INTERVIEW | Also performing her hit songs "Next Best Thing" and "Boardwalk"
Tell us... What's the next best thing?
It might be the woman with a mandolin in her hand. Folk-pop artist Marie Miller visited us at Popdust Presents to perform her hit single "Next Best Thing" and tells us a little about her new album Letterbox . Popdust exclusively premiered the official release of the album that came out April 28th on Curb Records.
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For a bit more on Marie... Marie Miller grew up on a vineyard in the Shenandoah valley of Virginia with her nine other siblings (yes NINE), and quickly picked up the mandolin and guitar to compliment her songwriting. She was signed to Curb Records in 2005 and since then has released two EP's, Marie Miller (2006), and You're Not Alone (2013), toured the country, and risen significantly in radio charts. Miller's 2013 single "You're Not Alone" charted at #1 on Billboard Christian Hot AC/CHR Charts and reached 115,000 downloads on Amazon's Rising Star Program.
In addition, Marie was a finalist in the 2014 Macy's iHeartRadio Rising Star Competition, with her single "6'2" played in Macy's stores around the country. She has opened for the Backstreet Boys, Sara Evans, MAGIC!, Andy Grammar, Colbie Caillat, Carbon Leaf, Five for Fighting, and the Plain White T's. On top of all that, in September 2015 she performed for Pope Francis and 750,000 attendees in Philadelphia, PA, which aired live on CNN and Fox News.
THE ALBUM: "LETTERBOX"
Letterbox debuted over at Billboard, where they mentioned that, "The 12-song record is quite the introduction, as Miller's sound meshes her singer-songwriter background with poppy country vibes - almost like a combination of Shania Twain and Sara Bareilles. In fact, the album is so impressive that Billboard is premiering the album one day early."
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