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Sunday 20th, January 2019 / 16:05
By Alix Bruch

Photo by Rebekah Littlejohn

“It has been a wild ride!” exclaims Kane Miller over the phone from his home in Lakefield, Ontario.

The singer-songwriter has had a hectic three months, releasing three singles and hitting the ground running as an emerging acoustic-folk/pop artist.

The excitement in Miller’s voice says it all: a passionate musician feeling the unparalleled joys of releasing his work into the world.

“It’s kind of funny because we recorded those singles in July in Nashville, but I actually wrote ‘All I Need’ in February last year and ‘Could It Be’ was even before that,” explains Miller. “It was just funny waiting on them for so long and then it was crazy after the release and has been that way ever since. Stuff like making music videos and doing interviews and tons of emails coming in. It is funny how fast things happen! Something new and exciting is happening every day.”

Miller’s music is grounded in sincerity and emotion, drawing listeners in with his smooth vocals and then hooking them with his heart wrenchingly relatable lyrics. He knows himself well and his songs are an honest representation of his own experience, creating an authenticity that is impossible to replicate.

“’Could It Be’ is a song about being in a weird place. You don’t want to let somebody go, but at the same time you have to. It is that strange time in-between at the end of a relationship where you are not quite willing to let go but at the same time you kind of have to struggle with that.”

A classically trained violinist, Miller has had an intimate relationship with music nearly his entire life. He grew up playing in various orchestras and currently plays in a Celtic band in his spare time, admitting he loves the energy of fiddling. However, Miller prefers the realm of singer-songwriter above all else. He credits fellow musicians Damien Rice, Josh Ritter, Iron & Wine, and Sufjan Stevens for helping shape his own voice as a solo artist.

It’s uplifting and inspiring to hear someone speak so enthusiastically and passionately about his craft. Miller’s acoustic sound is simple and easy to listen to, but is nonetheless captivating and unique.

“I write songs that are true to who I am and true to the emotions that I know. So I usually just sit down and write what comes to me. Generally, because I have a classical background, melodies tend to come first and lyrics follow. But sometimes lyrics come to me in my sleep or something like that and I just go with it!”

Miller chose music when he was seven, but after listening to him talk and perform, one might argue that music in fact chose him. With three singles released and more on the way, it’s only the beginning for the Ontario native.

In a culture where busy is normal and noise is constant, we might do well to slow down and appreciate the quiet melodies Miller so effortlessly creates – it may just provide sustenance you didn’t know you needed.

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