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Miist: A Journey to Love

miist the singer prepares to perform on a fazioli piano as she dreams of her upcoming album the songs from the living room produced by narada.

It was a day like the rest, no different than any others. Miist and a friend were together, smiling and laughing, and the conversation moved towards hopes and aspirations, what they wanted in their lives over the following years.

Everyone has dreams, and Miist is no different. When she was a young woman, she dreamed of meeting someone to share her life with, to be a wife, mother, and a source of inspiration to those around her. She has always believed, "Each new day brings new challenges and opportunities; however, it is up to us to decide which one of those each day will become."

In 2022, at 33 years old, having achieved all those, Miist shared a day with her friend: nothing special, just two friends sharing time when a question turned into a dare. Miist was challenged to write a song. 'Oh no, I couldn't do that!' she exclaimed, but her friend pressed. She knew Miist had stories in her that needed to be told and that music would be the path to sharing them with the world.

Miist played along with the request, the challenge, the dare, from her friend. To humour her would bring her joy, even if it meant failing dramatically.

miist enjoys a day off from shooting music videos for her new album the songs from the living room produced by grammy award winning producer narada at tarpan studios

A Childhood of Loneliness

Miist was not a child music prodigy nor a writer; in fact, she had been, before marriage, a bookkeeper for a clothing retailer. She did not live glamorously, nor did she want for much. But on the day of her friend's dare, she felt emotion rise within her, and by the end of the day, she had composed three songs! It was like the door of her heart had opened, and the stories began spilling out.

"We all have room to grow. I feel there is a lot to learn about myself in order to understand why the way I am now and where I want to be," shares Miist as she grows each day as a songwriter and singer.

From a tender age, Miist had hardships and sometimes struggled to understand why some people in her life were happy, but others seemed to live under a cloud, unsure how to grow and thrive.

It is painful for her to share, but when asked for the story of 'She,' Miist says, "I've had a difficult relationship with my mother since I was five years old. It was then both my parents dropped me off at a boarding school. I was a teenager by the time my mom and I would again spend any significant time together, and I was in my 20s before the relationship started to mend. I went through a life-threatening health scare, and she was the only one who stood firmly by my side. We are now closer than we have ever been. I wrote the song 'She' for her and all mothers."

In the Studio

Now, with storytelling at the centre of her music and vocally talented in multiple genres, Miist has written 45 songs, including eight with her producer, Narada Michael Walden. Together at Tarpan Studios in Marin County, California, where Miist and her family have a home, the sessions are one of two creatives bonding and blending styles.

miist in the studio for her new album the songs from the living room produced by grammy award winning producer narada at tarpan studios

Only a year into her career, this 33-year-old mother and wife has already been called a musical "light and inspiration to the world" with "beautiful writing" and "hot vocals" by Narada Michael Walden. Known as 'Narada,' he is not only producing Miist's upcoming 'The Songs from the Living Room' Album but has also actively co-written with her.

Narada comes with a pedigree that includes being named one of Billboard Magazine's Top 10 All-Time Producers in 2023 and is a Grammy & Emmy Winning Producer, Musician, and Recording Artist. Her music is soaring, and heart-touching lyrics tell her stories.

The abundance of her songwriting paired with Narada's trademark foot-thumping rhythms—found in his 57 #1 Hits—make a potent mix pushing Miist's songs through the radio waves and beyond on the world's streaming platforms.

Deserving of Love

Miist writes and performs her songs and music videos in English and Mandarin to add to her international appeal. Through her music, Miist is reaching an audience of all ages. From the young girl trying to connect with her mother, the young woman seeking love in times of uncertainty, and all those struggling with finding their voice, confidence, and who they are deep inside.

Her lyrics are expressive, genuine, and full of emotion. The theme of Love is a common thread that ties the songs together. Whether it is seeking love, losing love, or sharing love, Miist says, "Understanding we all deserve love is the key to making true connections. I didn't use to believe I deserved to be loved, so I found myself subconsciously engaging in so many destructive actions to prove to myself that I actually deserved love. But now I finally feel I deserve to be loved and I want to be loved. This journey has also resulted in me finally loving myself as well. Something I have never felt before."

miist recording for her new album the songs from the living room produced by grammy award winning producer narada at tarpan studios

Narada has expressed that Miist is one of the rarest gems in the industry, a singer and songwriter who is a beautiful soul who lights up the world around her. How do you best describe her music? In her words, "Meaningful songs for a difficult world."

"When creating beauty in your life, remember that true beauty comes from inside. I know we hear that so many times. But a beautiful life is based on happiness – which comes from inside. It is not what it just looks like to other people. The external things that people like to show on Social Media is often not so beautiful for those that are actually living it," explains Miist. As a mother to a young daughter, she knows she must be vigilant and protective of, not only her, but of all children.

The Future is Bright

With a personal philosophy of living life with thankfulness, Miist shares, "View the world with open eyes, and you will see there is a lot more to love and enjoy from people, places, culture and food... I truly believe that one day all people can and will learn to live in peace. I know that sounds like a dream and hope that pushes us to change ourselves and the world around us."

Miist promises to continue to create and inspire those who take solace in her words, are inspired by her music, and find happiness in her message.

miist at stefano ricci for her feature in folioyvr luxury lifestyle magazine promoting the songs from the living room produced by grammy award winning producer narada at tarpan studios

Since launching a new career, Miist has continued to grow and has already graced the stage at the Chan Centre in Vancouver, BC. She has released two music videos and is the subject of upcoming features in two luxury publications: Haute Living (Los Angeles, New York, Miami) and Folio.YVR Luxury Lifestyle Magazine (Vancouver).

miist explores the world shooting music videos for her new album the songs from the living room produced by grammy award winning producer narada at tarpan studios

Want more Miist videos on YouTube? Do not worry! Over the next few months, Miist's schedule includes music video shoots at a series of gorgeous luxury mansions (Sotheby's Golden Gate), followed by a tour through Hawaii, Bali and many exotic Asian locations.

"When I dream of my life, I feel I’m not sure how to say this because it sounds funny but - I love my life. I’m living a life that I never thought I would. And I don’t mean just the music. I’m surrounded by a wonderful family who support and love this new part of me. It is the everyday life that I live that brings me the most joy."

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