As a recording and performing R&B artist, new FAMIS instructor Mia Borders brings a wealth of knowledge to the contemporary ensemble course she teaches. Recently, Mia was profiled in New Orleans’ Offbeat Magazine, which covered her recent performance at New Orleans’ world-famous Jazz and Heritage Festival, her style and influences, and growing up in Uptown New Orleans:
Though still a young artist, Mia Borders has now been recording for more than a decade, first with two releases by a band known (for the members’ initials) as MNSKP, then making her official solo debut (with most of the same players) on 2009’s Southern Fried Soul. And from the start her music was always more individual than that title would suggest, acoustically based and having more to do with voice and lyrics than with pure groove. (Her band has revolved over time, but drummer Rob Lee, guitarist Takeshi Shimmura and bassist Jesse Morrow have become the core.) Her sound is steeped in old-school R&B with some modern hip-hop influences; her voice is brassy and warm, with just a few traces of vulnerability. The old-school roots allowed her to fit comfortably into Essence along with Jazz Fest, but she was also telling a lot of her life story between the lines.
Check out the full article here.