Miko scores on career-defining songs

Born in Flint, Michigan, famed singer-songwriter Miko Marks is an expert in perseverance. She has faced a series of struggles and challenges in her life, from severe pollution poisoning the water in her hometown to systemic racism within the music industry. Marks channels everything she felt and learned from those experiences into her music, unafraid to express herself and create art on her own terms.

After taking a 13-year hiatus from music from 2007 to 2020, Marks is back with a powerful message of love, unity and self-discovery that left her more determined than ever to make a name for herself. doing what she loves. After releasing the two Our country and Race records in 2021 via Redtone Records, Marks is readying a new batch of music which should be released this fall.

She recently released the first single from her upcoming project, “Feel Like Going Home”, an incredibly personal track that evokes her return to music after more than a decade of absence, in pursuit of her life’s purpose.

“The song is about how I’m the wanderer and I don’t feel like I have to wander anymore looking for my place in music and in the world,” Marks told The Boot in an interview. last month. “I’ve also settled into sounding more authentic to who I am, so this song isn’t just about coming back to the music industry, but also about getting back to my roots.”

Learn more about the California talent as she tells us, in her own words, about the songs that have become an essential part of her story as an artist. Here are Miko Marks’ essential tracks:

  • “Mom”

    From: “Freeway Bound” (2005)

    “‘I wrote ‘Mama’ for my debut album ‘Freeway Bound’ in the early 2000s after my mother passed away,” says Marks. “She never heard the album and would have been so proud. She was always asking me ‘When are you going to write me a song?’ This song is timeless and will keep us spiritually connected forever. At the time I was a relatively new mum myself and the song comforted me and guided me in my career and as a mother. hopes listeners who still have parents to enjoy really slow down the moments and take nothing for granted.

  • “We are here”

    From: ‘Our Country’ (2021)

    “‘We Are Here’ was completed in 2020 but I started writing it in 2018,” says Marks. “The song was written about my hometown of Flint, Michigan and was born out of pain as my family and community continue to struggle. Economic and environmental problems, as well as other forms of social injustice, continue to plague my city in particular. There has been very little relief around the poison water which continues to flow throughout the city with little help. A forgotten, impoverished town is now woven into the fabric of what was once a thriving middle class community. People are strong and resilient and deserve to be seen and heard and this is a song written with their voices in mind.

  • “Hold It Together”

    From: ‘Our Country’ (2021)

    “‘Hold It Together’ was written in 2020 with my good friend and guitarist of 15 years, Victor Campos,” says Marks. “The year has been volatile, uncertain and discouraging, to say the least. The pandemic, systemic racism and economic injustice have been at the forefront of our country’s darkest hours. As a divided nation, we cannot stand. We must unite and face our truths, heal our wounds through unity. The only way to do this is to listen to people’s voices, practice compassion and self-reflection so we can be a better nation.

  • “Pity”

    From: ‘Our Country’ (2021)

    “‘Mercy’ is a prayer for protection and power in the struggle for freedom,” says Marks. “The protection of black, brown and indigenous children in particular and the power to overcome all forms of oppression and injustice. The song begins with very heavy images of mothers crying at the graves of their children, but ends with great strength and hope, with the spirit pushing us towards victory.

  • “Ancestors”

    From: ‘Our Country’ (2021)

    “I was a little scared and apprehensive about coming back to music, but at the same time I recognized that I had a gift that needed to be shared,” Marks notes. “’Ancestors’ has to do with the fact that I can’t do this on my own. I am helped and guided throughout the process by my ancestors who preceded me.

  • “Light Travel”

    From: ‘Our Country’ (2021)

    “‘Travel Light’ is about not sweating the little things in life and letting them weigh you down,” says Marks. “Instead, it’s important to travel light in your mind, heart, and spirit. It’s a big world over there. There are only a few things you can do and control, so don’t take everything too seriously.

  • “Long Journey Home”

    Excerpt from: “Race Records” (2021)

    “I recorded this Monroe Brothers song for my Race records EP that shines a light on the music that black roots music artists have helped create,” says Marks. “Black people have always been and always will be part of the foundations of country music. The only thing that separated the two was marketing – country music for white people and running records for black people. This album was made to show that our music, and everyone else’s, is part of what makes country music so great.

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