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“Music is the one place where I can simply be me. When I’m singing my lyrics, I don’t have to be feminine enough, strong enough, American enough, or Asian enough—I can just be a soul that yearns to feel free.” Music has and will always be a sanctuary for MILCK. 

MILCK’s life took a 180 degree turn after a cell phone video of her performing her song “Quiet” with a choir of 25 strangers at the 2017 Women’s March went viral. Soon it was being echoed and interpreted by groups around the world, from the US to Sweden to Ghana. “Quiet” was named Billboard’s #1 protest song of the year and earned distinction as part of NPR’s “American Anthem” series. And in 2018, it brought MILCK to the March’s main stage in New York City, where she performed alongside the legendary Yoko Ono.

Having “​cemented her status as one of music’s voices for the women’s movement,” MILCK continues to use music as a means to work towards social justice. 

 

Written amidst protests for Black Lives Matter, MILCK’s new song “Somebody’s Beloved” (Ft. Bipolar Sunshine) honors those we have lost too soon to causes fueled by systemic racism. In partnership with writer/director, Tom Shadyac and his Tennessee-based non-profit, One Family Memphis​ Foundation, MILCK has created a deeply moving narrative video that premiered alongside the song on October 15, 2020.

 

“As an Asian American woman who is a perpetrator and victim of systemic racism, it’s imperative and a privilege to be an active part of the United States’ healing towards racial justice. As I researched Tamika Palmer and listened to her talk about the memory of her daughter Breonna Taylor, verses for 'Somebody’s Beloved' started coming through me. Once the verses were finished, I knew the song was bigger than me. I reached out to my previous collaborator Bipolar Sunshine to see if he connected with the verses and wanted to collaborate with me to bring his perspective as a Black man."

“Because this song is so intensely vulnerable, I wanted to produce it myself. I kept the piano and strings to a minimum and focused on the power of vocals. To highlight other heritages as a symbolic way of showing support to Black lives lost, I brought in a choir of beautifully diverse voices that range from indigenous to Latinx, from white to South Asian and Black heritages. The result is a dynamic and haunting song.”

“Somebody’s Beloved” follows MILCK’s Into Gold​ EP which arrived earlier this year, and follows her journey as a woman leaving a safe relationship in search of her authentic place in the world. ​Working with GRAMMY Award-winning producer Malay, the EP is a lesson in honoring her voice, even if it meant leaving the familiar behind.

The lead-off track, “If I Ruled The World,” also involving Bipolar Sunshine,  imagines a society with more empathy, more justice, and more joy. TIME named “If I Ruled The World” one of the ​best songs of the week​. MILCK went on to perform “If I Ruled The World” on ​Full Frontal with Samantha Bee​ and during her ​NPR Tiny Desk (Home) Concert​.

 

PRESS

TELEVISION

BRIAN WILLIAMS 11th HOUR

Milck - "Quiet" (11th Hour with Brian Williams)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTLB3-y3X7o&ab_channel=MichaelFrechen

PODCASTS

PRINT/ONLINE

HEALTH MAGAZINE

MILCK Uses This Mantra to Stay Grounded When She's Feeling Overwhelmed | My Mantra | Health

https://www.health.com/mind-body/milck-my-mantra

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUFnKhpz68g

 

Singer-Songwriter MILCK Reveals Music Helped Her Survive Depression

https://www.health.com/celebrities/milck-deep-dives

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1AdITDXqlE

 

GRAMMY MUSEUM MINI MASTERCLASS

https://www.grammymuseumexp.org/mini-masterclass/

 

THE LITTLE MARKET

First-Ever International Women’s Day Virtual Series, Conversations With Changemakers

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi20t-DZbQBVn9F8gWPbdpQ

ABC 7 THE DENVER CHANNEL

Activists speak out in wake of attacks on Asian Americans

https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/national/activists-speak-out-in-wake-of-attacks-on-asian-americans

ARTVOICE

MUSIC: MILCK sings “SOMEBODY’S BELOVED” in response to attacks on Asian Americans

https://www.artvoice.com/2021/03/31/music-milck-sings-somebodys-beloved-in-response-to-attacks-on-asian-americans/

 

DAILY ADVENT

MUSIC: MILCK sings "SOMEBODY'S BELOVED" in response to attacks on Asian Americans

https://www.dailyadvent.com/news/73cd3982aeb167581ebb7923558f2a5c-MUSIC-MILCK-sings-SOMEBODYS-BELOVED-in-response-to-attacks-on-Asian-American

Press regarding the release of “Somebody’s Beloved”

FLAUNT MAGAZINE

MILCK / HUMANIZING THE FIGHT FOR RACIAL JUSTICE WITH “SOMEBODY’S BELOVED”

https://flaunt.com/content/milck-humanizing-the-fight-for-racial-justice-with-somebodys-beloved

 

NPR

New Mix: MILCK, The Weather Station, Mary Lattimore, More

https://www.npr.org/2020/10/19/925551624/new-mix-milck-the-weather-station-mary-lattimore-more

 

BILLBOARD

10 Cool New Pop Songs To Get You Through The Week: King Princess, Milck, Josh Levi & More

https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/9468391/10-cool-new-pop-songs-king-princess-milck-josh-levi-october-19

 

FORBES

MILCK Talks New Protest Song ‘Somebody’s Beloved’ & The Importance Of Protest Music

https://www.forbes.com/sites/laurenalvarez/2020/10/22/milck-talks-new-protest-song-somebodys-beloved--the-importance-of-protest-music/?sh=61a12cc146e0

 

HUFFPOST

Singer MILCK’s New Video Is A Powerful Reflection On Racial Injustice

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/somebodys-beloved-milck-police-brutality-music-video_n_5f863a0ac5b6e9e76fb844bf

 

BROADWAY WORLD

MILCK Calls For Racial Justice With Powerful New Song and Video 'Somebody's Beloved'

https://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwmusic/article/MILCK-Calls-For-Racial-Justice-With-Powerful-New-Song-and-Video-Somebodys-Beloved-20201015

Press regarding Connie's Q&A with BLACKPRINT, A3, and OUT of Meredith Corporation.

INSTYLE

Singer-Songwriter-Activist MILCK on Systemic Racism, and Her Song ‘Somebody’s Beloved’

https://www.instyle.com/news/milck-add-to-cart-podcast-event

 

YAHOO

Singer-Songwriter-Activist MILCK on Systemic Racism, and Her Song ‘Somebody’s Beloved’

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/singer-songwriter-activist-milck-wants-222725875.html

 

NEWSBREAK

Singer-Songwriter-Activist MILCK Wants to Bridge Both Sides of the Aisle With Her Latest Song

https://www.newsbreak.com/news/2120438398104/singer-songwriter-activist-milck-wants-to-bridge-both-sides-of-the-aisle-with-her-latest-song

Press regarding Connie's Q&A with BLACKPRINT, A3, and OUT of Meredith Corporation.

KELLOGG FOUNDATION

The National Day of Racial Healing 2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7m0u8jJyN8&ab_channel=W.K.KelloggFoundation

 

POPSUGAR

MILCK Is Combating Racial Injustice Through Music: "Our Country Needs to Evolve and Heal"

https://www.popsugar.com/entertainment/milck-national-day-of-racial-healing-interview-48115756

 

RESPECT

John Legend, Yara Shahidi, Padma Lakshmi Celebrate National Day of Racial Healing [3pm Today]

https://respect-mag.com/2021/01/john-legend-yara-shahidi-padma-lakshmi-celebrate-national-day-of-racial-healing-3pm-today/

 

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Camila Cabello Launches Healing Justice Project to Support Mental Wellness for Activists (Exclusive)

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/camila-cabello-launches-healing-justice-project-to-support-mental-wellness-for-activists-exclusive

 

YAHOO

MILCK Is Combating Racial Injustice Through Music: "Our Country Needs to Evolve and Heal"

https://money.yahoo.com/milck-combating-racial-injustice-music-192914280.html

Press regarding the release of the Global Citizen "Stand Up" Album which

mentions MILCK's cover of " Come Together (The Beatles) with Jordin Sparks

ROLLING STONE

Yola, JoJo, Big Freedia Contribute to Global Citizen ‘Stand Up’ Album

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/yola-jojo-big-freedia-contribute-to-global-citizen-stand-up-1105292/

 

BILLBOARD

Listen to Global Citizen's 'Stand Up' Album With JoJo, Tori Kelly, Yola, GoldLink, Andra Day & More

https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/9502526/global-citizen-stand-up-album-stream/

 

IHEART

How Raphael Saadiq Is Celebrating Activism With His All-Star Cover Album

https://www.iheart.com/content/2020-12-18-how-raphael-saadiq-is-celebrating-activism-with-his-all-star-cover-album/

 

YAHOO FINANCE

Global Citizen Announces 'STAND UP: A Global Citizen Prize Project' Album Out Now Ahead of Global Citizen Prize Award Ceremony

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/global-citizen-announces-stand-global-050500720.html

 

YAHOO

Yola, JoJo, Big Freedia Contribute to Global Citizen ‘Stand Up’ Album

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/yola-jojo-big-freedia-contribute-052045320.html

AMERICAN SONGWRITER’s feature regarding the Sundance ASCAP Music Festival

which mentions MILCK’s powerful performance of “Quiet.

AMERICAN SONGWRITER

Watch Sundance ASCAP Music Café Highlights From Chris Stapleton, St. Vincent, Mikel Jollet, MILCK And More

https://americansongwriter.com/watch-sundance-ascap-music-cafe-highlights-from-chris-stapleton-st-vincent-mikel-jollet-milck-and-more/