Kelsey Mira was 13 years old when her Mom asked her to sing for the TV repair man. He became a fan and invited the whole family to his recording studio. “We didn’t know he was a musician, or better yet, a seasoned engineer,” says Kelsey. “It was the perfect chance of luck. Unbeknownst to me, I would spend years recording and writing in his studio, making me the artist I am today.”
Through the years, Jack’s studio became her second home. “I spent so much time there that I started running sessions myself,” says Kelsey. “Jack gave me a creative space to write and record my own music; he inspired me to keep growing and learning as an artist.”
Kelsey Mira began writing music when she was very young, for a very unusual reason. Due to swelling of the brain caused by a bout of bacterial meningitis at age 7, Kelsey suffered short-term memory loss which left her frequently unable to remember her teacher’s name, her bus stop, or what she did in school that day. Kelsey’s doctors recommended using music as a way to forge new pathways to memory.
“I started putting everything that I needed to remember, to music. Music became a normal part of my everyday life and helped me get my memory back. I used to put math formulas and locker combinations to music. As I grew older, I was constantly singing a tune to help me remember something: whether it be directions, a grocery list, or an ice-cream order while employed at the whippy dip. I relied on music; I still do. I can’t imagine where I would be without it.”
Kelsey Mira began her training in Classical music and excelled in music through high school and college at Xavier University in Cincinnati where she studied vocal performance on full scholarship. When industry professionals started to seek her out, she decided to leave college and work full time on performing and songwriting. Xavier University held her scholarship for a year while she pursued music outside of school and still has her back every year to sing the National Anthem at the Men’s Basketball games.
Kelsey then installed a home studio and began writing and recording music full time. Her demos caught the attention of six-time Grammy Award winning producer, Jimmy Hoyson and they recently finished recording her EP in Los Angeles, California at Ocean Studios.
Kelsey Mira’s EP includes five songs she wrote, featuring such notable musicians as Laurence Juber from Paul McCartney’s ‘Wings’, Chad Wackerman, Domenic Genova, and Jim Cox. These songs showcase Kelsey Mira’s unique and powerful voice through tight acoustic arrangements, with catchy pop sensibility and youthful energy.
Currently, Kelsey Mira is playing many shows in the Cincinnati area at places like Mainstay Rock Bar, Horseshoe Casino, Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, and more. She is also collaborating on writing projects with numerous different writers and artists. After several collaborations with the infamous musician and producer, Fool’s Chaos on SoundCloud and their music being featured on Guitar Center’s radio show ‘Connections made by Guitar Center’ hosted by Nic Harcourt, there has been a lot of buzz about Kelsey Mira. Together they have combined acoustic and electronica genres, even incorporating metal and opera into their tracks.
“I’ve always been told to write what I know. I write about life and challenges I face. I find humor in life and try to infuse that into my music.”