Following in the footsteps of Charley Pride–the first African American to achieve considerable success in the white-dominated country music industry–Miko Marks declares, “I’m going to be a big country singer.”
Hailing from Flint, Mich., the stunning country crooner has already recorded two CDs in Nashville with producer Ron Cornelius–a former guitarist for Bob Dylan–and has taken her act on the road playing at malls, nightclubs, and rodeos. She recently kicked off the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo at Rowell Ranch in Calif, where she sang the national anthem.
Miko belts out heartfelt songs with a soulful twang reminiscent of country superstars Reba McEntire and Wynonna Judd. She received considerable airplay on independent radio stations with her single “Mama” off her debut album Freeway Bound (2005).
The video even featured a cameo appearance by neo-soul artist Erykah Badu. But promoting her second album, It Feels Good, recorded on the small Mirrome label, is proving to be a challenge as she realizes there is little attention paid to independent artists on corporate radio stations.
“The major labels just suck up the airtime, so there’s very little to nothing left for the independent artists,” says Miko. “I’m gonna stick with it. I’m not gonna put this down.” Pointing out the embossed butterflies on her guitar, she adds, “These are butterflies, I’m gonna soar just as high as they do.”
We were ga ga for Miko as soon as we heard her belt out, “There’s an unfamiliar freedom callin’ out my name,” on her track “It Feels Good.” We’re even considering getting a 10-gallon hat and joining her fan club!