The cosmos played a part in Missy Higgins’ sophomore album, “On a Clear Night.”
The Australian singer-songwriter — who became a pop star when she was 16 with “All For Believing,” a song she wrote as a school assignment — was vacationing in Broome, an isolated town on her homeland’s west coast. There Higgins sat on the beach with her guitar and wrote the songs that populate the new record.
“I just remember sitting on the beach one night looking up and the stars,” recalls Higgins, 24. “I realized how small we all are amongst it all, and I had this beautiful feeling of, ‘Well, nothing really matters, then. I should just have fun, and I shouldn’t worry about what other people expect of me or what direction everyone else thinks I should go in because this is my life and no one else’s.
“Everything kind of fell in place for me at that moment.”
Things have been in place for Higgins for awhile. Her debut album, 2004’s “The Sound of White,” spent seven weeks at No. 1 in her homeland and generated a buzz in the U.S. as well. But she hopes the release of “On a Clear Night” — in April 2007 in Australia and February in the U.S. — takes away some of the “gimmick” nature of her notoriety.
“I think a lot of the time you have to make a decent second album to be able to prove yourself as a real artist,” Higgins explains. “I definitely feel I’ve gained a lot more respect, and it’s a good feeling because there are a lot of female singersongwriters of my age out there at the moment. It’s easy for people to bundle them all into one package and put the same label on us all.
“But it’s nice to be distinguished as a decent singer-songwriter amongst it all.”
Missy Higgins performs Wednesday (July 16) at the Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St. at Pike, Pontiac. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $14. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.