Growing up in Dalby, Miranda was on the path to becoming a classical musician. But a switch to pop music studies at the Queensland Conservatorium put her on a new track. Writing and performing under the Austen moniker, she now produces "indie pop music that you can sad dance to". Ever focused, Miranda used her time away from the stage in 2020 to work on her songwriting, collaborations and mental health advocacy through the ListenUp charity. She also won a place on the prestigious APRA AMCOS Women in Music Mentorship program. Miranda will use her grant to create a collection of tracks with a range of other artists."