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"Let me introduce you to this impressive work"

This next artist provided me the wonderful dilemma, of determining which column to include her review. After multiple plays, I settled on jazzy rhythms. With that behind me, let me introduce you to this impressive work. Mia Miata’s “Urban Arias” is an excellent work. It’s jazzy, and spiritual, with mesmerizing lyrical prose delivered by a powerful vocal instrument. Mia is the total package! She reminds me of Dianne Reeves, Cassandra Wilson, and Sarah Vaughan. Her rhythm arrangements are refreshing, embracing all that is good about jazz, gospel, and R&B. “Jazzy Soul a la Mode” is a flowing musical definition of this CD. “Urban Aria” is a moving interpretation of the spiritual “Lord, How Come Me Here” which invoked memories of Mahalia Jackson. “Be U” urges you to respect yourself, forgive yourself, be yourself. “Promise Land” and “Birth To The Earth” are statements of inner strength and the discovery of self worth. I could continue but it would just be more positive proclamations. This is an uplifting, thought provoking, soul-searching musical experience. Sung to the key of life, “Urban Arias” by Mia Miata

- Rhythm Flow.Net


"Let me introduce you to this impressive work"

This next artist provided me the wonderful dilemma, of determining which column to include her review. After multiple plays, I settled on jazzy rhythms. With that behind me, let me introduce you to this impressive work. Mia Miata’s “Urban Arias” is an excellent work. It’s jazzy, and spiritual, with mesmerizing lyrical prose delivered by a powerful vocal instrument. Mia is the total package! She reminds me of Dianne Reeves, Cassandra Wilson, and Sarah Vaughan. Her rhythm arrangements are refreshing, embracing all that is good about jazz, gospel, and R&B. “Jazzy Soul a la Mode” is a flowing musical definition of this CD. “Urban Aria” is a moving interpretation of the spiritual “Lord, How Come Me Here” which invoked memories of Mahalia Jackson. “Be U” urges you to respect yourself, forgive yourself, be yourself. “Promise Land” and “Birth To The Earth” are statements of inner strength and the discovery of self worth. I could continue but it would just be more positive proclamations. This is an uplifting, thought provoking, soul-searching musical experience. Sung to the key of life, “Urban Arias” by Mia Miata

- Rhythm Flow.Net


"Something to be proud of..."

Mia Miata blends neo soul and traditional jazz on her debut disc, Urban Arias. Full of allusions to Eastern religion and Afrocentricity, the lyrics are something of an empowerment zone bordered by sleek production and percussion-heavy arrangements that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Sade record. But the highlight of this set is the title track, a more traditional tune that showcases Miata’s nuanced singing.

- Baltimore Magazine


"Something to be proud of..."

Mia Miata blends neo soul and traditional jazz on her debut disc, Urban Arias. Full of allusions to Eastern religion and Afrocentricity, the lyrics are something of an empowerment zone bordered by sleek production and percussion-heavy arrangements that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Sade record. But the highlight of this set is the title track, a more traditional tune that showcases Miata’s nuanced singing.

- Baltimore Magazine


"Mia takes listeners on a jazz activated spiritual energy experience..."

One such artist who fits into the realm of intuitive creativity is Mia Miata. Her debut release entitled 'Urban Arias' is a multi-faceted journey through contemporary jazz, music that was often heard during the 1970s. With skill and determination, Mia takes listeners on a jazz activated spiritual energy experience, one that is filled with the influences of neo soul, R&B, gospel and jazz. .

- JAZZ REVIEW


"Mia takes listeners on a jazz activated spiritual energy experience..."

One such artist who fits into the realm of intuitive creativity is Mia Miata. Her debut release entitled 'Urban Arias' is a multi-faceted journey through contemporary jazz, music that was often heard during the 1970s. With skill and determination, Mia takes listeners on a jazz activated spiritual energy experience, one that is filled with the influences of neo soul, R&B, gospel and jazz. .

- JAZZ REVIEW


"B'more's own Mia Miata"

"Music Is," a mostly instrumental number by Baltimore's Mia Miata, rightfully closes the set. Over a bed of exotic percussion enlivened by serpentine tenor sax lines, she sings-chants, "Music is my religion/Music is my therapy/Music is my inspiration ..." And I'm feelin' every word.
- Baltimore Sun


"B'more's own Mia Miata"

"Music Is," a mostly instrumental number by Baltimore's Mia Miata, rightfully closes the set. Over a bed of exotic percussion enlivened by serpentine tenor sax lines, she sings-chants, "Music is my religion/Music is my therapy/Music is my inspiration ..." And I'm feelin' every word.
- Baltimore Sun


"Killer Debut Album"

One of the freshest records we've ever heard from the Neo Soul underground -- a killer debut release that makes the claim of having a rich blend of jazz and soul -- and really lives up to it! There's a stunning sort of Roy Ayers vibe running through the set -- a snapping jazz-tinged groove laid out with vibes and sweet percussion, sounding very much like the best of the late Polydor years, or some of Roy's own productions for the Uno Melodic label. Added to that are Mia's incredible vocals -- sung in a deep range that runs up through some soprano passages that float and drift in an evocative style that has a more ambitious approach than other singers of this sort. Plus, the song structure, production, and overall format is really unique -- completely solid, with a strong voice that makes each new track better than the last. A great debut, and one that will be at the top of our list for years to come! Titles include "Promise Land", "Be U", "Jazzy Soul A La Mode", "Birth To The Earth", "Heavy On Your Mind", "Soul Mates", and "Music Is".
- www.dustygrooves.com


"Killer Debut Album"

One of the freshest records we've ever heard from the Neo Soul underground -- a killer debut release that makes the claim of having a rich blend of jazz and soul -- and really lives up to it! There's a stunning sort of Roy Ayers vibe running through the set -- a snapping jazz-tinged groove laid out with vibes and sweet percussion, sounding very much like the best of the late Polydor years, or some of Roy's own productions for the Uno Melodic label. Added to that are Mia's incredible vocals -- sung in a deep range that runs up through some soprano passages that float and drift in an evocative style that has a more ambitious approach than other singers of this sort. Plus, the song structure, production, and overall format is really unique -- completely solid, with a strong voice that makes each new track better than the last. A great debut, and one that will be at the top of our list for years to come! Titles include "Promise Land", "Be U", "Jazzy Soul A La Mode", "Birth To The Earth", "Heavy On Your Mind", "Soul Mates", and "Music Is".
- www.dustygrooves.com


"Mia Miata breathes new life into the music..."

It's always a pleasure to discover a debut album that's full of quality music sung by a singer with a great, memorable voice. And that's just what Mia Miata has done with her Urban Arias album. Mia and her producer Kendall Leonard like to describe their sound as Jazzy Soul, which is ok if you like to stick a label on your music for marketing and promotinal purposes. But in fact, this is just a great soul album with jazz influences and due to the inclusion of some vibes some songs are reminiscent of better Roy Ayers songs. Mia has a rich soprano that ranges over 3 ½ octaves. She has been classically trained at the Baltimore School for the Arts in Vocal Performance and has performed with the Morgan State University Choir, the Philadelphia Philharmonic, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and the Bonn Orchestra in Bonn Germany. A fact that finds its expression in the title track, Urban Aria, which is in fact an aria inspired by the traditional negro spirutal Lord, How Come Me Here. Certainly something you wouldn't expect on a soul album but nevertheless a pleasant surprise. Jazzy Soul A La Mode is a great musical defintion of what Mia's music is all about. With vibes, flutes, piano and saxophone (all played by Kendall Leonard) this is an instant winner that let's you gasping for more. And you get more with Pulse To The World, another warm instrumented, organic soul song. Mia's emphasis is not only on quality music, at the same time she comes along with a mission in her lyrics. Or like Mia says herself: "Urban Arias are the unsung songs of the people of the African Diaspora. Jazz is the classical musical genre of the Americas.
It is the foundation from which all other American genres originate. I come from a choral classical background, and I have long been fascinated with the combination of instruments and voices. I wanted to use heavy percussion, bass, flute, vibraphone, flamenco guitar, and saxophone to help narrate my lyrics." So listen carefully to the lyrics of songs like Manchild ("Doors have been open for you/ Don't let them close forever/ Stand up, be a man. Be true to you/ With conviction you can conquer any endeavor") or Birth Of The Earth ("Within you lies the birthplace of all mankind/ The energy of man and woman combined/ You are the masterpiece of all creation/ You hold the power in your womb to birth a nation/ Can't allow them to disrespect us."
Heavy On Your Mind sees Mia paying hommage to her musical heros over a nice jazz-soul song ("In another lifetime, place, space or era our souls were doing the lindy hop and 'Stompin' At The Savoy'/ We at peace our hearts were overjoyed/ As the needle hits the wax once again/ I am serenaded by Miles, Davis that is"). Music Is is some kind of mantra to Mia's relationship with music ("Music is my religion/ Music is my therapy/ Music is my inspiration/ My reason for being") and the song has a nice, relaxed feeling with a great saxophone solo by Kendall Leonard. I could go on with mentioning the quality of all songs on Urban Arias, which - by the way - were all written by Mia, but since there's not a dull one amongst them I just give you the advice to visit Mia's website to hear some sound snippets. Just when you thought, you've heard it all before in the neo soul genre along comes an unique artist like Mia and breathes new life into the music. So make sure you don't miss it.
- Save Our Souls


"Mia Miata breathes new life into the music..."

It's always a pleasure to discover a debut album that's full of quality music sung by a singer with a great, memorable voice. And that's just what Mia Miata has done with her Urban Arias album. Mia and her producer Kendall Leonard like to describe their sound as Jazzy Soul, which is ok if you like to stick a label on your music for marketing and promotinal purposes. But in fact, this is just a great soul album with jazz influences and due to the inclusion of some vibes some songs are reminiscent of better Roy Ayers songs. Mia has a rich soprano that ranges over 3 ½ octaves. She has been classically trained at the Baltimore School for the Arts in Vocal Performance and has performed with the Morgan State University Choir, the Philadelphia Philharmonic, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and the Bonn Orchestra in Bonn Germany. A fact that finds its expression in the title track, Urban Aria, which is in fact an aria inspired by the traditional negro spirutal Lord, How Come Me Here. Certainly something you wouldn't expect on a soul album but nevertheless a pleasant surprise. Jazzy Soul A La Mode is a great musical defintion of what Mia's music is all about. With vibes, flutes, piano and saxophone (all played by Kendall Leonard) this is an instant winner that let's you gasping for more. And you get more with Pulse To The World, another warm instrumented, organic soul song. Mia's emphasis is not only on quality music, at the same time she comes along with a mission in her lyrics. Or like Mia says herself: "Urban Arias are the unsung songs of the people of the African Diaspora. Jazz is the classical musical genre of the Americas.
It is the foundation from which all other American genres originate. I come from a choral classical background, and I have long been fascinated with the combination of instruments and voices. I wanted to use heavy percussion, bass, flute, vibraphone, flamenco guitar, and saxophone to help narrate my lyrics." So listen carefully to the lyrics of songs like Manchild ("Doors have been open for you/ Don't let them close forever/ Stand up, be a man. Be true to you/ With conviction you can conquer any endeavor") or Birth Of The Earth ("Within you lies the birthplace of all mankind/ The energy of man and woman combined/ You are the masterpiece of all creation/ You hold the power in your womb to birth a nation/ Can't allow them to disrespect us."
Heavy On Your Mind sees Mia paying hommage to her musical heros over a nice jazz-soul song ("In another lifetime, place, space or era our souls were doing the lindy hop and 'Stompin' At The Savoy'/ We at peace our hearts were overjoyed/ As the needle hits the wax once again/ I am serenaded by Miles, Davis that is"). Music Is is some kind of mantra to Mia's relationship with music ("Music is my religion/ Music is my therapy/ Music is my inspiration/ My reason for being") and the song has a nice, relaxed feeling with a great saxophone solo by Kendall Leonard. I could go on with mentioning the quality of all songs on Urban Arias, which - by the way - were all written by Mia, but since there's not a dull one amongst them I just give you the advice to visit Mia's website to hear some sound snippets. Just when you thought, you've heard it all before in the neo soul genre along comes an unique artist like Mia and breathes new life into the music. So make sure you don't miss it.
- Save Our Souls


Discography

"Mia Miata's Urban Arias"
"Soul In The City"
"Neo Soul United, Vol. 2"
"Unheralded: The Neo Soul Project"

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Mia Miata has taken the rich influence and textures of Jazz, R&B, Soul, and traditional Negro Spirituals, and cultivated a rich style known as Jazzy Soul. Jazzy Soul can be described as a fusion of Soul under the strong influence of traditional jazz.

Many say, Mia has created a unique and rich resonance that compares with the likes of Jill Scott, Sade, Nina Simone, and Phyllis Hyman. The debut independent release, Urban Arias is a tapestry woven between 15 original tracks, and an interpretation of the Negro Spiritual Lord, "How Come Me Here" newly entitled "Urban Aria". Mia wrote, produced / co-produced her entire album.

Mia's rich soprano ranges over 3 octaves. Her credibility stands from a background of classical training at the Baltimore School for the Arts in Vocal Performance. In addition to that, Mia worked with Dr. Nathan Carter and the highly acclaimed vocal trainer Betty Ridgeway where she performed with the world class Morgan State University Choir. Additional performances at Morgan State University would include, singing with the Philadelphia Philharmonic, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and the Bonn Orchestra in Bonn Germany .

In a conversation with Mia, she gave a brief explanation of her project. "Urban Aria's are the unsung songs of the people of the African Diaspora. Jazz is the classical musical genre of the America 's. It is the foundation from which all other genres originate. I wanted to use heavy percussion, bass, flute, vibraphone, flamenco guitar, and saxophone to help narrate my lyrics".