The Millie May Band, Every Thread & Sonia Smith
The Millie May Band
Millie May discovered her love for music at 14 when she came across A Hard Days Night by The Beatles in her mother’s old record collection. She soon became a big fan of The Beatles, David Bowie and Oasis and this encouraged her to begin writing lyrics and to learn to play the guitar.
In 2017 Millie moved to Birmingham to progress in her career. Since then she has performed on the New Breed Stage at Lunar Festival, recorded two tracks as part of the soundtrack to ‘Relentless’ (an upcoming Indie Film), became Switch Radio’s track of the week with her original ‘Songbird’, released a live acoustic EP named Millionaire, and regularly gigs across multiple venues in the UK, including her residency spot every Saturday evening at The Hilton Garden Inn Birmingham Brindley Place.
Every Thread are an acoustic duo from Birmingham UK who, in the words of Left For Dead Records, ‘weave gorgeous melodies into lovely little nuggets of folky pop’. They create a stripped-back, intimate sound with guitar, bass and female vocals. Comparisons have been drawn to Everything But The Girl, Belle & Sebastian
and Curved Air.
Self-produced debut album ‘Leaves’ reflects aspects of the live sound, alongside more expansive arrangements that transform live favourites into something new.
Every Thread regularly play live around the UK. Highlights have included several support slots for Bluetones frontman Mark Morriss, a short tour supporting The Standard Lamps, and sessions at venues including The Leaf in Liverpool, Mr Wolf’s in Bristol, The Kitchen Garden in Birmingham and Westgate Chapel in Lewes. Festival appearances include Worcester Music Festival, Moseley in Bloom, and Leamington Peace Festival. Tracks from album ‘Leaves’ are played regularly on local radio stations in the midlands and have featured on BBC Music Introducing.
Every Thread are working on a new album and continue to play live across the UK.
Hi everyone – I’m a singer-songwriter, playing acoustic guitar. My songs have been described as evocative, passionate, heartfelt and intimate. I’m influenced by lyrical word driven writers such as Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Beth Hart to name a few. I’ve been compared to a wide range of female vocalists, from singers as diverse as Tracy Chapman and Joni Mitchell. I guess that’s because I love to sing across so many different genres and have a wide range to my voice. with my vocals being variously described as dark and blue, powerful and enthralling, the crystal clear “voice of an angel”, and “soulful and sublime”. Blues, Roots, Contemporary folk & rock music, Soul and jazz all influence the feel behind my songwriting. The words usually come first and then I wrap a tune around them and play around with some rhythms to get the feeling I want.