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Simplicity, soothness, and calm are some words that come to mind when listening to Pip Millett’s music. Her unique neo-soul with a twist of R&B is what really takes the listener on a journey.
The story goes that when Pip Millett was a child her family called there daughters the “the silent twins” since they were both so quiet in nature. However, some names help mold us into who we are today, and it appears Pip quickly grew out of her nickname and into a vibrant vocalist.
A talented musician as well as a singer, Pip plays guitar as well as bass. She says, “It made me come out of myself a little,” she says of her early lessons. “It was a massive boost to me.” Born in Manchester, England, Pip moved out of the city and into the countryside following her parents divorce. She jokes that she and her siblings were “the only brown people in the town” but they always felt welcome in the area, and you can really hear her express this in her song and videos “Hardlife”, and “Running” ft. Ghetts.
Later she moved to London, to study music. She says, “I knew I wanted to sing from a young age”. You can definitely a look inside her thoughts as she expresses songs of solitude with “Drunk & Alone,” a track about long-distance relationships. “It can feel sad and lonely,” she says of missing someone hundreds of miles away. “Part of that’s in my head but that anxiety is part of a relationship sometimes. I’d go on a night out and come home alone and hate it. I’ve never felt more lonely.”
Inspired by Bob Marley, Joni Mitchell and Lauryn Hill, Pip gives a hint of newstalgic vibes by Sade, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Floetry, India.Arie, and Macy Gray. On the other end, Pip reminds me of artists Summer Walker, H.E.R., and Mahalia that gives fans a collective of chilled emotional experiences in their songs.
After a flurry of successful singles pushed independently, Pip Millett signed to Dream Life Records, a music label within Sony Music Entertainment UK, and released her debut album this past October 21st, 2022, “When Everything Is Better. I’ll Let You Know”.
She says, I hope you listen to this album and hear the growth throughout the stories I’m telling. I love and like myself now but there was a time when I didn’t. I’ve grown. there’s hope. I’m still growing. I’m hopeful. I’m happy. I’m grateful.
Written by Michael Drentea