Artist: Brenna Miles
BIO:Singing before her first words were spoken, Brenna Miles was
destined for greatness. Star. Sweetheart. Soulful singer/songwriter and
self-proclaimed “non-shoe” wearer whenever possible, Miles has a unique sound
from a diverse musical upbringing. From Etta, to Ella, Christina to Adele and
some of Miles all time favorites The Beatles and Rolling Stones, funk, edge,
soul and pushing the limits of musical boundaries are in her blood. From a
young age Miles performed in different theater groups, schools, Disneyland, LA
Zoo, and various venues on Sunset Blvd. Having already recorded special
Christmas projects for Disney and the Grammy Foundation (with exclusive
distribution in Target and on iTunes), to performing with Keith Urban at his
concert and singing her original music for Colbie Caillat and Lamont Dozier,
Miles has worked with some of the best in the industry.
1) How old were you when you first decided you wanted to do music?
Brenna Miles: Music was definitely my first language. I was singing before talking and started writing jingles around the age of 4; my first song was actually written about chicken pox. I remember watching my sister’s choir concerts and crawling onto stage to be with her. I started performing for my family, their friends, and anybody that would listen to me. I loved performing for others and immediately told my mom that I wanted to “be a singer when I grow up”.
2) Who would you say inspires you the most as an artist?
Brenna Miles: My biggest inspiration is my best friend Eric. He’s an artist as well and he pushes me to better my songwriting. We’re super close, so when I’m writing a song, he usually knows what I’m writing about and is able to coax me into making the song more personal. I
can’t explain it, but he makes me want to be better. I’m always showing him my new songs and asking for his input because his advice can make a song go from being good to great.
3) Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
Brenna Miles: In the next five years I want to be recording and touring. I want to be sharing my music with others, and working and collaborating with other musicians. I want to be making a name for myself. I want people to know who I am and to rock out to my music. Hopefully I’ll be known internationally as well!
4) What artist would you like to collaborate with?
Brenna Miles: The Rolling Stones are my favorite band of all time. My dad is from London, so I grew up listening to The Beatles, The Who, The Stones, etc. Growing up, I think the first full song I learned from a recording artist was “Drive My Car”. After The Beatles phase, I became
more interested in The Rolling Stones. My dad shared his entire collection of their music with me and I was hooked.
5) What would you say is your biggest accomplishments?
Brenna Miles: Professionally, my biggest accomplishment would be writing and recording a song for Disney Records, and performing with Keith Urban at his concert. My biggest accomplishmen personally would have to be songwriting. Singing has always come easy to me. When I started writing pop songs in the 6th grade, I really enjoyed it, but I was not good at it. I’m proud of my songwriting now, and I’m not embarrassed to read my lyrics to someone or collaborate with other musicians anymore.
6) What is the biggest thing in your life that you regret and wish you could change?
Brenna Miles: I’m not one to focus on regrets. I wouldn’t want to change anything in my life. Even the things I don’t like, they make me who I am. Having a perfect life with no regrets doesn’t make someone personable. Having bumps in my life makes me a better songwriter and musician, and it makes me more interesting. Besides, what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger.
7) What is 1 thing that you want fans to always remember you by?
Brenna Miles: I want fans to remember me for my voice. I am so passionate about singing and would give up anything to keep doing it.
8) What is the hardest thing about being in the music industry?
Brenna Miles: The music industry is a cruel place. There are so many talented people in the world that will never have the chance of chasing their dreams. The industry isn’t so much about talent anymore as it is “who you know”. Especially with so many more technological advances in producing, with editing voice tone, auto-tune, and mixing, almost anybody is able to sound good. The most successful way to make it in the entertainment world is to network. Without knowing anybody, there is no chance of being discovered or getting a profession in the music industry.
9) What separates you from other artist out right now?
Brenna Miles: I would say my personality separates me from other artists. I’m EXTREMELY goofy. I’m known for saying whatever comes to my mind that instant, I don’t really think before I say, and many of my thoughts are confusing to others. My train of thought is pretty random and it doesn’t exactly make sense. I put this random train of thought in my songwriting and I think it makes my lyrics interesting.
10) If you weren’t doing music what would you be doing?
Brenna Miles: If I weren’t doing music I would still want to work in the entertainment industry. I find it fascinating, fast-paced, and rewarding. I’m a firm believer in working hard to get worth while results.
11) When it comes to music what is one thing you wish you knew five years ago?
Brenna Miles: Five years ago I wish I had known how important it is to find people that want you to succeed and aren’t using you for ulterior motives. It’s disappointing that some people claim that they want to help, when in reality those want to bring you down or simply make unfair profit from you. It’s important to find someone that you trust and has proven to you that they truly want you to succeed and actually believe in you.
1) What is your greatest child hood memory?
Brenna Miles: My favorite childhood memory would probably have to be the plays my sister and I would put on for our parents. My sister was the director, costume designer, etc. We would perform the story of “The Three Little Pigs”, “Little Red Riding Hood”, and “Titanic”. I loved putting on these shows, bonding with my sister, and getting to perform.