MIKAELA, originally Mikaela Attard, born May 8, 1993 is a metal vocalist, composer, lyric writer and producer hailing from the island of Malta. She has graduated from Berklee College of Music with a BA in Music Production and earlier on studied Vocal Performance at the same institution. Mikaela released several singles in the past as well as an EP ‘Hear Me Out’ and won awards such as Best New Artist in 2010, Best Female Artist and Malta’s Export Artist in 2011, Vodafone Upcoming Artist and Berklee College Singer-Songwriter.
Mikaela started classical singing at the age of 8 and classical piano training at the age of 9. She was interested in the arts from early childhood and after auditioning, casted a main part in yearly school musicals. She auditioned and won the Pop Idol at 13 after which she recorded at Sarm Studios, London UK releasing her first single ‘My Heart Still Feels The Same’ the same year. She performed in Johanessburg, South Africa, London and Italy where the single was well welcomed.
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Mikaela officially released her first single ‘Away He Goes’ at 16, followed by ‘Condescending’, ‘Fall Apart’ and ‘Hear Me Out’. The EP ‘Hear Me Out’ was released right after, which received great recognition and awarded her several awards upon launching, apart from several other nominations. The songs also featured in movies and were also showcased live in her UK acoustic tour and through several shows around the island. Mikaela also performed at prestigious events such as for 7 years at Rockestra and other world heritage locations such as Manoel Theatre, The Mediterranean Conference Center, Verdala Palace. Mikaela had also been part of several collaborations such as Xirka Rock Band and Martyrium. She also collaborated with the legendary multi-instrumentalist Marco Minnemann and such collaborations feature on the album ‘My Sister’ by Marco Minnemann, on the songs ‘My Sister’ and ‘A Working Town’.
MIKAELA as a project will be having the first full length album release in 2020 with the newly launched first single from the work ‘Bring Me Blood. The album features a great collaboration of well-respected artists and musicians. Marco Minnemann is the exclusive drummer on all the tracks of the album as well as Kyle Farrugia on guitars and bass. The album is written and produced by Mikaela Attard and mixed and mastered by Tue Madsen. The concept behind the album highlights subjects surrounding personal experiences and states of the mind but it is up to the listener and viewer to perceive them on how it’s relative to their lives. ‘Bring Me Blood’ was initially inspired by an extreme event and the stress that followed that Mikaela herself went through. She underwent a harsh experience being held unwillingly with a knife to the throat and was about to get killed by a random stranger by several stabbing motives to the stomach but she managed to live and live through it. When people try to change us for what we are, and we overcome this by inner strength, we become stronger than ever. There has been blood that was wanted upon us but we overcome and we win. The purpose becomes not only stronger but more focused. Dark times surround us but upon staying real, we are our own will. The music video is directed by Steven Levi Vella and is out now on youtube, and the single is out now and available through the “Store” section, on all stores and online streaming services.