Mia Minichiello is a 21-year-old singer, songwriter, and musician from Boston, Massachusetts. Inspired by the great story-telling powers of songwriters like Joni Mitchell and the emotional prowess of performers such as Glen Hansard, Mia writes songs to share stories with the world. Once a classical vocalist and aspiring novelist, Mia turned to songwriting after discovering that it allowed her to combine her love for music with that of the written word. Mia uses this diverse background to infuse her lyrics with the spirit of prose and poetry and her melodies with classically rooted harmony. The result? Emotional music that communicates an honest story.
Since being accepted into the inaugural class of USC’s Popular Music Performance program in 2009, Mia has performed original compositions for Randy Newman and Lamont Dozier and sung background vocals for the Steve Miller Band. She has also become a Charles Dickens scholar, and been award songwriting scholarships from The Carpenters’ Richard Carpenter as well as ASCAP’s Cy Coleman award.
In addition to her individual songwriting and performing efforts, Mia is a dedicated member of the indie pop/rock band, Bear Attack. In 2011, Mia and Bear Attack successfully funded their debut EP, “Shapes,” through online fundraising site, Kickstarter. The campaign garnered the support of almost 90 unique donors, and since the EP’s release in April 2012, Bear Attack’s songs have gained a lot of recognition from online music blogs, the LA Times, and a dedicated, international television audience. Bear Attack has already had three songs featured on ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars; most notably, “The Backpack Song,” played a crucial role in the show’s third season finale episode. Mia and the group have just finished another batch of songs in the studio, filmed a music video, and are gearing up for a west coast tour this summer.