MIRI is an artist, musician, songwriter, and community activist. Recognised for her distinctive soulful vocal tone and classic British songwriting, she has been heard on various BBC radio shows along with countless independent and community stations. While MIRI’s music weaves stories, it’s her day-to-day life that she uses for inspiration. With songs discussing political injustices and the challenges we face internally and externally, MIRI is not afraid to tackle tough subjects and shares her experiences candidly. Her music has featured in both film and documentaries.
“UK vocalist MIRI has a gently soulful brand of rebel music. Infatuated with pop as an artform, her universal viewpoint sits at odds with the reactionary forces around us.” CLASH Magazine
MIRI was one of 64 voices on the LOUD Women single ‘Reclaim These Streets’ raising money for Women’s Aid UK and joined LOUD Women founder Cassie Fox on Radio X to talk with John Kennedy about the release. She was invited as a guest moderator on Fresh On The Net due her advocacy and interviewed DJ Paulette on a panel representing Featured Artist Coalition at the Boudica Music Conference.
Her previous music releases have gained spins from Fubar, Reprezent, Gemma Cairney for BBC 6 Music, Soho Radio, BBC London for Jasmine Dotiwala and Radio X.
In MIRI’s earlier creative days she wrote and jammed with artists including Estelle, Plan B, Anita Blay. In recent years MIRI worked with Laughta on the single release ‘Burn Their Lies’ and Lady Unchained on her poem ‘Forgotten People’ and ‘War On Women And Girls’ which they performed at TEDx. Live-wise highlights include; A German Tour, Trafalgar Square for Million Women Rise – a rally to end male violence against women, LOUD Women Fest, the main stage at Manchester Pride, and supporting Frank Turner for Isolate Live.
MIRI has curated, hosted and performed at a host of venues and events across the UK & EU including The Lexington, Southbank Centre, Ronnie Scott’s, Bush Hall supporting Laura Veirs, Natty’s Vibes & Pressure at Passing Clouds, Jazz Cafe, 100 Club for The Official Bob Marley Birthday Celebration, Brighton Pride, Greenbelt Festival, Art Lover Ground (Barcelona), Sofar Sounds (London, Amsterdam & Rotterdam).
“Soundbites contains some of her finest, most gripping songwriting.” Clash Magazine
“MIRI is a force to be reckoned with, an extraordinary talent.” Chris Nulty – HeadStuff
“British artist keeps the vibes high on this fresh and vibrant indie-pop delight.” Mystic Sons (‘Trends’ single Review)
“Beautiful vocals mixed with a social consciousness.” Safe Gigs For Women
“Outstanding music, political and thoroughly fabulous woman. So enjoyed your performance.” Audience Member @ Out & Wild Festival
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.
MIRI recorded a cover of REM’s ‘Everybody Hurts’ for The God Is In The TV Zine compilation album raising money for Help Musicians UK with REM themselves sharing the album saying, “All these renditions are noteworthy – enthusiastic thumbs up!”
Last year MIRI had one of her songs commissioned by POWA Scotland, an anti-harassment, anti-abuse musical collective based in Scotland that research and fundraise to facilitate the creation of new musical works which raises awareness about sexual discrimination and inequality within the arts sector.
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Live Performance Photo Credit: Keira-Anne Photography
B/W 1 Photo Credit: Michela Jay
B/W 2 Photo Credit: Jeff Pitcher
Raw Material Credit: @test_explosion