Today we’d like to introduce you to Cass Miller.
Cass, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
It’s crazy to think that I didn’t have a choice in loving music. I didn’t search for it. It was built in me. I remember when I was in first grade, I would write songs on my school bus. I had no idea how to write music, but I would write out the lyrics and attempt to write out the rhythms, like “da, da, da-da, da-da-da” so I could remember how to sing my song.
That’s where it started.
As I grew older, I expanded my writing. I wrote songs, poems, prose, and creative stories. I loved the power in creating something from nothing, something from an idea, something that could move someone else’s soul. And I loved being able to express my innermost thoughts. Writing allowed me to get to know myself. I found that if I just started writing, I’d discover a new layer of my soul – like “Oh, so that’s how I feel.” The people around me encouraged me to write as well.
I remember in seventh grade, on the last day of English class, my teacher handed me a journal as I was leaving the classroom. On the inside cover she wrote, “Never stop writing. The world needs to hear your voice.”
Those words carried me to college.
I didn’t necessarily want to go. I wanted to sing all the time. However, still unsure of myself as an artist, I wasn’t mentally prepared for a career in music yet. I needed to develop my voice and mental backbone. I didn’t know that at the time though.
So, I studied music in school. I was trained as a classical singer. I enjoyed developing my voice with proper technique, but I was always itching to sing pop and RnB music. I connected to the lyrics of pop. I connected to the soul of RnB. I remember constantly asking my voice teacher if we could practice Lauryn Hill songs instead of my classical repertoire.
After I graduated, I worked several jobs, saved every penny, and made the move to Los Angeles. I’ve been living here for 3 years now. I’ve been writing, co-writing, singing and recording every day since.
It’s a roller-coaster ride of a lifestyle. There’s ups, there’s plenty of downs, and there’s everything else in-between. Nothing is constant. That’s the life of an artist though. I’m just working every day to get one step closer to living out my dream. It’s incredibly scary and exciting that it all seems within reach.
That being said, my debut project (fingers crossed) should be out on all music platforms later this year. It’s my most-prized piece of artwork to date.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Anything that strikes up a strong emotion – I want to write about that. And even if I don’t want to at the time, because maybe it hurts to think about- I’m going to write about it, eventually. I can’t help it. I need to release it from my mind to truly understand that emotion.
I find inspiration in everything. I’m a curious person. If I’m talking to you, I’m studying you. People fascinate me. Life fascinates me. I tend to write and sing about the undertones of it all.
I hope that the people that need to hear my music hear it. That’s all. That’s what I’m most thankful for about what another artists’ music has done for me – just that I heard it exactly when I needed to hear it.
What responsibility, if any, do you think artists have to use their art to help alleviate problems faced by others? Has your art been affected by issues you’ve concerned about?
They say that an artist’s job is to reflect the times. I think artists have been reflecting the times since art has existed. What else can we do but to internalize our surroundings, interpret them according to our psychology, and release them back out as art?
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
A few of my songs are available for streaming or purchase on most major music platforms – iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, Soundcloud, etc. You can search for “Cass Miller”.
I also have a music video for my song “Running” out on YouTube. I’m really proud of that one. You can also follow my musical journey on any sort of social media (@cassmillermusic ), as I’ll be releasing more music soon!
- Website: www.cassmillermusic.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @cassmillermusic
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cassmillermusic
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/cassmillermusic
- Other: https://soundcloud.com/cassmillermusic