Kevin Miso

Kevin Miso

BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

If you've been to the beautiful beaches of Southern California for longer than a week, you've probably heard Kevin Miso. His music plays in nearly every local outlet, he performs 200 shows per year along the coast, and his fans are the ones in the sun. He's Southern Cal's very own singer/songwriter.

Biography

Kevin Miso is a Southern California singer/songwriter. Born and raised in Long Beach, California, Miso’s music is very much a product of his background and upbringing. His father is of Hawaiian descent and his mother is full-blooded Irish. When describing his music, Kevin explains, “There’s a duality to my songs for sure. There’s definitely that laid-back surf feel to a lot of the tunes; but there’s also this contrasting, more folk-influenced element that comes out one way or another.”

The youngest of four children, Miso is a natural entertainer and picked up on music right away. “As a kid, I remember the upright piano in the dining room, and guitars would always be on the couch,” he recalls, “And at any family function, you HAD to perform something!” After teaching himself guitar, Kevin started to focus on his own music while attending college at UCSB in Santa Barbara.

Since then, Miso has taken to music full-time. As an independent musician he has averaged over 170 shows per year, sharing the stages with artists as varied as Augustana, Sublime with Rome, The English Beat, and John Cruz. Equipped with a loop pedal and an array of toys, Miso showcases as a multi-instrumentalist – playing guitars, bongos, djembe, keyboards, and an occasional harmonica.

Recently, Miso collaborated with producer Warren Huart (The Fray, Matisyahu, Colbie Caillat) to record his eponymous debut EP. Along with 3 studio singles, Kevin chose to feature live, filmed, in-studio takes on the EP as well. Miso explains, “I wanted to capture the feeling of my live shows… so I figured we’d just do the tracks live.”

Influenced by 70s-era songwriters such as James Taylor and Paul Simon, as well as current artists like Ray Lamontagne and Jack Johnson, Kevin Miso’s authenticity comes in his diversity. “It’s Pop music… period. But I play with the format a bit,” he admits, “You won’t get the same sound over and over, cause that’s just not who I am. These songs are about my life, and are in the context of my lifestyle; but there’s a universal message in there that I think relates to everyone. I guess to really get it, you’ll just have to listen.”

Kevin’s debut EP was released on Feb 8th, 2011. His follow-up Summer EP “Smile” was released July 22nd, 2011.

Miso is working on a full-length album to be released this coming Summer 2013

Lyrics

Home

Written By: Kevin Miso

I consider myself a lucky one.
I consider it fortunate, just knowing where I’m from.
But sometimes I can’t understand
Why people look so down, when they’re walking in the sand.

Cause we’re living where roads run to the ocean.
We’re living where new life can be found.
So I won’t let my worries hold me down, the time is now.

Come along, come along, life is short just take my hand
Come along, come along, it feels so good you can’t understand.
Come along, come along, if you want some change just take a chance
For Love, we’ll make it, cause you feel just like Home.

Well I don’t want to waste my time, but I’ve gotta let it go
Cause if you hold on to peace of mind, then you never let it grow.

But if it’s not one thing, then it’s the other,
You got the bread and jelly, but not the peanut butter.
Sounds like a corny metaphor, but it’s true,
So ketchup with the rules or you’re playing to lose.

Come along, come along, life is short just take my hand
Come along, come along, it feels so good you can’t understand.
Come along, come along, if you want some change just take a chance
For Love, we’ll make it, cause you feel just like Home.

Cause we’re living where roads run to the ocean.
We’re living where new love can be found.
So I won’t let my worries hold me down, the time is now.

Come along, come along, life is short just take my hand
Come along, come along, it feels so good you can’t understand.
Come along, come along, if you want some change just take a chance
For Love, we’ll make it, cause you feel just like Home.

Smile

Written By: Kevin Miso

There, there ain’t nothing sweeter,
Than lying next to you on Sunday afternoon, can’t you feel it?

Oh, we could take today to let our worries fade away,
See we’ve got it all, if you just want to Smile.

There, there ain’t nothing sweeter,
Than being where we are and having what we have, don’t you see it?

Oh, let’s take today to let our worries fade away,
See we’ve got it all, if you just want to Smile.

There, there ain’t nothing sweeter,
Than being where you are, and having what you have, don’t you see it now?

Oh, you could take today to let your worries fade away,
See you’ve got it all, when you just want to Smile.

Yeah when you’ve got it all, you just want to Smile.

Rise Up

Written By: Kevin Miso

Oh, oh don’t you fight this feeling
Oh, oh this simple truth, reveal it
Oh, oh now’s the time for you to Rise Up.

This land’s become second-hand to the purposes and the progress of man.
A quick fix is a risky plan when playing it safe now means taking a chance.

But I know out of life comes truth, like out of darkness the light pokes through.
We can turn it around, it’s our choice to choose.
Cause when you’ve got nothing, there’s nothing to lose.

Oh, oh don’t you fight this feeling
Oh, oh this simple truth, reveal it
Oh, oh now’s the time for you to Rise Up.

Well I cannot find myself, the quiet life is somewhere else.
See when these roads show no signs for home, then you must build your own.

So give it to me one time to spread the love.
Give it to me two times to bless those above.
Bring it back three times for the dreams we pursue.
And four for me, for you.

Oh, oh don’t you fight this feeling
Oh, oh this simple truth, reveal it
Oh, oh now’s the time for you to Rise Up.

Oh, oh don’t you fight this feeling
Oh, oh this simple truth, reveal it
Oh, oh now’s the time for you to Rise Up.

Harder

Written By: Kevin Miso

It’s getting harder and harder to wake up in the morning.
It’s getting harder and harder to wake up in the morning.

I find myself feeling lazy, when I’ve been waiting for my baby
She told me hun, I think you need a higher paying job
But I am a musician, here with my guitar,
I write some songs then I sing at the bars
I had myself a salary when I wore a suit, but that’s not for me,
Maybe that’s just for you.

It’s getting harder and harder to wake up in the morning.
It’s getting harder and harder to wake up in the morning.

Well maybe it’s you, or maybe it’s me, or maybe it’s cause we were out past three
Or maybe it’s the way that we’ve been running our lives,
Cause keeping up can keep you down sometimes…

It’s getting harder and harder to wake up in the morning.
It’s getting harder and harder to wake up in the morning.

Discography

Kevin Miso EP - Released February 2011
Produced by Warren Huart
All Songs written by Kevin Miso
Drums - Victor Indrizzo, Nik Hughes
Bass - Jon Flaugher, Mike Bucher
Guitars - Tim Pierce
Keys - Steve Aguilar
Guitars, Piano, Vox - Kevin Miso

Smile EP - Released July 2011
Produced by Warren Huart
All Songs written by Kevin Miso
Drums - Nik Hughes
Bass - Mike Bucher
Guitars, Uke, Piano, Harmonica - Kevin Miso

Set List

45-90 minutes

Kevin Miso showcases as a multi-instrumentalist – playing guitars, keyboards, harmonica, and an occasional percussion or even slide guitar via his iPhone. He infuses his songwriting with an audience invigorated show jumping between dynamic originals and a few crowd-pleasing covers.