Mica Millar’s new single ’Trouble’ features a stirring and powerful vocal performance alongside a smooth jazz melody that captivates with catchy hooks at every corner.
Packed with attitude, this fierce track from the UK Soul artist incorporates searing organs and a rich palette of voices while tackling themes of karma, fate and resilience.
Lyrically, the song warns of the perils in taking risks, yet the bold and confident music counterbalances them with an encouraging tone to give it a shot.
The accompanying music video follows the journey of a man’s life from childhood to adulthood as he carries and attempts to offload his metaphorical karma in the form of a suitcase.
“The idea for this video was originally inspired by my grandad’s story. He had a bit of a ‘colourful life’, let’s say… but the message that he tried to impart on me before he died was that instead of fighting his demons he was acknowledging his mistakes and trying to make amends by doing some good in the world. That was his way of ‘repenting’ I suppose. That’s the sentiment I wanted to convey through the video.” says Mica.
Already picked by many a critic as an album highlight ’Trouble’ has also had a ton of European support, making its way into mainstream radio playlists in Germany, Italy SWR 1, WDR 5, Deutschlandfunk Kultur, Radio 24 and many more – the latest in a string of continued coverage across Europe.
Other singles from ’Heaven Knows’ have received radio airplay across France, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Greece and Poland.
The album was also named by Germany’s Pop Magazine as one of the ‘Best Albums of 2022’, along with previous single ’Preacher Man’ making their ‘Best Songs of 2022’.
Before then Mica continues to add more shows to her first ever national headline tour – opening at London’s prestigious Jazz Cafe and including headline slots for Manchester Jazz Festival and Leeds Jazz Festival – plus new shows added across Scotland.
The full list of dates so far can be found below with the additional shows in Scotland now on sale.
5th May – Jazz Cafe, London
21st May – Epstein Theatre, Liverpool
25th May – Band on the Wall (Manchester Jazz Festival), Manchester
30th May – The Wardrobe (Leeds Jazz Festival), Leeds
17th June – Summer Hall, Edinburgh
18th June – Òran Mór, Glasgow
19th June – The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
Expect to hear the sensational ’Heaven Knows’ performed in full with Mica’s outstanding live band, plus other surprises soon to be revealed.
Early bird tickets for Manchester sold out within the first hour of going on sale, so don’t hesitate and grab your tickets here.
As well as the above, Mica is confirmed to appear at the following festivals, cementing her position as one of the most in-demand new soul artists of the year.
Catch her live at the following venues
27th & 28th April – Cheltenham Jazz Festival
10th June – Cambridge Club Festival
2nd July – Love Supreme Festival – Glynde, East Sussex
9th July – Mostly Jazz, Funk & Soul – Birmingham
15th July – Wigan International Jazz Festival
Cheltenham Jazz Festival is set to be a truly momentous occasion, with Mica performing the festival’s main stage on Thursday 27th backed by a 100-piece orchestra and televised on BBC 4, as well as performing her full live show in a soon-to-be-announced 600-cap venue.
Mica’s 2023 begun with a flying start, hailed as ‘One to Watch’ by Wordplay Magazine and Noctis Magazine.
’Heaven Knows’ was named as a Top Three Album of 2022 in Blues in Britain, as well as Top Five Soul Album of 2022 in Echoes Magazine and one of Abbey Road Studios ‘Best Albums of 2022’.
Mica celebrated a huge win at Jazz FM Awards 2022 at the ceremony in last November, securing the prestigious award for ‘Soul Act of the Year’ whose recipients of former years include Philip Bailey, Jon Batiste, Jill Scott, Moonchild and Poppy Ajudha.
Riding high on her win, Mica soon after performed at Jazz Voice, the opening gala of the EFG London Jazz Festival at the Royal Festival Hall with backing from the 42-piece Festival Orchestra.
’Heaven Knows’ achieved widespread acclaim upon its release last summer, including a plethora of national radio support from the likes of Trevor Nelson at BBC Radio 2 and a slot on Clive Anderson’s ‘Loose Ends’ on BBC Radio 4.
Mica also took over as Jazz FM’s guest head of Music in November and the live recording of her album launch show, at Manchester iconic Albert Hall, was broadcast as a 2 hour Christmas special.
Mica has graced the covers of Blues & Soul Magazine and Echoes Magazine, who also gave ’Heaven Knows’ a 5 star ‘soul album of the month’.