Manchester’s soul newcomer Mica Millar today releases new single and video ‘Girl’, a song inspired by the stories shared at her kitchen table with the women closest to her.
In it, she explores and confronts societal obstacles and outlining the importance of not shying away from injustice. She wants to empower women with this track, and is releasing it on International Women’s Day to highlight how “other women’s stories can be like looking at a reflection of your own life, and when we can relate, there’s something really special about the connections we make.”
From the struggle of being able to find other female creatives to collaborate with, to gathering a team of 12 women for the track’s accompanying video the journey behind ‘Girl’ is one that highlights the importance of female representation in music.
A triumphant follow up to the foot stomping, gospel-infused‘Preacher Man’, ‘Girl’ sees Mica explore themes of female empowerment, racial injustice, relationships and human nature – a social and spiritual commentary that spans a diverse range of challenges and implores us to reflect, accept and take inspiration from the commonalities of our respective journeys through life.
Mica’s ever-present vocal is delivered atop angelic backing vocals, catchy riffs, and soul-drenches drums – a recording completed remotely during lock down between Mica’s studio in Manchester, UK and Hive Mind Studios in Brooklyn, New York. The result is a stunning sonic blend of modern and classic Soul that is both reassuringly familiar yet distinctly, Mica Millar.
At the time of writing ‘Girl’, Mica was in recovery from a spinal injury that had very nearly left her permanently paralysed from the waist down.
“Some of these stories were inspired by my backing singers” she says, often shared “over a glass of wine (or three) after rehearsals and studio sessions…At the time,I really needed something to lift me up and it was support from other women that brought about the initial idea. I wanted to write something honest and truthful, based on real stories that we can all relate to”.
An ode to these women, ‘Girl’ is as much of a love letter to those that need it as it is a reminder to encourage and uplift yourself in challenging times.
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