It seems as if Sia Furler has moved audiences, be it through television or computer screens, from the very beginning of her career. Unbelievably, though, most of us would still have difficulty picking out the chart-topping singer in a crowd.
The oft-veiled vocalist’s latest video, for her single “The Greatest,” continues to shake viewers to the core, first pulling us in with her intoxicating vocals, then captivating with the striking emotional power of dance. The six-minute video, featuring 14-year-old dancer Maddie Ziegler, is a sorrowful tribute to the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. As Ziegler dances with 48 other children—49 dancers for 49 victims—it’s obvious Sia’s artistry goes beyond pop boundaries.
That the Australian singer and songwriter has managed to funnel her creativity into the mainstream without most of us having ever seen her face is a testament to her sound and vision. Not only has she crafted dancefloor-ready jams like “Cheap Thrills” and belted sweeping ballads like “Chandelier,” she has co-written for stars like Beyoncé and Rihanna.
This Friday, Las Vegas will witness the artist, and Ziegler, on Sia’s first arena tour, with the sizzling Miguel as the opener. Given the resonating effects of her videos and the intensity of her live shows—Sia’s 2016 Coachella performance has been praised as one of the best shows in the festival’s history—her Mandalay Bay stop will likely be one of the most memorable Vegas concert experiences of the year. Sia with Miguel & AlunaGeorge at Mandalay Bay Events Center, October 7.