Excited to be back at spectacular event
Bermudian singer Mia Chambray has been busy heating up the music scene in the UK, with her rock band ‘Mohawk Radio, over the past two years.
But next week she will be returning to these shores for a special performance at The Family Centre Beach Bash on Friday, October 4.
Supported by local rockers The Kennel Boys, Ms Chambray will be one of a host of talented female vocalists performing at the Fairmont Southampton Ocean Club beach.
She said the charity was ‘near and dear' to her heart and admitted she was excited to share some of her band's original tunes, and popular cover songs, with the public.
“I sang at the event a few years ago and it is honestly spectacular,” she said. “Anyone who missed it last time needs to come on down. It's a night you cannot miss.”
In addition to the concert, The Family Centre promises a fun night of dinner and drinks in a bonfire setting. Money raised will go towards the charity's counselling and family support programmes.
Since 2011, Mohawk Radio has been gradually making a name for themselves within the music scene in Manchester, UK.
Ms Chambray said it was important to relocate from Bermuda, so the band could test their talent in a more competitive environment. She had also been inspired by the UK music scene and artists and thought of Britain “as the real barometer of ‘cool'”, especially when it comes to rock music.
She said: “Manchester is an incredible city to be living and performing in. It's truly inspiring. I love walking the streets that rock legends have walked on, before they were anything.
“This city makes you a dream chaser, but there is the possibility for a pot of gold at the end, which I find exhilarating.”
Mohawk Radio released their first mini album, known as an EP, last fall and were able to embark on a tour of the festival circuit this year.
Just recently, in the past two weeks, the band was able to complete the recordings for their second EP, called ‘Curious Morality', set to be released later this year.
Ms Chambray said they were “extremely excited” about the project and admitted that moving to a new country has been a reward within itself.
“It can be a grind and tough at times, but when you're on stage with your best friends playing music you've created together, there is no greater feeling. “The sound has definitely evolved from the last EP to this latest one. The first one was highly experimental, while this one is far more ‘us'.
“Plus we have a new-ish drummer, Dave Quinn, and he is insane, by far the best drummer we've ever had the pleasure of being in a band with to date.”
But the move hasn't been without its challenges. When Ms Chambray first arrived to the UK she didn't know what hit her and realised she wasn't being 100 percent true to who she was in Bermuda.
“Truth be told I didn't really know who I was (when I was here), but coming to the UK stripped me down, humbled me and bit by bit has built me back up. I embrace the challenges as they have brought me to a place where I am so proud of who I am,” she said.
In addition to the professional and personal growth, the songstress said she loves who she is now and has forgiven herself for past mistakes.
“Artistically, I have met my musical muses and best friends and writing these songs to the music they created just fits. We are a second skin to one another once again. I am just thankful for everything.”
You can see Ms. Chambray in action at The Family Centre Beach Bash fundraiser, by ordering your tickets, $200 each, at www.bdatix.com.