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Kate Miller-Heidke

Deborah Conway, Kate Miller-Heidke and Mia Dyson performing at the Australia Day Live 2007 concert.
Background information
Born 16 November 1981 (1981-11-16) (age 28)
Origin Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Genres Adult Contemporary
Pop music
Rock music
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments singing, keyboards, acoustic guitar
Years active 2000–present
Labels Waterbear Records/Sony BMG
Associated acts Transport
Website katemh.com

Kate Miller-Heidke (born 16 November 1981) is a singer-songwriter from Brisbane, Australia. Although classically trained, she has followed a career in alternative pop music. Her record label in Australia is Sony Music.



Kate Miller-Heidke has performed since her teenage years. She played in several Brisbane bands before going solo in 2002. [1]

Miller-Heidke was lead singer and songwriter with Brisbane band Elsewhere, formed in 2000, which released a self-titled EP of original songs before breaking up in 2001.

Miller-Heidke also performed at the annual cult event Women In Voice in 2002, 2004 and 2005, when she shared the stage with such performers as Pearly Black, Margret RoadKnight, Jenny Morris and Divinyls lead singer Chrissy Amphlett. Miller-Heidke became well-known in Brisbane through these performances, and her 2004 appearance in Women in Voice 11 won her the Helpmann Award for Best Performance in an Australian Contemporary Concert.

In June 2004, Miller-Heidke independently recorded and distributed her first EP, Telegram, a collection of songs, all written by Miller-Heidke herself (except for two songs written by her creative collaborator and now-husband, Keir Nuttall).

Miller-Heidke was to have moved on to singing Gilbert and Sullivan tunes with Opera Australia; instead, she turned her back on classical singing to concentrate on popular music and songwriting when "Space They Cannot Touch", a song from Telegram, became a hit on Australia's national youth radio network, Triple J and was named Richard Kingsmill's "pick of the week" in September 2005. This radio support led to increased national attention for Miller-Heidke's music: not only did she gain thousands of fans, she also went on to sign a record deal, get her first manager,Leanne de Souza, and her first agent,Dorry Kartabani at the Harbour Agency. Miller-Heidke then began touring the country with her band.

As well as touring throughout Australia and appearing regularly at festivals in Woodford – where she was named Queen of the Woodford Folk Festival in 2002/2003[2], Port Fairy and in the Blue Mountains, Miller-Heidke appeared on national television as a guest panelist on RocKwiz (SBS) and Spicks and Specks (ABC TV Australia). More recently, in 2007, she performed on ABC TV's The Sideshow and on the Seven Network programs Sunrise and The Morning Show, as well as Good News Week on Network Ten.

Signed to Sony Australia, Miller-Heidke released her debut album Little Eve on 15 June 2007. The album is certified gold in Australia.

Miller-Heidke's second album, Curiouser, was released in Australia on 18 October, 2008. The album was recorded in Los Angeles, with Miller-Heidke working with co-producers Nuttall and Mickey Petralia, who has also produced albums for Beck and Flight of the Conchords. The songs on the album were mostly written over a two-month period with creative collaborator and partner Nuttall.[3] The album's first single, "Can't Shake It", debuted exclusively on Nova Radio in Australia on 21 September, 2008. "Can't Shake It" debuted on the ARIA Singles Chart, on the first week at number 38, making it Miller-Heidke's first top 40 song. Curiouser was also her first top 10 album, debuting at number 8.

In April 2009, Miller-Heidke won critical acclaim for her performance as Baby Jane in Jerry Springer: The Opera at the Sydney Opera House.[4] Miller-Heidke and Nuttall were also awarded the $US25,000 grand prize in the 2008 International Songwriting Competition for their composition "Caught in the Crowd", which had been released in Australia as the second single from Curiouser.[5]

"Caught in the Crowd" peaked at #33 on the ARIA charts, making it Miller-Heidke's second highest-charting single to date. Her following single, "The Last Day on Earth" reached #3 in Australia, her first top 10 hit, due to promotion through Neighbours. Due to the single's success, Curiouser re-entered the top 50 and reached #1 on iTunes for three weeks. The song also became her first song to reach #1 in any chart, reaching that peak on the ARIA Australian Singles Chart.

On 19 September, 2009, the single "The Last Day On Earth" and the album Curiouser both went platinum. [6]

On 25 September, 2009, in an interview with French musical magazine Hall-Musique, Miller-Heidke announced that 'Caught in the Crowd' will be re-released after 'The Last Day On Earth'. [7]


On stage and in the studio Miller-Heidke has usually been backed by Brisbane band Transport, consisting of her husband[8] Keir Nuttall (guitar, backing vocals), Scott Saunders (bass) and Steve Pope (drums).

Until recently the band has also included a violinist-vocalist, originally Emma Dean who left the band in 2006 to pursue a solo career. Emma was replaced by Sallie Campbell, who also played keyboards. Early in 2008, Sallie Campbell left to focus on her own band Speed of Purple, and Nicole Brophy joined on guitar and vocals.

From April to June 2007, with Transport working in the US and UK, Miller-Heidke's touring band was Mark Angel (guitar), Ben McCarthy (bass, backing vocals) and Joachim Alfheim (drums), along with regular vocalist-violinist Sallie Campbell. Both Angel and Alfheim went on to play for Kristy London & The Other Halves. Ben McCarthy stayed on with Kate Miller-Heidke and appears to have become a permanent member of the band into 2008.

The current line-up (as of 2008) is: Kate Miller-Heidke (piano, vocals), Keir Nuttall (guitar), Nicole Brophy (acoustic guitar, backing vocals), Ben McCarthy (bass, backing vocals) and Steve Pope (drums).


Year Event Award Result
2007 ARIA Awards Best Female Artist[9] Nominated
2007 ARIA Awards Breakthrough Album (Little Eve)[9] Nominated
2007 ARIA Awards Breakthrough Single ("Words")[9] Nominated
2007 ARIA Awards Best Pop Release (Little Eve)[9] Nominated
2009 International Songwriting Competition Grand Prize (with Keir Nuttall) ("Caught in the Crowd")[10] Won
2009 APRA Music Awards Best Song (with Keir Nuttall) ("Can't Shake It")[11] Nominated
2009 ARIA Awards Best Pop Release[12] Nominated
2009 ARIA Awards Best Female Artist[12] Nominated
2009 ARIA Awards Single of the Year ("The Last Day on Earth")[12] Nominated
2009 ARIA Awards Best Video[12] Nominated



  1. ^ Kate Miller-Heidke Band (interview) (PBS 106.7FM)
  2. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/oztrax/stories/s1115664.htm ABC, OZtrax, 2004
  3. ^ Interview with Kate Miller-Heidke at YouTube (8:51)
  4. ^ Blake, Elissa (17 April 2009). "Jerry Springer: The Opera". The Sydney Morning Herald. http://www.smh.com.au/news/entertainment/arts/arts-reviews/jerry-springer-the-opera/2009/04/16/1239474986049.html?page=fullpage. Retrieved 22 April 2009. 
  5. ^ "ISC: 2008 Grand Prize Winner". International Songwriting Competition. http://www.songwritingcompetition.com/winners.htm. Retrieved 4 May 2009. 
  6. ^ http://koffee.com.au/Article_Kate-Miller-Heidke-goes-Platinum-twice-in-one-day_329
  7. ^ http://www.hall-musique.net/2009/09/chanson-du-jour-hm-kate-miller-heidke.html
  8. ^ Mengel, Noel (17 October 2008). "Kate Miller-Heidke finds a songwriter in her heart". The Courier-Mail. http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,24501196-5003421,00.html. Retrieved 8 November 2008. 
  9. ^ a b c d Aria Awards: Kate Miller-Heidke
  10. ^ "ISC: 2008 Grand Prize Winner". International Songwriting Competition. http://www.songwritingcompetition.com/winners.htm. Retrieved 4 May 2009. 
  11. ^ "2009 APRA Music Awards: Nominees Announced". APRA-AMCOS. http://www.apra-amcos.com.au/news/allnews/2009APRAMusicAwardsNomineesAnnounced.aspx. Retrieved 29 May 2009. 
  12. ^ a b c d [1]

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