Today we’d like to introduce you to Mykiea “Mykiiie” Willams.
Mykiea, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Hey, I’m Mykiiie and I’m COOL! Born and raised in South Los Angeles, only child, raise by both parents but lived with my mom. My family calls me KeKe and I looooveeee cookies and Vans shoes. At age 5, My Uncle Horis, who is a musician, convinced his best friend, Mr. Al, to give me piano lessons for $5! I’m a music teacher now myself and what an investment he made in me.
I started writing lyrics and rapping at age 10. After my middle school years, I chose basketball over music, in hopes to get a ” free ticket” to college. By God’s grace, I got scholarships to play basketball collegiately and on that journey I found my way back to music.
I picked up the guitar my sophomore year in college, starting writing music my junior year and received my bachelor’s degree in Music Business. My desire was to have a record label. To be able to develop artist and help them be the best they can be. This pushed me to do an open mic or two and record a few songs to get a feel of what artist encounter so I can better relate and help them grow.
Little did I know that my “summer of testing” would lead me to eventually (5 years later) pursing artistry myself. I’m still going to own an independent record label and help other be great, but what I thought was just one summer, will hopefully turn into a career of helping others be great by sharing myself through my music.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I Courageously. Overcome. Obstacles. Lyrically.
My lyrical content is the most precious part of my artistry. I’m a singer/songwriter, rapper, musician and producer. All of this is just a creative form of prayer for me. I started writing my own lyrics again in college, at a time when I was far from God and was desperately desiring to be close to Him again.
I had a girlfriend in college and was so deeply in love with her that I couldn’t let her go to pursue Jesus. When I would be alone, I would write down these feelings, fears and desires because I didn’t know how to communicate them in regular prayer. I put them in songs and that is the essence of my music. My spiritual journey reflected through my life circumstances.
It’s COURAGEOUS because I share my most vulnerable moments I have with God, with people.
I OVERCOME my life OBSTACLES through using scripture to shape my content. It helps me to live it as I meditate on it, study it and put it in a song, in a way that is relevant to my situation.
I share my music and my vulnerability because I want others to know that they’re not alone and they can overcome their obstacles too. And I do it LYRICALLY through the music I create.
I’m Mykiiie, I’m COOL.
Artists face many challenges, but what do you feel is the most pressing among them?
I think one of the biggest challenges is trying do things that people will like over being ourselves and doing what we like. It is important to consider our audience and supporters. However, I think it’s more important to put ourselves out there and our authenticity will draw people that relate and appreciate us for who we are and are down for the ride on who we’re becoming. Doing this, though, in a wholesome way, with our listeners well-being in mind, not just their approval and money. With that in focus, hopefully, us as artists won’t lose ourselves at the expense of pleasing others for clout and a dollar.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you?
People can see my work at https://linktr.ee/im.mykiiie.
There you will find my Instagram, which is the main platform I use to release content and connect with people. My Spotify, Itunes, Youtube, Soundcloud, website and more can be accessed at https://linktr.ee/im.mykiiie.
1: People can support my work by going to my website https://www.uhmtribe.com/mykiiie, sharing their email and downloading my EP’s “Alabaster Blues” & “Come Home” for free!
2: A GREAT support would be to follow me on Instagram and check emails from me to stay informed on show dates, merch drops and new music that is soon to come!
3: And lastly, if you like what you hear, please share it with others!
- Website: https://linktr.ee/im.mykiiie
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @im.mykiiie
- Other: www.uhmtribe.com