Does she need validation from others of just how good she is? According to Mia, "that is something that most people strive for, but the important thing is to be at peace with yourself and then the light will shine on what you can do".
I had an opportunity to chat with Mia Vermillion and we discussed a wide range of topics from her past, present, and future. Mia shares her accomplishments and struggles as an artist in the blues industry. The opportunity to share this discussion is coming straight at you now…
DEW: Your latest debut recording is "Alone Together With The Blues", which is self produced, how did you get into producing your own material?
MIA: My husband Todd helped inspire the studio. In the 1990′s, the internet was developed for communication, and the web was not available at the time. I knew there would be the ability for graphics and sound, as applications were developed. By 2002-2003, the technology for independent recording became viable.
DEW: Did you begin performing while in college?
MIA: My first band called Ryan, was formed when I was a senior in high school. Ryan is named after an airplane because our band practiced in a large airplane hanger. I sang in choir, played guitar and piano, and have always been interested in vocals. The experience of studying vocals and working with other vocalists in college, proved that I had a wide range of vocals.
DEW: The style and tone of the recordings on "Alone Together With The Blues" sound like a mix of easy listening blues, folk, and jazz. What inspires you to this unique style?
MIA: I like different and interesting chord progressions, besides the traditional three chords in twelve bar blues. The people that really get this recording, hear something different every time they listen. The first time, it hits them but they don't know quite what they are hearing. Folks enjoy discovering something new with every listen. I'm inspired by classic styles such as, Lil Green and Big Bill Broonzy from their 1930′s and early 40′s blues ballads, which were influenced by jazz.
DEW: I know you were out of the music scene for awhile because of a serious injury. Can you explain what that period of your life was like?
We continued to discuss the vision and inspiration of Mia Vermillion's music. I felt a connection develop that truly began to inspire me. We related as human beings and could recognize the need of peace, which provides vision and inspiration of what one can accomplish. Mia is working on a new recording, and I believe it will be one with a message that inspires us all. Thank you Mia.
Dew Wiuff is a blues writer and runs the Mississippi Blues Club Blog