She did it without farewell tours or press releases. Instead she just told those closest to her that she was walking away from music and she got on with a new life. University. A share house. Some volunteer work. No photo's in the papers; no raves on the blogs.
This extraordinary decision wasn't made on a whim. In 2007 she'd released her sophomore album "On A Clear Night" in Australia to critical raves and more ARIA Awards. The follow up to her freakishly popular debut "The Sound Of White", her second album actually became the highest selling Australian release for that year and in 2008 Missy relocated to the U.S. to support its release there. Naturally that meant lots and lots of touring. After more than a year "Where I Stood" was inches from being certtified gold in the U.S. and she was selling out large theatres but the grind was taking its toll.