Curious Kate

Published in Billboard Magazine

 

Despite four Australian Recording Industry Assn. (ARIA) Award nominations for her gold-certified (35,000-plus) 2007 debut album, “Little Eve,” Brisbane-based singer/songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke opted to take an alternative route for her follow-up, “Curiouser” (Sony BMG).

“A lot of the first album was written by me in a room—very private, very introspective,” the alternative/pop artist says. But “I escaped the second-album syndrome thing because of the power of collaboration.” Miller-Heidke’s collaborator on the songwriting for the sophomore album was her partner, guitarist Keir Nuttall.

The album itself was cut in Los Angeles with Mickey Petralia (Beck, Flight of the Conchords) handling production. With hefty national radio support from the top 40 network Nova, it opened at No. 8 on the ARIA Top 50 Albums chart one week after its Oct. 18 release, eclipsing the No. 11 peak of its predecessor. Miller-Heidke recently signed with Sony/ATV Publishing and is booked by the Harbour Agency in Sydney.

Now Miller-Heidke’s team is making plans to bring the singer to audiences further afield. “The wheels are in motion to release in Japan in January and be in that market for February and back again for the summer,” Brisbane-based manager Leanne de Souza says. With an international showcase itinerary being drawn up, she adds, “The hard work is just beginning.”