What next for this year’s Eurovision finalists?
Australia: Kate Miller-Heidke
Australia entered the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time in 2015 with Guy Sebastian’s “Tonight Again” coming fifth and since then, with one exception, they’ve been a regular in the top ten. This year 37 year old Kate Miller-Heidke represented the county with the operatic “Zero Gravity” and came ninth with 285 points.
Kate’s career began in 1998 when she completed a Batchelor Of Music degree in Classical Voice and subsequently went on to perform on stage winning numerous Australian awards for her work. At the same time she performed vocals for the group Elsewhere who released their debut EP in 2002 and split up the following year! She released her debut single “Apartment” in 2006 and her debut album “Little Eve” the following year which has been certified Gold for sales of over 35,000 copies there and included the hit single “Words”.
Her 2009 follow up “Curiouser” proved even more successful, earning a Platinum disc for sales of over 70,000 copies and included the massive hit “The Last Day On Earth”, which reached No.3 on the singles chart and has sold over 210,000 copies.
Her 2012 album “Nightflight” entered the chart at No.2 and her 2014 long player “O Vertigo!” did so at No.4. Two years later she released a greatest hits album “The Best of Kate Miller-Heidke: Act One”, which included the single “”You’ve Underestimated Me, Dude”!
Her chief songwriter on all of her albums has been guitarist and songwriter Keir Nuttall, whom she married in 2014. She gave birth to their son Ernie in 2016. “Zero Gravity” was written by Kate and Keir together with singer and songwriter Julian Hamilton which deals with Miller-Heidke’s post-natal depression following the birth of Ernie. The song has charted in Sweden and on the UK download chart, but so far (01/06/19) reached No.95 on the Australian singles chart.
Her latest single is another song about her son, simply called “Ernie”!