Recognised for her distinctive soulful vocal tone and classic British songwriting MIRI (stylised in all caps) has won fans across the globe with her brand of soulful pop. Her music has garnered support from Gemma Cairney at BBC 6 Music, Laughta at Reprezent Radio, Clash Magazine and BBC Introducing. She has spoken to BBC Radio London and Fubar Radio about her music and LGBTQ+ issues. During Mental Health Awareness Week, London In Stereo featured a playlist curated by MIRI to highlight tracks which convey important messages about mental health. MIRI has performed her music in male prisons to spread awareness on LGBTQ+ topics and was part of CirKT in association with the Mayor of London after being handpicked by Hyper Frank and Field Day Festival Co Founder Tom Baker. She has curated, hosted and performed for venues including the Sounthbank Centre for Raze Collective and has co hosted for Get In Her Ears radio show. During lockdown her online gigs included support for Frank Turner, SELF ESTEEM’S and Kellie Blanchett’s Pxssy Pandemic Festival raising money for Women’s Aid UK and an in-house performance for The Telegraph to raise funds and awareness for UK Black Pride. MIRI launched her ‘Find Your Voice’ t-shirts and brand on World Mental Health Day and recently spoke on the OneFest panel about Festival Lineups chaired by Vick Bain alongside panelist Alex Trenchard (Standon Calling) and Jamie Scahill (Highest Point Festival & Skiddle).
“British frontwoman takes her cues from Phoebe Bridges with this broad and rich folk gem.” Mystic Sons
“Soundbites contains some of her finest, most gripping songwriting.” Clash Magazine
“MIRI is a force to be reckoned with, an extraordinary talent.” Chris Nulty – HeadSpace
Outside of her music MIRI works with music and mental health awareness charities and community projects. She is on the well being team for Girls Rock London, music camps for adults and young people which help to empower girls, trans and non-binary folk and is the curator of Diversity Platform, Q&A and panel discussions for young LGBTQ+ artists offering support and guidance in the music industry. MIRI is on the BEAT Board for The Featured Artist Coalition, and is a Social Media Ambassador for The F-List, a UK directory of female and gender minority musicians founded by Vick Bain with Anoushka Shankar as inaugural president.
Her previous music releases have gained spins from BBC 6 Music, Soho Radio, BBC London Introducing and Radio X. She has written and worked with artists including Estelle, Plan B, Anita Blay and Xylaroo. Live-wise MIRI has performed extensively across the UK & Europe – highlights include; An East Germany Tour, Trafalgar Square for Million Women Rise – a rally to end male violence against women, The 100 Club for the Official Bob Marley Birthday Celebration, Out-Spoken, Natty’s Vibes & Pressure, Sofar Sounds (London, Amsterdam, Cambridge & Rotterdam), the main stage at Manchester Pride supporting Rita Ora, and Bush Hall supporting Laura Veirs.
Between May 2011 – January 2019 MIRI co promoted and co hosted monthly live music night Blue Monday created for LBTQ women and allies with guest speakers including Safe Gigs For Women and Get In Her Ears. MIRI, as part of Blue Monday put on a one day festival celebrating Women In Music and collaborated with award winning music venue Green Note on 10 sold out live music events called Girls To The Front bringing female musicians to the forefront. MIRI has promoted and hosted live music nights for Strongroom in Shoreditch and has been a guest host for Bar Wotever & Perceptions Warehouse.
Live Performance Photo Credit: Wotever World
Photo Credit: Laura Zotova
Words by Joe Phillips