A passionate and honest songwriter with a distinctly soulful and powerful voice.
First emerging with her debut single “My Lover” released on International Women’s Day 2017, Mica Millar has quickly established herself as one of the Northwest’s most revered, up and coming female artist, whilst remaining independent, self-managed and self-funded. Selling out her first hometown show at Manchester’s Whiskey Jar, Mica followed in late August with her second single “Not The First” and was awarded BBC Introducing’s prestigious “Artist of The Week” – gaining her national BBC radio support that followed headline shows at Liverpool’s Buyers Club, The Domino Club, Leeds and yet another sell out launch at The Deaf Institute, Manchester.
Mica’s powerful and emotive performances with her six-piece-band have also been showcased at some of her hometown’s most well renowned concert halls including The Contact Theatre, The 02 Ritz and The Lowry, as well as at music festivals across the UK, including two headline slots on Manchester International Festival’s acclaimed Festival Square stage and Liverpool Loves Festival.
Tipped by BBC Introducing and BBC Radio 2’s Jo Whiley as “an artist to watch in 2018” and sighted as “the next big thing” by Manchester Evening News, Mica’s exciting year came to a close when she performed with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra at “The Spirit of Manchester” Christmas concert in December.
Mica has gained radio support both locally and nationally appearing on BBC Introducing Manchester, Mike Sweeney’s BBC Breakfast Show, BBC’s The People, BBC Merseyside, BBC Leeds, Reform Radio, Unity Radio and many more. Mica also performed live to a national audience of 7 Million across forty BBC stations on BBC Georgey Tonight as BBC Introducing’s “Artist of The Week” earlier this year.
Stunning the presenters with stripped back, raw performances of her singles, BBC Johnny L’anson said it was “a real honour to expose an artist with this level of talent through BBC Introducing” and Mike Sweeney said “I’ve listened to Etta James, Janice Joplin, some great singers over the years. Mica Millar’s voice is incredible. I suspect in the future, she’ll be doing a lot bigger venue’s than that and hopefully she’ll remember us here”.
Mica’s live shows have received rave reviews from press and fans alike. The shows bring together a soulful sixpence line up of musicians including souring gospel-inspired harmonies from her all female backing vocal trio, with Adisa Allen (The Mouse Outfit) on Drums, Ben Price (8 Gold Rings/Jenna & The G’s) on Bass and Liam Morson (Family Ranks) on keys.
As a vocalist and songwriter who’s talents have been compared to the likes of some of the greatest Soul and Jazz artists of all time including Etta James, Janice Joplin, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone, Mica has rightly established herself as “one of the UK’s finest Soul voices” (Karen Gabay, BBC/ITV).
“One of the best voices in the UK. I will put everything on the table. Absolutely incredible” (Natalie Eve-Williams, BBC Introducing/5live)
“I’ve listened to Etta James, Janice Joplin, some great singers over the years. Mica Millar’s voice is incredible…I suspect in the future, she’ll be doing a lot bigger venue’s than that and hopefully she’ll remember us here”. (Mike Sweeney, BBC Radio)
“The term “the next big thing” gets bandied about a lot these days but listen to the staggering vocals of Mica Millar and you’ll find yourself uttering just that”
(Manchester Evening News)
“I’m blown away! It’s a privilege to expose artists with this level of talent”
(Johnny L’anson, BBC Radio Leeds)
“I re-discovered music tonight. Stunning”
(Gary Stein, Group Programming Direct, Radio City Network )
“One of the UK’s finest Soul voices” (Karen Gabay, BBC Radio/ITV)