Mia Stegner
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Mia Stegner

Boston, Massachusetts, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | SELF

Boston, Massachusetts, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2015
Solo Alternative Singer/Songwriter




"Mia Stegner - Purple Door"

Mia Stegner is a singer and songwriter with a passion for vibrant indie-folk melodies and personal lyrics. She just released a brand new album titled “Purple Door.”

On this album, Mia set out to show off what a rich musical language she has developed and how she loves to express herself through deep lyrics, sung with passion and intensity. “Purple Door” contains 19 original songs, and there is even room for a few collaboration, bringing something different to the mix and allowing more people to leave their stamp on the record, making for a more diverse and exciting sound.

The thrill of creativity is apparent here, and this music sounds very innovative. However, there is also a very familiar element to it, bringing such a relatable listening experience to the table. The set-list is long enough for the record to be extremely diverse, making for a really amazing flow of music. - thebandcampdiaries

"A quick guide to Electro Pop goodness"

When I first heard this track, I thought “oh my word it’s an American Dodie Clark.” After I listened a bit more, I realize that Stegner has her own charms and is worth her own place in the music industry. There’s a witty charm to the lyrics here that pull me right in. The punctuated, almost-spoken vocal style is really fascinating. I admire Stegner’s wit and sense of melody even in a style that feels as much electronic as musical. “Introverts and extroverts alike we’re all just paradoxes.” Yep. - eartothegroundmusic.co


Today’s track of the day is some highly relatable content from Mia Stegner: ‘Born’. She says of the track:

I came out as bisexual in September of 2016, and this song is a reflection on that experience. The lyrics dive into the metaphor of the closet, in order to look at the pros and cons of choosing to leave it. As important as it is to encourage and celebrate coming out, it’s also critical to acknowledge the draw of the closet, especially in the context of the society we live in. Made up of overlapping harmonies on top of a beautiful guitar track by Ramita Arora, this track is an LGBTQ+ anthem infused with bits of fear, hope, and doubt. - LOUDWOMEN

"5 Eclectic POP Music Videos"

Mia Stegner is a 19-year-old film student at Emerson College in Boston, but when she’s not busy studying (or writing), she writes quirky indie-pop ditties. “Curse Tool Toy” examines the all too real relationship we all have with our phones these days, but it does so in a playful way that warms you slowly to the warning hidden in the lyrics. Mia Stregner has new music on the horizon so if you dig her easygoing indie-folk style make sure you Like/Follow to stay apprised. - YabYum Music + Arts

"Interview with Mia Stegner(Singer/Songwriter/Writer/Educator) About Her New Song and Video “More Like Children”"

Mia Stegner is a writer, video creator, and singer-songwriter. She also works as a substitute teacher at The Transportation Children’s Center (TCC) in Boston (where I also work) with toddlers to Pre-K aged children. For her song “More Like Children” she recently created a video featuring the children from TCC. Below, are are links to follow Mia Stegner’s on social media, a short interview, followed by her great new music video for “More Like Children” featuring TCC students.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StegnerMia/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/miastegner/

Listen to Mia’s debut album titled “Play” here: https://miastegner.wixsite.com/miastegner/play


Teddy Kokoros: What inspired you to write the song “More Like Children?”

Mia Stegner: I wrote More Like Children over winter break, just after completing my first semester of college. At the time, I had been participating in a program called “Jumpstart!” through AmeriCorps, where I was working with a class of kids aged 3-5, and I had so much admiration for them. I had also been in contact with TCC about the possibility of working there, and had been given a tour of the classrooms.Even though working with kids is undoubtedly hard work, I find it to be so exciting and rewarding. I’ve been writing songs since middle school, and the sense of wonder and appreciation I was feeling was something I wanted to express.Every kid is a completely unique individual, so I don’t want to make too many generalizations, but I do feel like in childhood, everything is a little bit simpler, but also a bit more heightened. Everything is a bit more new and exciting, and feelings are expressed in more direct ways.There are so many beautiful, exciting things about growing up, but it’s easy to lose some of that childhood wonder, curiosity, honesty, hope, imagination, and ability to play. Writing thissong was a way to celebrate what I love about kids, andshare what I think adults can learn from them.

Teddy Kokoros: What was your process filming and creating the video for “More Like Children”?

Mia Stegner: I brought it up to Laurie, the executive director of the TCC, and she was very supportive and excited about the idea. We figured out a timeline for the project, and she sent permission slips to the parents of the kids at TCC. My older brother, Evan, also loves little kids and is a talented video creator. His spring break fell the week we were thinking of filming, so he decided to flyin to Boston to visit me and help with the video. He really enjoyed it, and I was grateful for the extra pair of hands. There were a few ideas I kept in mind while filming – I knew I wanted some shots of dancing, and at least one hug – but I also knew it would be important to go with the flow, because I didn’t want to put too much pressure on everyone’s attention spans, the weather, or other factors. Ultimately our only real plan was to show up and capture as many fun moments as we could while they played.Some of the kids were really curious about the camera and the idea of making a video, and others mostly ignored us. It was really great to have some of both, because it gave us a wide variety of moments to work with. After filming, Evan and I watched our collective 45 minutes of footage and talked about some of our favorite moments. I then imported everything into a project and edited down to fit the two-and-a-half-minute song, doing my best to match the clips to the lyrics and the rhythm of the song. It was difficult to pick the best moments, but I feel really happy with the result.

Teddy Kokoros: What experiences do you have working with children and how have those experiences impacted your song-writing?

Mia Stegner: I have cousins ranging in age from six to eighteen and growing up, I spent a lot of time with them as well as with my brothers, and I’m still close with all of them. At events like family reunions or birthday parties, I’vealways found myself gravitating toward the youngest of the group. I never really had the desire to “sit at the grownups table,” because I found so much joy in spending time withbabies and toddlers, even back when I was a kid too. In sixth grade, I volunteered once or twice a week in a first grade classroom at my elementary school. I didn’t do a lot of traditional babysitting, but I often supervisedmy younger cousins. My first semester of college, I participated in Jumpstart on a team of three other college students; after applying and completing training for the program, we visited a preschool classroom at Horizons for Homeless Children twice a week, to read books with the class and lead activities designed to support children’s language, literacy, and social-emotional development. Currently, Iwork at TCC as a substitute teacher.I’m attending Emerson College, majoring in Media Arts Production with a minor in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. I haven’t narrowed in on a specific career path yet, but my interests include filmmaking and screenwriting. I am also a writer for the animated children’s show “Bluebins” through Emerson Independent Video, and being able to work with kids at the same time as we’redeveloping ideas for each episode has provided me with a lot of inspiration.Making this video allowed me to combine so many of my passions, from music to filmmaking to working with kids. I know whatever I end up doing, I want to have kids in my life in one form or another, whether that’s through teaching, volunteering, or telling stories foror about them. I feel strongly that it’s important to balance work with play, and in my education and creative pursuits, I’m always trying to find ways to tap into my imagination. Children tend to be very good at this, so being around them is inspiring for that reason as well. In addition to inspiring specific songs such as this one, they constantly provide joy, encourage me to be in the moment, and remind me of the value of creativity and expression. - earlychildhoodeducationandcare.com


Mia Stegner is the prodigally blessed up and coming artist responsible for the exceptional single “Dust”; a macabrely mused single about self-construction leading to self-destruction.

But don’t expect your usual flowery lyrics from the 19-year old artist, Mia Stegner has a quaintly expressive style which will leave you instantly enamoured by her ingenious approach to her sound. There’s a slight touch of the Amanda Palmer madness in Dust due to her ability to pack plenty of syllables into her verses and make a mean melody from a ukulele. However, it’s much more innocent – never falling into the realms of infantility, instead the friendly keys wrapping around the light instrumental arrangement accompanies dark lyricism and imagery.

You can check out Mia Stegner’s latest single Dust for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Keep up to date with Mia’s latest releases via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast - anrfactory.com

"Introducing: Mia Stegner Turns The “Scribbles” From Her Life Into A Delightful New Single Off Her Upcoming Album"

Mia Stegner is a singer, songwriter and storyteller navigating the hidden depths of her inner reality. Previous albums Painting The Bathroom Green and Indebted to Blue chronicle the path to discovering who she is on a deeper level as she discusses mental health and finding comfort in her own solitude.

The upcoming single “Scribbles” is the first release off of her forthcoming album Scribbled Pleas on Yellowed Keys including 12 new songs depicting how she’s been able to turn the chaotic stories in her life into coherent songs filled with hope and anticipation of what’s coming up next. She’s released a preview on TIKTOK, which has quickly gained over 98,000 views with a multitude of supportive comments inspiring others to listen to the single once its on all streaming platforms on January 7.

Its particular flow of strings were arranged and recorded by Jimmy Montague, who also did the mixing and mastering. She includes her soulful, tranquil vocals quickly taking us into an unexpected world as we hear her vocal range swiftly change amidst the layered instrumentals. This is one of those songs you need to hear to truly understand its peculiarly engaging vibe. - Music Trails


"Play" (Album, 2019)
"Purple Door" (Album, 2019)
"Indebted to Blue" (Album, 2020)
"Painting the Bathroom Green" (Album, 2020)

Credits & Lyrics on Bandcamp



Hello! My name is Mia, and I'm a flexible, creative, & reliable lyricist and songwriter. I’ve been writing songs since middle school, and I'm now a verified artist on Spotify, Apple Music, and other streaming platforms. Between my personal music and my freelance work, I’ve written over two hundred songs. I'm also finishing up a certificate in Lyric Writing from Berklee School of Music Online. I love helping other artists bring their ideas to life. :) 

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