Q&A with Miranda Glory
Since graduating Berklee School of Music in early 2016, R&B/soul artist Miranda Glory has been going non-stop, but she's been hustling for much longer. First inspired as a kid by her older sisters, Miranda has been passionate about music for as long as she can remember, so pursuing a career in it only made sense. Flash forward to 2017, and the Berklee album is incredibly busy. Following her stint at the exclusive Neverland Songwriting Retreat in Costa Rica, Miranda has been bicoastal, traveling back and forth from New York to Los Angeles to work with established producers and songwriters. Since November of last year, she has written about 70 songs, and her newest single, "Blue Eyes" featuring Matty Owens is out now!
Get to know Miranda Glory a little better, listen to "Blue Eyes" and get a sneak peek of what's to come below!
Interview by Dom Vigil
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself for any readers who might not be familiar?
Sure! First off, thank you so much for having me! I’m a singer/songwriter from New York City and, like a lot of songwriters, I’ve pretty much been writing break up songs since I was around 15. I grew up playing at open mics all around the city and singing to pretty much anyone that would listen. I ended up going to Berklee College of Music where I studied songwriting and was surrounded by people who were as obsessed with music as I was, which was both amazing and a little scary sometimes. After graduating I’ve been back and forth from NYC to LA perusing this crazy dream of being an artist.
When did you first become interested in writing and playing music? Were there any people or artists who first inspired you?
As the youngest of three girls in my family I naturally always tried out everything my two older sisters did. Growing up they were always my biggest role models and I wanted to be just like them. So when they did Volleyball, I did too. When they did theater, I did too. When they wrote songs, I did too. I didn’t expect that I would fall in love with writing and performing like that but it became my passion and obsession. I would say from a songwriting perspective John Mayer definitely inspired me. I used to have physical CD’s of a few of his albums and on long car rides we’d listen to them. While everyone else was signing along, I would be secretly nerding out about his rhyme schemes and song structures.
You’ve been incredibly busy since graduating Berklee last year and have kind of been all over the place. What have been some of the best or most exciting experiences you’ve had as a musician since graduating?
Life has definitely been crazy since graduating, but crazy in a good way! I released my EP ‘Listener’ just on my own about a year ago and one of the singles off the EP somehow caught the attention of this songwriting retreat called Neverland Retreats in Costa Rica. I ended up getting a scholarship to go and that is where I met my manager. Since then I’ve been bicoastal going out to LA to write and collaborate with different people. It’s been absolutely amazing. The other day I was making a spreadsheet of all the songs I’ve written since November and I’m up to about 70, which is insane!
What have been some important lessons you’ve learned along the way?
I’ve really had to learn to follow my intuition and go with my gut. I’ve always been an intuitive person, but I tend to ignore that voice inside myself pretty often. However, when I do listen, I feel like it leads me to the right place. For example, Costa Rica! I’m learning everyday to trust myself more and more. Also, with my music I think it’s taught me that the more vulnerable I get, the more people connect to what I’m saying. It scared me a lot at first to show people songs that were really personal but those always turned out to be the songs that people felt the most and I don’t think that’s an accident.
Earlier this year, you announced your signing to Tommy Boy, and now you’re releasing your new single, “Blue Eyes” featuring Matty Owens. What are you most excited for listeners to hear on the track?
I’m really excited for listeners to hear a little bit of a different side of me on this track. I tend to write mostly sad heartbreak songs but this one is more of the chill/ carefree side that I haven’t expressed as much. It’ll be really cool to see how people react to it. This is also the first time I’ve collaborated with a rapper and I love how that turned out.
Did you have any goals in mind when working on “Blue Eyes?” What does the song mean to you?
The song actually came together pretty quickly. I wrote it with two of my friends from Berklee, Dwilly (producer) and Jake Torrey, (co-writer). We all got inspired by the track that Dwilly had named “Blue Eyes” and from there we liked the idea of it being about the uncomplicated part of love where everything just feels right.
On top of the new single, I hear there's already an album taking shape as well. When can fans expect to hear some more new music?
I’ve got one more single coming out in a few months with Tommy Boy and beyond that you can expect to see some DJ/Producer collaborations which have been in the works. In terms of an album nothing is set in stone yet but I will say I’ve started to, at least in my mind, build my next album. You can stay in touch with me on social media for updates.
What would you like listeners to be able to take away from your music?
I hope listeners connect to my music and feel something, even if it’s just for a couple minutes a day, be it validation, relaxation, joy or pain. I’ve noticed that people don’t give themselves permission to feel things, and to me that is the beauty of art, especially music.
With “Blue Eyes” out now, what’s next for you? Do you have any other big plans coming up?
Besides the second single, I’m pretty much living day to day. Writing as much as possible, working with as many collaborators as possible and performing every chance I get. I’d love to start touring soon because nothing fulfills me quite like playing live, but I guess I’ll just have to wait and see what the rest of the year has in store for me.
Thanks for taking the time to chat with us! Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Thanks for having me! And thank you to everyone who is listening to my music and supporting me. I really appreciate every like, share and comment. I feel so lucky to be pursuing what I love and am very grateful for every person who is helping me make that happen.