A Little Night Music
The 54 Hours Project
Hasty Ent Productions
Young Eung Min, Arirang Global TV
A Midsummer Nights Dream
Ogontz Theater Co.
Penn State Theater Co.
Penn State Theater Co.
SR Project Web Series
Blue Village Media
Available upon request
B.A.(Theater & Dance)
Margie Haber Studio
Annie Grindlay Studio
Stuart K. Robinson
Penn State Univ.
Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles, CA.
State College, PA
SPORTS: BADMINTON, CHEERLEADING, ICE SKATING, ROLLER SKATING, FISHING, KAYAKER, SWIMMING. DANCE: BALLET, MODERN. MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS: FLUTE, GUITAR, KEYBOARDS, PIANO, TAMBOURINE, UKULELE, VIOLIN. HOSTING, PUPPETRY, SINGER, WHISTLER, SINGING: FOLK, MUSICAL THEATER, POP, R&B, SONGWRITER. VOCAL RANGE: MEZZO-SOPRANO. EXPERT RABBIT HANDLER, GREAT WITH KIDS.
Photos by Annie Suh of Collaj Magazine
"Who Is Sukey Rose? In short, a fictional character about whom Los Angeles’ Mia Kim sings with verve and passion. It’s also an engaging concept album brimming with keyboard textures of all shapes and flavors... Equal parts sugar and edge, pop and rock, Mia’s album poses a question well worth listening to."
Q: Where do you get the inspiration for your songs?
A:"Mostly from events happening around me, things I come up with in my head and strangely enough, news stories also trigger a lot of song ideas."
Q: Who is Sukey Rose?
A:"She's a fictional character that my second album is based on. To find out who she is, you have to buy the album!"
Q: How did you get the idea for fan-funding your album through The Sukey Rose Project?
A:"I originally got the idea from musician Jill Sobule who raised $80,000 for her next album. Seeing the power of fans coming together to help an artist make a work of art inspired me to try something similar but on a smaller scale."
Come and Sing Noel
Christmas Single, (Radio Release)
Blue streaked hair, paint daubed nails, and a refreshing iced green tea soy latte at her grab is what you can expect to see in an encounter with Mia Kim at, say, Starbucks. Creating and being an artist is at the forefront of who she is. Not confined to the title of a musician, Mia can also act—and she does it well. She was, after all, a theater and dance major in college. But not to mistake her energetic personality as her being an extrovert—it’s a big misconception that people have: “I’m actually a severe introvert who had to learn how to be outgoing.”
Pennsylvania is where Mia Kim hails from—Philly, to be exact. When asked about one major thing she doesn’t like about LA , it’s a close tie between traffic and the smog: “The traffic I can deal with, but the smog is awful because it makes me want to scrub the sky and I can’t.” Her metaphorical response to the sky as a canvas or surface is a telling fact—a true artist. When asked to proffer what she loves about LA, she's quick to mention So Cal's famed beaches. “My dad loves fishing so I grew up going to the beach. I love the ocean, the color of the water, sound of the waves, birds flying over-head, every single thing about it. My favorite artists' escape is the beach.”
Her name may be common, but ask her how she got it. “My mom studied opera and voice and so she named me Mia, which is based on the Italian [word] for ‘mine’”—bringing us to her innate love of music. All that singing she heard when she was in her mother’s womb must’ve had an effect. Mia Kim wrote her first instrumental song on the piano at 7 years of age and her first full song, complete with melody and lyrics, in high school. “The inspiration was a made up story in my mind, which is my usual inspiration when writing songs,” she says.
Mia Kim’s latest album Who is Sukey Rose? is one of those stories in her mind. Sukey Rose is an introspective fictional character that reflects snapshots of Mia, except in an exaggerated and beyond-extreme self who raises questions and issues about life, truth and love.
This is her second album, produced by Jason Martin of Starflyer 59. It carries added sweetness since it is her first fan-funded album for which she raised over $8,000. Expect a mix of indie pop rock with varying shapes and textures.
Some of her musical inspirations include Imogen Heap and Death Cab for Cutie, as well as nature. “God’s creation inspires me, especially natural sounds and natural scents of the air.”
In 2010, Mia Kim was featured alongside singer David Choi on Arirang TV, an international, English-language network from Seoul, Korea. She has also been featured in Audrey Magazine, Performer Magazine, MTV Iggy and Keyboard Magazine, in which music critic Michael Gallant nicely sums up two of her tracks:
“Oh, Sukey Rose” uses tremolo electric piano, soaring trance-like synths, and driving low-range piano to help tell the title character’s story, while “Safe” rides on energetic surf organ and shimmering Wurlitzer, propelled throughout by Mia’s powerful vocals. Equal parts sugar and edge, pop and rock, Mia’s album poses a question well worth listening to.”
-Bio by Annie Suh on behalf of Collaj Magazine.
Email mia [at] miakimonline [dot] com.