Time now for an exclusive chat with Australian pop star [Missy Higgins](http://www.rhapsody.com/goto?rcid=art.5286498), who holds forth on why she stopped making music for awhile to go to college and do all "the kid stuff that I missed out on," how she re-energized while playing other people's pianos while house-sitting in America, the inspiration for her killer new tune "Set Me on Fire," what got her into environmentally friendly touring, and more. Enjoy.
Missy Higgins came into her own (musically speaking) by mistake. She had written and recorded "All for Believing," a beautifully haunting piano ballad when she was 16 years old. The song itself was a homework assignment for a music class that she had procrastinated on, waiting until the very last minute to complete it. But it was at her sister's urging that she entered that song into a contest, eventually winning first place and getting the tune played on Los Angeles radio station KCRW, a move which prompted Warner Bros. to hand her a pen and contract. Two EPs and a full-length album later, her sometimes dark and always beautiful folk-tinged songs garner her many a positive comparison to Kate Bush and Tori Amos (although perhaps Vanessa Carlton's emotive inflections may be a closer association).