Cape Town-born, Brisbane-based MiCCY returns with her new single Long Run , featuring Sydney rapper Charbel, one part of Sydney collective BOOMCHILD.
Born from a post-gig session in Sydney, BOOMCHILD producers Finbar Stuart & Riley Hilder (Ms Thandi, Urthboy, Maina Doe) alongside James Baldwin on guitar, surround MiCCY’s effortless R&B vocals with wonky synths, metallic drums & super lush bass to craft an ode to sticking to your guns for the long run, and finding your ride or die people to go on that journey with.
“I’ve never really heard songs that are about longevity. I’m at the very beginning stages of this whole entire process of being an artist and I’m really in it for the long run. It’s essentially an ode to myself, like Micayla, you’ve gotta grind. This is what you’ve got to do. This is what you’re here for.”
The 21-year-old has crafted a sound with her collaborators, including DVNA, Bencio, JAIM and Sumatra, that draws in elements of jazz, funk & soul whilst sticking to her vocal inspirations amongst Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston & Victoria Monet to bring an effortless diva pop energy to her sound.
That music taste is one born from osmosis for MiCCY. Living across multiple cities growing up, from Cape Town to Aotearoa and now in Brisbane, the music her multi-generational musical family brought her up on has remained one consistent feature of MiCCY’s surroundings.
“When my mum was trying to get me to stop crying as a baby, she would put a tape of Michael Jackson on the TV and I would immediately stop crying!!! She would leave me there to do whatever she needed to do and I would be mesmerised, totally content and I’d stop crying.”
From contemporary R&B on her Mum’s side to more traditional gospel, soul & jazz on her Dad’s, those natural sensibilities are markedly present on Long Run, with her undying love for collaboration & connection taking those elements and modernising them.
Critically acclaimed in her home state as a two-time (2019, 2021) finalist at the Queensland Music Awards in the soul / R&B / funk category and as a 2020 finalist in the prestigious Carol Lloyd Womxn in Music Award, that love has spread across the country with adds to Spotify’s New Music Friday AU/NZ, RnB Connect,Pop ‘n’ Fresh & On Our Radar, alongside radio play on Triple j’s Home & Hosed, FBi, 4ZZZ and The Edge 96.1.