Mia Montero breaks down her artistry and what's next to come..
We love to discover new music and are so happy we had a chance to interview this artist. We asked Mia Montero a few short questions about her artistry and her NEW Album!! Here's what she had to say..
Please tell us about your art. What do you do / make / create? How? Why? What’s the message or inspiration, what do you hope people take away from it? What should we know about your artwork?
"I am a Christian singer and songwriter. The way I describe my musical sound it is a 21st century Fleetwood Mac but make it Christian. I also have a few country folk sounding songs in there, to add a bit of my roots in my work. I really wanted to make music people like to listen to and enjoy, and once listening to the lyrics / breaking them down, hear the truth behind it. A lot of my lyrics, I pulled from scripture. I also had people I trust look over it and make sure I wasn't interpreting it in an incorrect and odd way. I hope people hear the positivity and hear God's love in my songs. There are many songs that are deceptive, and have amazing melodies but negative lyrics. I wanted to do it differently on this album"..
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work? What's the best way to support you as an artist?
"You can follow me on all social media - @miamonteromusic and listen on all streaming platforms. The most common are Apple Music and Spotify, and I have a couple music videos on Youtube."..
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When and why did you start playing/making music?
"I fell in love with singing when I was 5 years old. I have an older cousin (about 10 years older) - who was as famous as Hannah Montana to me. I thought she was the coolest person ever! She would compete in local / regional voice competitions, so my mom would bring us to support her very often. The second I saw her perform for the first time, I told my mom I wanted to be a singer!"..
Tell us a little about your faith journey and how you came to give your life to Jesus?
"I grew up in the church, and accepted Christ into my life at 8 years old. It wasn't until college until I had a strong relationship with him and began giving all of my life on Him. And man, when I did that, the weight that lifted off of my shoulders is indescribable. I had to learn to give up the things in my life that were bringing me down and not uplifting me, which at the time was rough but necessary. When I did, everything became so much clearer. The people involved in my life have blessed me so much and have made me a better disciple of Christ.."..
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What jobs have you done other than being an artist?
"I am currently the Worship Leader at the Bayou Church in Lafayette, Louisiana as well as a self employed hat maker at The Magnolia Hatter. Both offer me creative freedom and have helped shape who I am as an artist and a believer"..
How do you balance your music with other obligations - significant other, children, job etc.? Are you full time music?
"Since I am full time in music / ministry, it isn't much of a struggle balancing my life outside of it. I am very thankful and blessed for this opportunity, and definitely know how hard it can be to balance both work and music if they're not together. While in college full time, I worked three jobs to pay rent / bills and then spent my (very little) spending money on recording sessions or paying musicians, or the graphic designer, etc. It's cool to look back and be like WOW. God has provided so much then to lead me to the now and has helped me grow into who I need to be."..
What advice would you give up and coming independent artists?
"My advice would be to not compare to any other artist - because everyones story is different. Some people have different circumstances and you can't let that put you down or lead to jealousy. God wants you to use your story to glorify the Kingdom. Keep pushing and keep trusting. God will lead you where you need to be"..
Are you planning on staying independent as an artist? What's the next move?
"I am currently an independent artist, and am leaving it all up in Gods hands! Whatever his plan is, I am perfectly happy with it and am down for anything"..
What can we expect next from you?
"This album was such a long process haha, I might take a little break for a bit. I do intend to write and have co writes with people in the meantime, and focus on my hats for a bit. Who knows, I may work on and release a Christmas record! I'll keep y'all guessing :)"..
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly tell us about yours?
"Hey there! My name is Mia Montero and I am a Christian singer / songwriter based in Louisiana. I grew up in Lafayette, LA which is about right in the center of Louisiana, but a bit more south. I grew up in the church I currently am employed at and have been attending ever since. I got baptized when I was 8 years old, and started volunteering when I was 14 years old in the student ministry. At 18 years old in 2019, I began leading worship in our main auditorium and then became the worship ministry intern the summer of 2021. All this time, I've been writing and recording my own music, some pop, but mostly, Christian music. I then moved to Nashville in January of 2022 after college graduation to pursue music, but then was called back to The Bayou in September to be their full time Worship Leader. It wasn't until I think I started leading worship in college, when I fully trusted God. Yes, I knew Him, had a relationship, but didn't really want to trust Him with my life. When I moved to Nashville, I had so many green lights. Kind of unbelievable how many "GO" signs I had. Once I got there, it was HARD. I knew it would be, but it was just difficult working 2 jobs to pay rent and then using the one free day a week to either meet people in the music industry for a write or coffee. It was exhausting and I had trouble finding a community. Come July, I feel God is moving and working. I remember telling my mom I finally like Nashville. I'm making friends and feeling like this could and will be my home. Literally a day later, Ed Gore, The Worship Pastor at The Bayou (my home church in LA) called me and asked me to pray about coming home and Worship Leading full time. I was like "UM, God what's up?" Haha. I told Ed I'd pray about it, but thought I probably wouldn't take it. Two weeks later, he calls me back, and I instantly feel in my heart, I have to go. I accepted, and two months later, came back to Louisiana. I used to think my story is basic and not "cool" enough to lead or inspire people to Christ, but every story is unique and God wants us to use them to glorify Him. That's what I told God coming home. God, I feel this is what you want me to do. In every moment, I will trust you and do my best to glorify you."
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