Mia is no stranger to the music industry, having released 3 EPs since 2019. Since then, she has continued to push herself creatively, writing and recording new material , as well as collaborating with other artists to create unique soundscapes.
Q: What got you into music and made you realize that it was your chosen path?
A: I’ve been a writer my entire life. I picked up singing seriously after my grandmother died in 2015. It was sudden and broke me down to nothing. Music helped me hold on.
Q: Tell us about your new music (Song/EP/Mixtape/Album)? And what’s the story behind it?
A: “Alive” is the first single from my project Beautiful, which releases on Feb.3. The song tells the story of love and perseverance. It’s about me finally accepting love after being heartbroken time and time again. It’s a classic R&B track that closes out the project on a light and optimistic note.
Q: What makes your music unique? How would you describe it? (genres/sub-genres)
A: I’m an R&B artist influenced by early 2000s classic R&B. I think my music is reminiscent of an era that made R&B as we know it. With influences from Usher, Monica, Brandy, Alicia Keys, Jhene Aiko, etc, I feel my music is a reminder that real R&B still exists, even if the world hasn’t acknowledged it yet. I like to think I take a modern approach on the R&B classics I was inspired by.
Q: Who are your biggest music influences? And any particular artist/band you would like to collaborate with in the future?
A: I have so many. As I mentioned, Usher, Monica, Brandy, Alicia Keys, Jhene Aiko. When I was younger I listened to Chris Brown, Trey Songz. I loved the girl group Cherish.. Nivea.. I could go on and on. I was inspired by all of the music back then.
Q: How long have you been in the music industry?
A: I started pursuing music seriously around 2018/19. I still consider myself very much so an independent artist and I cherish it.
Q: Which is the best moment in your musical career that you’re most proud of? (awards, projects or public performances etc.
A: I opened for Lyfe Jennings in Las Vegas in 2019. It was surreal because I grew up listening to all his songs.. Must Be Nice, Hypothetically, Rules etc.
Q: How do you balance your music with other obligations – family, friends or work?
A: Well it’s tough. I just had my daughter in April and during my pregnancy I took a long break from music to prepare my mind for motherhood. I’ve finally found a balance.. taking any free time I can to record. Recording while she’s sleeping… I still work as well but I do everything from home so it’s a bit easier than the traditional job setup. Simply put, I make time for the things I love and care about. I don’t make excuses. I just show up and take action.
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
A: Keep going. Do it because you love it not for fame.
Q: If you had one message to give to your fans, what would it be?
A: Follow your intuition. It will never lead you wrong. Guard your heart, everything you do pours from it. Believe in yourself. No one can more than you. Protect yourself. Everyone isn’t your friend.
Q: What’s next for you? Any upcoming projects?
A: yes. Again, Alive is part of my Beautiful EP which releases Feb. 3. It’s one of five songs on the project. I feel I’m becoming more and more vulnerable in each project I release, and this one is no exception. I’m really opening up more in order for people to connect with me through things I’ve been through.