Born Melissa Morrison Higgins on August 19th, 1983 in Melbourne, Australia, the multi-faceted artist and activist known as Missy Higgins can claim nine ARIA awards, 24 ARIA nominations, and a wealth of number one records to her name. Schooled in piano as a child, she poured her burgeoning passion for the arts into musical theater, later flexing her songwriting muscle as a teenager. While still at high school, she wrote an original song, "All for Believing", which caught the attention of Triple J and won the radio station's competition for unsigned artists, Unearthed. Record label interest followed, with both Sony and Australian imprint Eleven vying for her attention. After signing with the latter, and completing national tours with Australian bands the Waifs and george, she travelled to the US to lay down her first EP. The Missy Higgins EP was released in October 2003 and climbed to number 49 on the Australian Singles Chart the following August. This was largely thanks to the success of her 2004 single, "Scar", which had come out in July and went straight in at number one on Australia's ARIA chart. Her debut album, The Sound of White, followed in September, also debuting at number one on the ARIA Albums Chart, as well as yielding five ARIA nominations, including Single of the Year. Inspired by her time spent living in the coastal area of Broome, Western Australia, her second album, On a Clear Night, arrived in 2007 and shot to the top of the charts. She released her third LP, The Ol' Razzle Dazzle, in 2012, after taking a short break away from the spotlight. In September 2014, she dropped her fourth studio album, Oz, featuring covers of various Australian artists including Warumpi Band, Paul Kelly, and The Drones. Her climate change-themed fifth album, Solastalgia, landed in 2018, with her first greatest hits record, The Special Ones, also appearing that year. A smattering of singles followed in subsequent years, including 2021's "Edge of Something." A new mini-album, Total Control, emerged in March 2022, featuring music created by Missy Higgins for the Australian TV series of the same name.