|Photo by David Pettijohn
Mia Pixley's music is as unique as her story. A transracial child of Nigerian and Venezuelan descent, she was adopted and raised by a middle class white family in Austin, TX. Growing up in all white environments did not reflect her origins. Pixley says of this experience: “Nowhere was home. My identity was a weak shell, ill-fed by cultural neglect. This lack of identity was the most shameful and identifying thing about me. Music became my private way of connecting to myself. Music became my secret garden.”
"Where You Stood" is a folk song that reflects Pixley's roots. Considering that her instrument of choice is a cello, the obvious comparison is Leyla McCalla. That is not inaccurate, but Pixley also adds a more classical element to her folk than traditional folk. "Where You Stood" is a lovely and captivating multi-layered song despite its simplicity. Mia Pixley is going to be an artist you're going to want to pay attention to for a long, long time.
You can listen to "Where You Stood" below. Margaret in the Wild is due out July 23. For more on Mia Pixley, check out the artist's website.