Mikaela is a professional freelance vocalist, songwriter, studio singer, pianist, and music educator living in Austin, Texas.
With her "drop dead gorgeous voice" Mikaela pulls from a grab bag of musical influences. Her soothing sound has been described as a mix of Sara Bareilles, Eva Cassidy, and JoJo and she was voted runner-up for the Austin Music Award's Best Female Vocalist 2017. She has a B.M. in Vocal Jazz Studies (Cum Laude) from the University of North Texas (world renowned music program) and performs full time in an array of genres - from intimate weddings, solo singing-pianist gigs, jazz ensembles, to top 40 party bands. She also teaches private vocal and piano lessons at her home studio in South Austin.
A gifted vocalist, Mikaela has performed with major artists like pop/rock sensation Ben Folds, Grammy-Award winning artists Christopher Cross and Chrisette Michele, and R&B crooner Trey Songz. She sang on her first professional recording at 11 years old and has since sung on over 40 studio albums, demos, commercials, and short films. Her contemporary rendition of 'Autumn Leaves' is featured on Voices Of Love, a compilation of well-known female vocalists. Her voice was also featured in "En Passant", an award-winning animated film created in London, and "It's What's Inside That Counts", a 2016 HOME film commission by Glasgow-based artist-filmmaker Rachel Maclean featured Summer of 2017 at the Tate Britain in London as part of their Art Now series.
In 2012, Mikaela released her first EP of all original material, "Fall With You". She has won numerous awards for both her songwriting and performance on the EP including 1st Place in the Pop category of the Indie International Songwriting Contest, and Finalist in the International Acoustic Music Awards, Kerrville New Folk Competition, Telluride Troubadour Contest, and Mountain Stage NewSong Contest (Southwest Region). Two songs off the EP were used in international commercials for Sennheiser headphones.
Mikaela’s 2015 release and debut full-length "Milk & Honey" is a collaboration with producer Justin Shelton. The album glides between pop and R&B touchstones and showcases Mikaela's diverse writing capabilities and powerhouse vocals. Two songs from the album were recently featured as Skype mojis, and her song "Chemical Attraction" was used in an international ad for Delonghi coffee machines.
Mikaela's latest original project Beth // James is a collaboration with fellow Austin singer-songwriter Jordan Burchill. Their indie-folk sound is reminiscent of The Civil Wars. They were voted as runner-ups for "Best New Austin Band" in the 2017 Austin Music Awards, and you can hear their original song, "Lion Eyes" in Spike Lee's newest feature film 'BlacKkKlansman' (produced by Jordan Peele of Academy-Award® winning Get Out). In theaters worldwide.
Their debut EP "All In Life" is available everywhere music is sold or streamed.
Find out more about Beth // James here: www.bethjamesband.com