Mie (pronounced “mEE”), an abbreviation named for singer/songwriter Maggie J. Schmidt’s creative quintessence, draws on the lyrical-likes of early 2000s songwriters like Adele, Alicia Keys, and Taylor Swift to artistically scrutinize her own life lessons with the intention of practicing courage and compassion to develop deeper connections with her listeners in the styles of electro pop, blues, folk, and Americana. Mie got her musical start at a young age through lessons in piano, voice, and dance, alongside annual Kodály children’s choral concerts around the US. During her time at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in vocal performance, Mie began practicing guitar and original songwriting which led to her full-time exploration of musical performance and production. In Mie’s mezzo-soprano voice, evocations of Lady Gaga’s mature darkness and Adele’s vocal richness can be heard.
Alchemie EP, released on August 28, 2021, as Mie’s freshman record, is a culmination of five tracks inspired by works from Billie Eilish, Jessie Ware, and India.Arie Simpson and the blues and pop genres. “They’re certainly an eclectic bunch of tunes, but they’re representative of the various eclectic parts of me that came to light during some dark times,” Mie explains, adding, “this EP represents…hope and peace, resembling the mysterious magic of the ancient philosophy of alchemy.”
Mie debuted her freshman EP at Saloon on Calhoun in Brookfield, Wisconsin for Andrew J. Lynch’s Music for the Minds release show (Dec 2021) partnered with suicide-prevention organization, Just Live. Additional notable shows include Broadscope Disability’s Wine-tasting Fundraiser at the New Berlin Princeton Club (Jan 2022) and the digital #iVoted Festival (Nov 2022) promoting voting in the midterm elections, during which Mie debuted her unreleased acoustic collection, including originals “Downer”, “Strangers”, “Too Much”, and “Daddy Issues”.