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Miller

Utica, Michigan, United States

Utica, Michigan, United States
Band Rock Blues

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Miller @ Lucius Woods Performing Arts Center

Solon Springs, Wisconsin, USA

Solon Springs, Wisconsin, USA

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Miller @ Granville Recreation Commission

Granville, Ohio, USA

Granville, Ohio, USA

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Miller @ John Wood Community College

Quincy, Illinois, USA

Quincy, Illinois, USA

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Alicia Keys. Ziggy Marley. Joss Stone. L.D. Miller.


That's right. Lafayette's young blues harp player was among some of the nation's top pop acts on Dec. 18 at Stevie Wonder's House Full of Toys benefit concert at the Great Western Forum in Los Angeles.


Miller, a member of the Clayton Miller Band, opened the entire show with a rendition of "The Thrill Is Gone" and "Fever." He was eventually joined on stage by Wonder. The concert also featured India.Arie, Kanye West, Doug E. Fresh and Whodini in front of a crowd of 22,000, Miller's biggest live performance so far.


"I had a lot of butterflies in my stomach, and my knees were knocking," said Miller, a 5th grader at Dayton Elementary.


All of the Millers attended the concert that helped collect toys for needy kids across the country. The family is still coming down from the experience.


"It was just incredible," beamed Tammy Miller, mom, wife and manager of the band.


L.D. Miller was introduced by comedian and television personality Steve Harvey, who also introduced L.D. to Wonder on his WB show, Steve Harvey's Big Time, in April. Wonder invited the 11-year-old to play the annual charity concert after the taping.


Aside from the musicians, Miller got to meet co-host Jamie Foxx, action hero Steven Seagal and even Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. The Millers were allowed access during rehearsals and backstage. Tammy described the day as full of positive energy. The famous musicians were "not haughty which was a breath of fresh air," she said.


The Millers received countless business cards from concert and record producers after the concert. Few plans for the future were made concrete as the Millers make their home base in Lafayette. That makes it difficult to return to Los Angeles on a regular basis.
- Lafayette Journel And Courier


10-year-old harmonica player wows `Giddy Up' crowds
"There's an old soul living inside him. That's what we think."

That's how Tammy Miller explains the otherwise inexplicable talent of her 10-year-old son, L.D. Miller, whose jaw-dropping virtuosity on the harmonica has been the brightest spot in Giddy Up, the country-themed production show that finishes its three-month run April 2 at the Tropicana.

It's not so much that L.D. has such impressive technical ability, but that he infuses his bluesy, two-song turn with the kind of depth one would normally expect from someone five or six times older than he.

That's why his mother believes reincarnation is the only plausible answer. But while the origin of such raw emotion remains a mystery, it's easy to understand where his instrumental prowess comes from.

"All the music comes from (L.D.'s dad) Larry," says Tammy. "He and his group, The Miller Brothers, played in the Pentecostal Church." Today, dad, like L.D., performs with the family blues band named for one of L.D.'s two older brothers, Clayton. Brother Cole rounds out the group, which is based in Lafayette, Ind.

L.D. took up the harmonica at age 5. "I wanted to do something different (from the other family members)," he says. "My dad brought me into a music store and I saw a harmonica in a glass case. I said, `I want one of those, Dad.' " It proved to be a wise choice. L.D. was a natural on the instrument, which led to formal lessons a year later. The program was a bit too technical for the 6-year-old, but his teacher knew that wouldn't be a problem. "He said, `I wouldn't mess with it, whatever he's doing, he's doing a good job,' " recalls Tammy.

About the same time, L.D. made his debut with The Clayton Miller Blues Band, a big draw on the college and festival circuits. The Tropicana booking marks his first engagement away from the family business. If it's been a tough adjustment for him to make, L.D. is hiding it well.

"It's been fun meeting all the people (in the show) that are so nice. And all the glamour, and seeing all that's going on in the casino," he says.

But being a child prodigy has given home-schooled L.D. the chance to do more than spend this winter in Atlantic City. He's also been on Steve Harvey's Big Time, the WB network's talent show. That led to a surprise, on-camera visit from L.D.'s hero Stevie Wonder, a former harmonica-playing prodigy in his own right.

"It blew my mind. It was crazy," he says. "I was teaching Steve Harvey something, and I saw the crowd stand up. I looked to my left, and Stevie Wonder was coming in. At that moment, I couldn't breathe."

And during a meeting last year with producers of The Tonight Show, L.D. wound up playing harmonica for Ringo Starr while the rock legend and some of his band members provided rhythm on various pieces of dressing room furniture.

Starr's opinion? "That's a hell of a lotta blues for a 9-year-old," L.D. remembers him saying.

When he's home, L.D. is much like any other 10-year-old. He enjoys racing remote-controlled model cars, riding his dirt bike and swimming. But unlike most kids his age, L.D. pretty much has already plotted out his future. "I'd love to be touring and playing to millions of people," he says. "And living the rock star life."
- Courier Post Online


Discography

Miller Acoustic 2009 Sound Logic Studios
The Millers Live 2008
Gotta Have Love 2004
Clayton Miller Blues Band 2001

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Miller ( formerly The Millers / Clayton Miller Band ) is made up of 3 brothers who have made national headlines, Clayton on guitar & vocals, 27, Cole on drums & vocals, 24, and little Ld, who just turned 16, on harmonica & vocals, have opened for or played with Stevie Wonder, John Popper and Blues Traveller, Alicia Keys, BB King, India Arie, Keb Mo, Kanye West, Jamie Fox, Joe Bonamassa, Ziggy Marley, Joss Stone, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Mississippi Heat, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, more.

Ld was the youngest person ever to headline a show on the Las Vegas Strip. Ld and Cole have headlined 1 year at the Sahara in Las Vegas and the two younger brothers were also the winners of 2nd place on the #1 summer show on TV NBC 's America's Got Talent. They have been seen by over 50 Million TV viewers last year. They also appeared on The Ellen Show, The Today Show and over 200 newspapers and magazines including a 4 page spread in TV Guide.

Ld played for 22,000 fans in Dec. at the Forum at Stevie Wonders House of Toys. He was the only standing ovation of the evening (and that evening included a Stevie Wonder/Alicia Keys duet). But while audiences are amazed by the novelty of a band that consists of 3 young brothers, they come away capitivated by musical chops that any musician of any age would be proud of. Clayton's guitar playing has been compared to the early genius of Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Cole's Cajon and drum work is powerful and his passionate vocals have been written about in countless publications. LD was called the world's greatest living harmonica player at just age 12 by both media and major artists like Stevie Wonder and Joe Bonamassa.

The charm and allure of a young band certainly packs the house at colleges, clubs and festivals, but innate talent, hard work and rocking crazy musicianship brings audiences to their feet dancing and applauding.

This is a band that was "born" not made, and while they have been together all their lives, they moved beyond the singing around the campfire stage in 1999, when Clayton left his alternative band he had been fronting since the age of 15 and took up the family passion for Blues infused Rock. In just a few short years, they have appeared on The Today Show, America's Most Talented Kid, Access Hollywood, Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, Extra, Steve Harvey's Big Time, more. They were selected for the Blues Deluxe Radio program. This is a program that is aired on 100 radio stations around the world and they are wedged in the play list comfortably between B.B. King and Bob Dylan. They are the only band on the play list that doesn't yet have a record label listed after it, but this won't be the case for long.

This is definitely a band you'll be proud to say I booked just before they got huge..that you helped "discover" before the rest of the world claims them.

They were featured by Campus Activities Magazine as the Hottest New Act of the College Circuit nationwide their first year on the circuit. They played over 100 colleges in their first year, and have been burning up the festival, theatre, corporate and club circuits as well.
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