Independent, UK soul newcomer Mica Millar crafts a promising fate with spiritual new single, ‘Preacher Man’, out now – the first taste of her debut album ‘Heaven Knows’ coming in June 2022.
Against all odds, ‘Heaven Knows’ was completed during a tumultuous time in Mica’s life. Not only having to adapt to the effects of COVID on the industry – shifting from studio sessions to remote recording, a big enough feat in itself, in 2020 Mica’s world was turned upside down when she broke her back, narrowly escaping permanent paralysis from the waist down. In extreme pain and having to learn to walk again, all recording came to a halt and nine months on Mica found herself still recovering from her injuries, amongst which, her core muscles, formerly powering her ever-present, soaring vocals, had deteriorated. But instead of giving up – as most would, Mica decided to push through these challenges taking on rigorous rehabilitation and never losing sight of her vision for the album.
The result is sublime; heartrending, understandable, and totally compelling. ‘Heaven Knows’ is a timeless collection of modern soul showcasing a confident new artist who’s not only found her own voice but one that’s put everything life has thrown at her into her art.
And don’t miss the startlingly, triumphant music video accompanying Preacher Man. The first in a series of six, filmed for the album. Executively Produced by Mica, this ambitious video project took place over three months and involved in excess of sixty creatives from across the Northwest. Preacher Man, the final video to be filmed, saw Mica not only feature and take on production duties but Direct too; a huge learning curve for her but one that evidently paid off. Enlisting up and coming Choreographer Zirih Zadi to star and coordinate a spine-tingling piece alongside Mica’s intimate performance reaches a climactic peak in the historic, world-renowned bell tower of Liverpool Cathedral.
Just before the release of the single, we spoke to Mica about the album, her musical influences, the video project and then tested her knowledge of her home city of Manchester. Watch all of this and more in the video interview here.
Read more about Mica Millar on her official Website
You can also listen to her latest single here.