Miss Mykie Biography
Tuesday 12 October 2010
Miss Mykie born Mykel Gray, was birthed in the Rocky Mountain home of Denver Colorado. At the age of three, Mykie alongside her parents and six siblings packed up and moved to Houston Texas to begin new lives. Mykie was the youngest child out of her siblings and she can recall times as a child when her sisters and brothers would put on talent shows in their basement. Raised in a household of 7 kids, it was easy for them to be their own hosts, contestants, and audience members of these homemade productions.
The true desire for Mykie’s love of music didn’t hit her until the age of 13. She always felt she was talented but it wasn’t until then she woke, slept, ate, and dreamed music! She knew it had truly became a passion for her and something she had to pursue. Mykie, like many others, first got her start in a girl group while she was a freshman in highschool. "My dad and brother built a studio in our house that I spent countless hours in." Mykie’s brother would produce and record the girls whenever they had a song written. Eventually the group was showing no signs of progressing so Miss Mykie decided to branch off to be a solo act. Mykie’s brother took on the role of being her producer and helped her to begin her solo project.
Mykie and her brother began going full blast on her solo project. She began doing local shows and won the chance to perform in local radio station’s performance showcase. Mykie opend up for acts with such artist as Tyrese, Slim Thug, and Sean Paul.Things were going well for Mykie, but graduation was approaching and it was time to go to college. After being accepted by Howard University in Washington, DC, she knew it would be difficult for her to maintain her studies as well as continue her artist development. Her brother, which was her producer at the time and mentor, sat down with Mykie and told her to focus on her studies, and during breaks and spare time they could still do music.
Unfortunately, during Miss Mykie’s freshman year of college in 2003, her brother was killed a few days before his 25th birthday. That experience drastically changed her life, and put her in a position where she felt like there was no way that she could ever do music again. Despite the tragedy, she remained strong and directed all her energy on being an interactive student. She became an " Ooh La La" dancer for Howard’s Showtime Marching Band as well as a soror of the Alpha Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc..Miss Mykie went on to graduate from Howard University in May 2007 with a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts .
After graduating she decided to move back to Houston, Tx and finally felt like she was ready to pick up the pieces and continue her music career where she left it off at. It was fate that led Mykie to meet nationally acclaimed producer/songwriter Yung Chill. After the first studio session with him she instantly knew that if the opportunity was presented he would take her artistry to the next level. Overtime Chill took Mykie under his wing and developed her, gave her a signature sound, molded her vocals to be unique. A few months later she signed a production deal under his Keys and Ink brand. She recalls him saying "I believe in you, Just trust me and we’ll go far"