songwriter Mica has finally found her voice, which probably
comes as a shock to the many A-list recording artists and
producers who have come to rely on her well-regarded vocal
ability. The issue, however, has nothing to do with being
able to carry a tune, with her range, power or remarkable
skill and timbre. For it is that golden instrument that has
shaped her entire life, from childhood in her own private
recording studio to international touring in her teens and
performances with huge stars on the world’s biggest stages.
Instead, Mica’s discovery is metaphoric in nature. Her
almost lifelong aspiration to be a recording artist has been
realized primarily because she has rejected every external
definition of what that goal looks like. Her journey is a
grand adventure and at times a cautionary tale, but it is,
ultimately, a journey of hope. Mica honed her craft behind
music’s most familiar names and traveled around the globe
and back, only to find that she carried the answer to her
biggest question inside her all along.
Raised from a young age, and eventually adopted, by her
maternal grandparents, Mica grew up in Locust Grove in the
southeastern corner of Oklahoma. Piano lessons started at
five, and she participated in the school band, choir and
related activities. But high school is where her story
departs from the well-worn path of would-be professional
wrote my first song at 13," Mica says, "and by 14 decided to
quit all my extracurricular commitments to focus on studio
work and writing. My uncle built a studio in an old cabin on
our property and I spent almost every night there--splicing
tape with razor blades, the whole bit. There was no doubt in
my mind what I wanted to do."
15 she was singing and playing piano in the stage show of an
Arkansas amusement park. By her junior year, Mica was taking
classes at the junior college so she could sing in the Tulsa
Opera choir. As graduation drew near, she found herself with
five full music scholarship offers at prominent
universities. She had a decision to make.
left home, bought a 27-foot Holiday Rambler trailer and
gypsied for three years," she smiles. "I played restaurants,
clubs, campgrounds—just passing the hat a lot of times.
Maybe I should have gotten the education, but I didn't want
to learn more English and math. I wanted to sing and see the
see the world she did when a tip from a fellow musician
landed her a cruise ship gig. "At 19 I flew to Los Angeles,
stood in line all day for a passport and flew to Hong Kong
the next day," she says. China, Japan, Indonesia and other
cruise stops had their allure, but her father's failing
health found Mica looking for a venue closer to home.