singer and actress. Born in Brisbane in 1981 she has enjoyed a long standing career in pop and classic music.
2. Kate is married to Keir Nuttall who she has collaborated with on many musical projects throughout her career. In 2016, they welcomed their first son Ernie Edward Miller Nuttall.
3. She graduated from St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School in 1998, but previously attended Brigidine College, Indooroopilly. She then went on to university, completing a Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Voice from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music at Griffith University on full scholarship, followed by a Master of Music degree at Queensland University of Technology. As a classical singer, she has won many awards including the Elizabeth Muir Prize (2000), the Donald Penman Prize (2001), the Linda Edith Allen Memorial Prize (2002) and the Horace Keats Prize (2002). Her conservatorium performances include ‘Orpheus in the Underworld’ (2000), ‘Venus and Adonis’ (2002) and ‘The Pilgrim’s Progress’ (2002).
4. Kate has performed in several Brisbane bands before going solo. The biggest of these was the band Elsewhere. Kate was the lead singer and was responsible for writing some of their biggest hits from their formation in 2000 until she left the band in 2002.
5. Kate has released four solo albums to date including ‘Little Eve’ (certified Gold), ‘Curiouser’ (certified Platinum), ‘Nightflight’ and ‘O Vertigo!’. All these albums charted in the Top 20 Australian Album Chart.
6. Kate has appeared in a number of stage shows including ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’, ‘Sunken Garden’, and gained critical acclaim for her portrayal of Baby Jane in ‘Jerry Springer: The Opera’. She and her husband were also responsible for adapting cult Australian film ‘Muriel’s Wedding’ for the stage. They composed the music and lyrics for the Sydney Theatre Company show in late 2017.
7. Kate has performed at the annual cult event ‘Women In Voice’ on three occasions. She shared the stage with such performers as Pearly Black, Margret Roadknight, Jenny Morris and Divinyls lead singer Chrissy Amphlett. Her appearances at the event gained her nation wide recognition and helped her secure the Helpmann Award for Best Performance in an Australian Contemporary Concert in 2005.
8. Kate and her husband Keir were awarded the $25,000 grand prize in the 2008 International Songwriting Competition for their composition ‘Caught in the Crowd’. They were the first Australians ever to win the grand prize and the song has now been adopted by the Australian High School curriculum as a part of the early secondary anti-bullying program.
9. In January 2019 Kate was announced as one of ten participants in Australia’s first ever Eurovision national final. Her song ‘Zero Gravity’ was co-written with her husband and she won the competition, beating strong competition from the likes of drag super star Courtney Act, Aboriginal synth duo Electric Fields and Australia’s Got Talent operatic pop vocalist Mark Vincent.
10. Kate gained a lot of attention for her theatrical staging of the song which saw her belt out those high notes many feet in the air with an acrobat swaying behind her. However, she has revealed that the staging will be totally transformed when she sings it on the Eurovision stage.