Issue #92 - Digital Cover

Published on October 20th, 2015 | by Jerry Doby

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Meet Philly Hip Hop Award Nominee Mylezia

A King reigns in the First State. Mylezia King is a singer-songwriter who was born on April 5, 1995 in Wilmington, Delaware. The 19-year-old was recently nominated at the 2014 Philly Hip-Hop Awards for Best New R&B/Pop Artist.

King, who is also referred to as “Mylee” or “My My” sang all of her life with her first solo performance coming in church when she sang “I Love You Lord” in which she later admitted ‘she was terrified’.

The Delaware Valley native has currently released five singles including the song “Girls Night Out” that she co-wrote with producer Chuck Finney which can be heard and purchased on ITunes.While she has pinned another singles titled “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore”, “Bitter Sweet” and “Lonely Girl” in the past. King, who studied piano and violin in school, is currently working on her demo project. And she has songs already completed called: “Never Alone”, “Anxious”, “Dying to be Perfect”, and “Forever Love” that’s expected to be released sometime soon.

In addition, the 2014 Concord High School graduate has shared the same bill as VH1 reality star and singer K. Michelle, (K. Michelle: My Life); Mack Wilds (The Wire, 90210); and Lee Mazin. Mylezia has worked with some of the industry’s best producers such as: Grammy-Award Winner Roy Hamilton, who produced Joe, R. Kelly and the “King of Pop” Michael Jackson; and, The Dezperawdos, who produced for the architect of the “New Jack Swing” era of the late-1980s Teddy Riley (Former member of Guy, Blackstreet) and Dru Hill. Also, Ben Ford, Rick Williams, PC Beats, Jaelin Savage, Keith Johnson and the above-mentioned Chuck Finney were other producers that King has shared the studio with.

Lastly, The Delaware native who graduated from high school with honors and subsequently launched her own production company called Myleez Production. Ms. King is the CEO of Myleez Production whose emphasis is to sign songwriters and producers.

The Hype Magazine staff were on hand to experience her during the 2015 Fleet DJs conference in North Carolina and she caught our attention. We proudly introduce you to a part of the future of music…Mylezia King.

As you see your self, who is Mylezia King?

Mylezia King, first and foremost is a child of a King. A hardworking motivated and dedicated a singer/song writer who is determined to reach my highest potential. Family and friends who describe me as loyal, professional and I like to think I am inspirational.

What brought you to the entertainment industry and music specifically?

Music has always been apart of my world. From a young girl, I was exposed to musicians and this lead to a total obsession with music, all types of music. I started singing at age 5 and since that age, I have not stopped. The entertainment industry as everyone knows is a tough industry where only the strong and creative survive and I believe my team and I possesses what it takes to not only enter the entertainment industry, but stay in the entertainment industry. Music, melodies and lyrics literally speak to the essences of who I am as an artist. Music has modeled me into the queen that I am today and I thank music and the founding fathers and mothers of music for all they have brought to my life.

What and/or who influenced the sound you bring today?

There are several artist that I believed influenced my fascination with music, but Alicia Keys and her sound intrigued me enough to want to expand on my career. I believe it was her unique sound but also the way in which she always carries herself, with class, humility and professionalism. These are all the qualities I seek to aspire to on a day-to-day basis.

What’s happened in your career that makes you feel this is the industry for you?

Initially, early on in my career I felt that the industry was for me because of the joy and personal satisfactions I felt when I completed a song and heard it on the radio. I believe I have received additional validations when other artists contact my management team and purchase features and wants to collaborate with me. This is always a humbling experience and really elevated my desire to work within the entertainment industry.

What was the biggest obstacle in getting to your current career phase?

Finances, similar to any other “start up” business is a major obstacle, however I have a extremely committed team and we believe in investing in the gifts and talents that God has blessed us with. I know that this particular obstacle with hard work and dedication will be removed very shortly as my career continues to progress positively and my music reaches even more people both locally and internationally.

What do you want people get from your music?

I don’t think my answer will be unique but I honestly want people to feel a connection to my music as if they can really relate. I want to have music that enhances every situation that my fans go through even if it is a positive one, negative one or a great party experience. Throughout my life I have always used music as medicine. It helped me think, made my smile and even helped dry up some tears or cause some, but I have always felt connected to music just like I want my fans to be connected to mine.

Tell us about your current project?

Thank you for asking this question. I am really excited about all of the opportunities that are coming my way and I am extremely blessed. Currently my team and I are working on producing my first music videos to two of my singles entitled “On Purpose” and “One Time”. We are also about to release my EP “King Like A Queen” and my music will be featured on an international reality show being produced in the country of Bermuda. I have also landed a role on Broadway in the Jerald Kelly Returns to Broadway production.

What do you feel has been your greatest life achievement so far?

So far I believe my greatest achievement is graduating from high school while maintaining good grades, juggling my music career and running track and field. I also volunteered and of course had to be the perfect daughter. Making it past all that was extremely rewarding and I believe prepared me for what’s to come.

If you could collaborate with one artist, living or dead, who would it be and why?

Michael Jackson, because he is literally still and always will be the King of Pop. Just like so many others, Michael Jackson captured my attention with his ability to really connect to his audience. His style, his music and ability to win the hearts of millions are something’s I have and always will admire.

If you had to pick one song of yours, that really explains YOU, what would it be?

One song that till this day still resonates with me is my single “Dying to be Perfect”. I believe that like many young girls we are taught to aspire to perfection (whatever that is) and we live in a very competitive world. During my high school track career I could not seem to come first no matter how hard I trained and at the same time my father remarried which I initially did not take very well. Thinking back, I crave the ability to be perfect and sought the attention from my father, I believed at the time I was not getting. As you can see this particular situation affected me greatly and I literally wrote a song about how hard I was trying to be perfect. It was not until this song was complete that I became more confortable with myself, more confident and stop trying to reach for some false sense of perfection. I am simply happy being me so in essence, once again my music literally became my medicine or what I call my healthy coping skill.

Last but not least, HYPE wants to know…What’s your CRAZIEST “Where they do that at?!” moment…

My craziest “Where they do that at” moments is when I was trapped in a major hurricane at what will be an unidentified location and witnessed someone using the bathroom in a bucket even though the bathroom was several feet away. They were literally too scared to move.

 



About the Author

Editor-in-Chief of The Hype Magazine, and internationally published arts & entertainment journalist. Member of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture as well as the United States Press Corps.


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