We had the good fortune of connecting with Kelsey Mira and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kelsey, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
As a traumatic brain injury survivor, I suffered memory loss and had trouble retaining new information after I got sick. My neurologist suggested to my Mom that I start putting what I needed to remember, to music because of how the brain retains information put to rhythm and melody. My gift in songwriting grew as a tool for doing well in academia and I would create songs using rhythm and melody for study guides in all subjects. I put a pre-calculus test based on formulas to a catchy beat and had my whole senior high school class learn it. I attribute this learning style to what I’ve accomplished in the music industry, and I want to help and inspire other aspiring musicians who struggle in academia and show them they can have a wonderfully successful career. Alongside my career in the music industry, I have been running my own business: Music Lessons with Kelsey Mira for 10+ years, for aspiring vocalists, pianists, and songwriters, and I have used these same memorization methods through music in helping my students struggling in school. Parents ask me to work with their child to help them study for their upcoming tests and we create catchy songs based on their study guide material. I am thrilled to be able to give back and help other creatives struggling in school and hope this method of learning lives on for generations. I want others to know that anything is possible.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a singer/songwriter/artist and write music for my own project, under the pop umbrella. I also work as a professional singer and session vocalist, and I’m most known for my work as the lead vocalist on these video games: Immortals Fenyx Rising and Darksiders Genesis. Aside from songwriting and singing, I am also a composer and songwriter and write music for other artists and bands, and I’m currently composing the music for a film. What sets me apart from others is that I can write songs quickly, on the spot. I have incorporated this improv into my shows and get the audience involved in having them help me write an original song. What sets me apart as a vocalist for hire is that I sing well in many different languages, thanks to how my brain re-wired after my injury and my studies as a classically trained vocalist.
I began working my way into the industry by running two bands: a corporate band and an original band performing my music. I was both the lead singer and band leader, and I gained recognition as one of the first female band leaders to succeed in my hometown of Cincinnati, OH at high-end clubs and venues. I always saw myself doing music full time and though it was a lot of hard work, it became second nature to me. I overcame the challenges by reminding myself how far I’ve come after surviving my brain in injury, and how proud I was of myself. I’ve learned that the only people who don’t succeed are those who give up. I want the world to know that if someone ever tells you you’re not smart enough to succeed, they are wrong. We are all capable of genius and have special gifts to offer the world.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If I had someone visiting the area, I would take them to my favorite spots that inspire me to write music. I would start with hiking at the observatory, then go to Gracious Madre for vegan cuisine, and catch a live show from the band my friend, Nadav plays in who play shows on the green in Venice beach. We would then head over to Santa Monica and join an exercise class on the bikes by water. There are so many interesting people to meet who are out and about. I have even met so many new friends at Trader Joe’s! Pre-pandemic I also met many great singers who were my Uber drivers!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to my Mom, who helped me create songs in the beginning of my journey, and believed in me!
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