MizA started public performances at the tender age of 47 when a letter showed up one December morning nine years ago to tell her that she was the product of a love affair between a very hot Latino man and funky Maritime lady.
Nice combo, great story but more importantly, the catalyst to make her re-evaluate her life, dreams, goals and passions and she will be the first to tell you, it is never too late and you are never too old to reach for your dreams, your passions, your stars.
The hardest part of her dream was having the confidence to step outside of a 47 year old box into the unknown. “What if I failed, what if I really can’t sing, what if no one wants to work with a girl with no musical training or background”, those were some pretty solid ‘what if’s’.
With the encouragement, support, a few pushes and shoves from long-time friends and her two sons who always thought she was a cool mom anyways, one night she did it! She put her foot on a stage shaking like a leaf and asking herself, what had she been thinking???. The room was a sellout of 140 tickets, she was the featured guest blues singer, the final applause was life altering, what a rush!
Now, living life in the Hammer, MizA is working with some fine Hamilton musicians billed as ‘MizA and SilverMax’ and they are out making music and entertaining, singing cover songs and a few of her originals. Her smooth whiskey voice is served best with blues, jazz, soul and R & B. Her passion is heard in her style and voice and seen in her stage presence. The unknown is still there but it is there in everything you do and try, or don’t try.
Nine years later, MizA has been nominated three times in the London Music Awards, has recorded an album, and produced her own local music show, to mention a few of her accomplishments. The stage has become an old friend. The time commitment and work involved is for the love of music, the appreciation of the audience and the joy of entertaining which equates to living her passion.
When asked what she thought of how successful she was at living her dream, MizA said, “In my short public career as a singer/songwriter, I have done pretty good for a new kid on the stage. I’ve worked with great musicians, made some nice cash, had tons of fun, learned so much and played to great audiences while living the dream of being a successful musician.”
Someone once asked her when she would stop the silliness of wanting to be a singer and grow up, and she replied, “At the end of my dash.” MizA – Singing like no one is listening.
You can hear MizA and SilverMax on Friday, August 15th, at The Masque, 13 Hess Street South, Hamilton, from 10 pm. – 1 am.